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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Comparative Studies in Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides the opportunity for significant cross-traditional and cross-cultural inquiry. We traditionally solicit paper sessions that provide occasions for comparative inquiry seriously engaging two or more religious traditions around a common topic and we ensure that critical reflection is given to the conceptual tools therein employed. We welcome co-sponsorship opportunities with other AAR units.

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Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

• Ruins
Chris Parr ( and Oliver Freiberger (

• Miracles
Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan (

• Hagiography & Patronage
Massimo Rondolino (

• Trauma Responses by Multiple Religions
Dean Accardi (

• Poison & Its Religious Valences
Eric Mortensen (

• The Ethics of Comparison Roundtable
Oliver Freiberger (

• Visual Texts & the Construction of Lineages
Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan (

• Holy Madness
David Divalerio (

We do not consider individual paper submissions, only roundtables or panels.
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
We believe that anonymous review is important initially, but the chairs review proposer names at the final decision-making stage in order to make sure that a range of institutions, ranks, religious traditions, research foci, and research methods are included in each year's panel offerings.
ChairSteering Committee