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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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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.

This Unit has a listserv (CompRel), which is used primarily for announcements, calls for papers, and discussions about panel proposals. If you wish to subscribe, please send a request to of@austin.utexas.edu.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the topics below. Submissions for panels or roundtables not listed here are also welcome.

• Comparative Studies in Hinduism and Judaism: The Spiritual Genius of the Guru and the Rebbe? Contact: Yudit Greenberg (ygreenberg@rollins.edu)

• Multisensory Ritual Modalities. Contact: Eric Huntington (erhuntington@gmail.com)

• Indigenous Religions and Indigenous Christianities. Contact: Thomas Seat (thomas.seat@ptsem.edu) – potentially co-sponsored by the World Christianity unit.

• Saints in Divided Societies. Contact: Aaron Hollander (ahollander@geii.org) – potentially co-sponsored by the Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence unit

• Visual Materials and New Media as the Products of Scholarship. Co-sponsored by the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture unit (see that unit's Call for Proposals for details). Contact: Eric Huntington (erhuntington@gmail.com)

• Implicit and Explicit Comparison in Religious Studies Scholarship: A Collaborative Experiment in the Use of Buddhist Categories. Contact: Christopher Jensen (ChristopherJensen@cunet.carleton.ca)

• The Place of Comparison/Comparativists at the AAR. Co-sponsored by the Religion in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean unit. Contact: David Freidenreich (dfreiden@colby.edu) or Oliver Freiberger (of@austin.utexas.edu)

• Comparison as Site of Self-Reflective Inquiry: How our Disciplinary Identities Shape our Comparative Interests at the AAR and Beyond. Contact: Maria Turek (mariaturek@icloud.com)

• Author Meets Critics: Oliver Freiberger, Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies. Contact: David Freidenreich (dfreiden@colby.edu)

• Teaching the Saints through Comparative Pedagogy. Contact: Barbara Zimbalist (bezimbalist@utep.edu)

• What's the Point? A Roundtable of the Practical Effects of the Scholarly Comparison of Religion. Contact: Nikolas Hoel (n-hoel@neiu.edu)

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
We do not consider individual paper submissions, only roundtables or panels.
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
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.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee