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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

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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 welcome proposals for panels or roundtables for the 2017 AAR meeting on the following themes:
• Comparative Models toward Public Understanding of Religion. Contact: Christopher Parr. parrch@webster.edu

• On the Possibility of Magic (part II). Contact: Eric D. Mortensen. ericdmort@yahoo.com

• Religion & Medicine in Comparative Perspective. Contact: Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan. ivargas@austincollege.edu

• Global Comparison of Hagiography - Roundtable. Contact: Eric D. Mortensen. ericdmort@yahoo.com

• Ineffability and Mysticism - roundtable or panel. Contact: Tim Knepper. tim.knepper@drake.edu & Eric D. Mortensen. ericdmort@yahoo.com

Any other proposals welcome! At this time, we are not considering individual paper proposals. If you are interested in proposing a panel or roundtable for the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit or in conjunction with another unit for co-sponsorship, please do not hesitate to contact Eric D. Mortensen at email: ericdmort@yahoo.com. Thank you! We welcome proposals from graduate students!

Method: 
PAPERS
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