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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 following topics:

Images of the Ocean in World Religions, Contact person: Nicole Zhange Ni nizhange@vt.edu (potential co-sponsorship with Arts, Literature, and Religion Unit) - This session welcomes papers that explore images of the ocean in visual, verbal, and audio arts that draw from world religions. What is the significance of the oceans in our globalized world? What resources are available in diverse artistic endeavors and religious traditions that teach us to live with the oceans?

● Comparative Studies Roundtable: What Makes for a Productive Collaboration? Contact: Jon Keune (keunejon@msu.edu) -
The purpose of this roundtable would be to share experiences about the practice of collaborative comparison, including 1) models/mechanics that enable deep engagement, 2) creative “products” of collaborative scholarship, and 3) reports on ongoing collaborations to share wisdom and seek feedback.


● Mothering across Religious Traditions: A Comparative Roundtable, Contact: Pascale Engelmajer (pengelma@carrollu.edu)

● Religion and Humor, Contact: Jason Smith (jason_smith@mail.harvard.edu)

● Sexual Transgressions, Contact: Christopher Parr (parrch@webster.edu)

● Teaching Comparison, Contact: Oliver Freiberger (of@austin.utexas.edu)

Destruction and Unmaking in Arts, Literature, and Religion, Contact person: Margaret Elaine Elwell margaret.elwell@ptsem.edu (potential co-sponsorship with Arts, Literature, and Religion Unit) -
This session invites reflection on burning, smashing, unraveling, or undoing in art and literature as religious, spiritual, or theological acts. Of interest are creative practices, rituals, or installations that destroy or unmake, visual and literary methods and representations of destruction, and undoing/unmaking in the processes of art and craft.

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