PAPERS Resources

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

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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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 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.

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

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

• Global Comparison of Hagiography - Roundtable. Contact: Eric D. Mortensen.

• Ineffability and Mysticism - roundtable or panel. Contact: Tim Knepper. & Eric D. Mortensen.

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: Thank you! We welcome proposals from graduate students!

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.
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