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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.

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:

• Ruins
Chris Parr (parrch@webster.edu) and Oliver Freiberger (of@austin.utexas.edu)

• Miracles
Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan (IVargas@austincollege.edu)

• Hagiography & Patronage
Massimo Rondolino (mrondoli@carrollu.edu)

• Trauma Responses by Multiple Religions
Dean Accardi (dean.accardi@gmail.com)

• Poison & Its Religious Valences
Eric Mortensen (ericdmort@yahoo.com)

• The Ethics of Comparison Roundtable
Oliver Freiberger (of@austin.utexas.edu)

• Visual Texts & the Construction of Lineages
Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan (IVargas@austincollege.edu)

• Holy Madness
David Divalerio (divaleri@uwm.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