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

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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Preliminary 2017 Annual Meeting Program (MS Word)

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Contemplative Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This program unit aims to strengthen and develop contemplative studies as an academic field of inquiry, especially in the context of religious studies and the AAR. Our Unit provides a forum for:
• The investigation of contemplative practice and experience, considered inclusively and comprehensively
• Critical discussions on the field itself, including theoretical and interpretive issues
• The application of contemplative practice to academic life and university culture, including the possible contribution of “contemplative pedagogy” to teaching and learning

The Unit thus aims to gather together currently diffused groups as well as dislocated, marginalized, and underrepresented individuals in the academy. To this end, we encourage research that is topical, tradition-specific, comparative, and cross-cultural. We also invite scholars to investigate contemplative practice and experience in ways that traverse and transcend the boundaries of traditions, disciplines, and research methodologies. Visit our Website at

Call for Papers: 

We welcome individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals on the following topics:
• Comparative study of contemplative practice, especially the contextual nuances of religiously-committed forms of meditation and contemplative prayer

• Contemplative practice and the creative arts, including dance, music, and poetry

• Contemplation and social engagement, with particular attention to critical race theory, gender studies, peace studies, and social justice issues

• Embodied/kinesthetic dimensions of contemplative practices, including in martial arts and movement awareness practices and/or the subtle body from a cross-cultural perspective (for a possible cosponsored session with the Body and Religion Unit)

We also welcome panel proposals on any other topic related to Contemplative Studies.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
We are a model of fair and transparent evaluation. We endeavor to evaluate paper and panel proposals on academic merit alone
ChairSteering Committee