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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Contemporary Pagan Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a place for scholars interested in pursuing studies in this newly developing and interdisciplinary field and puts them in direct communication with one another in the context of a professional meeting. New scholars are welcomed and supported, while existing scholars are challenged to improve their work and deepen the level of conversation. By liaising with other AAR Program Units, the Unit creates opportunities to examine the place of Pagan religions both historically and within contemporary society and to examine how other religions may intersect with these dynamic and mutable religious communities.

Call for Papers: 

Contemporary Pagan Studies is an interdisciplinary Unit, and we welcome submissions of theoretically and analytically engaged papers and panels relating to modern Paganism and Polytheism, employing scholarly analysis to discuss the topic from any relevant methodology or theoretical orientation. In addition to receiving paper or panel proposals on topics generally in the purview of Contemporary Pagan Studies, we especially welcome proposals that address the following themes:

● Pagans in Dialogue: Speaking among Ourselves, Speaking to Others -
How do Contemporary Pagans frame thinking about others (social groups, religions, etc.)?

● Problems of Authenticity -
How do Contemporary Pagans use and/or situate themselves vis-à-vis the indigenous (knowledge/wisdom, technologies, mythologies, communities, rituals, etc.)?

● Healing modalities among Contemporary Pagans

● Exploring changes in Pagan ethics

● Constructs of Leadership among Contemporary Pagans -
How do these constructs support/critique typical social norms? Partnership models?

● Contemporary Pagans & issues of trauma/abuse (as well as questions of how leadership causes, or trains to support, victims of trauma and/or abuse)

● New Directions in Heathenry -
Evolving discourses on nationalism.

● Contemporary Pagans and ethical considerations of personhood, animals, and other “other-than-human persons”

● Hybridizing Creolisms & Syncretization in the New Paganisms

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee