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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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:

• Comparative perspectives on the ethics of “harming none” in various contexts, both ancient and modern.
• The ethics of magic: for example, does “Harm None” actually do harm?
• Applications and critiques of method and theory in Contemporary Pagan Studies.
• Changing theologies in Contemporary Paganisms and Polytheisms.
• Constructing the Pagan as “other”, and constructions of “Otherness” within Paganism.
• The recent intersections and interactions of African Traditional Religions, African-derived religions, and Africana folk magic with Contemporary Paganisms and Pagan practice.
• Contemporary Paganism as a “church of the living room/back yard”.
• The Contemporary Pagan response to the growing Alt-Right.

Method: 
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Process: 
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