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

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Daoist Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Daoist Studies Unit organizes the most consistent venue for sharing research on Daoist materials anywhere in the Western world. The DSU is guided by a vision with three main goals: to reach into the vast recesses of the largely unstudied Daoist tradition; to reach out in conversation with the wider American Academy of Religion; and to promote the Annual Meeting of the AAR as an international venue for sharing and vetting research by all levels of Daoism scholars.

Call for Papers: 

The Daoist Studies Unit offers the most stable platform for sharing research on Daoist materials anywhere in the Western world. We are guided by a vision with three main goals: to reach into the vast recesses of the largely unstudied Daoist tradition; to reach out in conversation with the wider American Academy of Religion; and to promote the Annual Meeting of the AAR as an international venue for sharing and vetting research by all levels of Daoism scholars.

The Daoist Studies Unit of the AAR invites proposals for individual papers and paper sessions concerning all aspects of Daoism from any period, geographical area, or methodological and theoretical approaches to be presented at 2019 AAR Annual Meeting in San Diego. We especially welcome proposals for 90-minute paper sessions (3 records, presider, and/or respondent) and 180-minute paper sessions (4+ papers, presider, and respondent).

At the last business meeting in Denver, several participants proposed the following exciting topics. If you are interested in any of them, please do not hesitate to email the point persons or the DSU co-chairs:


● Zhange Ni (nizhange@vt.edu), the co-chair of the Arts, Literature and Religion Unit, hope to co-sponsor a paper session on Arts, Literature, and Daoism .
● Gil Raz (gil.raz@dartmouth.edu) is organizing another installment of the highly successful paper session on Daoist epigraphy.
● Tobias Zuern (tzurn@wisc.edu), who is a member of the DSU steering committee, is interested in a paper session on Daoism and Ritual theory.
● Bede Bidlack (bbidlack@anselm.edu), a member of the steering committee of the Comparative Theology Unit, wants to form a paper session on Global Daoism.
● Jonathan Petitt (jeep@hawaii.edu), who is also a member of the DSU steering committee, is looking for liked-mind individuals to join him in putting together a paper session or roundtable on teaching Daoism in the classroom.
● Josh Capitanio (capitanio@stanford.edu) would like to organize a roundtable discussing the state of the Daoist Studies field.
● Daniel Murray (daniel.murray@mail.mcgill.ca) would like to propose a co-sponsored paper session on fieldwork and ethnography in Daoist studies and seek co-sponsorship from the Anthropology of Religion Unit.

Proposals on topics not listed here are more than welcome. We identify above some of the program Units that would be interested in co-sponsoring paper sessions with the DSU. It is advisable that all applicants submit their proposals to more than one program Unit.

Co-sponsored paper sessions draw a larger audience and promote dialogues between different fields. A complete list of AAR program Unit can be found here (https://papers.aarweb.org/program_Units).

The DSU supports diversity and inclusivity. We urge that the balance of gender, race and academic station be among the most important considerations when organizing a paper session. We encourage all applicants to reach out to others in the field by utilizing resources such as The Women in the Study of Asian Religions database (http://wisar.info).
Questions about formats and innovative possibilities, as well as help in assembling paper sessions, may be directed to the co-chairs.

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