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

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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 organizes the most consisitent 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. The DSU welcomes proposals concerning all aspects of Daoism from any period or geographical area. We request group proposals in the form of papers sessions (3-4 papers, presider, respondent) and panel sessions (4-6 panelists) that cohere thematically, methodologically, chronologically, or by some other means. No individual papers as final submissions, please. However, if you have an individual paper and need help connecting with other scholars to form a panel, please contact the co-chairs. We also encourage applicants to propose innovative formats, such as roundtables or readings of primary texts, which might take advantage of 90-minute sessions. Questions about various formats and innovative possibilities, as well as help in building traditional paper or panel sessions, may be directed to the co-chairs.

At the 2017 DSU business meeting in Boston, interest was expressed in organizing a sequel to the 2017 co-sponsored session with the Ritual Studies Unit, which put Daoist materials in conversation with modern Western ritual theory. Contact Tobias Zuern (tzuern@wustl.edu) if interested. Talk of a session on Daoist epigraphy was also raised. Contact Gil Raz (gil.raz@dartmouth.edu) if interested.

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