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

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Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

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Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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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 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 approach. For the 2020 AAR Annual Meeting in Boston, we welcome proposals for 90-minute paper sessions (3-4 papers, a presider, and a respondent), roundtable, as well as individual papers. Please feel free to experiment with alternative formats.

Many exciting topics have been proposed in the first run of call for paper. If you are interested in any of them, please do not hesitate to email the point persons or the DSU co-chairs. The newly proposed topics include:

● Daoism and medicine — Michael Stanley-Baker (
● Daoism, mind, and brain — Julia Mcclenon (
● Daoist Bodies and sensory religions — Michael Naparstek (
● Lived Daoism (as in applied, enacted, practiced, and/or embodied) — Julia Mcclenon (
● Daoism in Hunan
● The relationship between early Daoist philosophy and religion
● Yao Daoism
● The state of the field

Several paper sessions in the last two AAR meetings have been widely appreciated by the attendees for their innovative approaches and scholarly contributions. Some of the organizers would like to further explore the topics and/or methodologies and broaden participation. Individuals who wish to join the on-going discussion are encouraged to contact the organizers. These topics include:

● Daoism and ritual theory—Tobias Zuern (
● Daoist material culture—Gil Raz (
● Daoist visual culture—Aaron Reich (
● Teaching Daoism in the classroom—Jonathan Pettit (

The DSU will continue to accept new topics. Questions about formats and innovative possibilities, as well as help in assembling paper sessions, may be directed to the co-chairs.

The DSU strongly supports diversity and inclusivity. Our Unit requires all pre-arranged sessions and session proposals to incorporate diversity of gender, race/ethnicity, seniority, sub-field, and/or methodology. We hope that you can reach out to others by utilizing resources, such as The Women in the Study of Asian Religions database (

Please be advised that submitting the proposal to more than one program unit. Co-sponsored paper sessions draw a larger audience and promote dialogue between different fields. Additionally, it will significantly improve the odds of your proposal being accepted. A complete list of AAR program Unit can be found at

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
The Daoist Studies Unit conducts a double-blind review. Except for the co-chairs, the members of the steering committee evaluate proposals with no knowledge of the identity of the applicants or the comment and score given to each proposal by their colleagues. It must be noted that it is the practice of the DSU for the leadership to help the applicants with session organization and proposal writing. This practice ensures a steady flow of high-quality proposals and ultimately phenomenal paper sessions.
ChairSteering Committee