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

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Folklore and Religion Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

Folklore Studies has led and leads the way in directing scholarship on the expressive culture of religious communities, the methodological challenges of ethnographic work within those communities, and research and analysis of the religion of ordinary people diachronically and synchronically. Uniquely representing the theoretical and methodological perspectives of folkloristics on the study of religion, as well as consistently spotlighting the contextual material that folklorists see as significant evidence of religious belief and practice, this AAR Seminar allows a more permanent place at the annual meeting for the study of religion as associated with such topics as food, costume, vernacular art, architecture, material culture, medical and healing beliefs, narrative and song, performance, etc., as well as topics relevant to applied folkloristics such as the “paranormal” and the “supernatural”.

Call for Papers: 

In addition to paper proposals which generally apply the perspectives and methodologies of Folkloristics as a discipline to the study of religion, this year the Folklore and Religion Seminar seeks paper submissions focused on the following theme:

● Folklore, Religion, and Race -
The discipline of Folkloristics has long concerned itself with the ways in which vernacular beliefs and behaviors shape and are shaped by racial or ethnic identities. Stephen Stern’s 1977 article “Ethnic Folklore and the Folklore of Ethnicity” (Western Folklore, Vol. 36, no. 1) examines the myriad ways in which Folklorists have – since the earliest years of the discipline – engaged with concepts of race or ethnicity. Folklore forms and examples – and scholarship concerning them - have also historically been used employed by communities to articulate ideas of Race in both positive and problematic ways. This year, the Folklore and Religion Seminar particularly welcomes proposals that interrogate and explore the roles that Race and Ethnicity play in the shaping of everyday religious practice, belief, and identity.

Ultimately, the direction taken by the Seminar at the 2019 Annual Meeting will depend upon the content, number, and quality of submissions received.

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