PAPERS Resources

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

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Program Book (PDF)

Preliminary Program Book (MS Word)

Floorplans of Annual Meeting Facilities (PDF)

Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

Program Book Ads (PDF)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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History of Christianity Unit and Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Unit and Religion, Memory, History Unit

Call for Papers: 

We invite proposals that explore the themes of religious contact, crossings, and contestation, and especially encourage historical perspectives on militarized border encounters (broadly construed). The quincentennial of Hernán Cortez’s arrival in Mexico occasions us to consider contact cultures in the history of Christianity in the Americas and the longer legacy of incommensurate religious, cultural, political, and social encounters. The location of the AAR’s 2019 meeting in San Diego further invites interrogations of borders as sites and metaphors of contact as well as of containment. 250 years after Cortez’s landfall, Fr. Junipero Serra, also under the auspices of the Spanish Crown, undertook the establishment of missions throughout California. The first of these, San Diego de Alcalá, founded 250 years ago (1769), symbolizes the expansion and contested legacy of the Spanish borderlands. San Diego itself epitomizes the gateway of contact and encounters. The U.S.A.-México border is an open wound, noted critic Gloria Anzaldúa wrote, “where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds.” The recent confrontation between the “caravan” of Hondurans and armed agents of the Mexico and the United States’ heavily-militarized border at the gates of the Tijuana-San Diego crossing, serves as a sobering reminder of Anzaldúa’s description and, at the same time, complicates the longer legacy of borders in the Americas.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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