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

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Indigenous Religious Traditions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit focuses on theoretical, methodological, and conceptual issues in the study of indigenous religious traditions the world over. Though particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of indigenous religions, we are primarily grounded in the “history of religions” approach as it concerns the analysis of indigenous traditions. The Unit is also concerned with the interface of indigenous religious traditions and modernity, colonial and postcolonial conditions, and local and global forces that shape the practice of indigenous traditions and their categorizations.

Call for Papers: 

The Indigenous Religious Traditions Unit focuses on theoretical, methodological, and conceptual issues in the study of indigenous religious traditions the world over. Though particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of indigenous religions, we are primarily grounded in the “history of religions” approach as it concerns the analysis of indigenous traditions. The Unit is also concerned with the interface of indigenous religious traditions and modernity, colonial and postcolonial conditions, and local and global forces that shape the practice of indigenous traditions. Moreover, Indigenous Religious Traditions fosters inter-Indigeous dialogues with consistent attention to such topics as land, language, and political relationships that inform dynamic Indigenous spiritual practices.

For AAR 2019 in San Diego, we particularly welcome Indigenous paper and panel proposals particularly relating to any of the following topics:

● Seafaring and waterways in Indigenous religious traditions

Ancestry and Death/Los Muertos in Indigenous religious traditions (Co-sponsored by Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society & Indigenous Religious Traditions)

● Rematriation and Indigenous women's religious traditions

● Indigenous movement between spiritual worlds and dimensions

● Indigenous methodologies and Indigenous intellectuals in religion scholarship

Entheogens -
This session is concerned with the role entheogens play in the religious/mystical traditions of a variety of indigenous contexts. Equally important as examining entheogens in their native contexts, however, is addressing their adoption by non-native populations including problems concerning their commodification and appropriation as well as legal issues. For possible co-sponsorship with the Indigenous Religions Unit, the Mysticism Unit, and the Native Traditions in the Americas Unit.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee