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

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Korean Religions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas on the religions of Korea. It addresses all aspects of religions and religious experiences of Korea — past and present and traditional and modern. The Unit investigates Korean religions in all its diversity, including social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical, giving full weight to the complexity of religious phenomena in Korea. The Unit encourages conversations that compare aspects of Korean religions with those of other religious traditions, as well as theoretical conversations about religion that are grounded in Korean religions. In order to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Korean religions, the Unit welcomes scholars from both in and outside of Korean religions and fosters a dialogue among scholars from different religious traditions as well as different disciplinary approaches to religions.

Call for Papers: 

For our standalone panel(s), the Korean Religions Unit welcomes proposals for papers sessions, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. Proposals in all areas of Korean Religions will be considered, but we are especially interested in working around the following themes as they relate to religion in Korea:

● Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

● Peace Process between North and South Korea

● Refugees/Migrants

● March First Movement

Additionally, we have two topics proposed by AAR members who will serve as panel organizers. If you would like to contribute to one of the following potential panels, please contact the organizer directly.


● Material Culture and Korean Religions, Organizer: Liora Sarfati Email: lsarfati@tauex.tau.ac.il -
Objects play an important role in Korean religions. From Ancestor altars, to churches, shamanic offerings, and golden Buddha statues, the religious practice is embedded in the material world. This panel offers to explore the roles of objects in religious practice and belief in its broadest sense, both historically and in contemporary Korea. Panel proposals can discuss meanings and uses of artefacts in Korean religion, and theoretical perspectives related to the agency of objects, their affect, and the relationship between verbal, behavioural and material social constructs related to any religious manifestation in Korea.


● Transnational Networks and Connections in Korean Religions, Organizer: Sungjin Im Email: sungjin.im2@duke.edu -
This panel invites papers that explore connections between Korean religions and their counterparts in other countries and/or within the Korean diaspora, transnational expressions of Korean religions, Korean religions and transnational identities, and other related topics.

Finally, we invite proposals for the following panel co-sponsored with the New Religious Movements Unit and the Sikh Studies Unit:

Innovations in Asian Religions - A co-sponsored session with the Korean Religions Unit, New Religious Movements Unit, and the Sikh Studies Unit.

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