AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
The Korean Religions Unit of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for individual papers, paper panels, or roundtable panels.
Any proposal relating to Korea and religion will be considered, but particular consideration will be given to proposals addressing the themes listed below.
Overarching Topic: Religion Crossing Borders
Subtopics (tying also into the Presidential Theme of Religion and the Most Vulnerable):
• Religion and Minorities (racial, social, sexual, etc.) in Korea
• Religion and Migration in Korea
• Migrant Workers, Immigrants, and Religion in Korea
• Populism, Xenophobia, Racism, Provincialism: Constructive Religious Responses (How might religion overcome mass rage, mass nationalism, etc.?)
• Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Korean Religions