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)

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Law, Religion, and Culture Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is interested in the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and comparative studies of the interrelationships of law and religion. The terms “law” and “religion” are broadly conceptualized and our interests have extended to include ancient and contemporary contexts and a wide variety of critical approaches. We hope to instigate consideration of religion and law issues at the AAR beyond issues concerning religious freedom and the United States Constitution.

Call for Papers: 

As always, the Law, Religion, and Culture Unit welcomes proposals for individual papers, papers sessions, and roundtable panel proposals, including author-meets-critics sessions, on any aspect of the cultural, historical, critical, and comparative study of the intersections of law and religion in Asia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas, including legal categories in religious traditions, the treatment of religion within legal traditions, human rights, and freedom of religion. We welcome explorations of “formal” law that directly intersects with states and “informal” law that does not.
This year, our Unit particularly invites proposals that address the following broad themes:

Borderlands and Immigration - Including examinations of sanctuary cases and cases involving religious exemptions for aiding migrants (such as United States v. Warren), for a possible co-sponsorship with the Religion and Migration Unit.

Legality of Death - e.g., aid in dying, government intervention in the dying process, religious law (very broadly defined), international and national perspectives on laws regarding death and dying, as well as laws governing body disposition, for a possible co-sponsorship with the Death, Dying, and Beyond Unit.

● Law, religion, and children.

● The "bureaucratization" of religion.

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