AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This seminar serves as a space at AAR for presenting and discussing innovative research on religion in the Philippines and strives to develop new perspectives in the study of its religious history. The Philippines has always been a crossroads of diverse religious encounters: between indigenous religions, Islam, Iberian and American Catholicism, Protestantism, indigenous Christian and non-Christian traditions, as well as various Charismatic movements. At the same time, it has been a marginal space, at the geographical margin of Asia and the intellectual margins of scholarship on religion in Southeast Asia and the study of Christianity and Islam. In response to these concerns, this five-year seminar on “New Perspectives on Religion in the Philippines” will contribute to understanding the Philippines as an important node in a global history of transregional and transcontinental religious interactions. It pursues two goals: publishing an extensive edited volume outlining a broad and comparative perspective on religion in the Philippines, as well as establishing a public forum at AAR for discussing the study of religion in the Philippines. As a group we are always open to new voices and topics, please get into contact with the chairs if you want to become involved.
For this third year of a five-year seminar series we are encouraging the submission of proposals for full research papers that address any aspect of religion in the Philippines from a global perspective while suggesting promising new avenues of research within the field. We welcome submissions from all scholars, but scheduling priority may be given to previously-confirmed participants.
For next year’s session(s) we are particularly looking for papers addressing the following issues:
• moments and movements of protest and dissent in Filipino religion
• alternative religions and new religious movements in the Philippines
Scholars interested in being part of this conversation are encouraged to contact the chairs for more information and/or details about submitting a proposal. In order to facilitate substantive conversation during the panel, this seminar will participate in the AAR Full Paper Submission system. Full drafts of all accepted papers will be posted online several weeks prior to the Annual Meeting, being accessible to AAR members only.