After a brief flurry of interest in the 1970s, Religion and Ecology was founded at the 1991 AAR as a consultation, moving to group status shortly afterwards. In 2016, therefore, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, and are looking to assemble two complete panels to celebrate and advance the field.
The first panel should be a critical retrospective of the field of religion and ecology over the past 25 years that aims to assess what the field has contributed to the AAR and to the study of religion more broadly.
The second panel should be one that lays out key themes or questions for the field for the next generation of scholars: what questions have gone unanswered? Which trajectories have been failures? What should the field focus on in future? We aim to select the best papers for inclusion in a special edition of the journal Worldviews, to be guest edited by the co-chairs of the group.
In addition to these two flagship session, we are seeking complete panel proposals for two shorter 90 minute sessions in an alternate format than the traditional 20 minute paper. These could be roundtable discussions, dialogs, workshops, or sessions in which papers will be circulated in advance and not read out in the session. Panels that explore Buddhist responses to the climate crisis are especially welcome.
We also aim to assemble one complete panel formed of individual paper proposals on any theme related to the study of religion and ecology.