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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)

Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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Religion, Attire, and Adornment in North America Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

Focusing on the North American context, this seminar explores specific instances of religion, attire, and adornment, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and dress. Religion and dress includes a wide range of expressions, including not only clothing but all forms of bodily adornment: hairstyle, jewelry, cosmetics, scents, bathing, tattooing, and more. Many religions prescribe and proscribe various forms of dress in both sacred and secular settings, but beyond basic questions of who, what, and why that are prompted by such religious rules, this seminar is especially interested in exploring connections between religious dress and meaning-making. We also seek to move beyond dress as merely a sign or communicator of meaning to attend to the materiality of dress itself, and the ways it shapes bodies and selves. All scholars are invited to contact the chair to express interest in participating in the seminar.

Call for Papers: 

For 2019, the steering committee invites proposals on the following topics:

● Religious dress through a lens of hybridity and/or revitalization

● Theory and method for the study of religion and dress

● Artifacts of dress, for ex: shoes, jewelry, textiles, specific garments, decorative details, etc.

● Activist/political dress

● Religious dress on display, for ex: museum exhibitions, ceremonial dress, fashion catwalks, etc.

In addition, all other proposals relevant to aspects of the study of religion and dress are welcome and will be considered. Presenters are encouraged to use visuals in their presentation.

Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times
ChairSteering Committee