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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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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 2018, our unit is especially interested in proposals for individual papers that relate to any of the following topics:

• Religious Adornment of Heads
(Including but not limited to hair, head coverings, piercings, etc.)

• Ritualized Garments

• Religious Dress as Material Culture
(The production, wearing, presentation, etc.)

• Critical Response to the Met Fifth Avenue exhibition, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

The steering committee also welcomes all other proposals related to the broad subject of religion and dress.

Presenters are encouraged to use visuals in their presentation.

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