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

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Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit presents an opportunity for scholars in various subfields of religious studies to explore a topic whose relevance cuts across specializations. We bring together scholars treating different time periods, geographical regions, and traditions in working to strengthen our field’s role in the study of empire, colonialism, and postcolonialism.

Call for Papers: 

Our primary call this year will be a cosponsored session with Religion Film and Visual Culture. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the margins of Empire, including considerations of migrants and migrations from zones that are traditionally neglected in academic and public conversations, such as the Caribbean, Africa and East Asia. We encourage papers that deal with the ways in which migrants and colonized religious "others" are depicted in film and other forms of visual culture (television, photography, graphic art, graffiti, clothing, etc.). How does visual media affect the ways in which we understand these people and events? Any papers related to these themes as well as broader issues of colonialism, postcolonialism and forgotten empires are invited.

We are also interested in papers for the following co-sponsored sessions.

Papers for Sikh Studies Unit on the Hindu-German Conspiracy Trial:

2018 marks the centenary anniversary of the conclusion of the Hindu–German Conspiracy Trial. The trial was, at the time, the most expensive in American legal history in which eight members of the Ghadar Party were indicted on charges of conspiring to violate US neutrality with England (before US entry into WWI) by conspiring with Germany to initiate revolt against the British in India. We invite papers that speak to both directly to the Hindu-German Conspiracy Trial and its aftermath, as well as papers that address the many matters that the trial touches upon, including but not limited to: the Ghadar Party and other anti-colonial movements in the early-twentieth century, state surveillance, and religious sites and universities as places of anti-colonial resistance and organization.

We are also part of a super-team up for next year related to "Decolonization as Healing:
Here is the call from the Religions, Medicines and Healing Unit:

The RMH group will co-sponsor up to two joint sessions on the theme of decolonization as healing, recognizing that colonization has resulted in both historical and ongoing threats to health and wellbeing. We are looking for papers that address facets of this theme, such as, but not limited to: “Place, Land, and Environmental Degradation,” “Decolonization/Restoration of Identities,” “Vocabularies and Pragmatic Applications of Rituals and Ceremonies,” and “Tradition as Healer.”

These ideas are to be broadly construed and may be submitted to any one of the following groups:

• African Diaspora Religions
• African Religions
• Afro-American Religious History
• Asian North American Religion Culture and Society
• Body and Religion
• Indigenous Religious Traditions
• Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society
• Native Traditions in the Americas
• Religion in South Asia
• Religion in Southeast Asia
• Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism
• Religions in the Latina/o Americas
• Religions, Medicines, and Healing
• World Christianity

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Colorado.

Please note: that Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity. Please ensure that any full panel proposals are sensitive in their consideration of a plurality of gendered and racialized voices.

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We are considering making the selection process more transparent.
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