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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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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: 

In addition to general papers and proposals dealing with religion, colonialism, and post-colonialism, we invite papers on the following topics:

● The Role(s) of China and India in Asia, Africa, and Latin America -
We are looking forward to receiving papers analyzing from a post-colonial perspective the increased transregional and transcontinental roles of China and India and their impact on the religious landscapes of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

● Decolonizing the Syllabus and Reworking the Canon -
We are exploring a possible multi-year focus on actively contributing to a decolonization of religious studies syllabi and to re-working the canon, highlighting and discussing theorists and approaches that are marginalized and deserve closer attention. We are considering multiple ways of doing this: a workshop-like panel discussing e.g. introductory courses in religious studies and actively working on re-writing the syllabus from a decolonial perspective; a panel or roundtable focussing on a particular underestimated theorist and exploring their contribution to the past and future of religious studies. We welcome any proposals of papers or full sessions dealing with such issues and are open to suggestions in advance.

● Author(s)-Meet-Critics: Book Panel -
We are also going to have another book panel in 2019, after the successful panels on books by Birgit Meyer, Richard King, Pamela Klassen and Jennifer Graber in the past. Submissions of full panels on a recently published book touching on issues of colonialism and postcolonialism are also welcome, please contact the co-chairs beforehand if your are interested in developing a book panel with our Unit.

We are also interested in papers for the following possible co-sponsored session:

● Religion and Migrant Labor/Colonial Labor (possible co-sponsorship with the Class, Religion, and Theology Unit)

We invite papers that explore the nexus of religion and work/labor both as a driver of migration and as a core apparatus of colonial exploitation.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Please note that the Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism Unit 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.

Method: 
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Process: 
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Comments: 
We are considering making the selection process more transparent.
Leadership: 
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