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

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Religion, Media, and Culture Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a multidisciplinary forum for exploring the intersections between media and religion. Areas of interest include the participation of religion in digital culture, mediation of religion, the interplay between religious and media communities and between religious and media practices, and the significance of both media and religion in the transformation of religious structures and practices.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion, Media, and Culture unit invites individual presentations, paper/multimedia research presentation sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following themes:

• Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion, Media, and Culture

• Ethnographic Approaches to Religion in Digital Media

• Religious Studies in New Media: Public Intellectuals, Activist Scholarship, and/or the Politics of Recognition

• American Islam Online
Exploring how Muslim community building and Islamic practices are uniquely shaped via social media platforms and online resources. Co-sponsorship with the Contemporary Islam Unit and the Religion, Media, and Culture Unit.

• Mysticism, Lineage, and Ritual Transmission
We are interested in projects that explore the transmission and configuration of mystical power or religious energies. This includes both traditional means and contemporary methods that might use new technologies and social media (for example, initiation rituals performed over Skype). For co-sponsorship with the Mysticism Unit, the Ritual Studies Unit, and the Religion, Media, and Culture Unit.

• For an Authors Meet Critics panel, responses to Martin Shuster's 2017 book, New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre.
Note: We strongly prefer papers that include audio/visual media and ask that proposals make use of media clear. We are also particularly interested in session proposals and presentations that break from traditional paper-reading formats. We encourage panels that propose innovative ways to develop collaborative conversation, especially those that allow for timely analysis of current events.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
Proposals are anonymous to the steering committee throughout review, but names are visible to one designated co-chair solely for communication purposes so that panel and session organizers can be contacted with questions or clarifications that may arise during the review process.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee