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

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Religious Conversions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit studies the full spectrum of issues related to religious conversions, in any historical or geographic context, encompassing different forms of religious belief and practice. The scope of the issues we cover is broad and wide-ranging. We consider investigations into the reasons for various types of religious conversions including, but not limited to intellectual, theological, philosophical, historical, experiential, psychological, social, cultural, political, and economic causes. We also study the consequences of religious conversions, both individually and socially, and their implications. We encourage the methodologies of multiple disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. More narrowly focused areas of inquiry suggested by interested scholars include, but are not limited to the following:

• Multiple conversions
• Group and individual conversions
• Forced conversions
• The narrative and/or literary aspects of conversions
• Hybridity
• Ecclesiological consequences of conversion
• The place and role of conversion in a specific religious tradition
• Theories of conversions
• Formulas of religious conversion (as step-by-step processes)

Call for Papers: 

Individual paper or full paper/panel session proposals (with a preference for the latter) are welcome on any topic related to religious conversion, including, but not limited to the panel topics proposed at the 2017 business meeting (the person whose name is listed in parentheses has expressed an interest in organizing the panel). They are:

• Religious Conversion and European Identity, Both Historical and Contemporary
(Elissa Cutter, Co-sponsorship with the Religion in Europe Unit and the Religious Conversions Unit.

• Conversion and Deconversion in the Context of Genocide
(Katharina Peetz;

• Literature and Conversion/Literary Conversions
(Eliza Kent,

• Multiple Religious Belonging
(Linda Mercadante,

• Book Panel on Ines Jindra’s New Model of Religious Conversion: Beyond Network Theory and Social Constructivism
(Athanasios Despotis,

• Conversion in/as Response to Extreme Circumstances
(Veronique Lecaros,

• Food, Allurement, Proselytization, and Conversion
(Nora Rubel, Co-sponsorship with the Religion and Food Unit and the Religious Conversions Unit.

• Feminist Conversions and Deconversions/Feminist Theorizing of Conversions/Deconversions
(Chad Bauman,

• Negotiating Jewish/Christian Identities: Ancient and Modern
( Co-sponsorship with the SBL Pseudepigrapha Unit.

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Still works well for us.
ChairSteering Committee