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Baha’i Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

A co-sponsored panel with the Religion and Food Unit 

Papers on practices and beliefs related to food, drink, fasting, food production, food insecurity and/or sovereignty, food and social/economic development, the climate and environmental impacts of food, the ethics of food production and consumption, or any aspect of religiously influenced practices concerning food. The Baha’i community is concerned about these issues and grapples with them in different ways in communities around the world. Papers can address Baha’i contributions to these questions or highlight other religious groups.  

Statement of Purpose

The Baha'i Studies Unit explores the study of Baha'i history, theology and spiritual practices as well as how Baha'i social teachings can be applied to contemporary social problems. The Unit welcomes research about the history of the Baha'i Faith, its primary figures and texts and Baha'i communities around the world. We are also interested more broadly in the role of religion and social reform in the modern world, particularly issues relevant to Baha'i teachings concerning racial justice, gender equality, science and religion, inequality, nonviolent social change, and human interconnectedness across the globe. The Unit seeks to bring together a diversity of perspectives and traditions, and all are welcome to participate.


Steering Committee Members

  • Susan Maneck, Jackson State University
    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
  • Saphira Rameshfar, Baha'i International Community, United Nations Office
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
  • Benjamin Schewel, University of Groningen / University of Virginia
    1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
  • Robert H. Stockman, Indiana University, South Bend
    1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026


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Review Process

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