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Body and Religion Unit

Call for Proposals

The Body and Religion Unit aims to provide a forum for multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary conversations that theorize the contribution of the body and embodiment to religions. We invite proposals or panels presenting diverse methodologies and understandings of the body, as well as traditional and alternative presentation styles. When reviewing your paper proposals, we particularly appreciate proposals that do not simply discuss bodily activities but also explicitly reflect on the difference this focus makes to the academic study of religions. This year we are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:

  • embodied work/labor in religious contexts
  • body and emotion in transnational and/or globalized contexts
  • politicized, surveilled and/or bodies in conflict -- especially, but not limited to climate change
  • embodied pedagogies roundtable, with special interest in sharing strategies on the following topics: intersection of race and religion, applications of Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed in religion classrooms, our teaching bodies (how the bodies we inhabit impact our teaching), or other possibilities
  • book panel roundtable on Philip Butler’s Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality (Bloomsbury, 2021)

(Co-sponsored by Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit and Body and Religion Unit) We are seeking to form a book discussion roundtable on Philip Butler’s Black Transhuman Liberation Theology: Technology and Spirituality (Bloomsbury, 2021). The vision is to select 5-6 scholars to receive a copy of Butler’s book to read in advance of AAR, prepare two pages of opening observations, and then engage in a book discussion during the session that would be transcribed and an excerpt published in the journal Body and Religion, along with your prepared remarks. Instead of a paper proposal, we would like a few paragraphs on the following: Why would you like to participate in this book discussion? What is your level of expertise on body, liberation theologies, and/or topics of transhumanism? What lenses would you bring to the conversation on this book? Those selected will be contacted for an address to send a copy of the book to you by the end of April-May 2022.

  • flesh, bone, and blood on the boundaries in Buddhist Studies
  • embodied research methods in religion (non-traditional formats welcome)
  • open call.

If your proposal gets accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate in the annual meeting, barring unforeseeable exceptional circumstances. Please note that it is the policy of the Body and Religion Unit to refuse no-shows at the Annual Meeting from the program for up to the following two years.

Statement of Purpose

his Unit aims to draw together scholars working with different methodologies who address body and embodiment as a fundamental category of analysis in the study of religion. The Unit provides a forum for sustained discussion and critique of diverse approaches to body and religion by scholars working on a wide range of traditions, regions, and eras. 

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The Body and Religion Unit launched the peer-reviewed journal, Body and Religion, through Equinox, in 2017. We invite papers for submission on a rolling basis, including papers presented on panels hosted by, but not limited to, the Body and Religion Unit. Journal Homepage: 

Steering Committee Membership 
Those who take on the responsibilities of being steering committee members will participate in decision-making processes for the annual call for papers, respond to unit communication, and read, rank, and comment on submitted proposals in March. If a steering committee member finds that they are not able to fulfill these tasks in a given year, they should communicate with the co-chairs. If a steering committee member cannot participate in this work, the co-chairs may replace them. 


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members