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Korean Religions Unit

Call for Proposals

The Korean Religions Unit welcomes proposals for papers sessions, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. Proposals in all areas of Korean Religions will be considered. This year, we especially invite submissions to the subtopics proposed by interested AAR members, as listed below. If you would like to contribute to one of the panel proposals below, please contact the organizer(s) directly, and submit your proposal at least two weeks prior to the AAR submission deadline which will be on March 2, 2022, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

For KRU Standalone panels:

“Korean Confucianism at a Crossroads.” Organizer: Young-chan Ro (

This session will explore the significance and implications of Korean Confucianism from diverse perspectives to demonstrate the multidimensions of the Korean Confucian tradition for a comprehensive understanding of Korean Confucianism based on Dao Companion to Korean Confucianism (Springer 2019). Furthermore, the panel will examine how the Confucian tradition has been related to other religious traditions of Korea.

״Catastrophe, Recovery, and Korean Religions.” Organizer: Minjung Noh (

What are the roles of Korean religions in the face of disasters? We are interested in proposals that explore the multifaceted relationships between catastrophe, healing, and Korean religions. For example, how do Korean religious communities respond to various catastrophes, including ecological, political, social, emotional, historical, and transnational disasters? What ideas and practices do they offer for recovery and healing? The session is related to next year's annual meeting theme "Religion and Disaster."

Co-sponsored with the New Religions Unit:

“New Religions in Korea.” Organizer: Holly Folk (

For a panel co-sponsored between the Korean Religions Group and the New Religious Movements Group, proposals are sought on Korean new religious movements in Korea, East Asia, and North America; contemporary Korean new religions and their influential predecessors; media representation of Korean NRMs; and Korean new religions’ practices in response to the pandemic.

Any other papers that address the relationship between society, culture, and religion as broadly construed can be submitted. Other inquiries can be directed to Sean Kim, or Liora Sarfati In submitting proposals, please follow the AAR guidelines carefully.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas on the religions of Korea. It addresses all aspects of religions and religious experiences of Korea — past and present and traditional and modern. The Unit investigates Korean religions in all its diversity, including social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical, giving full weight to the complexity of religious phenomena in Korea. The Unit encourages conversations that compare aspects of Korean religions with those of other religious traditions, as well as theoretical conversations about religion that are grounded in Korean religions. In order to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Korean religions, the Unit welcomes scholars from both in and outside of Korean religions and fosters a dialogue among scholars from different religious traditions as well as different disciplinary approaches to religions.


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Review Process

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