The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.
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North American Association for the Study of Religion
Call for Proposals
Show Us Your Data: Method and Theory in Action
The past five years, NAASR’s meetings focused on specific themes (theory, method, data, key categories, and the field). These meetings addressed a range of topics—some familiar, some new—and resulted in insightful discussions at the meetings and beyond. These meetings and discussions tended to dwell on the theoretical. At NAASR 2020, however, we are asking participants to focus on their data, showing how method and theory inform their work in their local data domains.
Breaking with the model used for the past several annual meetings, we have an open call inviting participants to submit roundtable discussions (each roundtable should include five-seven participants). We will also accept individual submissions or partial panels seeking additional participants, although priority will be given to complete roundtables. The participants in each panel will collectively complete their presentations within one hour, leaving roughly an hour for open discussion.
This is therefore a call for roundtables. Each submission should include:
1. a working title
2. a list of participants
3. a summary of the broader topic the roundtable will address
4. a brief description of each participant’s work
5. reflections on the roundtable’s larger theoretical intervention(s)/contribution(s) to the field
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, area studies, reflections on influential scholarly works, and roundtables on specific topics.
We invite scholars from diverse data domains to contribute to each roundtable. Each submission should also include graduate students and early career scholars.
Following the precedent set over the past several years, the aim once again is to publish these workshops as a book under the NAASR Working Papers series with Equinox Publishing.
Please send complete panels or proposals as a file attachment by March 1, 2020, to NAASR VP Rebekka King at firstname.lastname@example.org