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Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America Seminar

Call for Proposals

In 2022, we will be using our final year of our five-year seminar to workshop contributions to journal special issue that will result from the seminar. We already have a number of presenters from the first five years who have indicated their interest in contributing articles to this special issue and we will ask them to circulate drafts of their papers (many of which are revised and expanded versions of the presentations from previous meetings) several weeks before the 2022 annual meeting, to provide attendees time to prepare comments for this workshop. Please contact the seminar chairs, Holly Gayley ( and Justin Stein ( if you would like to participate in this workshop.

Statement of Purpose

Our seminar aims to bring together scholars working on different traditions and regions to participate in a sustained conversation about the translation, transmission, and transformation of religious expressions between Asia and North America. We are interested in ideas and practices that exceed institutional, national, cultural, and ethnic boundaries, and use “transnational” to call attention to the boundaries crossed and recrossed—through mediated and contested spaces—between different cultural contexts as religious ideas, technologies, and actors move across the Pacific and around the globe. In this way, “transnational” is meant to be both a descriptor of the complex realities of religious transmission and a promising analytical space to address related processes such as transculturation, adaptation, exploitation, appropriation, (de)territorialization, and glocalization. Many of these processes challenge the ground on which normative national and religious taxonomies depend, and we are interested on sharing theories and approaches less oriented toward reifying discrete traditions and more capable of analyzing the hybridity and fluidity of religious expression in the global age.


Steering Committee Members


E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)


Papers were upload and circulated by email.

Review Process

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