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Authentic replicas: Buddhist art in Medieval China (seminar) posted date:2018-09-10
Time:2018.10.06 09:00 ~ 2018.10.06 13:00
Location:Room SG 32, Senate House

As belief in the Buddha grew and his teachings were transmitted across Asia, Buddhist images, scriptures, and relics were duplicated and reduplicated to satisfy the needs of increasing numbers of the faithful. Yet how were these countless copies of sacred objects able to retain their authenticity and efficacy? Authentic Replicas explores how Buddhists in medieval China solved this conundrum through the use of traditional methods of replication to create objects that fulfilled the spiritual aspirations of those who possessed them. I will show that the Buddhist concept of a replica as an extension of its source imbued the object with credibility, and rendered replicas as “authentic,” possessing the same degree of efficacy as the original.

Hsueh-man Shen is Ehrenkranz Associate Professor in World Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research on Buddhist art and material culture focuses on the transmission of ideas and technologies across time and space. She is author of the book, Authentic Replicas: Buddhist Art in Medieval China (2018), and editor of Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire (2006, German version in 2007). In 2016 she co-curated the special exhibition, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, for the Getty Center in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Art, Space, and Mobility, to explore how maritime connectivity reconfigured the cultural boundaries of East Asia during the long twelfth century.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: es27@soas.ac.uk

Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/06oct2018-authentic-replicas-buddhist-art-in-medieval-china-seminar.html

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Ann: Symposium on Text, Context, and Acts: Chinese Popular Religion in Practice at University of Rochester posted date:2018-09-10
Time:2018.09.29 ~ 2018.09.30
Location:University of Rochester, NY Rush-Rhees Library

The starting point of this workshop is texts: texts in written, spoken, and visual forms such as vernacular liturgical manuals, folklore, stelae, and rock reliefs. It aims at exploring Chinese religious beliefs and practices from the perspective of popular religion. Discussions on institutional religions are not excluded since they arguably wield influence on popular religion and vice versa. While the workshop will give the methodological priority to texts, our focus is not the intellectual “metadiscourses” but an apprehension of ordinary practitioners’ beliefs and practices.

Texts imply context. Studying texts entails studying the contexts in which they are composed, reproduced, dissimilated, and received. The workshop will expound, insofar as possible, how text came into being; how it took the form(s) in which we find it; how it was made public; and how it was received.

Reception is not a passive acceptance but an active engagement. A reader is actively involved in interpreting a text upon receiving it. The interpretation is the reader’s own choice. In the meantime, the choice was formed with impacts from the context in which he or she lives. Furthermore, reception should also be understood as to include the impacts texts produced. While the intended meaning of a text is surely “picked and chosen” by the audience at reading, watching, and hearing through their own frameworks of experience. Such experience is in a large portion shaped by society. Texts express both authorial intention and social interaction. What is equally important is that their reception of the texts would also change their framework of experience.

Official languages
English and Chinese

This symposium is part of the Humanities Project, University of Rochester. The symposium also received generous support from the Office for Global Engagement and the Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester.

Paper titles and authors
Water-and-Land Dharma Service (Shuilu fahui) in the Ba-Shu Area during the Song Dynasty – with a Focus on the Cliff Relief in Dazu
HOU Chong

Shanghai Normal University

A Survey of the Chayan (“Tea Banquet”) Religious Ceremony in Changshu Area, Jiangsu Province, in History and Presence
CHEN Yongchao

Peking University

The Principles Behind the Growth of Local Deities: A Study of Legends and Beliefs about Erlang in Hongdong, Shanxi Province

Peking Normal University

Living Stela: Studying Stela in the Taishan Area through Contemporary Pilgrimages
YE Tao

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Temple Stela as “Texts Acts”
Adam Y. Chau

Cambridge University

Inscribing Lineage, Power, and Transmission: Daoist Temple Steles in Nanyang, 1500s-1940s
Xun Liu

Rutgers University

The Heavenly Master Institution in Late Imperial and Modern Times
Vincent Goossaert

Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Storied Stones: The Lived Religion of Daoist Communities
Gil Raz

Dartmouth College

The Worship of Lady Wei Huacun in North China
Shin-yi Chao

University of Rochester

Focusing on Altars: Confucian Discourse on the Imperial Cults
Thomas Wilson

Hamilton College

Convergence of Fears: The Spread and Impacts of the Dooms-day Prophecy in Chinese Society in 1923
FAN Chun-wu

Fo Guang University

For details, please contact Shin-yi Chao S.chao@rochester.edu

Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/22055/discussions/2346853/ann-symposium-text-context-and-acts-chinese-popular-religion

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Conference> Digital Humanities 2021 (DH2021) at UTokyo posted date:2018-07-06
Time:2021.08.23 ~ 2021.08.28
Location:The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

We are delighted to be able to tell you that the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (#ADHO) has selected the University of Tokyo as host for DH2021 (@DH2021_Tokyo)!! We hope that all Buddhist Studies scholars who are running digital projects will put this date on your distant calendar.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1987492/conference-digital-humanities-2021-dh2021-utokyo

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Conference announcement: Buddhism and Law: Between Text and Context posted date:2018-05-25
Time:2019.09.27 ~ 2019.09.29
Location:the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the Buffalo Law School SUNY, New York

Announcing the Second International Conference on Buddhism and Law hosted by the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society. The conference will be held at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the Buffalo Law School SUNY, New York. The proposed dates are Friday–Sunday, September 27–29, 2019.

The format will be themed panels and two keynote speakers.

Topics may include: different versions of the vinaya in Sanskrit, Pali and other vernacular sources; the relationship of Buddhist law and constitutionalism in emerging democracies, Buddhism and social policy, the relationship of Buddhism and the state to religious education, family law, criminal law, law and economy, property, colonialism, and legal process.

All housing, food and local transportation with be provided by the Baldy Center as well as some assistance with conference airfare. We remain open to your interests and proposals for papers and panels. Papers produced for the conference will be published in the journal, Buddhism, Law & Society. For more information, please contact:

Josh Coene, Managing Editor, editor@buddhismandlaw.org;

Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor, kiepue@t-online.de;

Rebecca R. French, Editor, rrfrench@buffalo.edu.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1860595/conference-announcement-buddhism-and-law-between-text-and-context

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CFP> Panel "The Lay Sciences in Tibet." 15th IATS seminar, Paris, July 7-13, 2019 posted date:2018-05-18
Time:2019.07.07 ~ 2017.07.13

I would like to invite interested scholars to participate in a panel entitled "The Lay Sciences in Tibet," to be held at the 15th IATS seminar in Paris from July 7-13, 2019. Please see the panel's abstract below for more details, and contact me with any further question.

Yours truly,

Philippe Turenne
Associate Professor
Kathmandu University,
Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute
P.O. Box 21277, Kathmandu, Nepal

Panel description:

Tibetan intellectual culture has been shaped in great part by its inheritance of Indian models of knowledge, which organize the various fields of knowledge under the category of the five (“inner science” or Buddhism, linguistics, healing, logic, and arts) or ten sciences (adding astrology, poetics, prosody, synonymics and drama). This panel will look at the way Tibetan culture has appropriated those sciences, how they have evolved in the Tibetan context, and how they relate to other elements of Tibetan culture. Issues treated may include the relation between the lay sciences and the inner science of Buddhism, Tibetan developments of those sciences, Tibetan attitudes towards non-Buddhist knowledge, both historically and in the contemporary period, and the ways Tibetan Buddhist culture has been influenced or transformed by lay sciences.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/1836151/cfp-panel-lay-sciences-tibet-15th-iats-seminar-paris-july-7-13

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Call for Papers> Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches posted date:2018-09-21

Editors: Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Leah Pope Parker, and Alicia Spencer-Hall

We invite abstract submissions for 7,500-word essays to be included in an edited volume on the topic of Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints. Because saints’ cults in the Middle Ages centralized the body—those of the saints themselves, those of devotees, and the idea of the body on earth and in the afterlife—scholars of medieval disability frequently find that our best sources are those that also deal with saints and sanctity. This volume therefore seeks to foster and assemble a wide range of approaches to disability in the context of medieval saints’ cults. We seek contributions spanning a variety of fields, including history, literature, art history, archaeology, material culture, histories of science and medicine, religious history, etc. We especially encourage contributions that extend beyond Roman Christianity (including non-Christian concepts of sanctity) and that extend beyond Europe/the West.

For the purposes of this volume, we define “disability” as broadly including physical impairment, diversity of bodily forms, chronic illness, neurodiversity (mental illness, cognitive impairment, etc), sensory impairment, and any other variation in bodily form or ability that affected medieval individuals’ role and treatment in their communities. We are open to topics spanning the medieval period both temporally and geographically, but also inclusive of late antiquity and the early modern era. The editors envision essays falling into three units: saints with disabilities; saints interacting with disability; and theorizing sanctity/disability.

We welcome proposals on topics including, but not limited to:

· Phenomenology of saints’ cults with respect to disability, e.g. pilgrimage, feast days, liturgy, etc;

· Materiality of sanctity involved in reliquaries, shrines, and relics;

· Doctrinal approaches to disability in relation to sanctity and holiness;

· Sanctity and bodies in the archaeological record;

· Intersections of disability and race/gender/sexuality/etc in hagiography, art, and material culture;

· Healing miracles and disabling miraculous punishments;

· Cross-cultural approaches to sanctity and disability;

· Saints who wrote about disability;

· Specific saints with connections to concepts of disability, e.g. Margaret of Antioch, Cosmas and Damian, Francis of Assisi, Dymphna, etc;

· Theorizing sanctity in relation to disability; and

· Saintly figures in non-hagiographic genres.


Oct. 1, 2018 Proposals due

Oct. 31, 2018 Replies sent to proposals

Nov. 30, 2018 Volume proposal submitted to press (contributors will provide short abstracts and bios)

May 31, 2019 Essays due from contributors

Aug. 30, 2019 Editors deliver extensive feedback to contributors

Jan. 15, 2020 Revised essays due from contributors

April 3, 2020 Full volume manuscript delivered to press

Please submit abstracts of 300–400 words, along with a short author bio and a description of any images you anticipate wanting to include in your essay, to the editors at DisabilitySanctity@gmail.com by Monday, October 1, 2018.
Related Link:https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/2106880/cfp-disability-and-medieval-cults-saints-interdisciplinary-and

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Western Region posted date:2018-09-21
Time:Deadline:2018.10.02 00:00
Location:Arizona State University

2019 Annual Conference Theme:
Religion and Resistance

Make sure to submit the Program Participant Form when submitting your proposal! Click here to download it.

Click Here for a PDF Version

The overall focus of the 2019 conference is Religion and Resistance. In several senses, all religion and religious expression contain forms of resistance, whether having to do with faith and particular beliefs (e.g., the very claim of revelation, or the transcendent) or their prescriptions for conduct. Beyond the theological and ethical, however, while simultaneously being artifacts of culture, religious material expression is also countercultural.

We invite our colleagues to consider how might resistance best be understood within religious traditions. Where might underexplored figures, movements, and ideas be found for better understanding how resistance has worked historically and in the contemporary moment? Resistance may relate to particular acts (e.g., resistance to particular sins via violent/non-violent action), or resistance to other operative powers and principalities, or to other normative orders in relation to dominant social structures.

Religion has also expressed alternative public and private forms of political resistance. Calvin explained to the King of France that “we must not only resist, but boldly attack prevailing evils.” Buddhism came about through a realization of the need to oppose and remove suffering from the world’s normal order. Judaism and Islam were birthed amid cultural decadence and idolatry, responding to their cultures by creating new orders and ways of living in the world. And various radical dissenting groups have defined themselves by outright nonconformity.

But how is this done? What does resistance look like and how is it facilitated and strengthened? How does it “rock the nation” and lead to demands like, “freedom now,” as Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of? What is resistance ultimately for? How does religion enable its participants to overcome through resistance? What role does religion play? And should religion always be defined in forms of resistance to dominant power structures? Or is religion better-oriented in its enabling and informing of these structures? How may religion function as resistance in both contexts? How also does internal resistance (reform, disruption, redevelopment) take place within traditions?

Beyond the traditional, what does religious resistance look like today? What are various cultural norms and wider external prescriptions that various religious traditions provide antibody (or alternatives) to? And how do these work when various traditions (and their theologies) are co-opted for other ends, be they nationalistic, political, or otherwise foreign to the ontologies and close readings of a tradition’s more radical features? How do religious traditions bring together visions of collaboration with other traditions for collective resistance to larger structures that may threaten ideas of religion, or freedom of religion, and what sort of ontologies and anthropologies are these affirming in order to work? What is lost or gained in these questions of religion and resistance?

Please see the individual unit call for proposals below. Interested scholars and students should consult the general directions on the AARWR website (http://www.aarwr.com/call-for-papers.html) and e-mail proposals and participant forms as an attachment to respective unit chairs.


Asian American Religious Studies.

As the general conference theme of AAR/AR 2019 is Religion and Resistance, Asian American Religious Studies invite papers pertinent to religion and resistance. We are interested in understanding and interpretation of religious resistance including from alternative public and private forms of political resistance from theological, ethical or historical perspectives in Asian American contexts. What does religious resistance look like today or at particular time frame? What are various cultural norms and wider external prescriptions that various religious traditions provide alternative to.

Please send proposals to Thien-Huong T. Ninh (ninht@crc.losrios.edu) and Jeongyun April Hur (jeongyun.hur@gmail.com).

Buddhist Studies

The Buddhist Studies unit invites papers on any topic exploring this year's conference theme of "Religion and Resistance" directly or tangentially. We welcome papers covering any school of Buddhism and from all disciplinary approaches. Topics of interest not related to the conference theme will also be considered as space permits.

Please send proposals to Alison Jameson (ajameson@email.arizona.edu) and Jake Nagasawa (jnagasawa@umail.ucsb.edu).

Catholic Studies

The Catholic Studies unit invites submissions on diverse topics within the field of Catholic Studies, but especially submissions that relate to this year’s conference theme of Religion and Resistance. We welcome submissions that explore the ways that Catholic institutions, communities, and individuals have resisted internal movements and figures (for example, through reform, disruption, and redevelopment), as well as the ways that Catholic institutions, communities, and individuals have fostered movements that were resisted by external forces. In an effort to bring perspectives commensurate to the diversity of the subject matter, we seek submissions that utilize a diversity of methodologies, including but not limited to critical, ethical, historical, philosophical, and theological perspectives.

Please send an abstract of 250 words as well as a completed participant form to Eva Braunstein (evabraunstein@umail.ucsb.edu) and to Justin Claravall (jclaravall@scu.edu).

Ecology and Religion

As humanity grapples with increasingly dire realities of, for example, climate crisis, biodiversity decline, deforestation, agricultural fertility changes, coral bleaching, and pollution of fresh and salt waters, participants in diverse religious traditions articulate creative ethical solutions, imagining a more just and sustainable world. In part, solution building requires people to address moral failures and challenge unjust structures of power that have ushered in the Anthropocene era, in which human beings have turned geological and meteorological history away from life-renewing balance. Religions and specific communities, then, can offer powerful voices and perspectives to resist frameworks of degradation, destruction, exploitation, and domination.

For 2019, the Ecology and Religion unit encourages proposals that address the relationship of religion and resistance pertaining to the contemporary environmental crisis, as well as broader ecological issues. Around the world, communities are drawing from religious traditions to resist structural domination concerning the environment—from indigenous and interfaith protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota; to the movement resisting oil companies by the Ogoni people in Nigeria; to Black Christian churches organizing around water toxicity levels and environmental justice concerns in Flint, Michigan; to Hinduism’s influence on the seed freedom movement resisting corporate seed-patenting in India; and many more. Proposals might cover any number of related topics, including climate and environmental activism, global resistance movements, political ecology, climate colonialism, land and water rights, environmental racism and sexism, globalization, climate racism, resisting neoliberalism, fossil fuel dependence and alternative energy, environmental sacrifice zones, dismantling racism and patriarchy, among many others. We are particularly interested in projects that address concrete, local-global ecological concerns, resisting destruction by constructing “alternatives” that renew life in specific places of meaning.

The Ecology and Religion unit also invites proposals that address the intersection of religion, theology, environment, and sustainability more broadly. Proposals may cover eco-theology, climate justice, indigenous traditions and methodologies, eco-/womanist ethics, ecofeminism, black feminist thought, black liberation theology, postcolonial perspectives, new materialisms, queer theology and ecology, animal ethics, nature ethics, environmental ethics, environmental justice, conflict and peace, environmental and public health, and more.

Please submit a one-page proposal to both section co-chairs: Sarah Robinson-Bertoni (sarahrobinsonbertoni@gmail.com) and Matthew Hartman (matthartman123@gmail.com). See also the co-sponsored call with the Ecology and Religion and the Ethics units.


In light of this year's conference theme, we invite proposals relating to the ethics of resistance. Recently, academic publications and grassroots presentations alike have stressed the need to resist contemporary expressions of injustice, inequality, and violence. What descriptive, evaluative, and constructive roles might religious ethics play in illuminating and advancing meaningful discussions about when Resistance is morally justified or obligatory? Possible paper topics might include: the ongoing relevance of religious exemplars of ethical resistance; the relationship between resistance and religious practices in various traditions (such as meditation in Buddhism, Sabbath in Judaism, eucharist in Christianity, and jihad in Islam); the complex ways religions shape the contours of ethical resistance, both in funding its possibilities and in constraining its limits; how forgiveness might figure into discussions about resistance: does the former require us to find alternative ways of dealing with injustice—other than resistance?; religious confrontation with, renunciation of, and/or embrace of violence; and the connection between religious ethics and aesthetics (such as the integration of poetry and prophecy, etc.) Please email proposals to Owen Anderson (oanderson@asu.edu) and Joshua Beckett (joshuabeckett@fuller.edu).

* See also the co-sponsored call with the Ecology and Religion and the Ethics units.

Education and Pedagogy

The Education and Pedagogy unit is interested in the work many of us share: What we do with the students enrolled in our courses? Similar to the longstanding national AAR unit on “teaching religion” (https://papers.aarweb.org/content/teaching-religion-unit ), this unit invites papers that explore innovative teaching practices and course design as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, the unit is a venue where individuals in the region can deepen their engagement in disciplinary debates and theoretical interests (e.g. various critiques of the idea of “religion”) by exploring their implications for how we design curriculum and structure courses (e.g. how design a survey that does not essentialize religion? How to incorporate a lived religion approach to assignments?).

The 2019 conference theme, asks us to consider how religion and resistance intersect. We invite proposals relating teaching and learning to this theme including but not limited to one or more of the following questions: How is or can teaching be a form of resistance? What tools or pedagogical approaches allow us to engage our students in acts of resistance as a mode of learning? How do we harness the potential for resistance in the classroom to deepen learning? What is the relationship between teaching and activism, both of the professor and the students? What are models for community-based learning that engage students in the work of resistance as a link between academia and community? What are best practices for engaging students with the resistance efforts of local faith communities and organizations?

We are particularly interested in papers, workshops, and other methods of presenting that embody the pedagogical commitments of the section.

Interested individuals should consult the general directions on the AAR/WR website (http://www.aarwr.com/call-for-papers.html) and e-mail proposals and participant forms as an attachment to Philip Boo Riley (priley@scu.edu) and Melissa James (melmjames@yahoo.com).

Goddess Studies:

This year’s theme is religion and resistance; how might the history of women in mythic or religious literature and imagery apply to resistance? There have been quite a few women at the forefront of recent civil unrest and protest—whether that be on the streets, on the page, or in the media (including television, music, and performance art). Do any of the symbols and patterns of resistance have precursors within the narrative(s) of women—gender all inclusive—in mythology, or in images of Goddess-related spirituality? How so? Why might this be important? How might related archetypes have relevance in the current era of Time’s Up, #MeToo, school walkouts, Take a Knee, #OscarsSoWhite, and the ever-widening need for intercultural and intersectional dialogue? We welcome papers that touch on any of the above subjects through the lens of the socio-political, critical, feminist, mythological, depth psychological, LGBTQ, hermeneutic, historical, religious, and/or pop-cultural.

Please send proposals to both unit co-chairs Angela Sells (comingintobeing@gmail.com) and Jan Kristen Peppler (janpeppler@gmail.com).

Graduate Student Professional Development

Call for Mentors and Mentees:
This year, in lieu of a call for papers, the GSPD unit will begin to develop a mentor-mentee program to regionally mirror the national mentoring program, which can be found here. To this end, we are calling for mentors who would like to mentor freshly minted PhD’s, developing scholars, and graduate students in the Western region. In addition, we are calling for freshly minted PhD’s, developing scholars, and graduate students in the region who would like to be assigned a regional mentor. Mentors and mentees do not need to be regionally located within the Western region to become a Western region mentor or mentee.

What We Do:
The Unit Faculty Mentor is Dr. Jonathan Lee, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and the Unit Chair is Joseph Kim Paxton, doctoral student of practical theology at the Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Lee and Joseph will nominate and approve mentors. Mentor applications will be received throughout the year. Mentee applications will be received with the general call for papers due 1 October and be reviewed by the Unit Faculty Mentor and Unit Chair. Mentee applications will then be matched with available mentors for the upcoming year, from the regional 2019 conference until the regional 2020 conference. The unit chairs will attempt to match mentee applicants with mentors as best as possible based on their application data but cannot guarantee an exact match. Our focus is to serve and support freshly minted PhDs, developing scholars, and graduate students who are looking for jobs and working to complete graduate school. Based on the number of mentors, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be matched with a mentor.

The mentors will provide assistance, guidance, and support when and where possible. Areas of mentoring include (but are not limited to):
Balancing work/life/studies
Conference presentations
Developing as a professor
Disclosure of various aspects of identity
Managing professional conflict
Mental health and self-care
Networking and professional relationships
Navigating job searches and hiring negotiations
Tenure and promotion
Working with a dissertation committee
Expectations of Participants
Connect by phone/Skype/Zoom/etc. at least twice throughout the year
Connect additionally as agreed upon
Meet once, face-to-face, at the Regional Meeting (if this is not possible then replacing an in-person meeting with a phone/Skype/Zoom/etc., during the year
Mentors and mentees will respond promptly (within 1-week) to communication, even if only to say they will be in touch at a later date (our goal is to ensure that participants do not neglect their mentor or mentee)
Mentors and mentees share the responsibility for setting up meetings with each other
Professional and ethical boundaries within the mentor-mentee relationship (to be navigated and negotiated based on the individual differences of each mentor and mentee)
You will also be asked to provide the regional Student Director, Joseph Kim Paxton, with feedback via a survey at the end of the year (April 1, 2019). To apply please send your CV and a cover letter expressing the desire to participate in this program to Jonathan Lee (jlee@sfsu.edu) and Joseph Paxton (joseph.paxton@cst.edu).

History of Christianity

From the earliest days of the Christian movement, the gospel - that is, the news about the teachings, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the transformative effect of these events on the world - has engendered a profoundly counter-cultural mode of living in its adherents. Even as Christianity evolved into an institutionalized and normative religion over the course of subsequent centuries, groups of Christians (from monastic orders to reform movements to evangelical and missionary organizations) continued to find within the gospel resources for resisting the values and mores of the surrounding culture in order to effect spiritual renewal, political change, and social reform within the broader society. One could say that regardless of historical context, geographical or social location, etc., the message and embodiment of the gospel have, to some degree, run counter to the prevailing values and norms of all societies at all times. In a sense, the gospel manages to be perpetually counter-cultural.

In light of this observation, we are interested in hearing papers that examine historical examples of individuals, people groups, and movements which have challenged the prevailing secular (or sacred!) culture through their embodiment of various facets of the gospel message. We are interested in papers which examine all epochs of Christian history, including the (very) recent past. Please be aware that while this topic is rather theological in nature, we are looking for *historical* papers that examine people and their actions within their historical context. Papers that are mostly or entirely theological in their content will not be accepted.

Please send proposals to both unit co-chairs Dyron Daughrity (dyron.daughrity@pepperdine.edu) and David M. Houghton (davidhoughton@fuller.edu).

Indigenous Religions

Dangerous Religious Memories as Resistance

For 2019, we invite paper proposals on any aspect of the study of Indigenous Religions, especially related to the conference theme. With the possibility of a co-sponsored session with the Latinx and Latin American Religion Unit, we offer the following prompts:

Dangerous religious memories as resistance. How do Indigenous Christians narrate their native identities and practice or reintroduce rituals and ceremonies within their church communities? How have resistance movements within colonial religious (or socioeconomic) structures contributed to the production of new or reformulated indigenous religious traditions? As scholars, we seek to develop ways to theorize these movements to disrupt and decolonize churches from structures or methods that continually excise indigenous people and their perspectives.

"¿Y dónde está tu ombligo?” Where is your umbilical cord? Ceremony and healing as epistemic resistance: considerations of Patrisia Gonzales’ Red Medicine. For this author-meets-critics session, we invite papers that provide critical and creative responses to Patrisia Gonzales’ book, Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012). Why is healing such an important part of contemporary indigenous religious life? How has Red Medicine contributed to community projects to reclaim and renew healing traditions, including childbirth? And how do these healing practices intersect with decolonizing resistance discourses and movements?
Please send paper proposals to Brian Clearwater (bclearwater@oxy.edu), Cecilia Titizano (ctitizano@ses.gtu.edu) and Kevin Whitesides (kevinwhitesides@umail.ucsb.edu).

Islamic Studies

The AAR Western Region’s Islamic Studies Unit encourages papers and panel proposals in all areas of our field of study for the upcoming 2019 conference. The 2019 general theme focuses on “Religion and Resistance.” We invite papers and panels focusing on the main theme of the conference addressing questions such as: how might resistance best be understood within Islam and Islamic traditions theologically and/or culturally? How have the different forms of resistance in Islam changed throughout history? How has resistance developed historically and in contemporary times? We also encourage papers addressing how have Muslim communities, organizations, and texts grappled with the concept of religion and resistance, religion and violence, religion and peace. In the context of the overall conference theme, we hope that your paper proposals will position, problematize, and offer insight on the concept of “religion and resistance.” We encourage individual papers as well panel proposals.

Proposals or abstracts should be sent to Dr. Souad T. Ali (Taj_1234@msn.com) and Dr. Sophia Pandya (Sophiapandya@yahoo.com).

Jewish Studies

Over the past 30 years, the study of Jewish texts has taken a dramatic turn. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, speaking for Mishnaic studies, but really for the field of ancient Jewish literature, has argued that scholarship now shows a "sensitivity to literary devices and techniques, and us[ing] new interpretive paradigms from rhetoric, cultural, and performative studies . . . [as well as] narratology and performance theory.” The diversification has resulted in keeping texts relevant to today’s lived experience. Art too has its function in unveiling the unstated, assumed, and unproblematized in the contemporary world. In his Aesthetic Theory, T. W. Adorno writes, "By articulating the otherwise ineffable contradictions of society, figuration takes on the features of a praxis which is the opposite of escapism, transforming art into a mode of behavior. Art is a type of praxis and there is no need to make apologies for its failure to act directly."

In the spirit of Rosen-Zvi and Adorno, Jewish academic scholarship and the arts, whether literary, dance, or musical, perform a diversity of strategies to interrogate text and culture, disrupting traditional paradigms, accepted wisdom, and cultural norms.

Jewish Studies Unit of the AARWR, invites papers that demonstrate scholarship related to ancient Jewish literature that questions and/or engages in a dialectic with its embedded cultures or accepted Jewish traditions. The unit also invites papers that demonstrate how the arts serve as counter-culture commentary, as an interrogation of traditional or popular Jewish culture, and/or as a site for the expression of questioning, irony, and angst.

Please send inquiries to Roberta Sabbath (roberta.sabbath@unlv.edu).

Latina, Latino, and Latin American Religion

The Latina, Latino, Latin American Religion unit welcomes any and all submissions related to the study of Latinx and Latin American religion, especially those that expand interdisciplinary, critically engaged, and intersectional approaches and methodologies. We understand religion and resistance as inextricable—that is, while the history of colonialism and imperialism were often propelled through structures of religion, Latin American and Latinx communities resisted against violent, economic, and racialized oppression through their own forms of religious expression. We invite contributors to consider the following themes related to religion and resistance, especially through artistic, historical, and theological methods:

1) Environment and Ecology
- Latinx and Latin American movements in response to catastrophic environmental destruction and related to climate change, colonialism, and neoliberalism.
- Latinx and Latin American futurisms as alternative visions of space, place, and environment.
- Rural/agrarian land rights movements and resistance to urban gentrification.

2) Imago Dei
- Religious responses to migrant apprehension, incarceration, detention, and racialized violence.
- Prison abolition movements and prison ministry.
- LGBTQ movements.

3) Divine Feminine
- Mariology and Goddess veneration.
- Chicanx, Afro-Latinx, and Indigenous Feminisms, including brujeria and curanderismo.
- The movement for the ordination of women.

4) Social media, Social Justice, and Religion
- The rise of social media as a transnational and intersectional site of religious practice. and social justice, especially in bridging the U.S. Latinx and Latin American religious communities.
- The use of new aesthetic forms of resistance, including memes, public art, and podcasts.

Please submit proposals and participant forms to Unit Co-Chairs Lauren Frances Guerra (laurenguerra18@gmail.com) & Daisy Vargas (daisyvargas@email.arizona.edu).

Nineteenth Century

The Nineteenth Century unit provides a forum for the study of various religions around the world in the nineteenth century. This year the unit invites papers or panels that reflect the 2018 conference theme: Religion and Resistance. The unit welcomes all methodologies and is open to papers that reflect the myriad directions that resistance took in the nineteenth century. For instance, papers might explore how religious leaders, theologies, churches, religious groups, communes or sects sought (or in some cases were created) to resist dominant secular metanarratives in the 19th century, such as racism, nationalism, nativism, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, socialism, or Social Darwinism. Or papers might investigate how some religious entities resisted liberalizing tendencies in the face of modernism, pluralism, historical criticism of scripture, or advancing theories of evolution. Papers might also explore resistance to social injustices or to perceived evils in society and what modes religious resistance took. Finally, papers might explore how new religious sects/denominations resisted oppression from more dominate forms of belief and bucked convention in the nineteenth century.

Please send your proposal and participant form via email attachment to unit chair Christina Littlefield (christina.littlefield@pepperdine.edu). If you are proposing a panel of three to four papers, please include short abstracts for each paper on the panel, and a short description of your panel theme.

Pagan Studies

The Pagan Studies unit welcomes paper proposals addressing many aspects of contemporary Paganism, especially relating to practitioners’ diverse or non-diverse political identities and political actions. Papers might address subjects such as Pagans’ involvement in political actions for social and ecological justice or Pagans’ pleas and actions for the protection of religious freedom—theirs and others. The Pagan Studies unit is interested in receiving paper proposals that situate the Neo-Pagan movement within the context of global paganisms and discuss the politics of naming. Whom does “paganism” include? How do we decide? Who has the authority to make the call? Along this line, papers might present data on or from multi-ethnic and multi-racial Pagan identities and might perhaps address the topic of best practices in Indigenous-NeoPagan relations. The Pagan Studies unit is also accepting papers on ecological activism for a co-sponsored session with the Religion and Ecology Unit. Direct proposals to Michelle Mueller (mbmueller@scu.edu) and Dorothea Kahena Viale (dkviale@cpp.edu).

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion unit of welcomes papers broadly focused on the theme of the relationship between religion and the human subject. Recent arguments in philosophy increasingly suggest that every conscious experience involves a "minimal" sense of self. Understanding selfhood and personal identity has been of main importance to religious traditions, both theologically and in concern for the actual human condition. What are the distinctions and similarities between the two approaches to the self? Is the self “self-given,” that is, reveals its nature by the simple fact of its presence, or is it constituted by cultural, social, historical intersubjectivity? We call for critical cross-examination of doxastic and evidence-based, philosophical and theological, religious and secularistic perspectives on the self.

The AARWR meeting theme “Religion and Resistance” also inspires us to ask: What are the dangers to the self, and what kinds of resistance(s) emancipate(s) the human spirit in the current discourse? Defining and describing religious perspectives on selfhood, we welcome both analytic and phenomenological (continental philosophical) inquiries into the status of the self, religious emancipation, violence, moral deliberation, self-transcendence, and the social practices of resistance, as conditions of possibility and necessity of the self’s homelike being in the world.

In light of these overarching interests, tentatively and dependent on the contents and number of submissions, we aim at putting together two panels. In the first panel, we would like to answer the questions of foundational ontology of the self, such as, but not limited to, what comprises the essence of selfhood? What philosophically identified parameters (e.g. self-luminosity, self-reflectivity, “what it’s like to have the self,” etc.) apply to religious understanding of the self, and vice versa? On what level, and how, can the self be “divided” or “split”, co-opted or healed? What is the role of intersubectivity and the world in self-revelation of the self? In the second panel, we would like to weave the foundational understandings of the self into examinations of its practices, with a particular emphasis on contrasting views concerning the place of resistance in interpersonal and social self-experience. The divergences of accounts of what the self consists of and how it relates to experience of a shared world foster dialogue between the various positions, identifications and clarifications of the points of disagreement, and assessing the relative plausibility of conflicting claims about the nature of the self. Considering the breadth of our central thesis, we also invite papers on the themes not specifically outlined in this call: if you think these contribute to understanding of the relationship between religion and the self, in context of resistance, please send your 500-600 word proposals by the 1 October deadline to Dane Sawyer (dsawyer@laverne.edu) and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (olouchakova@gmail.com).

Psychology, Culture, and Religion

Keeping with the annual theme of “Religion and Resistance,” the Psychology, Culture and Religion unit (PCR) welcomes proposals for papers that explore resistance as a moral force that demands freedom, respect, and equality. We would like to incite inquiry on how diverse faith traditions call us to engage in social action in the work for justice. As events develop in the political arena, we encourage reflection on the changes that occur at both the individual and social levels from communal practices and conversations as religious traditions inspire/drive/obligate ordinary people to oppose injustice. We encourage you to explore the spirit, motivation and methods provided by faith traditions to help address the socio-political struggles of today.

Relevant research topics/questions may include:

● The benefits of non-violent direct action and the strategies for resistance that are rooted in religion. How does a religious culture promote (or impede) acts of resistance in the public sphere?
● Can resistance function as a means of personal growth or self-actualization? If so, what is the relationship between the growth of the individual and the wellspringing of civil and social rights for the community?
● How do allied traditions create joint cultures of resistance (i.e. how do religious practitioners stop resisting each other and begin resisting a common threat?) And how ‘deep’ does this solidarity run? (Should they develop a new theology of togetherness? Or accept a certain level of internal division for the sake of a greater good?)
● And finally, let’s not forget that we have a duty as scholars of religion, so how do we resist? How do we ignite transformative social change from academia?

At PCR we are looking to explore these dynamics through papers that delve into the intersectionality of religion and resistance. We seek papers covering all religions and spiritual traditions, and exploring any of the junctures within culture from all disciplinary approaches.

Presenters must be members in good standing of the American Academy of Religion and register for the conference prior to their presentation. Please submit abstracts to the attention of the Yuria Celidwen (celidwen@hotmail.com) and Casey Crosbie (casey.crosbie@cst.edu).

Queer Studies in Religion

“Reimagining Queer Resistance: Desert Journeys and Rodeo Dreams”

What do queerness and mysticism look like in a desert world? How does practicing one’s spirituality come into conflict with their sexuality and vice-versa in monastic spaces and practices? Can we find spirituality/G-d/G-ddess through queer journeys into the symbolic space of the desert and how can we emphasize a new reimagining of what it means to be religiously queer in a post-2018 world?

Queer studies in religion seeks papers that engage a critical conversation between mysticism, queerness, the desert, spirituality/religion, and beyond normative practices of worship. For example, we are very interested in conversations about the connection of queerness and its relationship to the desert and the monastic journey of the queer/LGBTQIA+ body in religious/spiritual spaces.

Finally, the Queer Studies in Religion session wants to emphasize any type of scholarship
that explores queer (LGBTQIA+) studies in religion from queer identified or allied
scholars both within and outside of the academy.

Please send a 250-word proposal alongside the program participant form to Queer Studies in Religion Co-Chairs John Erickson (jerickson85@gmail.com) and Marie Cartier (ezmerelda@earthlink.net).

Religion and the Arts

We welcome a wide variety of papers, workshops, and/or fully developed panels (3-4 persons) on the intersectionality of art, religion, and resistance. Art is used here in the broad sense: folk, iconography, animation, performance, comedy, photography, video, TV, graffiti, and music, to name a few areas. Religion and religious expression are also used in the broad senses of the words—including interest someone assigns supreme importance. Proposals may respond to not only theoretical dimensions of opposition through art that may threaten ideas of religion and religious freedom, but also their interplay with contemporary counter culture movements. Successful proposals will clearly articulate the thesis and evidence, as well as, offer a preliminary discussion how the paper contributes to the academic study of religion.

Though not an exhaustive list, below are a handful of questions that may guide your submission, with the expectation that your paper will be significantly narrowed down:

• How was religious art used in and/or as a response to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?
• How do art genres (e.g., hip-hop, punk music, experimental film, and pop art) use religion to resist nationalistic, political evils or social goods?
• Must art and religion necessarily be a source of resistance?
• How do scholars of indigenous religions explore tensions between resistance and various arts forms?
• What are some new or novel theories about religious art and historic social movements (e.g., Civil Rights Movement, apartheid, Black Lives Matter, #metoo, immigration reform)?
• How has religion and art been co-opted by political propaganda?
• How do eastern religions express political resistance through art?
• How does art build a communal identity in spaces of resistance?
• Where does the field of arts and religion in an age of resistance or neo-fascism need to be going?
• What is activist religious art?
• What transformational borderlands occur when religion influences art movements focused on social change?
• How do religion and art function together to provide a vision of social justice?
• How do western religions express alternative understandings of resistance through art?
• What are ethical, theological, and/or metaphysical implications of religious art as resistance art?
• What is lost or gained in questions of religion, art, and resistance?

Other topics, ideas, and themes not listed here are certainly welcome too. Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words, with a title above the abstract, and participant form to unit chairs Dr. Roy Whitaker (dwhitaker@sdsu.edu) and Tamisha A. Tyler (tamishatyler@fuller.edu).

Religion, Science, and Technology

For the 2019 meeting, we welcome proposals on any aspect of science, technology and religion in the contemporary world. We are especially interested in presenting research on religion, science, technology, and resistance.

In this secular age, resistance is most often understood as resistance to injustice and oppressive power. However, resistance can also be shown to science and technology which are seen as vehicles of excessive rationalization of human society. On the opposite side, resistance can be applied to religion and anything supernatural, seen as primitive and superstitious. This session zooms in on this anthropological dimension of resistance, in an attempt to investigate how and why human beings resist scientific and technological progress in the name of super-mundane truths. This session also investigates how and why human beings resist religious ontology and anthropology in the name of science and technology. Scholars are invited to provide theoretical contributions for a descriptive and normative religious framework that will allow us to understand why some people resist the possibility of cooperation between science/technology and a supernatural religion. Possible topical focus for papers: resistance to robotization; interreligious views on science, technology, and robotics; total automation as human resistance to religion; biosciences and human resistance; emerging technologies and human resistance to death; digitalization as resistance to traditional religions; self-driving vehicles and human resistance.

Please send paper proposals to Enrico Beltramini (ebeltramini@ndnu.edu) and Marianne Delaporte (mdelaporte@ndnu.edu).

Religion and Social Sciences

Throughout history, religions comprised an abundance of symbolic resources to be utilized in practice which prompted, and continuously prompt, resistance or submission to the status quo. From the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, over to the the Islamist resurgence in the Islamic Middle East at about the same historical period, to the contemporary examples of religious advocacy groups that counter authoritarianism in China, religion has served as a driver to move populations and the governments towards goals that do not necessarily overlap. The divergence has often proven to be both transformational, while also often leading to conflict. Even if these actions by religious groups do not give rise to a full-fledged social movement, religious resistance can and often does take place in everyday life, shifting and changing what both society looks like, as well as the religious groups themselves. Whether religious resistance means religious institutions exercising leverage to change laws and policies, or whenever discontented citizens reframe the national narrative in exclusionary religious terms, as is the case with Evangelical Christians in the United States, religious actors and organizations resist the norms of the day and often help create new ones. Religions continue to serve as tools for framing resistance in the present age and understanding what these actions look like, as well as their impact, is a timely and important topic.

We welcome all papers that address the theme of the conference and encourage papers from a variety of social science disciplines. All methodological and epistemological approaches are encouraged. We also welcome contributions that address the theme of the conference from a global perspective. Please send paper proposals to: socialsciencesaarwestern@gmail.com

Religion in America

Theme 1: Resistance and Complicity in America. Given this year's theme of “Religion and Resistance,” we invite papers looking not only at how resistance manifests in the mutual antagonisms of American religions and of the religious left(s) and right(s), but also at how religious worldviews resist (or are complicit with) other worldviews, like capitalist corporate globalism, nationalism, racial ideologies, and so on. How do religions function effectively within a "balance of powers" arrangement by resisting other huge forces like capitalism, the nation-state, mass media, and so on? And how and why do they not? We encourage proposals about religious involvement (or not) in things like unionizing and lobbying against (or for) corporate interests; religious promotion of conspiracy theories, satire and parody, and other modes of resistance; religious resistance against (and embrace of) the current administration; and so on.

Theme 2: Comparative Worldview Studies in America. Due to the complexity and diversity of the American context, the study of religion in America is, in many ways, an instance of “comparative religion” in miniature. Relative to both research and teaching, there have been a number of recent efforts to reconsider the practice of comparison and the viability of the world religions paradigm. A “worldview studies” paradigm has recently been proposed by Ann Taves and others as a potential approach that grounds its categories for comparative research and teaching in evolved biological realities. Papers testing, challenging, supporting, or applying the worldview studies approach to American data are invited.

Individual papers and full panels on other topics, themes, and issues are also welcome. Please send your 250-word proposals and participant forms to Nathan Fredrickson (nfredrickson@umail.ucsb.edu), Konden Smith (krsmith1@asu.edu), and Cristina Rosetti (crose005@ucr.edu).

Religion, Literature, and Film

The Religion, Literature, and Film unit welcomes proposals addressing various religions or themes related to religious spirituality, practices, principles, psychology, and philosophy as presented in contemporary literature or contemporary films. We are open to proposals that explore fictional and non-fictional representations of religion and/or religious themes as represented through literature and film. Specific interests of the unit are proposals of an interdisciplinary studies approach to examining religion, literature, and film. In addition, the unit welcomes proposals that explore the relevance or non-relevance vitality or breakdown of religion as reflected in cultural or social zeitgeist. In concurrence with the regional conference theme of Religion and Resistance the Religion, Literature, and Film unit is specifically interested in proposals that explore the individual’s resistance to him or herself. More accurately, the Religion, Literature, and Film unit invites papers and presentations addressing an individual’s resistance to his or her shadow or unconscious spirituality, his or her calling or purpose in life/universe, and/or his or her resistance to innate faith or the concept of faith. Please send a 250-word proposal and your 2019 program participation form to section chairs Emmanuelle Patrice (empstork2233@gmail.com) and Jon R. Stone (jrstone@csulb.edu).

Religions of Asia

Promoting inclusivity and excellence in scholarship, this section invites individual papers covering a variety of religious and cultural traditions to explore all aspects of Religions of Asia. This year, we are especially interested in papers that relate to the conference’s 2019 overall theme of "religion and resistance." What examples of historical or current resistance have arisen within the contexts of Asian religions? What is the nature of religious authority within religions of Asia, and how has such authority become either subverted or outright overturned to create totally new and diverse interpretations? In what ways have the dominant trends within religions of Asia become challenged so as to produce beliefs and practices that are more efficacious, just, and liberating? How have religions of Asia provided the necessary power of resistance to effectively intervene against strictly secular or societal issues? How is resistance discussed and treated across the contemporary landscapes of religions of Asia? How do ideas in Asia about religions inform ideologies within culture more broadly? We encourage the submission of papers that utilize interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches to research. Other topics and themes of interest to the Religions of Asia group include: ways in which Asian religions interact with art, music, material culture, and ideology; rites of passage (birth, marriage, death, etc.); sacred spaces; the body as location for religious experience or ideology; religious and/or secular rituals or performances; gender and religion; religion and ecology; sacred text; or storytelling and oral tradition. Please send abstracts as email attachments to Anna M. Hennessey (dr.amhennessey@gmail.com) and Michael Reading (michael.reading@cst.edu). We look forward to receiving your proposals.


Womanist and Pan African Unit CFP 2019
This group provides a forum for religious scholarship that engages theoretically and methodologically the four-part definition of a Womanist as coined by Alice Walker. We nurture interdisciplinary scholarship, encourage interfaith dialogue, and seek to engage scholars and practitioners in fields outside the study of religion. We are particularly concerned with fostering scholarship that bridges theory and practice to address issues of public policy in church and society.

2019 Unit Theme: Womanist Religion and Resistance
In accordance with the AARWR Conference theme, we invite colleagues to consider how might resistance best be understood within religious traditions and the lived experience. A womanist ethos evolved with theoethical articulation of Katie Cannon, first generation womanist scholar: “Black women scholars in the fields of theology, ethics, biblical studies, and the history and sociology of religion had begun problematizing and critiquing the ways racist, sexist, and classist ideologies were sewn into dominant Christian, feminist, and black liberation theological perspectives.” As well, womanist Melanie Harris notes, “black women’s experiences of and resistance to racism, classism, and sexism not only influenced their own theological perspectives, but highly informed them.” Moreover, in what ways do religion and spiritual practices impact and operate in the lives of those of the Black Experience throughout the Diaspora which are “life giving and not death dealing” (Mercy Oduyoye). Resistance is a consciousness that warrants reflection. For women of color, what does resistance look like; how is it facilitated and strengthened? What role does religion play, if any?

Session I: Womanist Session
Topical Focus – Womanist Survival as Resistance

We invite presenters to explore perspectives and practices in the African American experience and seek papers examining the philosophical, theological, ethical, or practical modes in which women’s lived experiences involve connections of resistance to survival in communal praxis, discernment mechanisms to navigate systems and structures, and the ways in which faith / religion plays a role. Consider how is resistance embodied in theology, spirituality, cultural arts to inform the secular and the sacred? In the societal justice work of the Black Lives Matter movement, describe a theology of resistance.

Session II: Pan African Session
Topical Focus: Uncovering the Roots of Collective Resistance

We invite presenters to examine how is communal resistance (reform, disruption, redevelopment) rooted, formed, or manifested within traditions? How do visions of collaboration with other traditions for collective resistance factor into personal and communal identities? What are the transnational bridges for simultaneous resistance and reconciliation? [We seek contributions that reflect critically on the international diversity of African and African American Diaspora and the faith traditions and religious experiences in line with the regional conference theme to explore gendered, socio-political, ritual, transnational dimensions of religious scholarship and the Black experience, including immigrant, global African, Caribbean and other African Diasporic experiences, not limited to an American or Continental experience.]

Please send both a 250-word proposal to indicate which session you are submitting and the program participant form to Valerie Miles-Tribble (vmiles-tribble@absw.edu), Sakena Young-Scaggs (revsys@asu.edu), and Ineda Adesanya (iadesanya@ses.gtu.edu). We are eager and excited for another year in Womanist/Pan African Religious scholarship in the Western Region.

Proposal Submission Note:
● Individuals whose proposals are accepted must be members of the AAR prior to conference date in order to present. Be sure to include member ID.
● Process: Proposals are anonymous to steering committee during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
● You will receive notification regarding the status of your proposal by December 2018.
● To Submit or for additional information, please contact either: Unit Leaders

Women and Religion

The Women and Religion unit invites paper proposals that address the conference theme, Religion and Resistance, as it intersects with women’s lives, experiences, and religious identity; gender identities and their embodied realities; women in the academy; etc. The unit welcomes all proposals related to the conference theme, though we also offer the following themes for your consideration:

• Role models of resistance: historical, contemporary, and imaginary/ fictional—the significance of role models for marginalized peoples, bodies and/or communities, particularly in light of the erasure and co-optation of histories, herstories and women’s bodies. Analysis or these figures, their limitations or their potentialities.
• Politics of resistance and politics beyond resistance, paying particular attention to women’s experiences (broadly defined). This may include analysis of current movements of resistance (#metoo, #timesup, etc.), as well as critiques of these movements or suggestions as to ‘what comes after resistance,’ or how we integrate feminist or other liberative ethics into society, institution, etc. in places/ cases of successful resistance.
• Religion as a help or hinderance in women’s resistance and navigating the “insider/ outside” status of feminist resistance.
• Survival, subsistence, and/or thriving in a time of resistance/ as resistance. Resistance, for many women, is a way of life or of refusing death. What are our strategies of survival and resistance? How do they relate to faith, religion or spirituality, positively or negatively? How is or can resistance be more than survival? Can we or where are we thriving in resistance, and what does this look like?

Please send your 250-word proposal and participant form Sara Frykenberg (sara.frykenberg@gmail.com). We look forward to receiving your proposal.


New Book Session - That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics
Ecology and Religion Unit and Ethics Unit

Panelists will discuss the new book That All May Flourish (Oxford University Press, 2018), which brings together a variety of scholarly chapters on religious environmental ethics both in depth and in comparison. The panel will include both book contributors and respondents in conversation. From the book blurb: “Can humans flourish without destroying the earth? In this book, experts on many of the world's major and minor religious traditions address the question of human and earth flourishing…Taken together, the chapters reveal that the question of flourishing is deceptively simple... These considerations of the price and distribution of flourishing raise unique questions about the status of humans and nature. This book represents a step toward reconciliation: that people and their ecosystems may live in peace, that people from different religious worldviews may engage in productive dialogue; in short, that all may flourish.” For your interest in presenting in this section, please contact the Sarah Robinson-Bertoni (sarahrobinsonbertoni@gmail.com), Matthew Hartman (matthartman123@gmail.com), Owen Anderson (oanderson@asu.edu), and Joshua Beckett (joshuabeckett@fuller.edu).

Co-Sponsored Session: Resisting Climate Dystopia with Spiritual Activism
Pagan Studies Unit and Religion and Ecology Unit

The Pagan Studies and Religion and Ecology units are accepting paper proposals for a co-sponsored session on the subject of spiritual and political resistance to environmental destruction. How are religious individuals and communities responding to climate change and to human activities that contribute to climate change? While this is a co-sponsored session with Pagan Studies, we welcome papers from a variety of religious populations, including but not limited to New Religious Movements, Wiccans, Druids, Heathens, Thelemites, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Indigenous/First Nations, Native Americans/American Indians, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, and Protestants. With shared interests in eco-theology and ethical praxis, the two Units seek paper proposals or full panel proposals that can further researchers’ knowledge about today’s environmental issues and the significance of religious populations, which endeavor to make a difference for environmental well-being locally and globally. Please send proposals to mbmueller@scu.edu, srobinson@scu.edu, dkviale@cpp.edu, and mhartman@ses.gtu.edu.

Co-Sponsored Session: Queer Studies in Religion Unit with Black Studies in Religion

For possible co-session with the anticipated Black Studies in Religion Unit, Queer Studies in Religion is interested in examining black queerness in the LGBTQIA+ continuum; potential topics include: The Black Church, performativity within and outside of the church, Black queer communities in rural an urban areas, the Black cowboy, and the Black queer body.

In a time of Black Lives Matter as well as increased attention towards homophobic rhetoric and actions, we are excited to build coalition within the academy between unrepresented communities. All Lives Matters should matter, but until Black Lives Matter and queer lives matter, will all lives truly matter. We are open to any scholarship that explores these topics.
Please send a 250-word proposal alongside the program participant form to Queer Studies in Religion Co-Chairs John Erickson (jerickson85@gmail.com) and Marie Cartier (ezmerelda@earthlink.net).

2019 AAR/WR CFP: Pre-Conference Queer Caucus & Queer Studies in Religion– “Queer View”

As an annual tradition, the Queer Studies in Religion and the Queer Caucus are again sponsoring a night of queer performance and discussion Friday night before the conference. Performance artists, filmmakers and activists will be on hand to discuss their works. Details to be announced: evening start time, lineup, and venues. Please check www.aarwr.org/queer-caucus.html for updates. We are planning on an event looking at gay rodeo and Western themes followed by an interactive teaching element on activism in line with the conference theme of resistance.

If anyone in the AAR/WR has a feature or short they would like to have considered, please send your information and brief queery describing the work to Queer Board Advocate Anjeanette LeBoeuf at chancelloraj@yahoo.com and Queer Studies in Religion Co-Chairs John Erickson (jerickson85@gmail.com) and Marie Cartier (ezmerelda@earthlink.net).

Resisting ‘Religion’
Ad hoc session on Worldview Studies

Is it time to resist “Religion”? As an academic discipline, religious studies (RS) is experiencing balkanization due to factors such as the problematic nature of defining “religion” and of articulating a coherent RS perspective (e.g., the well-established problems with comparative projects like the “world religions paradigm”), disciplinary and economic pressures (e.g., donors’ endowments) pushing RS to fragment into area studies, and RS scholars’ adherence to entrenched theories and methodologies.

We welcome papers that respond to recent arguments that “religious studies” should become “worldview studies” (e.g., Taves and Asprem, 2018; Taves, Asprem, and Ihm, forthcoming; cf. Smart, 1981), and more descriptive rather than prescriptive critiques of the field of “religion” as a naturalized discipline (e.g., Asad, 2009; Barton and Boyarin, 2016; Masuzawa, 2005; McCutcheon, 1997; Nongbri, 2013; Saler, 2000). These critiques may include problems of cross-cultural and cross-temporal comparison, highlighting scholarship’s perspectival character (i.e., tensions between insider and outsider perspectives, descriptions, and explanations), studying non-“religious” religion-like phenomena (e.g., sports, entertainment, and fandom; secularisms, atheisms, and humanisms; political and economic ideologies; etc.), and religion’s epistemic privilege as a naturalized and universal institution.

Please send your 250-word proposals and participant forms to Nathan Fredrickson (nfredrickson@umail.ucsb.edu) and Lilith Acadia (acadia@berkeley.edu).
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Southeastern Region posted date:2018-09-21
Location:East Carolina University <br>&nbsp;     Greenville, North Carolina

The deadline for submissions to the 2019 annual meeting is October 1st, 2018.

All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form. Each member is limited to one proposal, although a member can indicate a second choice of sections on the submission form. The copying of handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. All program participants must be pre-registered for the meeting.

Download the 2019 call for papers here.

All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form. Each member is limited to one proposal, although a member can indicate a second choice of sections on the submission form. Proposers who have not previously presented at a SECSOR Meeting must submit a full manuscript of their paper to the program unit chair(s) before the call for papers closes. The copying of handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. All program participants must be pre-registered for the meeting.
Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2018
AAR: Bible and Modern Culture
Bible & Modern Culture I Theme: Resisting Culture: When Biblical Religion and the Dominant Culture Collide. Papers dealing with historical or contemporary issues are welcome in this broadly-conceived session. Bible & Modern Culture II Theme: Religion & Science Dialogue USA, the Tennessee v. Scopes Trial Centenary: We invite papers dealing with any aspect of this historic epoch in the religion and science debate in America: Outstanding papers presented over the next several years will be selected for inclusion in a published volume marking the centenary of the 1925 Scopes (“Monkey”) Trial. For questions, contact Brian Mooney (brian.mooney@jwu.edu) or Sam Murrell (murrells@uncw.edu).

AAR: Black Cultures in the Study of Religion
Black Cultures and the Study of Religion invites papers related to this year's theme at the intersection of religion and animality. Signifying practices that deemed Africans and African descended people in the Americas as animal-like, primitive and/or subhuman relied on a modernist division of the world into rational and irrational actors. Current attempts to address this modern hierarchical project by collapsing the divide between human and animal religious behavior could do more to address the animalization of blackness and how colonial projects systematically devalued African descended people and related them to the anti-modern. Who is the anti-modern and do the lingering effects of animalized blackness promote a lack of compassion for this group (policing, prisons, media, etc)? What does it mean that scholars of religion are emphasizing the animality of humanity at a moment when black people are fighting intensely to be valued as human? Additionally, an ethnolinguistic approach might explore how black people express their adeptness and power through images of animal and primordial muscularity. How could religious discourse address the gendered nature of naming practices when language such as “beast," “savage," or, “dog" are used to indicate masculine striving and potency among black artist, athletes and professionals. Papers might also consider the religious significance of animals in various African Diaspora religious traditions that place emphasis on the natural world such as Candomblé, Santeria, Rastafari, Gullah religious traditions, Hoodoo and Voodoo. For questions, contact Michael Brandon McCormack (b.mccormack@louisville.edu) or Timothy Rainey II (timothy.rainey.ii@emory.edu).

AAR: Constructive Theologies
The Constructive Theologies section invites proposals for papers in the following areas. 1. Constructive theological discussions that deal with the conference theme of animality and the post-human. Papers could address incarnation and embodiment and how those intertwine with animality, humanity and post-humanity. What does theology contribute to these cultural conversations? 2. Open call for papers in constructive theology. Constructive Theologies also invites proposals for the following co-sponsored session: 3. A joint session between Constructive Theologies and Ethics, Religion and Society dealing with theological and ethical interpretations of animality, humanity and post-humanity. Papers can address relevant theological/ethical perspectives and thinkers, or engage specific issues such as bioethics, animal rights, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and radical life extension. For questions, contact Tracey Stout (tstout@bluefield.edu) or Ian Curran (icurran@ggc.edu). For the joint session with Ethics, Religion, and Society questions can also be addressed to Sally Holt, Belmont University (sally.holt@belmont.edu) and Michael Stoltzfus, Georgia Gwinnett College (mstoltzfus@ggc.edu).

AAR: Ethics, Religion, and Society
(AAR) Ethics, Religion, and Society (3 sessions) Themes: Proposals on all topics will be considered, but the following topics are encouraged: (1) a joint session with Constructive Theologies on theological and ethical interpretations of animality, humanity and post-humanity. Presenters might consider such issues as bioethics, animal rights, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and radical life extension; (2) Religious Pluralism and Ethics; (3) Ethics and Spirituality, Health & Well-Being. All submissions are encouraged to consider and pay close attention to issues pertaining to the balance between theory and applied ethics. Submit proposals through the on-line process. Direct any questions to Sally Holt, Belmont University (sally.holt@belmont.edu) and Michael Stoltzfus, Georgia Gwinnett College (mstoltzfus@ggc.edu). In addition, for the joint session with Constructive Theologies direct questions to Ian Curran (icurran@ggc.edu) or Tracey Stout (tstout@bluefield.edu).

AAR: History of Christianity
Proposals for papers or complete panels are invited on the following topics: 1) Religious movements and technology; e.g., technology’s effects on religious movements in the ancient world; use of social media to promote or discredit religious movements; A.I. or digital media in religious movements; portrayal of religious movements in media. 2) Millennial movements past and present; e.g., millennial movements in global politics; comparisons of past and present millennial movements; media and millennial movements; millennial movements and utopian societies. 3) Humans and other animals in Christian tradition; e.g., the function of animals and humans in Late Antique Christian texts; apocryphal accounts of human interactions with animals; Christian representations of human, non-human, and hybrid figures; humans as monsters in the Christian tradition. We welcome a wide range of disciplinary approaches.
Send questions to co-chairs Anne Blue Wills, Davidson College (anwills@davidson.edu), Douglas Clark, Vanderbilt University (douglas.h.clark@Vanderbilt.edu), and Kenny Vandergriff, Florida State University (kav16@my.fsu.edu).
AAR: Islam
In conjunction with the conference theme “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” we invite papers that intersect with the following themes: 1) Islamic ethics, 2) Islamic mysticism, and 3) Islamic theology as it pertains to the broader themes of animality and post-humanism. We welcome papers that approach these topics from a diverse array of sources and disciplines, including, but not limited to legal texts, normative practices, Sufi orders, social history, and Quranic exegesis. We also invite panel sessions for on any topic related to Islam. For questions, contact Roshan Iqbal (riqbal@agnesscott.edu) or Hadia Mubarak (Mubarak.hadia@gmail.com).
AAR: Judaism
The Judaism section invites proposals to any one of our three sessions in the following areas: (1) Second Temple Judaism: Open Call; (2) Judaism in Late Antiquity: Open Call; (3) Contemporary Judaism: Open Call. We will consider proposals from a wide range of methodological approaches and points of interest but will give preference to essays engaging with topics related to narrative fictions and how they relate to the consolidation of Jewish identity in their respective periods. Essays may approach this topic by way of historical case studies, literary criticism, history of scholarship, comparison, social theory, or any other appropriate avenues. For questions, contact Amanda Smith (ansmith@uga.edu) or Giancarlo Angulo (gpa15@my.fsu.edu).
AAR: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
The Method & Theory section invites proposals for two open sessions—submissions must concern either (i) a methodological issue (i.e., problem or proposal) in the history of the field or in current scholarly work in the study of religion or (ii) examine a topic of theoretical interest, whether understanding theory as critique (as in literary theory or critical theory) or an explanatory framework aiming to identify religion’s causes or function. Book review panels (i.e., author meets critics), focusing on current works examining either (i) or (ii) above, are also possible. Questions can be sent to Vaia Touna, University of Alabama (vaia.touna@ua.edu).
AAR: Philosophy of Religion
In keeping with the conference theme, the Philosophy of Religion section welcomes paper submissions that engage the conference theme of Religion, Animality and the Posthuman, especially those that engage the theme in relation to the following topics. 1. Rethinking the Subject: Bodies, Affects, and the Philosophy of Religion 2. Religion, Animality and the Posthuman. We especially welcome philosophical engagement with this topic from non-Christian perspectives. 3. Philosophies of Flourishing and Constructing Post-human Futures. This is a joint session with Religion and Ecology and Philosophy of Religion. For this session, we encourage papers that consider the topic from a diversity of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and welcome proposals from a variety of fields across philosophy, religious studies, critical race studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, animal studies, environmental studies, architecture and landscape design. For questions, contact Wesley Barker (barker_wn@mercer.edu) or Steven Dawson (dawson.s@lynchburg.edu).
AAR: Religion & Ecology
The Religion and Ecology section is excited to announce a call for paper proposals that engage with the broad conference theme of Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human, and especially papers that address some aspect of the following topics. (1) Religion, Animality, and the Environment, considering new and emerging interpretations of animality, the human (as/and) animal(s), and the post-human animal. (2) Designing Flourishing Cities: healthy urban ecologies, green design, and post-human cities. Our aim is to bring together scholars from diverse backgrounds to engage in a multidisciplinary conversation about the meaning and practice of human beings in nature and the construction of eco-cities. (3) Philosophies of Flourishing and Constructing Post-human Futures. This is a joint session with the Philosophy of Religion section. We welcome proposals from a variety of fields across philosophy, religious studies, critical race studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, animal studies, environmental studies, architecture and landscape design. All proposals should be submitted through the online proposal submission form on the SECSOR website: secsor.org. Submissions for the joint session should indicate joint session with Philosophy of Religion. Send questions to Jefferson Calico, University of the Cumberlands (jefferson.calico@ucumberlands.edu) and Mark Wood, Virginia Commonwealth University (mdwood@vcu.edu).
AAR: Religions of Asia
1. In conjunction with the 2019 theme, “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” we solicit proposals on how “a person or entity that exists in a state beyond being human” is negotiated, represented, or otherwise conceived in Asian religions. 2. We welcome proposals that will present new research in Buddhism. Papers focusing on Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Practices, or any other aspect of Buddhism are welcome. 3. Joint session with Islam - We welcome papers that focus on the intersection of Asian Religions and Islam. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Asian religions in Muslim majority contexts; Islam in regions dominated by other Asian religions. 4. Open call. We welcome proposals that focus on any religious tradition that is practiced in Asian contexts, including, but not limited to: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and other indigenous religions of Asia. Please submit proposals via the online proposal submission form at: https://secsor.org/proposal-submission-form. If you have questions regarding the Religions of Asia section, please contact Lisa Battaglia, Samford University (lbattagl@samford.edu) and Jay Valentine, Troy University (jvalentine@troy.edu). Please direct questions regarding Islam to Roshan Iqbal, Agnes Scott College (riqbal@agnesscott.edu).
AAR: Religion Culture & the Arts
All papers related to Religion, Culture and the Arts will be considered. Special consideration will be given to papers or panels related to the following themes: (1) representations of religion or religious people in television, musicals, or children’s/YA literature; (2) religion, mobility, and transportation; (3) religion and crafts/crafting; (4) religion, genealogical research, family, and racial identities; (5) religion, emotion, and affect. For questions, contact Meredith Ross (mr09@my.fsu.edu) or Tim Burnside (tb14e@my.fsu.edu).
AAR: Religions in America
Papers in all areas related to Religions in America will be considered, however special consideration will be given to the following themes: (1) Religion, immigration, and movement; (2) Religion and gender, sex, and sexuality; (3) Religion and (un)freedom; (4) Papers dealing specifically with the meeting’s 2019 theme “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human. For questions, contact Jamil Drake (jdrake@fsu.edu), Andy McKee (am13ag@my.fsu.edu), or Haley Iliff (hi12@my.fsu.edu).
AAR: Secularism, Religious Freedom & Global Politics
Proposals from any disciplinary or methodological perspective on topics related to secularism, religious freedom, and global politics are welcome. We are especially interested in proposals related to (1) the roles of religious freedom in international relations and foreign policy; (2) critical accounts of “freedom” in the production of “religious freedom;” (3) secular constructions of space and place (especially in relation to contests over monuments or sacred territory); (4) secular discourses of civility and offense. For questions contact Finbarr Curtis (fcurtis@georgiasouthern.edu) or Beena Butool (sbb13h@my.fsu.edu).
AAR: Teaching & Learning in Religion
The Teaching and Learning in Religion section critically examines pedagogical theory and practice. For the 2019 meeting, we are seeking the following: (1) As part of an open call, we invite submissions for both individual papers and multiple-person sessions or panels. We value explanations and analysis of innovative teaching activities, critical reflection on successes and failures in the classroom, and research related to pedagogy and religion. Graduate students, as well as seasoned professors, are encouraged to submit proposals. Successful proposals in previous years have dealt with topics such as teaching introductory courses, using pop culture to help students understand religious concepts, and approaching controversial topics in the classroom. (2) For a joint session with Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, we seek papers addressing “Teaching Difficult Religious Texts.” This session aims to explore challenges and best practices associated with teaching the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and/or other sacred texts in contexts where students frequently (and often unwittingly) bring to bear complicating factors such as popular (mis)conceptions and faith-based (or anti-faith-based) predispositions, whether positive or negative, toward all or parts of the text or the corpus under consideration. For more information on the Teaching and Learning section, contact co-chairs Jodie Lyon (lyon@uga.edu) and Carole Barnsley (cbarnsley@transy.edu).
AAR: Women, Gender & Religion
Women, Gender and Religion invites paper proposals for sessions related to mothers, mothering, and motherhood: (1) one session will focus on foundational scholarship about mothers and mothers, such as Adrienne Rich, Patricia Hill Collins, Bonnie Miller McLemore; (2) a joint session with the New Testament section seeks papers dealing with texts (canonical or non-canonical) and/or traditions (ancient or contemporary) about Mary, the mother of Jesus; (3) a session focusing on comparative treatments of mothers, mothering or motherhood; papers on specific individuals, practices, or sacred texts are welcome. For questions related to the session jointly sponsored with the New Testament, contact the New Testament Section co-chairs: Brent (brent.driggers@lr.edu) and Eric Thurman (etthurma@sewanee.edu). For the remaining sessions, contact the chair of the Women, Gender, and Religion group: Vicki Phillips (phillips_v@wvwc.edu).
ASOR-Member-Sponsored Section: Archeology & the Ancient World
Archaeology and the Ancient World invites paper proposals for the following sessions: (1) field reports on ongoing excavations; and (2) archaeology of ancient technologies (e.g., material culture associated with craft production). For the archaeology of ancient technologies session, we are particularly interested in papers that: i) explore the methodology of identifying the function(s) of installations; and ii) papers that examine what the material evidence for specialized industries suggests about how their production processes shaped the social order of the communities engaged with them. For questions contact Dr. Alan Todd (atodd1@coastal.edu).
SBL: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament study group invites proposals for the annual SECSOR meeting. With the exception of the joint session (see below), proposals are to be submitted through the SECSOR website AND to the group’s chairs: David B. Schreiner (dbschreiner@gmail.com) and Clinton J. Moyer (moyercj@wfu.edu). The subject line on the email submission should read, “SECSOR 2019 Proposal, SESSION, TITLE.” There will be two “open” sessions. All topics germane to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies will be considered. In addition, we are accepting proposals for a session devoted to the broadly defined topic “Story and History in 1 and 2 Kings.” Finally, there will be a joint session between Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Teaching and Learning. The joint session aims to explore challenges and best practices associated with teaching the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and/or other sacred texts in both undergraduate and postgraduate contexts where students frequently (and often unwittingly) bring to bear complicating factors such as popular (mis)conceptions and faith-based (or anti-faith-based) predispositions, whether positive or negative, toward all or parts of the text or corpus under consideration. Submissions for the joint session should also be sent to the chairs of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Teaching in Religion groups. For questions contact Clinton J. Moyer (moyercj@wfu.edu) and David B. Schreiner (dbschreiner@gmail.com).
SBL: New Testament
The New Testament section for the 2019 SECSOR conference invites paper proposals for three sessions: (1) a session for papers dealing with the meeting’s global theme, “Religion, Animality, and the Post-Human,” (2) an open session for papers in any area of New Testament research, and (3) a joint session between the New Testament section and the Women, Gender, and Religion group for papers dealing with texts (canonical or non-canonical) and/or traditions (ancient or contemporary) about Mary, the mother of Jesus. In keeping with the conference’s global theme, the New Testament section will devote a fourth session to an invited panel discussion of Stephen D. Moore’s recent monograph, Gospel Jesuses and Other Nonhumans: Biblical Criticism Post-structuralism (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017). For questions regarding the first two sessions, please contact the New Testament Section co-chairs: Brent Driggers (brent.driggers@lr.edu) and Eric Thurman (etthurma@sewanee.edu). For questions regarding the third joint session, please contact either the New Testament section co-chairs or the chair of the Women, Gender, and Religion group: Vicki Phillips (phillips_v@wvwc.edu). Please submit all paper proposals through the Google Docs paper submission form.
SECSOR: Undergraduate Research
Students at institutions in the Southeast Region are invited to submit papers for the Undergraduate Sessions, sponsored by SECSOR. Open to all topics, the sessions will be composed of the papers considered the best submissions by an interdisciplinary committee. Students should submit completed papers that reflect original student research of an appropriate length for presentation (approximately 12 double-spaced pages). No paper over 14 double-spaced pages, regular size font, will be considered; one submission per student. On a cover page, please include contact information for the student and a faculty sponsor who has reviewed the submission. Proposals are to be submitted through the Google Docs link no later than December 15, 2018. All undergraduate papers are automatically considered for the Undergraduate Paper Prize. The link is available at the “Submission” tab at the top of the SECSOR home page. Questions may be directed to Steven A. Benko (benkos@meredith.edu).
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Call for Submissions: International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture Vol.28, No.2(December 2018) posted date:2018-09-19

Dear Colleagues,

The International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture (IJBTC) is published to promote Buddhist Studies by encouraging wide-ranging research on Buddhist thought and culture.

IJBTC is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published bi-annually in English language by the Academy of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University, Korea.

The scholastic quality of IJBTC was accredited by Korean Research Foundation in 2007. The IJBTC are included in the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index in 2017 and the resource of the ATLA Religion Database® in 2018.

IJBTC seeks papers and book-reviews on history, philosophy, literature, and culture that are relevant to Buddhism. IJBTC always welcomes submissions that bring new perspectives and fresh research to the various fields of Buddhist Studies.

The deadline for submitting a contribution to Vol.28 No.2 is October 20th, 2018. IJBTC Vol.28 No.2 will be published December 31st, 2018.

For more information, including submissions, subscription and inquiries, please contact:
Email: ijbtc@dongguk.edu
H.P.: http://ijbtc.dongguk.edu/
Tel: +82 (02) 6713 5140
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CFP: Conference: Of Gods and Monsters,Texas State University, April 4th - 6th 2019. posted date:2018-09-04
Time:Deadline: 2018.11.01
Location:Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Of God and Monsters

April 4th – 6th 2019

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Judith Halberstam famously claimed that monsters are “meaning machines” that can be used to represent a variety of ideas, including morality, gender, race, and nationalism (to name only a few). Monsters are always part of the project of making sense of the world and our place in it. As a tool through which human beings create worlds in which to meaningfully dwell, monsters are tightly bound with many other systems of meaning-making like religion, culture, literature, and politics. Of Gods and Monsters will provide focused space to explore the definition of “monster,” the categorization of monsters as a basis of comparison across cultures, and the relationship of monsters to various systems of meaning-making with the goal of understanding how humans have used and continued to use these “meaning machines.”

The Religious Studies program at Texas State University, therefore, welcomes submissions for our upcoming conference on Monsters and Monster Theory. Through this conference, we hope to explore the complex intersections of monsters and meaning making from a variety of theoretical, academic, and intellectual angles. Because “monsters” are a category that appears across time and cultural milieus, this conference will foster conversations between scholars working in very different areas and is not limited in terms of cultural region, historical time, or religious tradition. As part of fostering this dialogue, conference organizers are thrilled to announce that Douglas E. Cowan will serve as this event’s keynote speaker, while archival researcher and cryptid expert Lyle Blackburn will offer a second plenary address. Conference organizers anticipate inviting papers presented at this conference to submit their revised papers for an edited volume.

If interested, please submit an abstract with a maximum of 300-words to TexasStateMonsters@gmail.com by November 1st, 2018. Final decisions on conference participation will be sent out by the first week of December. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact conference organizers Natasha Mikles (n.mikles@txstate.edu) or Joseph Laycock (joseph.laycock@txstate.edu).
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Call for Articles> Japanese Buddhism in Europe, a special issue of the Journal of Religion in Japan posted date:2018-07-20
Location:Aarhus University, Denmark

150 years ago, the West met Meiji Japan. The political, material and economic results of these early encounters have since been part of world history, and the cultural exchanges have had a significant impact on global culture. Also, the circulation of ideas, practices and religious institutions have made its marks in history. Not least Buddhism has been a major source of inspiration and key player in Japan’s cultural impact on Western countries. The incorporation and transformation of Japanese Buddhism has previously been examined, primarily in America. In Europe, this important part of Buddhist history still needs to be thoroughly investigated. While the histories and formations in many ways are parallel to the American ones, they are also interestingly different.

A special issue of the Journal of Religion in Japan seeks to investigate and analyze the European understanding, appropriation and transformation of various forms of Japanese Buddhism. We welcome scholars from different countries to address the following topics:

A country specific history of appropriation. How did Japanese Buddhism appear? What kind of (local, national, international) relations were there between individuals, networks or institutions? Which narratives and functions did it represent? (A general narrative of Westernization of Buddhism, of D. T. Suzuki and new religious movements, such as Soka Gakkai, will be included in the introduction, so please be country specific.)
Contemporary representation. What are the activities and practices carried out by Japanese Buddhist groups (if possible supported by quantitative data or general assumptions of numbers of groups and members)? How has Japanese Buddhism had an impact on local culture and society (popular culture, media etc.)?

Please send suggestions for contributions to Jørn Borup (jb@cas.au.dk, guest editor for this special issue of the Journal of Religion in Japan) with an abstract of about 200 words by the 1st of October (deadline for article 1st of May, 2019).

Authors will be invited to a workshop at Aarhus University in May 2019.
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Call for Papers: Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies - Issue 14 (2019) posted date:2018-06-08

The Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies is looking for papers for the 14th issue, which is planned to be published in 2019. We are open to submissions from scholars working in, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and religious studies. Articles may focus on any region or historical period. Scholars do not have to be affiliated with a Canadian university to submit.

The CJBS welcomes articles on classical textual and intertextual analysis, including work on hagiography, Buddhist art, ritual, doctrinal questions and lineage formation, and work on contemporary Buddhist communities concerning, for example, the implications of fluid demographic transformations, cultural hybridity, and challenges associated with communal continuity of praxis and doctrine in a context of global mobilities.

The Canadian context is a key concern of CJBS. However, global realities of migration, rapidly changing mass media and telecommunications, and the associated ascendancy of mobilities perspectives in the social sciences necessitate inclusion of articles on Buddhists in countries other than Canada.

The Article Submission Deadline for CJBS Issue 14 (2019) is June 30, 2018. Please consult our submission guidelines before submitting an article.

Book Reviews:

Scholars interested in reviewing a book(s) from this list are welcome to contact our Book Review Editor Dr. Jacqueline Ho at jdho@mtroyal.ca with expressions of interest by December 1, 2018 (to allow for adequate shipping times).

We also accept suggestions for book reviews that are not on the list. Please contact Jacqueline Ho at jdho@mtroyal.ca if you would like to suggest a book for review.

The Book Review Submission Deadline for CJBS Issue 14 (2019) is February 1, 2019.
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Announcing the publication of Buddhism, Law & Society, Vol. 2 – 2016-2017 posted date:2018-06-06
Time:Refer in links for deadline

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of Buddhism, Law & Society

VOLUME 2 – 2016-2017


Rebecca Redwood French – Editor's Introduction

Jens W. Borgland – “Undetermined Matters: On the Use of Lay Witnesses in Buddhist Monastic Procedural Law”

This paper investigates one aspect of Buddhist monastic procedural law set forth in the aniyata (“undetermined”) section of the Prātimokṣa/Vibhaṅgas of the extant monastic law codes (vinaya). Here we find rules concerning how to handle cases in which a monk is accused by a trustworthy female lay follower (upāsikā) of having stayed alone in a secluded place with a woman. These rules have hitherto received comparatively little study, most of which has focused on the (Theravāda) Pāli vinaya. By examining the aniyata rules and their canonical commentaries in all six extant vinayas, I show that the treatment of these rules in the Pāli vinaya is not representative of Buddhist monastic law in general, and that the commonly held notion that any punitive legal action taken against a monk at the very least requires that he acknowledge the act, if not the offense with which he stands accused, is in need of revision. This paper further shows that there are significant differences between the Tibetan and Chinese translations of the Vibhaṅga of the Mūlasarvāstivāda vinaya (MSV), and so contributes to recent investigations into multiple MSV traditions. It also discusses some differences and similarities between the different vinayas, especially common elements between the Sarvāstivāda, Mūlasarvāstivāda and Mahāsāṃghika vinayas.

Vesna A. Wallace – “The Interface of Mongolian Nomadic Culture, Law and Monastic Sexual Morality”

In traditional Mongolian nomadic society, which had its own culturally embedded dimensions of sexuality and highly flexible rules regulating social life, the monastic institutionalization of sexuality was a long process that has been met with resistance to this day. Mongolian Buddhists’ lenient attitude toward sexual desire also found its support in the Buddhist tantric teachings, as it has been often pointed out by contemporary monks in Mongolia in their response to the critics of their sexual conduct. A study of various laws instituted in Mongolia from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries reveals a variety of ways in which different governing bodies sought to negotiate the problem of monks’ sexual misconduct through their prohibitive and penal measures.

Richard W. Whitecross – “Of Texts and Drama: Delivering Justice in Bhutan”

This paper presents a short history of the development of legal texts in Bhutan with some analysis of how the later texts reflect the globalized language of the rule of law refracted through recent attempts to anchor and legitimize Bhutanese court process with cultural imagery. It then moves to a discussion of religious cultural imagery and its recent fascinating use in the legal system, a change that has occurred in just the last twenty years. This imagery in the form of huge masks in the courtrooms comes from a key drama enacted throughout Bhutan at the annual tshechu (religious festivals) depicting the judgement of the dead by Yama, Lord of the Dead. The paper argues that the role and meaning of religious belief and its presence in the judicial sphere needs to be examined and re-examined in each context for its presence and use. Building on Brown (2015) the paper argues that we need to consider the different worldviews expressed in different periods, as reflected in the texts examined, when we consider the complex interrelationship between Buddhism and law in Bhutan.

Petra Kieffer-Pülz – “Translocal Debates and Legal Hermeneutics: Early Pāli Vinaya Texts in the Adjudication of Sīmā Procedures, c. 1200–1900 CE.”

From the 5th/6th c. ce onwards Vinaya condensations replaced the study of the monastic law code (Vinaya) and its commen­tary, the Samantapāsādikā, in the daily curriculum of the monks of the Theravāda tradition in present-day Sri Lanka. Directives in the royal ordinances (katikāvata) of Lanka dating from the 12th/13th and 18th c. ce regarding the texts to be memorized by young monks show that, in addition to the condensations, the katikāvatas themselves were an issue in the education of the monks. Thus it seems that the Vinaya and its commentary were pushed into the background. In the present contribution I try to show that this attitude in daily life does not reflect the situation in crises of the Buddhist community, when it becomes necessary to prove specific issues by authoritative statements. In such cases the most authoritative source, that is, the monastic law code which is considered the “Word of the Buddha,” the fully Enlightened One, by tradition, came into play again, together with the commentary considered to include the information from the earliest commentaries that as it was understood were included already in the 1st saṅgīti. In two challenging legal disputes concerning Buddhist monastic boun­daries (sīmā) I will show that in the attempt to solve the legal disputes, the monastic law code and its commentary served as the last resort.

Ann Heirman – “Withdrawal from the Monastic Community and Re-ordination of Former Monastics in the Dharmaguptaka Tradition”

At the apex of Buddhist monasticism are its fully ordained members—Buddhist monks (bhikṣu) and nuns (bhikṣuṇī). The texts on monastic discipline (vinayas) indicate that some monks and nuns, at certain points in their lives, may choose to withdraw from the saṃgha (monastic community). The vinaya texts from every tradition attempt to regulate such decisions, as well as the re-ordination of former monastics. In this paper, I focus on the Dharmaguptaka tradition, the vinaya of which has become standard in China and neighboring regions. My intention is to answer intriguing questions raised by Petra Kieffer-Pülz in her study on the re-ordination of nuns in the Theravāda tradition, which appeared in the first volume of this journal (2015–2016): which options are available to monks and nuns who wish to withdraw from the monastic community; and is it possible for them to gain readmission to the saṃgha? I also address a third question: what does this imply for the Dharmaguptaka tradition? My research focuses on the Dharmaguptaka vinaya, and on the commentaries of the most prominent Chinese vinaya master, Daoxuan (596–667 ce), whose work lies at the heart of standard—and contemporary—under­standing of vinayas in China.

Shayne Clarke – “The Unique Nature of the Mūlasarvāstivādin Law Code for Nuns”

On the basis of an examination of twenty-seven textual wit­nesses of the section on nuns’ conduct (Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga) in the monastic law code (Vinaya) of the influential north Indian Buddhist school known as the Mūlasarvāstivāda (Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya), I argue that a distinct Bhutanese recension is discernible. Found in six of the twenty-seven witnesses—sTog and Shey Palace manuscripts, and four Bhutanese manuscripts (Chizhi, Dongkarla, Gangteng, and Neyphug)—this recension resolves many of the inconsistencies present in the most commonly consulted editions of the Tibetan translation of the Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya­vibhaṅga. The discrepancies between these two recensions are of consider­able interest and importance given that these recensions differ significantly in terms of the presence and absence of certain rules, frame stories, and legal analyses for nuns.

The present article is divided into eight sections. In the first section, I discuss a number of characteristics that make the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya unique among the corpus of extant Buddhist monastic law codes: its linguistic diversity, the sheer volume of canonical texts, the enormous number of commentarial treatises, and the sometimes seemingly insur­mountable philological challenges. In the second section, I provide a brief overview of the corpus of canonical Tibetan Buddhist texts devoted to rules for nuns (Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga, Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa, and Ārya-sarvāstivādi-mūla-bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa-sūtra-vṛtti). Here too I discuss the unique position of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya as the only monastic law code preser­ving frame stories and canonical legal analyses—word-commentaries, casuistries, exception clauses, and discussion of mitigating and aggravating factors—for nuns’ rules which are common to both female and male monastic orders. I also briefly discuss the unique situation of the lack of correspondence between the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga and the Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa, first noted by the Tibetan polymath Bu sTon rin chen grub (1290–1364).

In the third section, I outline the sources used in the present study, and discuss their historical relationships. In the fourth section, I provide an overview of the idiosyncratic numbering system employed in the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga. I also outline one of the key inconsistencies in this text: the fact that the section said to contain 180 pāyantikā rules for nuns contains considerably more than the stated number. In the fifth section, I cite a number of examples of differences between what are ostensibly the same rules in the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga and the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-prātimokṣa. In the sixth section, I examine a number of irregularities related to the 72 shared pāyantikā rules for monks and nuns in order to demonstrate the existence of a distinct Bhutanese recension, one which is considerably closer to the normative Mūlasarvāstivādin tradition of the Indian disciplinarian Guṇaprabha (c. 5th–7th cents.) than the text found in other manuscripts and xylographs that are regularly consulted in the study of Indian and Tibetan female monasticism. The conclusion (seventh section) is followed by an Appendix (eighth section) listing details of the twenty-seven witnesses of the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇī-vinayavibhaṅga surveyed herein.


Buddhism, Law & Society is the first interdisciplinary academic journal to focus on relationship between Buddhism, law, and society. The scope of the journal is broad. Buddhism and its many social and legal manifestations are a central area of interest for the journal, as are the state’s legal relations to Buddhist actors, institutions and texts. We invite articles on jurisprudence, philosophy, procedure, local community practices, ethics, and social sanctions, both historical and contemporary, as they relate to Buddhism and law in society in Asian and global contexts. The journal welcomes submissions from legal practitioners as well as academics in a wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and will consider publishing panels of papers from conferences, geographically specific areas, festschrifts and symposia. Articles are published electronically on a rolling basis and compiled into a print volume at the end of each year.

For more information, visit the journal website: http://www.law.buffalo.edu/beyond/journals/buddhism.html.

Or, email us:

Josh Coene, Managing Editor, editor@buddhismandlaw.org;

Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Articles Editor, kiepue@t-online.de;

Rebecca R. French, Editor, rrfrench@buffalo.edu.

Rebecca Redwood French

School of Law, SUNY BUffalo
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Call for Papers> "Religions" special issue on "Buddhism in the US and Canada" posted date:2018-03-30

Over the last two decades, a growing body of scholarship has emerged on Buddhism in both the United States and Canada including several edited volumes and monographs such as Harding, Hori, and Soucy’s Flowers on the Rock (2014), Mitchell and Quli’s Buddhism Beyond Borders (2015), and Wilson’s Dixie Dharma (2012). Whereas an earlier generation of scholarship on North American Buddhism was dominated by historical studies, and Numrich’s North American Buddhists in Social Context (2008) brought a much needed sociological lens to the subject, more work is needed to chart the landscape of North American Buddhism.

Wilson has argued that Buddhism in the United States (2015) and Canada (2011) is a local phenomenon. To truly test that hypothesis, sustained ethnographic fieldwork would be needed to critically explore and describe Buddhism’s various expressions in the Midwest, New England, Hawai’i, or the Pacific Northwest. Within these regional locales, Buddhism manifests in a variety of ways, and Buddhists adapt (or resist adapting) their practices to suit local ecological, economic, and cultural conditions. A deeper understanding how North American Buddhists have attuned traditional forms of dress, behavior, economies, or practices to local conditions is needed.

For this volume, we hope to solicit work that focuses on select regions, field sites, or case studies to explore North American Buddhism's various engagements with broader cultural trends. Such trends may include the rise of secular mindfulness programs; social, political, and ecological engagements; local economies, globalization, and the commodification of Buddhist images and icons; or Buddhist higher education and Buddhist practitioners within the academic field of Buddhist Studies. We are also interested in new theoretical approaches to the study of Buddhism in the United States and Canada, as well as critical evaluations of previously understudied Buddhist teachers, leaders, and public figures.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: November 30, 2018

For more information on this volume, the journal Religions, and submission processes, please see the website here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/canada
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Announcement> Royal Asiatic Society Call for Book Proposals posted date:2018-05-02
Time:Refer in links for deadline

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites the submission of book proposals on subjects related to the cultures, history, languages and religions of Asia. The Society supports the publication of 4 to 5 books a year in collaboration with a variety of publishers which include Routledge, University of Edinburgh Press, National University of Singapore Press, University of Hong Kong Press, Cambridge University Press, India and the Gingko Library. Recent publications include Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism, U. E. Charlton-Stevens, Routledge (2017), Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335, Bruno De Nicola, Edinburgh University Press with the RAS (2017), Southeast Asia in Ruins, Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century, Sarah Tiffin, National University of Singapore Press with the RAS (2016). Please see http://royalasiaticsociety.org/publications/ for guidelines on the submission of proposals.
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CFP>Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies posted date:2018-04-11
Time:Refer in links for deadline

Dear colleagus,

The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) welcomes original research articles, research notes, translation of short tracts (with introduction), and methodological reflections regarding the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. The JCBS seeks to promote the academic study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. It publishes annually, and meets in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion. The deadline for article submissions is December 15. The deadline for special topics proposals is November 1. Publication time for the each volume is in July, both online (http://chinesebuddhiststudies.org/index.html) and in print.

All prospective authors receive an initial response from the editor within two weeks as to whether their submission is suitable for JCBS and can be passed into the peer review phase without significant revisions. Two external reviewers are then given a maximum of two months to conduct a double-blind review of the submitted manuscript. If no major revisions are required, the manuscript in question will be accepted for publication and be placed in queued for publication in the next issue.

All submissions should be sent to the editors by email attachment in Word file formatted according to the “Manuscript Formatting” requirements. See submision details here: http://chinesebuddhiststudies.org/submissions.html

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have concerning publishing your work in JCBS.

Best wishes,
Jimmy Yu and Dan Stevenson
Editors, Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
jyu2@fsu.edu or dbsteve@ku.edu
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2018 Tang Lecture Illustrations of the Parinirvāṇa Cycle in Kucha posted date:2018-09-21
Time:2018.09.28 18:00
Location:Toll Room, Alumni House <br>&nbsp;     University of California, Berkeley

Monika Zin, University of Leipzig, Germany

At least 100 caves in Kucha contain (or once contained) murals depicting scenes connected with the Buddha's death. The paintings are typically located in the rear part of the caves, in corridors behind the Buddha in the main niche. The illustrations begin with the episodes from the Buddha's last journey and end with the first council in Rājagṛha. It is solely through comparative analysis of the representations that it becomes possible to discern their programme. Through this programme, we discover the local beliefs these illustrations mirror, and the literary sources they illustrate. Interestingly, the arrangement of the murals in the corridors often follows the principles of symmetry, and not the chronology of the narrative, as if to create a “holy space” rather than to illustrate a chronology of events.

An expert on Indian and Central Asian Art, and Indian drama, Monika Zin began her academic career at the Jagiellon University in Cracow, Poland, in Theater Studies and Polish Language and Literature (M.A. in 1981). This was followed by a doctorate in Indology and Indian Art and post-doctoral studies (habilitation) in Indology at the LMU in Munich. In 2000, she joined the Department for Indology at the LMU Munich as an Associate Professor and also held a position as a Lecturer in Buddhist Art and Literature in the Department for Indology and Central Asian Sciences at the University of Leipzig from 2005 to 2008. From 2010-2014, she was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History at the FU Berlin. She is currently a professor at the University of Leipzig working on a project entitled “Buddhist Murals of Kucha on the Northern Silk Road.”

Co-sponsored by the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies.
Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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Thangkas, Texts, and the Silk Route posted date:2018-09-21
Time:2018.09.27 17:00
Location:180 Doe Memorial Library <br>&nbsp;     UC Berkeley

Ann Shaftel, Dalhousie University

In a richly illustrated presentation on the challenges of applying conservation science to Buddhist sacred thangkas and texts, Ann Shaftel will include a discussion of the relationship between thangkas and texts, and the evolving function of thangkas in Buddhist philosophy, textural history and culture. The images accompanying her talk will feature Silk Route thangkas, and others from her 48 years of work in monasteries and museums.

Ann Shaftel’s work is at the forefront in the field of thangka conservation worldwide. She is a renowned teacher of international workshops on the conservation of Buddhist treasures—in the US, Canada, Europe, Bhutan, Nepal, India and China. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, and a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation. Ann’s international work in Treasure Caretaker Training www.treasurecaretaker.com won the prestigious Digital Empowerment Foundation’s Chairman’s Choice award.

Co-sponsored by the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies.
Related Link:http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/events/

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Authentic replicas: Buddhist art in Medieval China posted date:2018-09-10
Time:2018.10.05 17:30 ~ 2018.10.05 19:00
Location:Atrium, Senate House

As belief in the Buddha grew and his teachings were transmitted across Asia, Buddhist images, scriptures, and relics were duplicated and reduplicated to satisfy the needs of increasing numbers of the faithful. Yet how were these countless copies of sacred objects able to retain their authenticity and efficacy? Authentic Replicas explores how Buddhists in medieval China solved this conundrum through the use of traditional methods of replication to create objects that fulfilled the spiritual aspirations of those who possessed them. I will show that the Buddhist concept of a replica as an extension of its source imbued the object with credibility, and rendered replicas as “authentic,” possessing the same degree of efficacy as the original.

Hsueh-man Shen is Ehrenkranz Associate Professor in World Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research on Buddhist art and material culture focuses on the transmission of ideas and technologies across time and space. She is author of the book, Authentic Replicas: Buddhist Art in Medieval China (2018), and editor of Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire (2006, German version in 2007). In 2016 she co-curated the special exhibition, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, for the Getty Center in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Art, Space, and Mobility, to explore how maritime connectivity reconfigured the cultural boundaries of East Asia during the long twelfth century.

Organiser: SOAS centre of Buddhist Studies

Contact email: es27@soas.ac.uk

Related Link:https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/05oct2018-authentic-replicas-buddhist-art-in-medieval-china.html

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Lecture> Peter Skilling at Waseda: "Stūpas and the Spread of Buddhism in India: The Early Period." Sept. 29, 2018 posted date:2018-08-28
Time:2018.09.29 16:30~18:00
Location:Waseda University, Toyama Campus, Building 36, Room 681

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce a public lecture by Professor Peter Skilling at Waseda University on September 29, 2018.

Title: Stūpas and the Spread of Buddhism in India: The Early Period.

Speaker: Professor Peter Skilling, the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), retired.

Abstract: The historical study of early Buddhism is necessarily grounded in close studies of contemporary material, geographical, and archaeological contexts. Early Buddhism travelled with relics, the physical remains of the departed Fortunate One; the housing of relics created new landscapes dominated by clusters of stupas and associated ritual and monastic structures. This presentation visits some of the early sites, in an attempt to trace the early networks of Buddhism as revealed by stupa complexes along the Northern and Southern Routes, especially those in the hills and valleys of the Vindhya plateau. The speaker draws on texts, archaeological reports, and his own travels in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, over a period of several years (2012 to 2015).

About the Speaker: Peter Skilling is a Special Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and an Honorary Associate, Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, University of Sydney, Australia. Until his retirement in 2017, he was a Professor of the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) based in Bangkok. His main field of research is the epigraphy, archaeology, history, and literature of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia according to Sanskrit, Pali, Thai and Tibetan sources. His published works include Mahāsūtras: Great Discourses of the Buddha (2 vols., 1994 and 1997) and Buddhism and Buddhist Literature of South-East Asia (2009), in addition to numerous articles.

The lecture will be given in English and translated into Japanese. It is free of charge and open to the public. I look forward to seeing you then.

Nobuyoshi Yamabe

Waseda University
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Workshop> 4th Nanzan Graduate Student Seminar for the Study of Japanese Religion and Culture posted date:2018-09-21
Location:The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan

Dear members,

I would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for presenters at the 4th Nanzan Seminar for the Study of Religion and Culture, sponsored by the Nagoya University JSPS Core-to-Core Program. The seminar will be held on January 13-15 at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan. Details are provided below.

For an application to present at the event, please contact me directly at mcmullen@nanzan-u.ac.jp.


Matthew McMullen

Nanzan Seminar for the Study of Religion and Culture 2
(A Nagoya University JSPS Core-to-Core Program)

Application Information

The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture will conduct a Seminar in Japanese for international graduate students (who do not speak Japanese as their native language) on 13–14 January 2019. Presentations and discussion will all be held in Japanese. We invite advanced graduate students eager to present their research in Japanese to apply for participation in this Seminar, which is sponsored by a JSPS Program (coordinated by Abe Yasuro of Nagoya University).

Conditions for Participation

1. Applicants should be graduate students (or recent post-docs) who are not native speakers of Japanese and conducting research in Japanese religions for a university outside Japan. Five participants will be chosen from among the applicants.

2. Participants will be provided an economy-class round-trip air ticket between their current residence and Japan, and expenses for the duration of the Seminar (transportation and meals). Hotel accommodations will also be provided. Participants must attend and participate in the entire program of the Seminar.

3. An excursion is planned for 15 January (Tuesday), the day following the Seminar, as part of the JSPS Core-to-Core Program. All participants are encouraged to attend.

Application Procedures

1. Applicants should fill out the Application Form (download here from the Institute homepage). Submit an English abstract (250–350 words) and a Japanese summary (600–900 characters) of your research presentation by 30 September 2018. Please send completed applications as an attachment by e-mail to nirc-office@ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp with the title “Nanzan Seminar Application.”

2. The chosen applicants will be notified by 15 October.

3. Participants must submit a full paper either in English (under 8,000 words) or in Japanese (under 12,000 characters) by 1 December, sent by e-mail attachment. If papers are not submitted on time, participation may be revoked. Presentations will last for 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of discussion.

4. Discussants will need to read the papers in advance in order to facilitate comment and discussion, so the presentation should follow the content of the prepared paper. The presentation must be in Japanese, and the discussion will also be in Japanese with some English if necessary.

Seminar Schedule

12 January (Sat): Arrive in Nagoya by evening and check in to Hotel.

13 January (Sun): Arrive at the Nanzan Institute after lunch.

13:00 Opening Ceremony

13:10–14:30 Opening lecture

14:45–16:15 Seminar Presentation 1

16:30–18:00 Seminar Presentation 2

18:30 Welcoming Party

14 January (Mon): Second day of presentations at Nanzan Institute

9:30–11:00 Presentation 3

11:15–12:45 Presentation 4


14:00–15:30 Presentation 5

15:45–17:00 Final Discussion

17:30 Closing Dinner

15 January (Tue): Excursion

16 January (Wed): Leave Nagoya


Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture

James Heisig (Philosophy of Religion, Japanese Philosophy)

Kim Seung Chul (Theology, Interreligious Dialogue)

Okuyama Michiaki (Religious Studies, History of Religion)

Paul Swanson (Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies)

Matthew McMullen (Buddhist Studies, Esotericism)

Tim Graf (Religious Studies, Documentarian)


Abe Yasuro, Nagoya University

Iwata Fumiaki, Osaka University of Education

Kobayashi Naoko, Aichi Gakuin University

Yoshida Kasuhiko, Nagoya City University

Chikamoto Kensuke, Nagoya University

Academic Staff

Yokoi Momoko (Sociology of Religion)

Fukahori Ayaka (Religion and Musicology)
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Adult Buddhist Association (ABA) Leaders Workshop posted date:2018-09-13
Time:2018.10.26 18:00 ~ 2018.10.27 21:00
Location:Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue (btwn Shattuck and Fulton), Berkeley, CA 94704

BCA Center for Buddhist Education


Adult Buddhist Association (ABA) Leaders Workshop

The "Adult Buddhist Association (ABA) Leaders Workshop for ABA and Aspiring Leaders is a fun and dharma-ful opportunity to learn about the Buddhist Churches of America ABA groups: their past, present & future; how to grow your ABA, or start one; share successes/challenges, and ideas for Buddhist education and creative sangha-building.

BCA Center for Buddhist Education

email: cbe@bcahq.org

ph:(510) 809-1460

website: www.BuddhistChurchesofAmerica.org

October, 26 - 27, 2018

Starts Friday, 10/26, 6 pm

Ends Saturday, 10/27, 9 pm

Sunday: Optional Activities TBD (additional fee)


2140 Durant Avenue (btwn Shattuck and Fulton), Berkeley, CA 94704

For lodging at the Jodo Shinshu Center, please contact: gkameda@bcahq.org or phone (510) 809-1401.
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2018-2019 AAR Collaborative International Research Grant Cycle is Open posted date:2018-09-21

2018-2019 AAR Collaborative International Research Grant cycle is open. Information about the program and how to apply is available here.
Application deadline is October 1.

Application Deadline: October 1
The American Academy of Religion, a member of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), is pleased to announce the Collaborative International Research Grants competition. This initiative is intended to support generative research collaborations between and among scholars located in different geographical regions who wish to pursue focused, joint projects in any area of the study of religion. Applications for awards ranging from $500 to $5000 will be reviewed by the AAR’s International Connections Committee (ICC).

Grant Parameters
The ICC encourages creative projects grounded in international research relationships that bring together scholars from disparate backgrounds and methodological approaches to advance our critical research and understanding of religious traditions, practices, and issues. These awards may be used for a variety of project expenses, including to enhance communication and to enable travel. Junior as well as more established scholars are encouraged to apply, as are independent scholars.

Grant Outcomes
Acceptance of this grant requires that one or more of the participants share the findings of the research collaboration publicly in at least two different ways. These might include reporting the results of the collaboration in a publication, a blog, or a web page, or in a presentation at the AAR Annual meeting or at another conference sponsored by an IAHR member association.

In addition to these public reports, which may be in any language, an abstract of 150 words summarizing the results and findings of the research project should be submitted in either English or French, the official languages of the IAHR. This abstract should be submitted along with an AAR Grants Close-Out Report summarizing the research activities undertaken, publications produced, and public presentations or other disseminations executed or planned.

While the award may be used to support travel for the collaborators to meet in order to undertake work on the proposed project, the grant is not primarily intended to fund travel to professional meetings (including the AAR Annual Meeting for current AAR members) and cannot be used to buy release time from a scholar’s institution, for supplemental salary (including honoraria for applicants), or to cover institutional overhead costs.

Grant Cycle
2018–2019 CIRG Application Cycle: May 1, 2018 to October 1, 2018 (11:59 pm EDT)

For the 2018–2019 grant cycle, applications must be submitted via the AAR website by 11:59 pm EDT on October 1, 2018.
Notification of the application status will be sent to the Primary Contact by January 31, 2019.
Awardees will also receive notification letters (to be sent by January 31, 2019), with the expectation that grant funds will be disbursed up until June 30 of the grant award year.
Research project expenses may be undertaken anytime within the calendar year of the award year.
Awardees must submit an expense report along with receipts as well as the AAR Grants Close-Out Report by January 31, 2020.
Awardees who wish to extend the research collaboration beyond the initial year are eligible to reapply once for a second year of funding. Unsuccessful applicants are similarly encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.
Grants may fund the research activities of two or more collaborators, at least one of whom must hold the doctoral degree.
No individual can apply as part of more than one collaborative team.
Applicants who have received an AAR grant in the previous year will not be considered.
A minimum of one scholar on the research team must be a current member in good standing of the AAR and have been so for the preceding two (2) years; the other participant(s) is expected to be a member in good standing of IAHR national or regional associations. Please direct any questions regarding the IAHR membership requirement to Amy Allocco at aallocco@elon.edu.
One scholar on the research team must be designated the Primary Contact. The Primary Contact will receive all grant correspondence for the group.
Grant recipients must maintain AAR membership throughout the grant period.
Application Process
Applications must be submitted via the AAR’s online Collaborative International Research Grants proposal submission portal.

Applications must be uploaded by 11:59 pm EDT on October 1, 2018.

Applications will be accepted in English or in French and should include the following:

A completed Collaborative International Research Grants form
A Cover Page that includes the following:
Project Title
Names of and contact details for all project collaborators
A 150-word Project Abstract
A 500-word Narrative Proposal that clearly outlines the aims and significance of the research project; discusses the specific logistical details regarding the international collaboration; delineates the roles of each collaborator; and identifies the project’s expected outcomes
A 1-page Curriculum Vitae for each collaborator that details previous and current grants/competitive research funding and international research travel, and lists current memberships in relevant scholarly organizations
A 1-page Project Budget, including a short narrative explanation of relevant expenses and an accounting of other sources of support for this project, both pending and confirmed; project funds must be requested in US dollars (USD)
Full contact information for two references for each of the collaborators
We will only consider applications submitted through the AAR’s online system; hard copies will not be accepted. While we would appreciate any evidence in support of the proposed collaboration (e.g., a letter of invitation from a research center or library that will provide resources or facilities for one or more of the concerned scholars) additional supplementary documents cannot be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Criteria for Evaluation
Applications will be evaluated by a jury comprised of members of the AAR’s International Connections Committee and will be judged on:

The clarity and focus of the research proposed
The potential of the project to promote meaningful international collaborations between scholars from different regions
The significance of the research project’s contribution to religious studies scholarship, particularly in underexplored areas or subfields
The feasibility of the research project, including its aims, timeline, outcomes, and proposed collaborations
Contact Information
The ICC is happy to respond to questions about the grant process and specific projects and applications. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Amy L. Allocco, ICC Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University, USA (aallocco@elon.edu).
Related Link:https://www.aarweb.org/2018-2019-aar-collaborative-international-research-grant-cycle-is-open

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