Call for Papers – Religion in Southeast Asia Group – American Academy of Religion – Deadline: March 1, 2016

Call for Papers

Religion in Southeast Asia Group, American Academy of Religion

AAR Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX November 19-22, 2016, Deadline: March 1, 2016

https://papers.aarweb.org/program_units

Statement of Purpose:

Situated at the nexus of several civilizational influences — including Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern — Southeast Asia, as a region, remains understudied in terms of its relevance to the theoretical and methodological study of religion. This neglect is in part due to the tendency to reduce Southeast Asian religious systems to the named “world religions” often identified with other regions. As a result, indigenous practices are not viewed in terms of their conceptual and other linkages — and in some cases the dynamic interactions between those practices and the religious practices brought over by different classes of immigrants are frequently overlooked. However, and especially in the last fifteen years, exciting materials addressing different religious cultures in Southeast Asia have emerged. Hitherto, there has been little scholarly conversation at the AAR on Southeast Asia. And, perhaps even less commonly, are Southeast Asian religious cultures (e.g., Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, “animist,” Chinese, and Pacific) put into conversation with one another. In light of this need in the field, we strive to provide a context for this conversation as well as to foster critical thinking about Southeast Asia as a region.
Call for Papers:

The Religion in Southeast Asia Group invites proposals for individual papers, paper sessions, and round tables. To facilitate discussion, we are particularly interested in panels with papers posted online to the AAR website prior to the conference. (This is one of the options you’ll be offered in submitting your panel proposal.)

Topics of special interest include:

  • Religion and the state: Conflict and collaboration
  • Language and translation in the study of SE Asian religions
  • The moral efficacy of objects
  • Ghost stories
  • Religion and the environment
  • Teaching Southeast Asian religions: best methods
  • Religion and diplomacy

Proposals may also be submitted on any other subject relating to religion in Southeast Asia.

Method:

PAPERS

Process:

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection

Leadership:

Chair

Steering Committee

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