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New Collaboration Between NAASR, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and The Bulletin for the Study of Religion

We have an exciting announcement for members. Thanks to a generous donation, NAASR will be partnering with The Bulletin for the Study of Religion (Equinox Publishing) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, to provide all NAASR members with a subscription to the Bulletin. This will include a print subscription, mailed to each member, in addition to online access.


Renew Membership here: NAASR Website 

Update address here: Google Forms NAASR Member Information


A bit more about the Bulletin:The Bulletin for the Study of Religion is one of the longest, continually-running publications in the North American field. Published by Equinox and produced by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, the Bulletin begins a new chapter as a magazine for the international field. Richard Newton serves as Editor of this feature-based publication that highlights currents at all the sites where scholars carry out their work. With field-oriented peer-reviewed articles, department-level innovations, and conversations with colleagues, the Bulletin keeps you in the loop. Want to learn more about the Digital Humanities? We’ve got you covered with The Download. Trying to put your academic skills and knowledge to work. Take a look at those who’ve done it well in The Profession. Got a burning question, Sage D’Vice’s column will help you work it out. All this and more is in the new Bulletin! And NAASR is excited to share that each member will receive a subscription–a fitting way to celebrate fifty years of the Bulletin!


We are very happy to be working with Richard Newton, the new Editor of the Bulletin, to bring this long-established (this is the 50 year anniversary) and newly-revamped publication to your homes or offices each quarter. 
To be sure you receive all issues, please renew your membership ASAP, and to be sure we have the correct mailing address for you, please fill out the GOOGLE FORM with your most recent information. If you have already paid for 2021 (or are a lifetime member) but are unsure which address you have on file with us, please fill out the Google form. You can add a note to me in the comment box letting me know you are just updating your info. 


Deadline to renew membership or join in order to receive all 2021 issues in print is April 23. If you pay dues later, you may miss the first issue, and we cannot send back issues. Please be sure to renew your NAASR membership for 2021 now. Our new partnership with Equinox and the University of Alabama will be in addition to the online subscription to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion (Brill) that you already receive as a NAASR member. That will continue as well. 

Renew Membership here: NAASR Website 

Update address here: Google Forms NAASR Member Information

DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR PROPOSALS MARCH 8, 2021, at 5PM EST

Because of the storms affecting many across the country, we have decided to extend the deadline for the 2021 Annual Meeting Call For Proposals to March 8, 2021 at 5pm EST. We hope the extra week will provide time for those who need it.

Our theme this year is Religion and the Study of Religion in Times of “Crisis.” And as always, we aim to approach this topic with an emphasis on method and theory. What happens when we classify something as a “crisis”? And what is at stake in linking these “crises” to “religion”? How does this designation illuminate or obscure certain political or ideological dynamics? At NAASR 2021, we are asking participants to theorize the relationship between “religion” (and/or the study of “religion”) and “crisis” broadly construed. NAASR invites submissions from individuals or full panels that address these concepts within the context of their research. For more information see the CFP, attached below or online.

Call for Proposals, NAASR 2021 Annual Meeting

November 20-22

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Religion and the Study of Religion in Times of “Crisis”

Call for Proposals

For the past several years, NAASR’s meetings have featured panels that reflect on various dimensions of the study of religion (theory, method, data, key categories, and field). As evidenced in numerous recent calls and conference themes, “crisis” has emerged as a preferred way many in the academic study of religion characterize elements of the current historical moment. COVID, systemic racism, rising fascist movements, the character of American evangelicalism, and even the integrity of higher education have all fallen under this banner of “crisis.” Moreover, religion figures prominently in public discourse surrounding these trends. Yet, what happens when we classify something as a “crisis”? And what is at stake in linking these “crises” to “religion”?  How does this designation illuminate or obscure certain political or ideological dynamics? 

 At NAASR 2021, we are asking participants to theorize the relationship between “religion” (and/or the study of “religion”) and “crisis” broadly construed. NAASR invites submissions from individuals or full panels that address these concepts within the context of their research. Submissions may focus on crises of the contemporary moment (pandemic, racism, patriarchy, neoliberal capitalism, authoritarianism, etc.) or explore the theme of crisis through other contexts, historical periods, or theoretical positions. Though we are open to a wide range of thematizations of ‘crisis,’ contributions should make explicit theoretical and substantive connections to understandings of crisis in our current historical moment.

NAASR is therefore issuing a call for papers and a call for full panels. 

Individual papers should include:

  1. A Working Title
  2. A brief abstract summarizing the scope of their argument and how it will address the theme (max. 500 words) 

Full Panel proposals should include: 

  1. A Working Title
  2. A list of participants (5-7 maximum, including a presider and a respondent, if appropriate)
  3. A summary of the broader topic the panel will address (max. 500 words)
  4. For each participant, a brief abstract summarizing their contribution (max. 500 words)

To allow for robust engagement, all panelists will submit conference papers for pre-circulation among members by July 31, 2021 and will be prepared to summarize their papers (10-15 min) during the in-person annual meeting. Summaries of papers will be followed by remarks from a respondent and extended discussion. 

Versions of the full papers will be included as chapters for an edited volume in the NAASR Working Papers Series with Equinox. Therefore, contributors are strongly encouraged to draft their pre-circulated papers in the format of chapters for eventual publication. 

We especially welcome submissions from graduate students, early-career scholars, and those employed in contingent positions, and as always, NAASR strongly encourages participation from scholars representing the full range of areas of expertise, backgrounds, and identities.  

Submissions should be emailed to dennislorusso@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST March 1, 2021.

#NAASR 2021

NAASR 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Program*

#naasr2020

November 21-22

“Show Us Your Data: Method and Theory in Action”

We are pleased to announce the program for the 2020 Annual Meeting.

REGISTER FOR THE MEETING AT THIS LINK. Fill out the Google form and you will receive the zoom links for each meeting in the coming weeks.

NAASR 2020 Meeting Schedule

Saturday, November 21, 2020 (EST)

12:00 PM EC meeting
1:00-3:00 PM Localized Politics of Defining Religion
Presiding:
Jacob Barret (University of Alabama)
Presenting:
Emily Crews (University of Chicago)
Brad Stoddard (McDaniel College)
Savannah Finver (Ohio State University)
Michael Graziano (University of Northern Iowa)
Richard Newton (University of Alabama)

3:30-5:30 PM Class, Identity, and Religion
Presiding:
Andie Alexander (Emory University)
Presenting:
Andrew Durdin (Florida State University)
James Dennis Lorusso (Georgia State University)
Cody Musselman (Yale University)
Jeremy Posadas (Austin College)
Matt Sheedy (University of Bonn)
Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama)


9:00 PM cocktail party

Sunday, November 22, 2020 (EST)

12:00 PM business meeting

1:00-3:00 PM Data and Theory in Computational & Statistical Modeling
Presiding:

Wesley Wildman (Boston University
Presenting:

Ann Taves (UC Santa Barbara)

LeRon Shults (University of Agder, Kristiansand)

Kate Stockly (Boston University)

Wesley Wildman (Boston University)

Connor Wood (Center for Mind and Culture)

3:30-5:30 PM Pure Christian America: “Purity” as a Concept for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Christian Nationalism in the US
Presiding:

Daniel Miller (Landmark College)
Presenting:

Daniel Miller (Landmark College)

Bradley Onishi (Skidmore College)

Sara Moslener (University of Central Michigan)

Glenn Bracey (Villanova University)

#naasr2020 • Nov. 20-22 • Online

*  #naasr2020 update:

The North American Association for the Study of Religion would like to announce that we are canceling the in-person meeting this year and replacing it with an online virtual meeting. While we hope progress continues in the fight against COVID-19, we believe that travel and group meetings might unnecessarily jeopardize the health of our members and other attendees. A virtual meeting allows us to gather without putting ourselves and others at risk.

In the coming months, we will release the schedule for the virtual meeting (including all panels and the business meeting) and will share the link with anyone who is interested. Thank you to everyone for understanding, and we look forward to seeing you virtually in November and then hopefully in person for 2021’s meeting in San Antonio.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce and to share our preliminary program. This year we are breaking with the format we used for the last several years and are instead hosting three roundtables explicitly focusing on applied method and theory.

NAASR 2020 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program

#naasr2020

The North American Association for the Study of Religion would like to announce that we are canceling the in-person meeting this year and replacing it with an online virtual meeting. While we hope progress continues in the fight against COVID-19, we believe that travel and group meetings might unnecessarily jeopardize the health of our members and other attendees. A virtual meeting allows us to gather without putting ourselves and others at risk.

In the coming months, we will release the schedule for the virtual meeting (including all panels and the business meeting) and will share the link with anyone who is interested. Thank you to everyone for understanding, and we look forward to seeing you virtually in November and then hopefully in person for 2021’s meeting in San Antonio.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce and to share our preliminary program. This year we are breaking with the format we used for the last several years and are instead hosting four roundtables explicitly focusing on applied method and theory.

 

First Panel: Class, Identity, and Religion

Presiding:
Andie Alexander (Emory University)

Presenting:
Andrew Durdin (Florida State University)
James Dennis Lorusso (Georgia State University)
Cody Musselman (Yale University)
Jeremy Posadas (Austin College)
Matt Sheedy (University of Bonn)
Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama)

Second Panel: Pure Christian America: “Purity” as a Concept for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Christian Nationalism in the US

Presiding:
Daniel Miller (Landmark College)

Presenting:
Daniel Miller (Landmark College)
Bradley Onishi ( Skidmore College)
Rima Vesely-Flad (Warren Wilson College)
Sara Moslener (University of Central Michigan)

Third Panel: Data and Theory in Computational and Statistical Modeling of Religion

Presiding:
Wesley Wildman (Boston University

Presenting:
Ann Taves (UC Santa Barbara)
LeRon Shults (University of Agder, Kristiansand)
Kate Stockly (Boston University)
Wesley Wildman (Boston University)
Connor Wood (Center for Mind and Culture)

Fourth Panel: The Localized Politics of Defining Religion

Presiding:
Jacob Barret (University of Alabama)

Presenting:
Emily Crews (University of Chicago)
Brad Stoddard (McDaniel College)
Savannah Finver (The Ohio State University)
Michael Graziano (University of Northern Iowa)
Richard Newton (University of Alabama)

#naasr2020 • Nov. 20-22  

NAASR 2020 Call for Papers

Show Us Your Data: Method and Theory in Action

Call for Proposals

The past five years, NAASR’s meetings focused on specific themes (theory, method, data, key categories, and the field). These meetings addressed a range of topics—some familiar, some new—and resulted in insightful discussions at the meetings and beyond. These meetings and discussions tended to dwell on the theoretical. At NAASR 2020, however, we are asking participants to focus on their data, showing how method and theory inform their work in their local data domains.

Breaking with the model used for the past several annual meetings, we have an open call inviting participants to submit roundtable discussions (each roundtable should include five-seven participants). We will also accept individual submissions or partial panels seeking additional participants, although priority will be given to complete roundtables. The participants in each panel will collectively complete their presentations within one hour, leaving roughly an hour for open discussion.

This is therefore a call for roundtables. Each submission should include:

  1. a working title
  2. a list of participants
  3. a summary of the broader topic the roundtable will address
  4. a brief description of each participant’s work
  5. reflections on the roundtable’s larger theoretical intervention(s)/contribution(s) to the field

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, area studies, reflections on influential scholarly works, and roundtables on specific topics.

We invite scholars from diverse data domains to contribute to each roundtable. Each submission should also include graduate students and early career scholars.

Following the precedent set over the past several years, the aim once again is to publish these workshops as a book under the NAASR Working Papers series with Equinox Publishing.

Please send complete panels or  proposals as a file attachment by March 1, 2020, to NAASR VP Rebekka King at rebekka.king@mtsu.edu

#naasr2020 • Nov. 20-23, Boston, MA

NAASR_2020_CFP

 

NAASR 2019 Main Papers

We are happy to share the four main papers for this year’s annual meeting in San Diego. As a reminder, each panel has a theme taken up by a main paper writer and posted below. At the conference, these papers will be summarized by their authors, responses from four other panelists will follow, and then there will be an open discussion. You can see the entire schedule HERE

The four topics and main presenters are:

Teaching the Field, Leslie Dorrough Smith (Friday 10:00 AM-11:50 AM)
On the Grammar of Teaching Religious Studies

History of the Field, Russell T. McCutcheon (Friday 1:00 PM-2:50 PM)
The Enduring Presence of Our Pre-Critical Past Or, Same as It Ever Was, Same as It Ever Was…

The Role and Influence of Private Funding of the Field, Gregory D. Alles (Friday 3:00 PM-4:50 PM)
Private Money and the Study of Religions: Problems, Perils, and Possibilities

International Perspectives on the Field, Rosalind J. Hackett (Saturday 10:00 AM-11:50 AM)

Full papers available here for review prior to the conference (these are not for publication or redistribution):

Teaching the Field Leslie Dorrough Smith

History of the Field Russell McCutcheon

The Role and Influence of Private Funding of the Field Gregory Alles

International Perspectives on/in the Field Rosalind I. J. Hackett

#naasr2019 • Nov. 22-24 • San Diego, CA

NAASR 2019 Annual Meeting Program

#naasr2019 • Nov. 22-24 • San Diego, CA

“The Field”: Assessing and Critiquing the Academic Study of Religion

We are pleased to announce the program for the 2019 Annual Meeting.
We are still accepting applications for participants for our graduate workshops.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Teaching the Field 
10:00 AM-11:50 AM Convention Center-23C (Upper Level East)
Main paper author: Leslie Dorrough Smith (Avila University)
Chair: Tommy Carrico (Florida State University)
Respondents:
Rita Lester (Nebraska Wesleyan University)
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson (Dawson College)
Leonie C. Geiger (University of Groningen)
Martha Smith Roberts (Denison University)

 

History of the Field
1:00 PM-2:50 PM Convention Center-23C (Upper Level East)
Main Paper Author: Russell McCutcheon (University of Alabama)
Chair: Melody Everest (University of Alberta)  
Respondents:
James Edmonds (Arizona State University)
D. Jamil Grimes (Middle Tennessee State University)
Andrew Durdin (Florida State University)
Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University)

 

The Role and Influence of Private Funding of the Field
3:00 PM-4:50 PM Convention Center-25A (Upper Level East)
Main paper author: Gregory Alles (McDaniel College)
Chair: Allison Isidore (University of Alabama)
Respondents:
Joshua Patterson (University of Georgia)
Michael J. Altman (University of Alabama)
John W. McCormack (Aurora University)
Natalie Avalos (University of Colorado-Boulder)

 

NAASR Reception 7:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Half Door Brewing Company, 903 Island Ave, San Diego, California 92101

 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

International Perspectives on the Field
10:00 AM-11:50 AM Hilton Bayfront-Aqua A (Third Level)
Main paper author: Rosalind I. J. Hackett (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)
Chair: Sierra Lawson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Respondents:
F. LeRon Shults (University of Agder)
Tenzan Eaghll (Maidol University)
Vaia Touna (University of Alabama)
Yasmina Burezah (University of Bonn)

 

NAASR Business Meeting
Saturday, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 204B (Second Level)

 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

NAASR Graduate Student Workshops*

All graduate workshops held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)

Session One: Job Workshop – 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 
Russell McCutcheon (University of Alabama) and Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba)

Session Two: Academic Publishing for Graduate Students – 11:10 AM-12:10 PM 
Emily Clark (Gonzaga University) and Andie Alexander (Emory University)

Graduate Student Luncheon – 12:10 PM-1:10 PM 

Session Three: Navigating the Politics of Academia – 1:10 PM-2:10 PM 
Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University) and Richard Newton (University of Alabama)

Session Four: Alternative Careers for Religious Studies Scholars – 2:20 PM-3:20 PM 
Brad Stoddard (McDaniel College) and Emily Crews (University of Alabama)

*Scholars of all concentrations within the field of Religious Studies are welcome to join the workshop—whether a NAASR member or not. Space is limited, so application does not guarantee participation, although we intend to accommodate as many people as we can. To register, please email NAASR VP Rebekka King at rebekka.king@mtsu.edu by no later than October 18, 2019. In this request to register please include your current degree or professional career stage and identify which session or sessions you would like to attend.

NAASR Graduate Student Workshops CFP

NAASR Working Groups 2019
American Examples
             Organized by Michael J. Altman

Critical Considerations of “Race” in Religious Studies
             Organized by Emily Crews, Richard Newton, and K. Merinda Simmons

#naasr2019 • Nov. 22-24 • San Diego, CA

Colloquium announcement and call for papers: Religion & Theology Colloquium

“Towards a Different Reformation”
Date: Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 August 2018
Venue: Council Chambers, University of Johannesburg

The Reformation in Europe that started with Martin Luther nailing his “95 theses” to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, unleashed (arguably) the second big split in Christendom, and fractured the loose confederation of polities that constituted Western Europe and Western Christendom. The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 coincided with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, as well as the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Within political theory and history, Protestantism has often been seen as crucial to the development of capitalism as the dominant economic and political form in the 18th century.

Consequently, the 150th anniversary of Das Kapital and the centenary of the Russian Revolution afford a unique opportunity for scholars of religion and theology to recalibrate the way in which the Reformation and the origins of Protestantism are conceived, understood, and theorized. Whereas the history of Christian theological thinking casts the Reformation often primarily as a religious and theological event, we propose, rather to consider the Reformation as an iconic event, as discourse, as a series of contested social and ideological formations. As embedded in and as an epiphenomenon of shifts in Europe from the High Middle Ages to the Early Modern period, the Reformation is not to be understood as a singular event.

From the vantage point of a materialist framework we consider the reception history of the Reformation as an idea and concept through the long duration of performances of the Reformation, such that the colloquium not only considers it as an event in the past, but also considers the Reformation as a continually imagined cypher in service of various kinds of interests.

To get the question of the social, political, and theological force of contested inheritances of iconic events into greater focus, the colloquium is specifically not taking place in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation but in the year following, so as to emphasize that reflection on the celebrations of the anniversary is itself part of our rethinking the Reformation.

In doing so, we draw on theories of religion and the social that are significantly informed by concepts of discourse. Discourse is understood here as the production of (religious) expressions and artefacts as well as the scholarship on such (religious) expressions as operations embedded in the field of discourse, that is, products of and producers of sets of representations (which range from the spoken word, text, gesture, ritual, religious spaces, and the rhythms of life as hidden persuasions), including the social locations that form the originary matrices for the particular inventions of these sets of representations. Thus, discourse includes, as well, the social interests encompassed/encapsulated in and giving rise to these sets of representations, in addition to the logic governing the interrelations between these factors or aspects. Discourse also encompasses the institutionalizations of such “domained” representations in canons of tradition, schools of thought, habitus as habituated action, social formations, cultural and socio-political-economic conventions, that is, as discursive formations.

Papers are invited that investigate the Reformation as historical event (especially addressing the question: what is an event?); and theorizing the Reformation as a discursive event; re-embedding the Reformation (and its reception or effective history) into trajectories of social redefinitions, economic interests, and politico-cultural formations. Papers should particularly consider the imagined Reformation as it continues to inflect contemporary constructions of Christian discourses and identity formations (including reflections on the 500th anniversary celebrations themselves). The emphasis will fall on the human agencies and the various power plays and power effects that underlie the construction of the historical process named the Reformation. In addition, papers should investigate the technologies of discourse production underlying these social redefinitions.

Selected papers from the colloquium will be published in Religion & Theology. A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse (Brill).

Conference fee: ZAR 800.00
Due date for proposals, abstracts: Friday 6 April 2018
Contact: Prof. Gerhard van den Heever or Prof. Maria Frahm-Arp
All inquiries and submission of proposals: reformation2018@gmail.com

Accepting Applications for NAASR Executive Secretary/Treasurer

The North American Association for the Study of religion is accepting applications for the position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer. Applicants should send a brief statement of interest along with a copy of their CV to naasr.religion (at) gmail.com. The committee will review applications on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Job description: Executive Secretary/Treasurer (appointee of the NAASR Executive Council; 5 year term)

  • Keep and file all documents belonging to the Association that are committed to the Association’s custody, and shall, as required by the President, the Executive Council, or by any of the Standing Committees, submit to the membership by mail, such matters as require the approval of or action by the membership.
  • Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Council, the Executive Secretary/Treasurer shall be the custodian of all cash and securities of the Association and shall keep full and accurate account of the receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association.
  • Shall maintain an accurate and updated list of members and collect all dues and shall deposit all monies in the name and to the credit of the Association with such depositories as may be designated by the Executive Council, and shall disburse the funds of the Association as directed by the Executive Council, making a proper voucher for such disbursements and shall render to the Executive Council and to the membership periodically or upon request, an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Association.
  • Reserve rooms annually and organize the annual meeting, in collaboration with the program committee.
  • Keep full and complete minutes of all meetings of the members, Executive Council and Standing committees as well as complete records of all action taken by these bodies.
  • Periodically email NAASR members and members of the Executive Council with news and information.
  • Update NAASR’s website.
  • Post on NAASR’s social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter).
  • Update NAASR’s databases.
  • Forward membership rosters to Brill and Equinox.
  • Prepare annual report for the Executive Council.