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NAASR 2022 Annual Meeting Program

Critique in the Study of Religion: Past, Present, and Future

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ONLINE (PRE-CONFERENCE) PROGRAM

Saturday, November 12, 2022 (Virtual Only), 3:00 pm EST (follow by a virtual happy hour)

NAASR Keynote Address:

Mitsutoshi Horii (Shumei University), Co-editor, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (MTSR)

Title: “Critique for What? Critical Religion and the Problems of Modernity”

IN-PERSON PROGRAM

November 18-20, Denver, CO

Friday, November 18, 2022

8:30 am – 9:50 am (MST) Executive Council Meeting

Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 3C

10:00 am – 11:50 am (MST) Theory Panel

Convention Center, 103

This session features panelists who explore various theoretical formations that are
specifically relevant or applicable to the critical study of religion. What existing theoretical
frameworks should critical scholarship enlist? What unique opportunities for theory-building
does the critical study of religion present to scholars?

Pre-spondent:

Julie Ingersoll (University of North Florida)

Panelists:

Lina Aschenbrenner (University of Erfurt)

“Assemblage thinking and theory for a critical study of religion”

Jacob Barrett (University of Alabama)

“Ru Paul and Religious Freedom? What we stand to gain when we borrow from our critical
disciplinary neighbors”

Michael DeJonge (University of South Florida)

“What is constructionism? Theory for the critical study of religion?”

Lauren Horn-Griffin (University of Alabama)

“Mediatizing Religion”

Sean McCloud (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Presiding

1:00 pm – 2:50 pm (MST) Teaching Panel

Convention Center, 103

This session considers the role of critical religious studies in classrooms. To what
degree does the critical study of religion differ from the critical pedagogies in religion? What
distinguishes critical from non-critical approaches to teaching religion? How do these
pedagogies enhance student learning?

Pre-Spondent:

Leslie Dorrough-Smith (Avila University)

Panelists:

Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand (Middle Tennessee State University)

TBA

Beverly McGuire (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

TBA

Hussein Rashid (Independent Scholar)

“Practicing What We Teach—Critical Religious Studies in the Classroom”

John McCormack (Aurora University)

“Still in Search of Dreamtime? Finding a Pedagogical Logic for the Study of Religion”

Steven Ramey (University of Alabama)

“Pedagogical Description as Method: A Non-Linear Approach”

Andrew Durdin (Florida State University), Presiding

3:00 pm – 4:50 pm (MST) Scholar Panel

Convention Center, 103

This panel examines the relationship of the critical study of religion to its primary
constituents. The papers consider various themes, including the politics of so called critical
methodologies and assumed distinctions between critical scholarship and activism.

Pre-Spondent:

Jennifer Selby (Memorial University)

Panelists:

Jason WM Ellsworth (Dalhousie University)

“Scholarly Identification in the Field: Critical Scholars and Theoretical Methodological
Implications”

Lucas Johnston (Wake Forest University)

“Scholars in Their Natural Habitats: Criticism, Vulnerability, and Exposure”

Daniel Miller (Landmark College)

“Critical Religious Studies and Engaged Scholarship”

Matt Sheedy (University of Bonn)

“Critical Religion Versus Critical Islam and Indigenous Studies: Insiders, Outsiders, Activists”

Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama)

TBA

Emily Crews (University of Chicago), Presiding

NAASR Reception – Time and Location To Be Announced

Saturday, November 19, 2022

9:00 am – 10:50 am (MST) ROUNDTABLE: On the Very Idea of “Critique”

Embassy Suites, Crestone Ballroom Salon A

This roundtable brings together a wide-ranging group of senior and established
scholars to reflect on the concept of “critique” in the study of religion. What are the contours of a
critical study of religion? What role(s) can it serve for the wider field of religious studies? What
challenges confront it?

Panelists:

Kathryn Lofton (Yale University)

Craig Martin (St. Thomas Aquinas College)

Kevin Schilbrack (Appalachian State University)

Winnifred Sullivan (Indiana University)

Robyn Walsh (University of Miami)

Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University), Presiding

11:00 am – 11:50 am (MST) NAASR Business Meeting

Embassy Suites, Crestone Ballroom Salon A

Sunday, November 20, 2022

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (MST) Moving Body as Foundational to the Proper Study of Religion: A Response to and Celebration of the work of Sam Gill

CO-SPONSORED SESSION with Body and Religion Unit and Comparative Studies of Religion Unit

Convention Center-Mile High 4C (Lower Level)

Panelists:

Mary Corley Dunn (Saint Louis University)

Aaron W. Hughes (University of Rochester)

Kimberley Patton (Harvard University)

Seth Schermerhorn (Hamilton College)

Jeanette Reedy Solano (California State University, Fullerton)

John Thibdeau (University of Rochester)

Hugh B. Urban (Ohio State University)

Michael Zogry (University of Kansas)

Sam Gill, Responding

Jeffrey Stephen Lidke (Berry College), Presiding

2022 Membership

NAASR membership has more benefits than ever.

It’s that time of year again! Please be sure to renew your membership early so that you are able to take advantage of all the benefits NAASR has to offer. By renewing early, you will have longer access to MTSR online, and you will ensure that you receive hard copy versions of the Bulletin’s Volume 51 issues.

Other benefits:

As a NAASR member, you receive an online subscription to NAASR’s journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. This includes advanced articles online. Members can access the content on the Brill website https://brill.com/ with either existing account details (for renewing members) or by setting up a new account (new members). If you are a lifetime member and would like to get the online membership to MTSR, you may pay for it on the membership page using the bottom “pay now” option.

New in 2021, NAASR began partnering with The Bulletin for the Study of Religion (Equinox Publishing) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, along with a generous donation from a supporter, 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. You will receive an email from Equinox with login information for your online account.

As a NAASR member, you also receive a 25% discount on books at Equinox.

To renew or join, simply go to the membership tab on our website.

Annual dues:

  • $75 for faculty members
  • $39 for graduate students, contingent/adjunct faculty, and retired faculty
  • $400 for a six-year faculty membership

Please also be sure to fill out the google form with any updates to your email and mailing addresses.

We look forward your continued support in 2022.

Keynote Address Friday, November 12, 7pm

NAASR Annual Meeting 2021

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NAASR 2021 Annual Meeting Program

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

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CONFERENCE  PROGRAM (VIRTUAL)

Friday, November 12, 2021

NAASR Keynote Address: Crisis? What Crisis? The Study of Religion is Always in Crisis

Aaron Hughes (University of Rochester)

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Roundtable: Critiquing Crisis in Higher Education

Panelists:

Emily Crews (University of Chicago)

Lauren Horn Griffin (University of Alabama)

James Dennis LoRusso (Unaffiliated Scholar)

Russell McCutcheon (University of Alabama)

Craig Martin (St. Thomas Aquinas College)

Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity University College)

James Dennis LoRusso (Unaffiliated), Presiding

LOCUS: Landmarks in Religious Adaptations in the Face of Crisis

1:30 PM- 3:30 PM (EST)

Description:

Moments of crisis provide a rich backdrop to observe how religion and religious groups themselves adapt and, sometimes, even thrive. History has shown that in times of political, cultural or social distress, religion offers people alternatives to cope with a crisis. At the same time, religion, either understood in institutional or communal terms, can be a force of change, prompting members and non-members to rethink and recreate the social milieu. Further, a religion itself changes by adapting its practices to the needs of the time. In this sense, a crisis may change religion, but religion also changes the way we approach and understand crisis.

This panel presents and discusses three instances of religious teachings, practices, and/or institutions adapting to crises in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. It theorizes that religions are not fixed entities but live constructions that, especially at times of crisis, adapt themselves at different levels, consolidating, changing, or enriching their place in society.

Panelists:

Xochiquetzal Luna (Wilfred Laurier University),

 “’Social Church’ and ‘Pragmatic’ Relationship with the State: The Wager of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico and Orthodox Church in Russia in Times of Crisis”

Gustavo Moura (Wilfrid Laurier University)

“Yoga’s ‘Flexibility’ in Brazil During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Ben Szoller (University of Waterloo)

“Across the Land: How Subsidiarity and Solidarity Informed Catholic Responses to ‘Crisis’ in North America”

Ashley Lebner (Wilfrid Laurier University/Balsillie School of International Affairs), Responding

Doaa Shalabi (University of Waterloo), Presiding

LANGUAGE: Theorizing Crisis as “A Turning Point”

4:00 PM- 6:00 PM (EST)

Description:

The etymology of the term crisis (from the Greek krisis) denotes a “decisive turning point.” While initially concerned with the progression of a disease, it captures the moment in which change is perceived as inevitable “for better or worse.” The papers in this panel examine the social rhetoric that emerges in historical moments of rupture, resistance, and reconstitution. Focusing on the relationships between language and authority, this panel offers theoretical, historical, and philosophical analyses of distinct case studies conceptualized as crises and the decision-making strategies employed by social agents.

Panelists:

Zoe Anthony (University of Toronto)

“Profit and Loss: The New Time of Crisis”

Aaron Treadwell (Middle Tennessee State University)

“Tongues of Fire: The Relationship Between Black Liberation Theology and Arson in the South”

Karen Zoppa (University of Winnipeg)

“Force of Law: Resources in Derrida for Rethinking Policing”

Andrew Durdin (Florida State University), Responding

Jacob Barrett (University of Alabama), Presiding

NAASR 2021 VIRTUAL RECEPTION

7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Sunday, November 14, 2021

LEXICON: Crisis as Method in the Study of Religion

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EST)

Description:

Like all academic disciplines, the study of religion has developed in response to intellectual and social crises. Looking at the rise of neoliberalism, the propagation of conspiracy theories, and the critique of essentialism, the papers in this panel consider the impact of such frameworks on the larger work of teaching and theorizing religious studies as a discipline. How have crises become paradigms that are replicated in publications and pedagogies? Echoing Bruce Lincoln’s “Theses on Methods,” this panel considers different projects of persuasion exemplified in the critical study of religion in and through crisis.

Panelists:

Carmen Celestini (University of Waterloo/Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism)

“Pop Goes the People—Populism, Panics, and Pandemics”

Michael DeJonge (University of South Florida)

“The Crisis of World Religions and the Critique of Essentialism”

Matt Sheedy (University of Bonn)

“Enlarging Religious Studies, Wither-ing Neoliberalism”

Erin Roberts (University of South Carolina), Responding

Allison Isidore (University of Alabama), Presiding

LOCUTION: Upending the Discipline—A Critical Roundtable on Crisis

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Description:

“There is no crisis to which academics will not respond with a seminar.” – Marvin Bressler (1923-2010)


This year’s AAR Presidential Theme calls for “thinking about the actual human implications of religion in a world upended.” Given NAASR’s work as a critical engagement, this roundtable brings together senior and early-career scholars to assess this stated aim. What does it mean to frame the world which we study as a “world upended”? How can we think critically about not just crisis itself but also about what is constructed as “crisis”? What are the implications to our scholarly endeavors and our profession if responding to “crisis” becomes our modus operandi? How does this framework privilege certain voices or interests over others within the field (or within the objects of study)?

Panelists:

Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama)

Jeremy Posadas (Austin College)

Adrian Hermann (University of Bonn)

Robyn Walsh (University of Miami)

Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University), Presiding

NAASR 2021 BUSINESS MEETING

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM (EST)

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*

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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