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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

Jonathan Z. Smith Conference in Trondheim, Norway (June 2019)

“When the Chips are Down,” It’s Time to Pick Them Up: Thinking with Jonathan Z. Smith

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway June 4-5, 2019

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You can also find the abstracts HERE and the program HERE.

The Conference is also on Facebook where you can “like” the group HERE to follow, comment, ask questions, and get more information. During the conference, you can follow the hashtag #JZSatNTNU for live tweet updates.

NAASR 2019 Graduate Student Workshops CFP

NAASR Graduate Student Workshops: Call for Participants

At our annual meeting in 2019, NAASR will sponsor four one-hour workshops for graduate students. One need not be a NAASR member to apply, although NAASR members will receive priority. Each session will explore a specific topic, and students can participate in any or all of the sessions. NAASR will provide a free lunch for participants as well. 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.

All workshops are on Sunday, November 24, 2019

Session One: Job Workshop
10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)
Russell McCutcheon (University of Alabama) and Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba)

This workshop will explore the employment challenges facing early career scholars. Led by Russell McCutcheon and Matt Sheedy, this session addresses issues important to junior academics (notably, but not exclusively, ABDs now entering/about to enter the job market) by demonstrating how a professional organization can provide a practical and strategic forum for job-market advice. Workshop leaders will evaluate the participants’ C.V. and sample cover letter. They will also discuss the job market, the hiring process, interviews, and other issues related to the job market.

Session Two: Academic Publishing for Graduate Students
11:10 AM-12:10 PM Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)
Emily Clark (Gonzaga University) and Andie Alexander (Emory University)

This session will explore academic publishing opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students are not in positions to publish books, but numerous publication opportunities exist for them. Led by Emily Clark and Andie Alexander, this panel will help participants identify academic publishing opportunities and will provide strategies and tips for successfully publishing, with the goal of increasing marketability on the job market.

Graduate Student Luncheon – 12:10 PM-1:10 PM Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)

Session Three: Navigating the Politics of Academia
1:10 PM-2:10 PM, Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)
Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University) and Richard Newton (University of Alabama)

Academia is coming to terms with its own #metoo movement. Graduate students and early career scholars are particularly vulnerable to harassment, discrimination, and abuse. This session will provide a forum to discuss the institutional politics and power dynamics that make it difficult to report such experiences in academia (in particular for women and minoritized groups). Rebekka King, Richard Newton, and Stacie Swain will provide input on strategies for making campuses safer, identifying resources for victims, and generating best practices for allies and bystanders.

Session Four: Alternative Careers for Religious Studies Scholars
2:20 PM-3:20 PM, Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level)
Brad Stoddard (McDaniel College) and Emily Crews (University of Alabama)

 With more scholars competing for fewer jobs, PhDs in Religious Studies are increasingly looking for careers outside the academy. This workshop, led by Brad Stoddard and Emily Crews, will identify fields and career paths for PhDs who wish or who otherwise need to pursue alternative careers.

**

#naasr2019 San Diego, California, November 22-24, 2019

NAASR 2019 Annual Meeting CFP

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

Call for Proposals

At our 2018 meeting, NAASR sponsored a panel commemorating the work, legacy, and influence of former NAASR President, Jonathan Z. Smith. Much of the discussion addressed his important work Imagining Religion, where Smith famously called scholars to be mindful of the ways they “imagine” religion and so-called religious data. Building off this crucial insight, NAASR 2019 will highlight the field of the academic study of religion and its impact on the ways that scholars and others imagine religion. NAASR 2019 will explore various factors that influence the production of academic discourses on religion and their dissemination in the classroom, in academic literature, in public debates, and in other forms of information dissemination. Specifically, the program for 2019 will focus on four topics: History of the Field, The Role and Influence of Private Funding of the Field, Teaching the Field, and International Perspectives on the Field.

A few of the issues that we intend to address are: How is religion constructed and depicted in the academic study of religion? How do private donors selectively privilege certain descriptions of religion, and to what ends? How do instructors communicate and/or critique these descriptions to students and to broader audiences? Scholars are increasingly called to engage in public scholarship. What is public scholarship, who answers these calls, and how do scholars imagine religion in this scholarship?

Following the model used for the past several annual meetings, four main, substantive papers will be invited and distributed both to respondents and to NAASR members approximately one month prior to the meeting. The authors of the main papers will summarize their papers at the meeting. Each paper will then have four respondents, who will have fifteen minutes each to reply to the main paper. An open discussion will follow for the remainder of the session.

Following the precedent set over the past four years, the aim once again is to publish these sessions as a book (with responses from the main paper presenters) under the NAASR Working Papers series with Equinox Publishing (edited by Martie Smith Roberts).

This is therefore a call for respondents.

The four main papers will be invited, each to examine the implications of framing our research as focusing on one of the following topics:

  • History of the Field
  • The Role and Influence of Private Funding of the Field
  • Teaching the Field
  • International Perspectives on the Field

The main presenters will be asked to analyze the construction of religion in academic literature in light of their assigned theme (or articulated theme, given theme, specific theme), to advocate/critique scholarship carried out in that vein, and to explore its implications both for the field and for the broader imagining of religion. Submissions for possible respondents (16 in total are needed) must each:

  1. identify the key theme (one of the four immediately above) on which they wish to focus in their reply
  2. provide a brief (max. 500 words) statement on the most pressing issue(s) in need of consideration when addressing scholarship on religion and one of these themes
  3. as part of (2), discuss how their scholarship and/or field of study explores the theme

We would like to pair scholars from diverse data domains.

NAASR especially invites submissions from early career scholars who have an interest in the topics explored in our sessions.

Please send your proposal as a file attachment by March 1, 2019, to NAASR VP Rebekka King at rebekka.king@mtsu.edu

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

Conference Papers for #naasr2018 in Denver

We are pleased to post the four main papers for our conference panels this November in Denver. 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:

Gender and Sexuality, Megan Goodwin (10:00-11:50am Friday)

This Field Which Is Not One / The Body Is Smart: Rethinking Theory in the Study of Religion

Class and Economy, Suzanne Owen (1:00-2:50pm Friday)

Regulating Religion to Maintain the Status Quo

Citizenship and Politics, Michael McVicar (3:00-4:45pm Friday)

Paper Terrorism: Religion, Paperwork, and the Contestation of State Power in the “Sovereign Citizen” Movement

Race and Ethnicity, Richard Newton (9:00-10:50am Saturday)

Signifying “Der Rassist” in Religious Studies and the Axes of Social Difference

 

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

Gender and Sexuality Megan Goodwin

Class and Economy Suzanne Owen

Citizenship and Politics Michael J. McVicar

Race and Ethnicity Richard Newton