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Full papers available here for review prior to the conference (these are not for publication or redistribution):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

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#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

Updates to NAASR Bylaws

NAASR members,

Over the past year or so, it became clear that our bylaws have not kept pace with our growth, with our various partnerships, and with broader trends in academia. To rectify that, the Executive Council is proposing two important changes. First, the EC reviewed the bylaws and suggested a series of minor changes that reflect our new partnerships and changes to the voting members of the EC. These changes appear in bolded text in the download below.

 

NAASR Bylaws_Proposed for 2018 Meeting

Second, one of the proposed changes adds a Code of Conduct to the bylaws. Earlier this year, NAASR hired an attorney who specializes in employment and discrimination law. The attorney drafted a Code of Conduct which the EC then modified slightly to reflect our specific organization. After several rounds of revisions, the attorney and the EC approved our final draft, which is also available to download from this page.

 

 

The existing bylaws allow NAASR members to amend the bylaws provided we post the proposed revisions at least 30 days before the annual meeting. We will then vote on the new bylaws during the business meeting in Denver.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best,
Brad

New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion

The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47.1 (2018) has been published online. NAASR Members have access to Bulletin online resources. To become a member or renew your membership, go to our website. Be sure to fill out the online form in addition to sending your payment (Paypal links are on the site). Then, enjoy your membership benefits by perusing the new issue.

Bulletin for the Studyunnamed.jpg of Religion
Issue 47.1 (2018)

 

Table of contents

Articles
Fleeting Sentiment of the Sacred: Between Public Space and Religious Territories
Lionel Obadia

The Fleeting Emotional Unity of French Protestantism in Ephemeral Spaces
Anne-Laure Zwilling

From Protestant Temple to Ancestral Ox Park: Ostentatious Travels and Practices of the Malagasy Protestant Movement Exorcists
Olivia Legrip-Randriambelo

The Torero during the Franco Regime: A “Soldier-Monk” in the Arena?
Justine Guitard

Visiting the Holy Sepulchre: Is Emotion Permitted?
Philippe Martin

Urban Pareidolia: Fleeting but Hypermodern Signs of the Sacred?
Lionel Obadia