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2015 Annual Meeting, Atlanta

Friday November 20-Sunday 22

Friday

“On the Restraint of Theory,” Jason N. Blum (The American University in Cairo)
11:00am-1:00pm, Friday November 20—Hilton Downtown, Room 311 

Respondents
Michael Altman (University of Alabama)
Tara Baldrick-Morrone (Florida State University)
Richard Newton (Elizabethtown College)

“What the Cognitive Science of Religion Is (And Is Not),” Claire White (California State University – Northridge)
2:00pm-3:50pm, Friday November 20—Hilton Downtown, Room 311

Respondents
Monica Miller (Lehigh University)
Matt Sheedy (University of Manitoba)
Brad Stoddard (Florida State University/McDaniel College)

“Of Cognitive Science, Bricolage, and Brandom,” Matt Bagger (University of Alabama)
4:00pm-5:50pm, Friday November 20—Hilton Downtown, Room 311

Respondents
Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University)
Dennis LoRusso (Princeton University)
Robyn Walsh (University of Miami)

Annual Reception, Co-Sponsored with Equinox Publishing 
7:00pm-9:00pm, Friday November 20—Publik Draft House, 654 Peachtree Street NE

Saturday

“The High Stakes of Identifying (with) One’s Object of Study,” Merinda Simmons (University of Alabama)
9:00am-10:50am, Saturday November 21—Hilton Downtown, Room 311

Respondents
Stephen Young (Brown University)
Martha Smith Roberts (University of California – Santa Barbara)
Thomas Whitley (Florida State University)

Business Meeting
11:00am-12:00pm, Saturday November 21—Hilton Downtown, Room 311

Presidential Panel
1:00pm-3:30pm, Saturday November 21—Hilton Downtown, Room 311

Sunday

“…But What Do You Study?”: A NAASR Workshop on Theory & Method in the Job Market
1:00pm-2:30pm, Sunday November 22—Hilton Downtown, Room 407

NAASR co-sponsored SBL panel: When Is The Big Tent Too Big?
4:00pm-6:30pm, Sunday November 22—Location TBA

Panelists
Stephen Young (Brown University), “Is the Tent So Big that It Hides Ideology?”
Ipsita Chatterjea (Vanderbilt University), “Big Tent, Smaller Tents, Blue Tent, and the Specter of the Red Tent: What Is It that We Do as a Subfield and Does Anyone Outside of the Tent Know We Are Doing It?”
Pat McCullough (University of California—Los Angeles), “On Not Letting Confessions Tell Us What to Do: Reading New Testament Texts without ‘Origins’”
Sarah Rollens (University of Alabama), “Tents and Canopies: When the “Big Tent” Becomes a “Sacred Canopy” in Biblical Studies”

Responding
Ed Silver (Wellesley College)

2014 Annual Meeting, San Diego

Friday November 21-Monday 24

Friday

Executive Council Meeting

8:30 AM-9:20 AM—Hilton Bayfront-Aqua Boardroom

Author Meets Readers: Elizabeth Pritchard’s Religion in Public: Locke’s Political Theology
9:30 AM-12:00 PM—Hilton Bayfront-303

Panelists:
Winnifred Sullivan, Indiana University, Bloomington
Tyler T. Roberts, Grinnell College
Stephanie Frank, Columbia College-Chicago
Robert A. Yelle, University of Munich

Responding: Elizabeth A. Pritchard, Bowdoin College
Presiding: Craig Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Lecture: Iconographies of Democracy and Representations of Religion
Yvonne Sherwood, University of Kent
1:00 PM-2:20 PM—Hilton Bayfront-303

Lecture: Politics of Knowledge in the Study of Religion
Kocku von Stuckrad, University of Groningen
2:30 PM-3:50 PM—Hilton Bayfront-303

Lecture: Revitalizing the Comparative Enterprise: A Building Block Approach to Complex Cultural Concepts
Ann Taves, University of California at Santa Barbara
4:00 PM-5:20 PM—Hilton Bayfront-303

Working Group: Culture on the Edge
4:00 PM-6:30 PM—location TBA
Members of the Culture on the Edge collective will be meeting with collaborators to discuss various ongoing projects.

Annual NAASR Reception, co-sponsored with Equinox Publishing
6:00 PM-8:00 PM—Analog Bar, 801 5th Avenue, Gaslamp District

Saturday

Panel: Strategies of Mythmaking at Christian Tourist Attractions
9:30 AM-11:50 AM—Hilton Bayfront-202B

Panelists:
Erin Roberts, University of South Carolina: “Mythic Formation at the Holy Land Experience”
Jennifer Eyl, Tufts University: “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego…and Jesus?: Anachronism as a Constituent Feature of Mythmaking”
Steven M. Watkins, Northern Kentucky University: “Myth, Anachronism, and Fiction: The Creation Museum’s Production of Scientific and Biblical Misplacements”
James S. Bielo, Miami University: “How to Build an Ark: Intertextuality and Authority Among Creationist Artists”
Sean Durbin, Macquarie University, Sydney: “‘It is what it is’: Rhetoric of Legitimation and Authentic Identity Construction on a Christian Zionist Tour of Israel”

Business Meeting
12:00 PM-12:50 PM—Hilton Bayfront-202B
All members encouraged to attend

Presidential Panel: The Category of Religion in the Technology of Statecraft: Theorizing Religions as Vestigial States
1:00 PM-3:30 PM—Hilton Bayfront-202B

Introduction
Naomi Goldenberg, University of Ottawa

Respondents:
William Arnal, University of Regina
Craig Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Kathleen McPhillips, University of Newcastle
Elizabeth Pritchard, Bowdoin College
Winnifred Sullivan, Indiana University
Presiding: Robert Yelle

Sunday

Working Group: Philosophy of Religion 1
9:00 AM-11:30 AM—Gaslamp Room 1, Omni Hotel
Working Group Leaders:
Terry Godlove, Hofstra University
Mark Gardiner, Mount Royal University
Scott Davis, University of Richmond

Working Group: Philosophy of Religion 2
1:00 PM-3:30 PM—Gaslamp Room 1, Omni Hotel
Working Group Leaders:
Jeppe Sinding Jensen, Aarhus University
Wesley Wildman, Boston University
Tim Knepper, Drake University
Bryan Rennie, Westminster College
Kevin Schilbrack, Western Carolina University

Workshop: Introducing Theory in the Classroom
2:45 PM-5:05 PM—Marriott Marquis-Solana
Workshop Leaders:
Tara Baldrick-Morrone
Rebekka King
Suzanne Owen
Matt Sheedy

Monday

Panel: Conceptual Issues in New Testament Scholarship (Co-Sponsored with the Society for Biblical Literature)
9:00 AM-11:00 AM—Hilton Bayfront-314
Panelists:
Sarah Rollens, University of Alabama: “Inventing Tradition in Thessalonica”
Ian Brown, University of Toronto: “Epistemology and the Production of History: “History” as a Discipline and Object in the Study of Early Jesus People”
Emma Wasserman, Rutgers University: “Gods, Religions, and Divine Exceptionalism: The Case of So-called Idolatry”Responding: Craig Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Presiding: Jennifer Eyl, Tufts University

 

2013 Annual Meeting, Baltimore
November Friday 22 – Sunday 24

Executive Council Meeting

Friday – 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Hilton Baltimore-Calloway B

Panel 1: Roundtable Discussion
“Is There a Religious Mode of Production?: Economic Aspects of Sacrifice and Related Behaviors”

Friday – 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hilton Baltimore-Blake

Panelists:
Gregory D. Alles
Gustavo Benavides
Robert A. Yelle

Presiding: Steven Engler

Panel 2: Critically Engaged: Graduate Pedagogy in the Introductory Classroom
Friday – 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Hilton Baltimore-Blake

Panelists:
Brad Stoddard: “Teaching World Religions without ‘World Religions'”
Tara Baldrick-Morrone: “Analyzing Religion as Social Formation in the Introductory Course”
Michael Graziano: “‘Classification’ in the World Religions Classroom”

Responding: Craig Martin
Presiding: Merinda Simmons

NAASR Members’ Reception, sponsored by Equinox Publishing
Friday – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Pratt Street Ale House
206 Pratt Street

Panel 3: Theorizing Religion and Art
Saturday – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Marriott Inner Harbor-University Ballroom 3-4

Panelists:
Bryan Rennie, Westminster College: “Religion and Art Behavior: A Theory and Test Case”
Stewart Guthrie, Emeritus, Fordham University: “Religion and Art: A Cognitive, Evolutionary Approach”
Merlin Donald, Emeritus, Queen’s University: “Religion, Ritual, and the Drama of Daily Life: The Continued Dominance of Mimetic Representation”
Regina Coupar, University of Toronto: “Ambiguity: How Visual Art Creates Space for the Evolution of Theology”

Presiding: Christopher I. Lehrich

Business Meeting
Saturday – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Marriott Inner Harbor-University Ballroom 3-4

Presidential Panel: On Teaching Religion
Saturday – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Marriott Inner Harbor-University Ballroom 3-4

Panelists:
Nancy Levene
Kathryn Lofton
Kurtis R. Schaeffer
Christopher I. Lehrich

Presiding: Craig Martin

Panel 4: MTSR 25th Anniversary Roundtable
Sunday – 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Convention Center-317

Panelists:
Steven Engler
Amir Hussain
Martin Kavka
Kevin Schilbrack
Michael Stausberg

Presiding: Aaron Hughes

Panel 5: Co-Sponsored by the Society for Biblical Literature
Revisiting “Community” in Early Christianity: Problems and Prospects

Sunday – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Hilton Baltimore-Tilghman

Panelists:
Halvor Moxnes: “Imagining Early Christian Communities: Tracing 19th Century Roots of a Social Model”
Sarah Rollens: “The Kingdom Of God Is Among You: The Scholarly Fixation on a Q Community”
Richard Last: “Gaius, the Guest of Paul and the Whole Church (Rom 16:23)”
Stanley Stowers: “Imagining the Social Formations of Paul and His Romans”
AnneMarie Luijendijk: “The Concept of ‘Community’ and Papyrological Evidence: Oxyrhynchus and Antinoë as Case Studies”

Presiding: Robyn Walsh

 

2012 Annual Meeting, Chicago

November 17 – 20

Executive Council Meeting (P16-107)
Friday – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
McCormick Place North-135

Panel 1: “If Ever a Wiz There Was: The Wizard of Oz and the Study of Religion” (P16-208)
Friday – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
McCormick Place East-259

Panelists:
Michael Ostling, Queensland University
Tony Michael, York University
David Smith, Central Michigan University
Ken Derry, University of Toronto

Panel 2: “Politics, Religion, and the Possibility of Radical Political Theology after Liberalism”: Panel Discussion on the Recent Contributions of Jeffrey Robbins and Clayton Crockett (P16-313)
Friday – 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
McCormick Place North-137

Dan Miller, Mount Allison University, Presiding

Panelists:
Catherine Keller, Drew University
Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University
Ian Ward, University of Maryland

Responding:
Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College
Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas

Panel 3: “Religion and Religions in Antiquity” (P17-115)
Saturday – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
McCormick Place South-404A

Panelists:
Rob Campany, Vanderbilt University
Timothy Lubin, Washington and Lee University
Margo Kitts, Hawai’i Pacific University
Francesca Stavrakopoulou, University of Exeter

NAASR Business Meeting (P17-116)
Saturday – 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
McCormick Place South-404A

Panel 4: “The Identity of NAASR and the Character of the Critical Study of Religion” (P17-203)
Saturday – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
McCormick Place West-192B

Panelists:
Donald Wiebe, Trinity College
William Arnal, University of Regina
Aaron Hughes, University of Buffalo, SUNY
Julie Ingersoll, University of North Florida
Nicole Kelley, Florida State University
Russell McCutcheon, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Panel 5: “Early Christianity as Graeco-Roman Religion” (P17-329)
Saturday – 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hilton Chicago-PDR 1

Panelists:
Ian Brown, University of Toronto
Erin Roberts, University of South Carolina
Ryan Olfert, University of Toronto
Jennifer Eyl, Barnard College
Heidi Wendt, Brown University

NAASR Members’ Reception, sponsored by Equinox Publishing
Saturday – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Exchequer Restaurant and Pub, 266 South Wabash Ave.
Both members and non-members are welcome.

NAASR co-sponsored AAR panels:

with the AAR Philosophy of Religion Section

“Historical-Critical Reflection on Formulating the Category ‘Religion'” (A18-255)
Sunday – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
McCormick Place West-185D

Christopher Lehrich, Boston University, Presiding

Panelists:
Naomi Goldenberg, University of Ottawa
Robyn Walsh, Brown University
Christopher Roberts, Lewis and Clark University

with the AAR Anthropology of Religion Group

“Theory and Ethnography” (A18-313)
Sunday – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
McCormick Place West-185D

Steven Engler, Mount Royal University, Presiding

Panelists:
George Gonzalez, Harvard University
Todd Berzon, Columbia University
Ashley Coleman, Emory University

 

2011 Annual Meeting, San Francisco

Executive Council Meeting

Friday, November 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite C

Panel 1: “Curses and Blasphemy”
Friday, November 18, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A

Chair: Frank Korom, Boston University

Gustavo Benavides, Villanova University: “The Violence of Religious Language”

Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati, University of Zürich: “Controversial Mary: ‘Blasphemy’ between the Public Sphere and the Study of Religion”

Steven Engler, Mount Royal University: “Curses, Cures and Agency in Three Brazilian New Religions”

Respondent: Frank Korom, Boston University

Panel 2: “Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum: Biopolitical Fantasies of Community Then and Now”
Friday, November 18, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A

Chair: Laura Levitt, Temple University

Jennifer Rust, Saint Louis University: “Political Theologies of the Corpus Mysticum: Schmitt, Kantorowicz and de Lubac”

Kathleen Biddick, Temple University: “The Flesh of Treason: Biopolitics of the Eucharist Then and Now”

Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas: “Corpus, Body and Sense in Nancy, Deleuze and Charles H. Long”

Respondent: Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College

NAASR Members’ Reception, sponsored by Equinox Publishing
Friday, November 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Restaurant Lulu, 816 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Panel 3: “The ‘Evidence’ of Religion in North America: A Round Table”
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A

Chair: Thomas Tweed, University of Texas at Austin

Kelly J. Baker, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: “The Good, the Bad, the (Un)Dead: The Klan, Zombies, and the Problem of Legitimate Evidence”

Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School: “Reading Recipes for Religion: Cookbooks and the Sensory History of American Religion”

Jennifer Hughes, University of California, Riverside: “The Object as Evidence in American Religion”

Laura Levitt, Temple University: “Juridical Evidence and the Question of History, Or Justice and Empiricism”

Business Meeting
Saturday, November 19, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A

Panel 4: “Editors Meet Critics: After Secular Law by Winnifred Sullivan, Robert Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo” (Stanford U.P. 2011)
Sunday, November 20, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Room: Moscone Center 2024.

Coordinator/moderator: Rosalind I. J. Hackett (University of Tennessee)

Panelists:

Jason Bivins (North Carolina State University)
Elizabeth Castelli (Barnard College)
Janet Jakobsen (Barnard College)
Randall Styers (University of North Carolina)

Response by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (University at Buffalo Law School ) and Robert A. Yelle (University of Memphis)

NAASR co-sponsored AAR panels:

with the Queer Studies in Religion Consultation

“Implications of Jasbir K. Puar’s Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, for the Study of Religion”
Saturday, November 19, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room: Moscone Center West-2010

Chair: Melissa M. Wilcox, Whitman College

Panelists:

Rosemary Hicks, Tufts University
Joseph A Marchal, Ball State University
Nayan Shah, University of California, San Diego
Brock Perry, Chicago Theological Seminary
Maia Kotrosits, Union Theological Seminary

Respondent: Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University

with the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group and the Bible and Cultural Studies Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature

“Biblical Studies and the Modern Invention of ‘Religion’”
Saturday, November 19, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Room: Marriott Marquis-Yerba Buena 9

Presiding: Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan

Panelists:

Elizabeth A. Clark, Duke University
Karen L. King, Harvard University
Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University
Halvor Moxnes, University of Oslo
Brent Nongbri, Oberlin College
Yvonne Sherwood, University of Glasgow

 

2010 Annual Meeting, Atlanta

Special Extended Executive Council Meeting

Friday, October 29, 10:00 AM  to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Hyatt Regency – Kennesaw.
Open only to members of the NAASR Executive Council and Advisory Committee.

Panel 1: “Theorizing Religion”
Friday, October 29, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Marriott Marquis – International 4
Chair: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, University at Buffalo

  • Ann Burlein, Hofstra University: “Knowledge is Made for Cutting: Using Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic to Re-Situate the Contemporary Prominence of Cognitive Science Accounts of Religion”
  • Gustavo Benavides, Villanova University: “Linguistic vs. Discursive Grounds for the Systematic Neglect of Theories of Religion”
  • Arthur McCalla, Mount Saint Vincent University: “Benjamin Constant: Theorist of Religion and Modernity”
  • Respondent: Nancy Levene, Indiana University

NAASR Business Meeting
Saturday, October 30, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Marriott Marquis – International 8.
All NAASR members are encouraged to attend and vote for new officers.

Panel 2: “Talal Asad, Three Decades in Review: The Use and Abuse of Anthropologies of Islam, Genealogies of Religion, and Formations of the Secular
Saturday, October 30, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Marriott Marquis – International 3.
Chair: Arvind Mandair, University of Michigan

  • Ananda Abeysekara, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: “The Untranslatability of Religion, the Untranslatability of Life: What Remains Unthought about Talal Asad’s Thinking within Religious Studies”
  • Markus Dressler, Istanbul Technical University: “From Sacred-Profane Binaries, Towards the Religo-Secular Continuum, and Back”
  • Rosemary Hicks, Tufts University: “Asad, W.C. Smith, and Liberal Critiques of Individualist Ethics and Studies of Islam”
  • Ruth Mas, University of Colorado at Boulder: “The Distanciation of the Secular”

Panel 3: “The Legacy of Lévi-Strauss”
Saturday, October 30, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Marriott Marquis – International 3
Chair: Paul Johnson, University of Michigan

  • Jens Kreinath, Wichita State University: “Bricolage and the Fractal Dynamics of Ritual: Claude Lévi-Strauss and his Legacy for the Study of Religion and Practice”
  • Christopher I. Lehrich, Boston University: “Overture and Finale: Lévi-Strauss, Music, and Religion”
  • Paul-Francois Tremlett, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Lévi-Strauss and Religious Studies”
  • Respondent: Ivan Strenski, University of California at Riverside

NAASR at the Society of Biblical Literature:

“Translation, Anachronism, and Ideology in Scholarship on Early Christianity”
Saturday, November 20, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Hyatt Regency – Edgewood
Willi Braun, University of Alberta, Presiding

    • Jennifer Eyl, Brown University: “Filling in the Semantic Voids and New Testament Translation”
    • Erin Roberts, University of South Carolina: “Considerations of Hamartia as ‘Sin’ in Proto Christian Texts”
    • Paul Robertson, Brown University: “De Spiritualizing Pneuma: Modernity, Religion, and the Consequences of Anachronism”
    • Heidi Wendt, Brown University: “Paganism Must Really End, and Not Because Theodosius Says So! Methodological Implications of the Term ‘Pagan’ in Modern Academic Vocabulary”
    All papers will be 30 minutes.