CFP: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice

The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union’s (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021.

The AAR/WR and GTU are excited to organize a robust event, which will include an array of keynote speeches, paper presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions revolving around AAR/WR’s 2021 Conference Theme: “Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice.” The event will also include unique social and networking events for the AAR/WR community.


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The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. For complete information and a full list of the AAR/WR’s 2021 Call for Papers and unit chair contact information, please see this page: https://www.aarwr.com/annual-meetings.html

The AAR/WR is a highly inclusive and diverse region of the American Academy of Religion. The region currently supports twenty-five individual units of the academic study of religion, including: Asian American Religious Studies; Buddhist Studies; Catholic Studies; Christianity; Ecology and Religion; Education and Pedagogy; Ethics; Goddess Studies; Graduate Student Professional Development; Indigenous Religions; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latinx Religions and Spiritualities; Pagan Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology, Culture, and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion and Social Sciences; Religion and the Arts; Religion in America; Religion, Literature, and Film; Religion, Science and Technology; Religions of Asia; Womanist/Pan-African Religions; and Women and Religion.

The AAR/WR furthermore holds three caucus events at its Annual Conference: the Black Caucus, the Queer Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.

Please distribute our Virtual Conference information widely. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing members, new and old, at our March 2021 event with the Graduate Theological Union!

We also understand that this is an uncertain and unprecedented time in our world. We wish everyone healthy and community in these difficult moments.

Best regards,
Executive Committee, American Academy of Religion, Western Region

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