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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group (hereafter referred to as ANARCS) is one of the primary vehicles for the advancement of the study of the religions and practices of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and Canada. As an integral player in the development of the emerging field of Asian-American religious studies, ANARCS has cultivated the work of junior and senior scholars from an impressive array of disciplines, including the history of religion, sociology, theology, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, psychology, education, and American and ethnic studies. ANARCS encourages new perspectives on Asian North American religious practices and faith communities, as well as innovative theoretical work that extends the concepts of empires, diaspora, transnationalism, globalization, im/migration, orientalism, adaptation, acculturation, race, ethnicity, marginalization, oppression, and resistance. In addition to this list of concepts, ANARCS will explore theoretical, philosophical, and theological concepts, such as aesthetics, beauty, and love. ANARCS seeks to foster and mentor scholars (junior, senior, and nontraditional) through preconference sessions, gathering for meals, and maintaining a robust listserv.

Call for Papers: 

We welcome individual papers and panel proposals that address: [1] the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act. How have cultural practices been transformed in the North American legal context? How have views and constructions of Asians and their religions changed since the passing of transformative immigration legislation (e.g., the emergence of the “model minority” or “mindfulness”?). Proposals will be considered for a possible quad- sponsorship with the Law, Religion and Culture; the Religion and Migration; the North American Hinduism Program Units; [2] Asian North American communities in the South and their relationships to racialization, religion, and the public sphere, including (but not limited to), the events in Ferguson, MO; [3] pedagogical practices, theories, and methods that reflect/affirm/critique Asian North American religiosity. We also invite creative and innovative formats for paper presentations to reflect alternative pedagogical practices; [4] exploratory discussions on work-life balance specific to Asian North American scholarship and ministry.

We also welcome proposals that address transnational religious experience and the history of Asian North American communities in the metropolitan city of Atlanta, and any other critical aspects of Asian North American religions, culture, and society.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
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