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

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Contemplative Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group aims to strengthen and develop contemplative studies as an academic field of inquiry, especially in the context of religious studies and the AAR. Our Group provides a forum for:

The investigation of contemplative practice and experience, considered inclusively and comprehensively

Critical discussions on the field itself, including theoretical and interpretive issues

The application of contemplative practice to academic life and university culture, including the possible contribution of “contemplative pedagogy” to teaching and learning
The Group thus aims to gather together currently diffused groups as well as dislocated, marginalized, and underrepresented individuals in the academy. To this end, we encourage research that is topical, tradition-specific, comparative, and cross-cultural. We also invite scholars to investigate contemplative practice and experience in ways that traverse and transcend the boundaries of traditions, disciplines, and research methodologies. Visit our Website at

Call for Papers: 

We welcome individual paper, papers session, and roundtable proposals on the following topics:

• Comparative study of contemplative practice, especially the contextual nuances of religiously-committed forms of meditation and contemplative prayer
• Contemplative reading in both historical and contemporary perspective
• Contemplative experience, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind
• Contemplative studies and ritual studies
• “Scholar-Practitioners: Coming out in and of the Academy” (for a possible cosponsored session with the Mysticism Group; June McDaniel, organizer)
• Yoga and neuroscience (for a possible cosponsored session with the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group)

We also welcome panel and paper proposals on any other topic related to contemplative studies.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
We are a model of fair and transparent evaluation. We endeavor to evaluate paper and panel proposals on academic merit alone
ChairSteering Committee