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

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Contemporary Pagan Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides a place for scholars interested in pursuing studies in this newly developing and interdisciplinary field and puts them in direct communication with one another in the context of a professional meeting. New scholars are welcomed and supported, while existing scholars are challenged to improve their work and deepen the level of conversation. By liaising with other AAR Program Units, the Group creates opportunities to examine the place of Pagan religions both historically and within contemporary society and to examine how other religions may intersect with these dynamic and mutable religious communities.

Call for Papers: 

We invite proposals related to all aspects of Pagan studies (including historic) from different parts of the globe. We welcome papers using diverse methodologies: theoretical and practical, qualitative and quantitative, normative and descriptive. In particular, we seek proposals related to the three following themes.

“Valuing Paganism in the Public Sphere”
How is Paganism represented, engaged, and valued in public spaces such as policy arenas, lobbying, news media, popular culture, schools, prisons, and courtrooms? How do Pagans engage with these publics? What roles do Pagan studies academics have in these forums? What implications do such engagements have for academic practices, including ethical and methodological concerns?

“Tradition and Resistance in Paganisms”
Some Pagan groups are highly traditionalist, resisting change and eclecticism. Other Pagans are much more eclectic, combining Paganism with practices from a variety of other religious traditions. What role does theology play in these different forms of Paganisms? What motivates both commitment to tradition and the desire to experiment and transform Pagan practice? Conversely, in what ways are new or old Pagan traditions used to inform resistance to modernity in general or to specific examples of injustice?

For a proposed joint session with the Indigenous Religious Traditions Group, we invite proposals for a panel on the problem of “'religion” in the study of indigenous and polytheistic traditions. This includes considerations of other critical terms such as “'spirituality,” '”sacred,” “tradition,” “culture,” ”animism,” “Pagan," “shaman,” etc. and indigenous perspectives on "religion" or equivalents (or lack of). We welcome papers on other problematic terms in the study of indigenous and polytheistic religions, too.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee