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

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Mysticism Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group began as a Consultation within the AAR in 1987 and achieved formal Group status in 1989. While its early focus was primarily Christianity and Western religions — and the study of experience and textual interpretation within those areas — the Group has grown and changed over time, paralleling the change and growth in the AAR itself. Today, our conversations cut across boundaries that characterize many of the Program Units within the AAR — boundaries of discipline, tradition, temporality, and region. Members of our Group use different methodologies and work across a variety of disciplines, among which are the psychology of religion, sociology of religion, history of religions, hermeneutics and textual analysis, biographical analysis, feminist studies, film studies, philosophy of religion, mysticism and science, art criticism, postmodern theory, cultural studies, and anthropology of consciousness, among others. This interdisciplinarity has importance not only to our work as scholars, but also to our work as teachers and public educators. We post our current call, past sessions, a selection of past papers, as well as links in the field of mysticism to our Website at We have also started a listserv, and those interested may write to or sign up through the Website.

Call for Papers: 

The Mysticism Group welcomes proposals on the following topics:

• Scholar-Practitioners: Coming out in and of the Academy (with the Contemplative Studies Group)
• The Life and Times of a Modern Mystic: Thomas Merton (with the Christian Spirituality Group)
• Spiritual but not Religious: Mysticism and the “Nones”
• Hypnotherapy and Mysticism
• African-American Mystics
• Jewish Mysticism: Past and Present
• Mystics, Monsters, and Marvel

We welcome both proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panels.

We do NOT accept proposals by email.
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
We actually insist on anonymity and we do not accept email submissions for that reason.
ChairSteering Committee