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

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Native Traditions in the Americas Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group sees its mission as the promotion of the study of Native American religious traditions and thereby the enrichment of the academic study of religion generally, by engaging in discourse about culturally-centered theories and encouraging multiple dialogues at the margins of Western and non-Western cultures and scholarship. The Group is committed to fostering dialogue involving Native and non-Native voices in the study of North, Central, and South American Native religious traditions and to engaging religious studies scholarship in robust conversation with scholarship on other facets of Native cultures and societies.

Call for Papers: 

We invite individual paper and group proposals on any aspect of Native traditions in the Americas (North, Central and South). We encourage proposals on the following topics:

1) Teaching Native American Religious Traditions: Pedagogical Approaches and Practical Considerations.

2) We would like to continue the theme from our session in Atlanta on forced removals of nations from the southeastern United States as “Reimagining or Reclaiming Home: Pilgrimages, Forced Migrations, and Commemorative Rides” related to the western United States. This topic is for a possible co-sponsored session with the Religion in the American West Group.

3) Borderlands: navigating multiple religious and cultural identities, especially in the Southwest; transnational indigeneity and resistance to globalization.

4) Language and Native American religions: tribal language programs; issues of linguistic analysis; language families; and translations as acts of conversion.

5) Climate change and Native American responses.

6) In light of this year’s AAR presidential theme of “Revolutionary Love” as a political or social force for change, we invite proposals on the following: rethinking how the other is valued or perceived; challenging the category of love from Native American perspectives; #Native Lives Matter / other movements; framing of terrorism and how terrorism rhetoric impacts Native people.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee