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

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Religion in Southeast Asia Group

Statement of Purpose: 

Situated at the nexus of several civilizational influences — including Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern — Southeast Asia, as a region, remains understudied in terms of its relevance to the theoretical and methodological study of religion. This neglect is in part due to the tendency to reduce Southeast Asian religious systems to the named “world religions” often identified with other regions. As a result, indigenous practices are not viewed in terms of their conceptual and other linkages — and in some cases the dynamic interactions between those practices and the religious practices brought over by different classes of immigrants are frequently overlooked. However, and especially in the last fifteen years, exciting materials addressing different religious cultures in Southeast Asia have emerged. Hitherto, there has been little scholarly conversation at the AAR on Southeast Asia. And, perhaps even less commonly, are Southeast Asian religious cultures (e.g., Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, “animist,” Chinese, and Pacific) put into conversation with one another. In light of this need in the field, we strive to provide a context for this conversation as well as to foster critical thinking about Southeast Asia as a region.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion in Southeast Asia Group invites proposals for individual papers, paper sessions, and round tables.
This year we are especially interested in proposals addressing Buddhist, Hindu and Christian developments across SE Asia. Areas of special emphasis might include:

• Women Religious in Southeast Asia, for a possible co-sponsorship with the Women and Religion Section; some possible themes might include labor and relations with the state, changing ideals of domesticity and bodily comportment, and rival conceptions of agency, gender and tradition, though proposals may also be submitted on other topics.;
• Religion and the environment;
• Theorizing and documenting religion and violence;
• Postcolonial theology;
• Local practices and lived religion;
• Religion and water in Southeast Asian religious traditions, past and present;

Proposals may also be submitted on any other subject relating to religion in Southeast Asia.

Method: 
PAPERS
E-mail without Attachment (proposal appears in body of e-mail)
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee