November 2, 2012

Casual Friday: New AAR Group

By Brandi Denison and Brett Hendrickson

We’re proposing a new AAR group and we need your help!

As many of you know, this blog grew out of a 5-year long seminar that met at the annual American Academy of Religion conference. This seminar is meeting for this last time next month.

Thanks to the hard work of the co-chairs, Quincy Newell and Jim Bennett and the steering committee, Tisa Wenger, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Sara Patterson, and Roberto Lint Sagarena, those of us researching and teaching in this area have a place to meet like-minded scholars. We know that we are not the only ones who have benefitted immensely from the seminar’s discussions.

We’re not ready to end the conversation this year and we hope you aren’t either. That’s why we’re currently working on a proposal for a new group. Unlike a seminar, a group does not have a limit on the number of years it can meet.

In order to help us make the case for the new group, we need letters of support from current AAR members. Please take 5 minutes to compose a letter, indicting your interest in and support of this group and email it to either or If you have ideas about the directions that this group could take in future sessions, please submit those as well.

Let’s keep this conversation going!

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