“Theories and Methods for the Study of Religion in the North American West”
The following suggested topics are meant to aid your reflections on the proposed session theme, but, of course, other related topics are welcome:
· the influence of western geography on the study of religion;
· understanding religion across North American borders;
· explorations of the notion of “frontier” in American religions;
· western demographic realities and the study of religion;
· the West and the formulation of national identity/civil religion;
· research data and analysis unique to the North American West;
The session will feature four short presentations (15-minute maximum) and a respondent, leaving ample time for audience participation. “We will be submitting the session proposal to the AAR as an exploratory session and to the AAR program unit(s) most appropriate to the chosen papers.
Two hundred-word abstracts are due by Monday, February 18. If you are chosen for the session, you will then be asked to write a longer description of your project which will be due Monday, February 25.
Please email your abstract and any questions to both Brandi Denison (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Brett Hendrickson (email@example.com).
Editors' Note: In light of this call for papers, we have postponed the book-of-the-month until next week, when our newest contributor, Jennifer Meredith, will be reviewing Anne Butler's Across God's Frontiers.