February 19, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS: Religion and the American West Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR)
AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 22-25, 2014
Religion in the American West Group
Statement of Purpose:
The Religion in the American West Group is a forum for graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty who situate their work regionally in the North American West, broadly conceived. The study of religion in this region allows scholars to use a broad array of methodologies (historical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and others) to explore the most pressing questions in the field of American religion and in Religious Studies more generally. These include, but are not limited to: the history of empire and colonialism; the connections between religion and violence; the construction and deployment of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities; transnational movement of people and ideas; religion and the natural and built environments; myth-making and its role in the construction and critique of nationalist ideologies; and the development of the category of religion. The purpose of this subfield is not to remain in the American West, to define the West, or to argue that religion in the West is unique. Instead, by situating scholarship regionally, scholars of the American West are able to develop theories and methods that can be useful interpretive lenses for other regions defined by land, transnationalism, migrations, diversity, and colonialism. Moreover, the Group supports the development of a rigorous intellectual community by pre-circulating papers in advance of the national meeting and maintaining a blog.
Call for Papers:
Proposals for individual papers or a full session are solicited on the following topics:
• Drawing on the meeting’s location in San Diego, we invite proposals that touch on the the notion of boundaries in the North American West. In addition to considerations of the U.S.-Mexico border, we encourage submissions that highlight how religion in the region has facilitated and/or constrained crossing boundaries of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic class, language, gender, sexual orientation, aesthetics, and other constructions of difference.
• Religion and natural resources. We solicit proposals that examine how religion influences and is influenced by the intersection of environmental resources and limitations and human needs in the American West. Possible themes include but are not limited to water usage, urbanization, local environments, agriculture, land ownership, and tourism.
The deadline for proposal submission is
Monday, March 3, 5:00 PM EST
Process: Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Brandi Denison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Hendrickson, email@example.com
John-Charles Duffy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Holscher, email@example.com
Sarah M. Pike, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Bremer, email@example.com
link to CFP at AAR site: