American Religion at the AAR 2013

11 Oct

Bring on the crab cakes!

I received my hard copy of the AAR program yesterday. While I strongly support digital distribution, I do like browsing the physical copy of the program. (I won’t be bringing it with me. I’ll upload a program PDF to my tablet and use that during the conference.)

[Also, and I hate to be curmudgeonly here, the online program is not at all user-friendly. It’s challenging to browse, ugly to link to cleanly or share, missing important and useful information about many sessions, and, worst of all, it is needlessly integrated into the membership ID portal. Take a hint from the AHA and MLA, folks! The online presentation of your program should not look like an afterthought! Making it easy to find and share interesting sessions should be priority A-1. Your only option is to “print” them. Who does that? How about an email, tweet, facebook, digg, reddit, or share button?]

Unfortunately, since I’m on the market this year as well as trying to schedule time to talk books with presses, do interviews for the Religious Studies Project, and helping with the AAR’s inaugural THATCamp, I’m unlikely to be able to attend even half of the excellent American religion sessions. If I were a session-centric participant filling every slot with another panel or roundtable, here are my choices at this year’s AAR, organized chronologically by session time:

FRIDAY

 P22-209 (Friday, 1:30 PM — 3:30 PM)

North American Association for the Study of Religion
Theme: Critically Engaged: Graduate Pedagogy in the Introductory Classroom
Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama, Presiding

SATURDAY

A23-108 (Saturday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

History of Christianity Section and Wesleyan Studies Group
Theme: Methodism in the American Civil War Era
Douglas M. Strong, Seattle Pacific University, Presiding

A23-114 (Saturday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Theme: Re-membering Home: Indigenous and Colonial Encounters in Asian North American Religious Spaces
Devin Singh, Yale University, Presiding

A23-126 (Saturday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group
Theme: Schempp at 50: Revisiting the Idea of “Neutrality” in Teaching about Religion
Bruce Grelle, California State University, Chico, Presiding

A23-242 (Saturday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. Group
Theme: Two Score and Ten Years Later – Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Washington
Angela Sims, Saint Paul School of Theology, Presiding

A23-306 (Saturday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

North American Religions Section; Anthropology of Religion Group; Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group; Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group; North American Hinduism Group; Religion in Latin America and the Carribean Group
Theme: Placing the Subfield: North American Religions, Religion in the Americas and Beyond
David Hackett, University of Florida, Presiding

A23-334 (Saturday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Religion, Memory, History Group
Theme: Theodicy’s Empire: Memory’s Performance of Race and Class in American Religion
David Reinhart, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Presiding

A23-409 (Saturday, 8:30 PM — 9:30 PM)

Plenaries
Theme: A Lifetime of Learning: An Interview with Diana Eck
John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, Presiding
SUNDAY

A24-109 (Sunday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 PM)

North American Religions Section
Theme: Image as Artifact: Discovering the Thingness of Photographs in American Religious History
Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University, Presiding

A24-252 (Sunday, 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM)

Public Understanding of Religion Committee
Theme: The Marty Forum: Wendell Berry
Michael Kessler, Georgetown University, Presiding
Wendell Berry, Port Royal, Kentucky, Presiding

A24-254 (Sunday, 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM)

Special Topics Forum
Theme: Out of Many: Integrating the Study of America’s Religious Diversity into Classrooms Across the Humanities
Daniel Greene, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, Presiding

A24-265 (Sunday, 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM)

History of Christianity Section and Afro-American Religious History Group and Black Theology Group and Roman Catholic Studies Group
Theme: Confronting Black Catholicism in the Americas
M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College, Presiding

A24-278 (Sunday, 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM)

Mormon Studies Group and Religion and Popular Culture Group
Theme: Parallel Prejudices: Anti-Mormonism and Religious Intolerance in American History
Megan Goodwin, University of North Carolina, Presiding

A24-318 (Sunday, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Teaching Religion Section and Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group and SBL Sacred Texts and Public Life Group
Theme: Religion and the Bible in Public Schools Fifty Years after Schempp
Bruce Grelle, California State University, Chico, Presiding

A24-319 (Sunday, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Women and Religion Section and Roman Catholic Studies Group
Theme: U.S. Catholic Women and Priestly Ordination: Perspectives from History, Ethics, and Experience
Susan M. Maloney, Women Development and Earth Foundation, Norwalk, CA, Presiding

A24-320 (Sunday, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Afro-American Religious History Group
Theme: African Religions Across the Black Atlantic: Christian and Muslim Diasporas
Sylvester Johnson, Northwestern University, Presiding

A24-330 (Sunday, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Special Topics Forum
Theme: Remembering Robert N. Bellah (1927-2013)
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding
MONDAY

A25-107 (Monday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

North American Religions Section and Afro-American Religious History Group
Theme: Authors Meet Critics: The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Paul Harvey and Edward Blum (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
Stephen Prothero, Boston University, Presiding

A25-114 (Monday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Theme: Elusive Bodies: Explorations in Asian North American Identities, Cultural Practices, and Advocacy
Mimi Khuc, University of Maryland, Presiding

A25-131 (Monday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

Native Traditions in the Americas Group and Religion and Food Group
Theme: Restoring Right Relationships Between Native Americans and Plant and Animal Beings
Dale A. Stover, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Presiding

A25-210 (Monday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Study of Judaism Section
Theme: What Can the Study Of American Judaism Bring to Religious Studies?: A Roundtable on Theory and Methods
Shaul Magid, Indiana University, Bloomington, Presiding

A25-232 (Monday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Roman Catholic Studies Group
Theme: Trouble in Paradigms: Research Challenges in American Catholic Studies
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, University of Iowa, Presiding

A25-205 (Monday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

North American Religions Section
Theme: Religious Change and Technological Mediation in Modern America
Randall Styers, University of North Carolina, Presiding

A25-207 (Monday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Religion and Politics Section
Theme: Race, Labor, and Political Theory in America
Robert F. Shedinger, Luther College, Presiding

A25-218 (Monday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Evangelical Studies Group
Theme: A Discussion on the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism: Reviewing Ken Collins’s Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism: From the Scopes Trial to the Obama Administration (InterVarsity Press, 2012)
Paul Barton, Seminary of the Southwest, Presiding

A25-328 (Monday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Religion and Popular Culture Group
Theme: Discussing the “Nones”: What They Say about the Category of Religion and American Society
Richard Callahan, University of Missouri, Presiding

A25-306 (Monday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

North American Religions Section
Theme: Religion and US Empire
Sylvester Johnson, Northwestern University, Presiding

A25-314 (Monday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Afro-American Religious History Group and Latina/o Critical and Comparative Studies Group
Theme: African Diasporic Spirits in the Americas
Tracey Hucks, Haverford College, Presiding

Did I miss something? Be sure to let me know and I’ll update the list!

I’ll be returning to it next week with what I think are the can’t miss sessions.

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One Response to “American Religion at the AAR 2013”

  1. Liz October 12, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Interesting. For the most part, this list looks exactly like a list of papers and presentations from an AAR I would have attended 20+ years ago. Academia evolves sooooo slowly. I imagine that people are still reading from papers, too. I mean at other academic conferences you have overhead projectors and powerpoint presentations which are becoming dinosaurs, too. Never look for innovation in academia.

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