My AAR2013 — THATCamp, Gaming, Nones, and Bellah

14 Oct

Unable to visit all of the excellent American Religion sessions, my schedule will probably look more like this. It combines my interests in technology, religious theory, pedagogy, popular culture, and modern Christianity in America. I’m betting I’ll have a great time if I make it to even half of these! A more thickly descriptive post to follow soon.

THATCamp (Friday, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM)

THATCamp – The Humanities and Technology Camp
Kelly Bulkeley, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding
Christopher Cantwell, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Presiding

A23-125 (Saturday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM)

Religion and Popular Culture Group

Theme: Hero, or Superhero?: Religious Transcendence in Comic Books and Comedic Performances
Isaac Weiner, Georgia State University, Presiding

A23-240 (Saturday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Space, Place, and Religious Meaning Group

Theme: Visual Culture, Architecture, and the Mediation of Sacred Landscapes and Identities
David Simonowitz, Pepperdine University, Presiding
-OR-

A23-235 (Saturday, 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM)

Religion and Science Fiction Group

Theme: Seen and Unseen: Revelation through Science Fiction
Bruce M. Sullivan, Northern Arizona University, Presiding

A23-317 (Saturday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Christian Spirituality Group

Theme: The Ethnographic Lens and New Approaches to the Study of Christian Spirituality
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, University of Iowa, Presiding
-OR-

A23-302 (Saturday, 4:00 PM — 6:30 PM)

Public Understanding of Religion Committee and Religion, Media, and Culture Group

Theme: Making (the Study of) Religion Online: New Media and the Study of Religion
Kathryn Reklis, Fordham University, Presiding

A24-112 (Sunday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 PM)

Religion and the Social Sciences Section and Religious Conversions Group and Secularism and Secularity Group and Sociology of Religion Group

Theme: Religious “Nones”: Understanding the Unaffiliated
Per D. Smith, Boston University, Presiding
-OR-

A24-136 (Sunday, 9:00 AM — 11:30 PM)

Religion, Media, and Culture Group

Theme: Reflections on Playing with Religion in Digital Gaming
Heidi Ann Campbell, Texas A and M University, Presiding

A24-141 (Sunday, 11:45 AM — 12:45 PM) 

Plenaries

Theme: Presidential Address: John Esposito
Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University, Presiding

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

A24-333 (Sunday, 5:00 PM — 6:30 PM) Remembering Robert N. Bellah (1927-2013)

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

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

A25-218 (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
-OR-

North American Religions Section

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

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
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