AAR Annual Meeting

Graduate Student Committee

Call for Papers

 The 2017 Call for Papers for this year’s AAR Annual Meeting in Boston is open. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 5:00 pm EST. Submissions to any of the following CFPs does not count against your two-submission limit in the AAR PAPERS system.

Call for Papers:

Special Topics Forum  Religious Scholars as Humanitarians: Publications, Pedagogies, and the Protection of the Most Vulnerable

The purpose of this STF is to debate the ethical obligations that religious studies scholars owe to the most vulnerable members of global society, particularly in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election. It will provide a safe space in which junior scholars can explore how they might develop their academic careers while simultaneously making meaningful contributions to the pursuit of social justice. We are particularly interested in understanding how the humanitarian aspects of the religion scholar’s vocation can be expressed through creative publication programs, and innovative approaches to pedagogy. However, we would also be delighted to consider non-traditional approaches (e.g. digital engagement, artistic work, etc.) to the nexus of humanitarian and scholarly work.

Applicants are encouraged to create proposals that may be delivered as 15 to 20-minute workshop presentations. The GSC’s hope is that STF attendees can leave this session with several concrete ideas about how to relate their academic identities to their service work.

Please submit your finished proposals by e-mail to the STF Chair and GSC Western Region representative Chase L. Way (chase.laurelle.way@gmail.com); please cc GSC Chair and AAR Student Director, Bhakti Mamtora (bhaktim@ufl.edu) on this note. In addition, please feel welcome to contact Ms. Way with any questions you have about this call. She would be more than happy to speak with you about your ideas!

Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Art Show

The Graduate Student Committee invites AAR participants to submit their creative expressions for our Art Show, to be exhibited during the AAR Convention on November 17-20, 2017 in conjunction with the Special Topics Forum titled, “Religious Scholars as Humanitarians: Publications, Pedagogies, and the Protection of the Most Vulnerable.”

We are looking for all kinds of creative artistic works that express the 2017 AAR theme of Religion and the Most Vulnerable. Any technique and medium is welcome (photography, painting, charcoal, mixed media, sculpture, watercolor, drawing, etc). Poetry (printed and framed) is also welcome. Submitted pieces must be able to hang from the wall in a reasonably sized area, i.e. no grand scale pieces, which cover an entire wall. Freestanding sculpture must be submitted with pedestal, if required. Each individual may submit up to 3 pieces. There is no fee to submit.

Please send a photo of each artwork, a short description and your CV to Francisca Ireland-Verwoerd at ffiv@bu.edu and cc GSC Chair and Student Director Bhakti Mamtora at bhaktim@ufl.edu

The creative work, ready to hang or stand, must be brought to the art gallery space on Friday November 17, 2017 to be included in the show. The gallery closes on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 6 pm, after which you must retrieve your work.

Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Student Lounge Roundtable Series

The Student Lounge Roundtable Series (SLRS) consists of a series of roundtable conversations/workshops dedicated to professional development and the current needs of graduate students. These roundtable conversations/workshops are meant to encourage dialogue, learning, and collaboration that allow graduate students to engage with the various topics in a collegial setting. Rather than being traditional conference presentations, the SLRS workshops are meant to stimulate discussion and learning over a particular area of focus. The SLRS is sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee and are led by graduate students, professors, and other professionals with relevant expertise to offer.

The Graduate Student Committee invites scholars of religion to share their hard-earned wisdom in the Student Lounge Roundtable Series. We are looking for individuals who will be responsible for leading a conversation or workshop (60-90 minutes) about a topic of practical interest to student members. A variety of formats are welcome. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Online resources and computer programs to aid research, writing, or teaching
  • Managing a specific stage of graduate school (courses, exams, thesis, ABD, etc.)
  • Research project design or methods
  • Balancing graduate school with other dimensions of life and identity
  • Creating or managing an online presence (websites, blogging, online portfolios, etc.)
  • Job market (applications, interviews, alt-ac, etc.)
  • Publishing (open access vs. peer review; alternative forms of publishing, etc.)
  • Teaching (activities, online, technology, controversial issues, etc.)
  • Presenting research to the public
  • Networking
  • Grant writing
  • CV writing
  • Leadership

Please send a brief proposal (~150 words) and a CV to Anthony Roberts, arroberts@seu.edu and Laura Jurgens, lkjurgen@ucalgary.ca by March 1, 2017 and cc: GSC Chair and AAR Student Director, Bhakti Mamtora at bhaktim@ufl.edu. Please indicate if you are willing to co-present if your topic aligns with another proposal. Roundtable time slots are flexible. Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.