2021 Virtual Conference
Due to the pandemic, and its health and budget implications for member institutions, the AAR-SW and the Southwest Commission for Religious Studies will not hold our regular in-person conference, but instead host a condensed on-line meeting via Zoom on March 6, 2021 from 9 am until noon CST. The format for the meeting will be panel presentations and discussions.
The AAR-SW invites proposals for conversation partners for two 90 minute roundtables via Zoom. Each roundtable may include up to four panelists, who will each offer very brief (5 - 7 minutes) remarks on the topic, followed by a discussion with panelists and audience members.
The two roundtables are:
"The Academy in Crisis": In these current times, universities are facing an unprecedented crisis that has led to budget cuts, institutional restructuring, and other changes. In this roundtable, we'll discuss how these material conditions have affected the discipline of religious studies. What do they mean for our guild? Our scholarship? Our teaching? Our students? Where do we go from here?
"Equity in the Pandemic": The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges that have not been distributed equitably across our society. It has also brought to light long-standing issues of inequality for marginalized groups in this country. In this roundtable, we'll consider how the inequities of the pandemic have affected and been addressed by religious communities. We'll also consider how the pandemic has disproportionately burdened women and scholars of color in religious studies and other disciplines. What new opportunities for equity are arising?
If you would like to be a panelist, please send an email with your name, affiliation, preferred roundtable, a brief description (150 - 200 words) of your work or interest in this topic and a brief bio (100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by October 15.
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