2023 AAR-SW Regional Conference Call for Papers

This year’s conference theme is Hopeful Futures(?)

These recent years have been shaped by a pandemic, political polarization and instability, effects of climate change, increased violence, and a rise in extremism, among other crises and hardships. In light of these challenging times, how do we imagine what the future holds?

For the 2023 conference, we want to explore how religion helps us think about or points us towards the future– both in contemporary and historical forms. How does religion help or hinder us from thinking about the world as it is or as it should be? What resources, tools, strategies, or inspiration do religions hold for confronting social, ecological, and political dilemmas and disasters? We want to ponder the role that religion and the study of religion plays–or should play– not only in planting the seeds of hope across societies but also in shaping efforts towards human flourishing and resilience.

We invite proposals for papers or panels/roundtables that address this theme in any way, including artistic, literary, cultural, political, social, ecological, and philosophical approaches. Topics exploring gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and disability are particularly welcome. We also welcome proposals for presentations or panels on pedagogy, issues related to the profession of the academic study of religion and theology, public scholarship, reviews of recently published academic monographs, and other topics. The submission deadline is October 17, 2022. Proposals should be submitted through the online submission form: https://forms.gle/13v2R3f7v87SCyYF6

For questions, you may contact AAR-SW Regional Coordinator Tiffany Puett, tiffany@diversityandciviclife.org or Program Coordinator Kathy Downey, katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com.

The 2023 conference will be held in-person March 3- 5, 2022 as part of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies conference at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas, Irving, TX.

Past Conference Programs:

2020 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference

2019 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2018 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2017 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2016 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2015 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2014 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

2013 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Regional Conference.

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