2022 AAR-SW Regional Conference Call for Papers

This year’s conference theme is Religion and the Public Sphere.

Through a pandemic and political polarization, we have seen religion pervade our public spaces and institutions in a multitude of ways. Religion both shapes and is shaped by historical and contemporary cultural, political, social and philosophical debates and movements. It is an important aspect of national and international politics. We see its presence in spaces such as the media, education, the economy, law, public health, and the public recognition or participation of minoritized groups.

For the 2022 conference, we want to explore how religion manifests in public spaces, shapes our political discourse and behavior, and fosters social movements. We want to ponder the role that religion plays–or should play– not only in planting the seeds of change across societies but also in shaping public lives and priorities today.

We invite proposals for papers or panels/roundtables that address this theme in any way. 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, and reviews of recently published academic monographs as well as other topics.

All proposals should be submitted through this submission link, where you will be required to choose the appropriate section for submission. The proposal deadline is November 5, 2021.

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

The 2022 conference will be held in-person March 4- 6, 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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