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I hope you are coming to the ASA in San Juan this week. If so…
Let’s meet in the Hilton Caribe lobby bar at 6pm on Friday for a Religion Caucus Happy Hour and Informal Planning Session. Please share this invitation with any interested friends who are not Caucus members.
Hope to see you there!
The Religion and American Culture Caucus was highly successful in increasing the number of panels on religion at the Annual Meeting of ASA in 2011, and we hope to repeat the experience in 2012. To that end, the Caucus has organized several panels for submission to the ASA program committee, but some of them are still in need of moderators/commentators. As a moderator/commentator, you would provide brief introductory comments for the panel, manage time, provide comments on each presentation as well as comments that unite the presentations, and manage Q and A. Moderators/commentators can appear on the ASA program only once, so please do not volunteer for this position if you already have a commitment to the ASA program.
Moderators/commentators are needed for panels on the following topics:
Animals and spirituality
Catholicism, violence, and nationalism
Celebrity and religion
Missionaries and empire
Religion and empire in the New World
Religion and Empire in Asia
Mormonism and race
Mormonism and violence
Religion in early America
Slavery and abolition
Religion and tourism
Religion and war
These are just some of the great topics that panelists are proposing. This year’s Annual Meeting promises to be a great one for scholars of religion. Thanks for your help in making that happen!
The Religion and American Culture Caucus is happy to announce several calls for papers for ASA 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including panel themes of religion and the body, indigenous religions, religion and reproduction, religion and violence, apocalypticism and presidential religion to name a few.
The Caucus would also like to encourage all you folks interested in the place of religion/religions in American culture to propose your own panels as well.
Over at the Religion in American History blog (http://usreligion.blogspot.com), Mike Altman (Emory) and I discuss the place of religion at this year’s ASA annual meeting. This year, there were 26 panels in the religion category, which was a great turn out.
Mike and I explore themes that connected panels including, science, the body, race, and the secular. We also make a good pitch about why more religious studies scholars should be attending ASA.
Part 1:What does American studies reveal about religion in America?http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2011/10/asa-religion-redux-part-1.html
Part 2: Go to the ASA!
Caucus members if you haven’t check out freq.uenci.es (http://freq.uenci.es/), I highly recommend that you do. It is a colloborative project to explore the terms, language, images and materiality of spirituality by writers, academics and artists.