RE: CFP Daoist Studies Unit, American Academy of Religion annual meeting 2023

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The call for papers for the 2023 American Academy of Religion annual meeting is now open, and you can find the full call here. Please submit your proposals via PAPERS by Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. Note that you do not need to be an AAR member to submit a proposal. 

The Daoist Studies Unit invites proposals for the AAR Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas (November 18–21, 2023). We welcome proposals for individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtables concerning any aspects of Daoism regardless of the time period, geographical area, or methodological and theoretical approach. The proposals could be either individual papers, 90-minute paper sessions (consisting of 3 papers, a presider, and a respondent), or roundtables (which consist of a presider and 4–6 panelists). All topics for presentations are welcome. Below are the ideas proposed at the business meeting for 2023. 

  • Daoism and technology (James Benn)
  • Neidan and daoxue (Stephen Eskildsen)
  • State of Daoist Studies
  • Daoism in the culture and realpolitik of Ming China (Michael Naparstek)
  • Hagiography and lineage creation 
  • History of Daoist Studies (Tobias Zürn)

Please contact the point person if you wish to participate in formulating these panels. Proposals on topics not listed here are more than welcome. 

We look forward to receiving proposals that are multi-disciplinary and border-crossing. As we continue to reach out to other program units and promote dialogue between different fields, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their proposals to Daoist Studies and one additional program unit. A complete list of AAR program Units can be found at (

The Daoist Studies Unit steadfastly supports diversity and inclusivity. We require all pre-arranged panels to incorporate a diversity of gender, ethnicity, seniority, sub-field, and/or methodology. 

Please feel free to contact the co-chairs for additional information. 


Co-Chairs, Daoist Studies Unit,

Jessey Choo ( and Tobias Zuern (