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Dear colleagues, 


Please see below the Call for Papers of the Comparative Studies in Religion unit for the AAR’s Annual Meeting 2019 in San Diego. The submission system has opened (, and the deadline for proposal submission is March 4th, 5pm ET. Please note that the unit does not consider individual paper submissions, only roundtables or panels. Please contact the conveners of the panels below or organize your own panel on a different topic.


We invite papers on the following topics:


Images of the Ocean in World Religions, Contact person: Nicole Zhange Ni (potential co-sponsorship with Arts, Literature, and Religion Unit) - This session welcomes papers that explore images of the ocean in visual, verbal, and audio arts that draw from world religions. What is the significance of the oceans in our globalized world? What resources are available in diverse artistic endeavors and religious traditions that teach us to live with the oceans?


● Comparative Studies Roundtable: What Makes for a Productive Collaboration? Contact: Jon Keune ( -
The purpose of this roundtable would be to share experiences about the practice of collaborative comparison, including 1) models/mechanics that enable deep engagement, 2) creative “products” of collaborative scholarship, and 3) reports on ongoing collaborations to share wisdom and seek feedback.


● Mothering across Religious Traditions: A Comparative Roundtable, Contact: Pascale Engelmajer (


● Religion and Humor, Contact: Jason Smith (


● Sexual Transgressions, Contact: Christopher Parr (


● Teaching Comparison, Contact: Oliver Freiberger (


Destruction and Unmaking in Arts, Literature, and Religion, Contact person: Margaret Elaine Elwell (  (potential co-sponsorship with Arts, Literature, and Religion Unit) - This session invites reflection on burning, smashing, unraveling, or undoing in art and literature as religious, spiritual, or theological acts. Of interest are creative practices, rituals, or installations that destroy or unmake, visual and literary methods and representations of destruction, and undoing/unmaking in the processes of art and craft.


For more on the unit, see here: Please contact us anytime if you have further questions.




Ivette and Oliver


Co-chairs of the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit of the AAR


Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan

Austin College


Oliver Freiberger

The University of Texas at Austin


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