AAR> Comparative Studies in Religion Unit, AAR 2020

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Dear Colleagues,


Here are this year’s panel sessions of the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit. Join us! Note that the Unit’s business meeting is scheduled right after the Darwinism in Asia panel, at 6:15pm. All times are Eastern Standard Time.


Oliver Freiberger, University of Texas at Austin

Massimo Rondolino, Carroll University



A1-305 A C

Theme: Darwinism in Asia: Panel Discussion of the Book, Asian Religious Responses to Darwinism (Springer, 2020)

Tuesday, 12/1, 4:00 PM–6:30 PM

C. Mackenzie Brown, Trinity University, Presiding


Justin R. Ritzinger, University of Miami

Brianne Donaldson, Rice University

Roger Jackson, Carleton College

Taner Edis, Truman State University

Kuan-yen Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen


Hyung Park, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Business Meeting of the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit:

Oliver Freiberger, University of Texas, and Massimo Rondolino, Carroll University, Presiding


A8-108 A

Theme: Author-Meets-Critics: Oliver Freiberger, Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Tuesday, 12/8, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM

David Freidenreich, Colby College, Presiding


Barbara A. Holdrege, University of California, Santa Barbara

Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University

Robert Smid, Curry College

Catherine Cornille, Boston College

Florence Pasche Guignard, Université Laval

Kathryn McClymond, Georgia State University


Oliver Freiberger, University of Texas



Co-Sponsor: Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Unit

Theme: Saints in Divided Societies

Thursday, 12/10, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM

Aaron Hollander, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, Presiding

Connie Gagliardi, University of Toronto

The Icon of “Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls”: Sacralizing the Israeli Separation Wall with Divine Presence

Dean Accardi, Connecticut College

Saints of Kashmiri Resistance and Repression

Edith Szanto, University of Alabama

Sayyida Zaynab: From Dolorosa to Rebel and Back

Elizabeth Harris, Liverpool Hope University

Prophet of Peace, Priest, and Marginalized Visionary: Yohan Devananda of Sri Lanka


Robert A. Orsi, Northwestern University



Theme: Implicit and Explicit Comparison in Religious Studies Scholarship: A Collaborative Experiment in the Use of Buddhist Categories

Thursday, 12/10, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM

Christopher Handy, McMaster University, Presiding


Andrew Taylor, University of Virginia

Andrew Wilson, Mount Allison University

Shawna Dolansky, Carleton University

Shankar Nair, University of Virginia


Christopher Jensen, Carleton University


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