Call for Papers for the Assoc. for the Study of Religion (ASSR), March 8-10, 2019, Irving, TX

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Call for Papers
October 25, 2018
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Anthropology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sociology

The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion (ASSR) invites paper proposals from faculty, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students on any topic concerning the scientific study of religion, particularly those dealing with the sociological, philosophical, economic, historical, psychological, and political considerations of religion in society.

      PAPER PROPOSALS   The deadline for submitting paper proposals is end of the day, Monday, Oct. 25, 2018. Send proposals to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas, at:

      ASSR ANNUAL PRCEEDINGS PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY:  Please submit the completed paper to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas, at or Your paper must be received by end of the day, Feb. 17, 2019, in order to be considered for inclusion in the Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and/or to be considered for the 2019 Frank P. Forwood Award for outstanding presented research (faculty/independent scholars).  Papers must adhere to the ASSR Style Guide for Papers located on the ASSR website.

      The ASSR is pleased to announce that this year, for the first time, there will be available recognitions for papers of excellence presented by graduate and undergraduate students   Details are:

  1. The Harry Hale Prize for Undergraduate Research ($100 for the outstanding undergraduate student paper);
  2. The Harry Hale Prize for Graduate Research ($100 for the outstanding graduate student paper). Student papers will be judged by a selection committee on the following criteria:
      1. Relevance to Religious Studies;
      2. Demonstration of proficiency in employed research methodology (either 
      3. Quantitative or qualitative methods);
      4. Topic selection and timeliness, importance, or intuitiveness thereof;
      5. Overall quality of the research effort demonstrated in the submitted paper (paper must be submitted prior to the annual meeting within the time frame listed in the annual program);
      6. “Intangibles” and judges' observations in scoring discussions.

Note:  If no paper meets the expected standards of the judging criteria, the ASSR may not award one or both of the Hale Prizes for the annual meeting.

      Upon acceptance of a proposal, ASSR will send a membership invoice; members with PayPal accounts can directly submit dues through the PayPal link on the ASSR website ( Anyone presenting a paper must be a member of ASSR and must ensure payment of dues as outlined above. Participants must also register for the annual meeting through the SWCRS website (lined at the website above) and pay the applicable cost of registration and book with the conference hotel. Important: ASSR dues are separate from and not included in any payments made in connection with the SWCRS.

      For further information on any aspect of the 2019 ASSR Annual Meeting, please contact Dr. J.B. Watson, Jr., ASSR Vice-President for Organizational Development, at: 


Contact Info: 

Dr. J.B. Watson, Jr., Stephen F. Austin State U., Dept of Antropology, Geography,  & Sociology: Vice-President for Organizational Development, ASSR

Phone: 936/468-4405


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