Paper Proposals -- 2020 MAAR

The Midwest Region AAR is pleased to announce the CFP for its March 27-28, 2020 annual meeting, which will take place in Muncie, Indiana, at the Horizon Convention Center. We are actively looking for new chairs of the following sections: (1) Anthropology and Sociology of Religion; (2) Ecology and Science in the Study of Religion; and (3) Religion and Public Life.

This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Michael Jerryson, Professor of Religious Studies, Youngstown State University. Dr. Jerryson’s plenary address, “Sacred Emergencies: What Turns Us Violent," examines the links between psychology and religion in changing people from civilians to militants.

10 January 2020 is the deadline for paper proposals: PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSALS.

Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend a special pre-conference workshop:

Rethinking Religious Studies Graduate EducationFriday March 27th, Horizon Convention Center

How can departments and advisors support graduate students and tailor their programs and mentoring toward the scarcity of tenure-track jobs? In what ways can religious studies departments restructure their graduate programs? This workshop will include presentations from graduate students and faculty. Graduate student attendance and participation is strongly encouraged. Please direct questions to Abby Kulisz (

Registration information for the main conference and the pre-conference is located here.

Paper proposals: This year we are especially interested in panels that (1) fit with our newest section, “Religion and Public Life,”; (2) relate to this year's keynote address, namely, varieties of religious violence; or (3) align with the pre-conference on rethinking graduate education. Note, however, that these are not the only possible paper topics. We have a range of sections, interests, themes, and special topics that contribute to a vibrant conference. Undergraduates, for example, also play a key role in our regional conference, and we encourage them to participate.