SORAAAD Workshop: A PDF of "Les approaches comparatives en histoire des religions antiques" is now available.
With Bruce Lincoln's permission, a PDF of Calame, Claude et Bruce Lincoln. 2012. “Les approches comparatives en histoire des religions antiques : controverses récurrentes et propositions nouvelles” has been posted below.
The full list of the Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group's sessions from November 21-25, are now posted on the Bulletin for the Study of Religion's Blog.
CTDR's full program with abstracts are available for download as a PDF (recommended for Smart Phones.)
The SORAAAD Workshop Ethos for Speakers and Participants clarifying what we do and how we do it is now posted.
Bron Taylor (University of Florida Gainesville) will substitute for Jens Kreinath on the topic of Ethnography
The revised program, with a description of Bron's talk and his additional suggestion for further reading is attached in the PDF below.
Ethnography is, in the final analysis, and encounter between a collectivity identified by a researcher who then enters into a relationship with those perceived to be within it. As with any human relationship is fraught with difficulty but also the possibility of new understandings and even intimacy across the fluid researcher/interlocutor boundary, as well as between those directly involved in the encounter and those who read the researcher’s perceptions about it (and in rare cases, sometimes talk back from the subjects of the research themselves). The encounter is often complicated by the ways actors outside of the community view it and visa versa and how all of these actors come to understand the researcher. Bron will focus on the relational aspects of fieldwork based on decades of study of actors within the global environmental milieu, especially those involved in grassroots and radical environmental movements.
Dear Member of the AAR or SBL.
To announce formally and otherwise clarify the submissions policy for the Social Theory and Religion Cluster from 2013-2015, we ask that for each individual submission (paper or panel) that the person submitting pick either Critical Theories and Discourses on Religion (CTDR), Sociology of Religion Group(SOR) or Cultural History of the Study of Religion (CHSR).
This leaves you free to jointly submit to a unit outside of the cluster if you so choose.
There is no need to submit jointly to two units within the cluster. Where the proposal is responsive to a joint line in the call for papers it will be clear to the designated program unit.
Please note from this single submission to a single unit (CTDR, SOR, or CHSR) that these program units will collaborate to review proposals. The designated program unit will have and retain primary consideration but this will leave open the capacity for the paper or panel to be accepted by either of the other two units if its a better fit with panels in development for the meeting.
To find a panel berth for all strong work submitted to CHSR, CTDR and SOR was an independently shared objective among CHSR, CTDR and SOR prior to the cluster and will remain so even after 2015.
This policy leaves the units the greatest flexibility to accommodate as many submissions through the PAPERS system as possible.
FieldNotes - SIgnatures needed by Nov 29 - New AAR Program Unit Proposal – Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence.
New SBL Unit - Metacriticism in Biblical Scholarship - Bulletin for the Study of Religion Field Notes
The update to the program is available, and posted below and on the discussion page.
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The background readings for the workshop are now available from the discussion page. The Panelists for each segment will reference the materials listed. We encourage all who have registered to review the materials listed to enable a vibrant discussion of each segment's theme.