2018 Program

 SWCRS 2018

"Religious Experience Then and Now"

 March 9-11, 2018

Marriott Hotel DFW North, Irving, TX

The phenomenon of religious experience in its many varieties has given rise to a proliferation of diverse and methodologically innovative studies over the past decade. Drawing on insights from anthropology, sociology, social memory theory, and cognitive science, scholars are exploring a range of religious phenomena such as worship, public reading, ritual, ecstasy, mystical ascent, and the transformation of gender and of emotions.  This year’s meeting highlights the role of experience in constructions of religion. We invite you to preview the sessions on the program available below (click link) and participate in them at the SWCRS 2018 meeting. See you there!

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Marriott Hotel DFW Airport North, Irving, TX

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SWCRS 2018 Program (most recently updated 2/22/18)

As good stewards of our resources, SWCRS provides paper copies of the program at the meeting and avoids the cost of mailing them. The program is published here electronically, and the meeting app is available here as well (click below on Whova). We appreciate your support of this initiative.

SWCRS 2018 is now live in the Whova app

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The commission requests information regarding members who have died in the past year. 

The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission comprises the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature.

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SWCRS Officers

through February, 2018

President: Renate Viveen Hood,
University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Vice President: Stacy Patty,
Lubbock Christian University

Executive Secretary: Richard J. Bautch,
St. Edward's University

Donations and Online Payments

The SWCRS Paypal Site provides a convenient way for group member registration payments, as well as for gifts to the commission and sponsorship payments.   Your support provides important funds for annual meeting expenses, student and retiree discounts, special workshops, and the grants and awards programs.

Group Registrations

The registration site does not accept group registrations, but advanced registration for groups may be completed by emailing the names, institution, affiliated organization, and type (faculty, student).  Payment can be completed either by paying directing through the SWCRS Paypal Site or by paying onsite at the meeting.