New England-Maritimes American Academy of Religion News

This arrived in my inbox from Rebecca Sachs Norris, American Academy of Religion. It should be of interest to our readers who live in what we now call the Snow Belt.

Greetings from your regional steering committee!

Please note -- some of these announcements are especially for GRADUATE STUDENTS

2011 Joint Mid-Atlantic / New England-Maritimes Regional Meeting

Registration for the regional meeting is now open and can be accessed at


After Feb. 1, the fees for all presenters go up to $75. All presenters must be pre-registered by March 1.

If you are a NEMAAR graduate student and are giving a paper at the regional conference you are eligible for the NEMAAR graduate student awards for excellence. To be considered for these awards please send your paper by February 18 to Rebecca Sachs Norris at If you have a serious difficulty with this deadline please contact us at that address – we may be able to grant extensions under some conditions.

The deadline for discounted room rates is March 1. Please see this link for housing information:

If you are looking for a roommate for the conference please contact NEMAAR at All we can offer in this regard is to pass on contact information.

Upcoming Event for Graduate Students (Co-sponsored by NEMAAR)

Theological Times: A Gathering for Doctoral Students of Theology

Boston, February 18-19, 2011
Information and Registration:

The Harvard Theology Salon invites all doctoral students of theology across the New England Region to join us in Boston, Feb 18-19, 2011. This gathering will critically and self-reflexively explore theology as it is being practiced, taught, and creatively rethought. In the process, the gathering will strengthen and augment our collaborative community of emerging theological scholars. All doctoral students who understand themselves to do theology (however conceived) are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit the website above or contact Hannah Hofheinz at We are grateful to NEMAAR for supporting this event, and hope that many of you will join us!

NEMAAR Call for Conference or Event Proposals (available to all NEMAAR members)

We aim to support our membership by co-sponsoring your events in different parts of the region. Conferences, teaching workshops, salons or other gatherings to benefit AAR members are eligible. NEMAAR’s contribution can include funds of up to $800 towards expenses and access to regional e-mail notices to publicize the event. For further information please see:

Further Regional Meeting Information
We encourage everyone to attend. The theme for the conference is Religion and Embodiment, and the plenary speakers are Miguel De La Torre, Marie Griffith, and Kieran Scott. Please see below for more details on the speakers.

Miguel De La Torre is a member of the faculty at the Iliff School of Theology. Among his published books are the recent volumes Liberating Jonah: Forming an Ethics of Reconciliation (Orbis, 2007), Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality (Wiley, John and Sons, 2007), and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (Orbis, 2004). De La Torre chairs the AAR's Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee. In conjunction with his plenary address, he will be leading a workshop for faculty and graduate students on diversifying the field of religious studies for scholars from groups underrepresented within the Academy.

Marie Griffith is the John A. Bartlett Professor at the Harvard Divinity School. Griffith is the author of Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (University of California Press, 2004) and God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (University of California Press, 1997). Her current research focuses on the role of sexuality among American evangelical Christians.

Kieran Scott is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Religion and religious studies department at Fordham University in New York City. He is the coeditor, with Harold Horell, of Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); and the coeditor, with Michael Warren, of Perspectives on Marriage: A Reader (3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2006).


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