AAR 2011: Religion in America Round Up

Kelly Baker

For those of you headed to San Francisco later in the week, here's a guide to AAR sessions (and NAASR sessions) about religion(s) in American history, life, and culture. My list is likely not exhaustive, though I tried to be. So, please panels that I might have missed in the comments section. Additionally, Mike Altman (@MichaelJAltman), Ben Brazil (@bbrazil), and I (@kelly_j_baker)will be live-tweeting the conference (under the hashtag #sblaar) as well as posting a discussion after the conference similar to the ASA discussion. AAR has a mobile app this year that might come to good use for those of you (like me!) who don't want to lug around a program book.

(Editor update 11/17: Also, for the owners of the brand new Kindle Fire, my tech savvy spouse made the AAR mobile app downloadable for you too. There's a quick note about installation in the comments section.)

We welcome any guest blog posts about AAR. Please feel free to send them to Paul or me, and we'll post them. As you can tell from the list, any help to cover AAR this year would be more than helpful.

Happy conferencing!

Saturday, November 19, 9:00-11:30 am

A19-109, Religion and the Social Sciences Section
Marie Marquardt, Agnes Scott College, Presiding

Theme: Rematerializing Religion: Critical Applications of Manuel A. Vásquez’s More than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Chad Seales, University of Texas
Keep Clean, and Sweet, and Pure: From Material Religion to Material Morality

Sean McCloud, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Toward a Materialist Theory of Metanoia: Reconsidering an "Impoverished Theory of Religious Change"

Elaine Peña, George Washington University
The Materiality of Guadalupan Devotion: Micropractices, Embodied Action, and Space Production

Responding: Manuel A. Vasquez, University of Florida

A19-123, African Diaspora Religions Group
Maha Marouan, University of Alabama, Presiding

Theme: From "Double Consciousness" to the "Black Atlantic": Theorizing the African Diaspora and African Diaspora Subjectivities

Torin Alexander, Saint Olaf College
African Diaspora Subjectivities and Religious Experience: The Pursuit of Wholeness

Karyna Do Monte, Boston University
Brazilian Candomble Meets Ecology: A Samba Plot in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, University of Miami
Translator of the Afro-Cuban Religious World: Lydia Cabrera

Mary Diggin, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Damballah and Maman Brigitte: The Irish Influence on Vodou Lwas

Responding: Charles H. Long, Chapel Hill, NC

A19-129 Latina/o Critical and Comparative Studies Group
Lara Medina, California State University, Northridge, Presiding

Theme: Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities (Duke University Press, 2009), Authors Meet Critics

Panelists: Carolyn Chen, Northwestern University
Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara

Responding: Lois Ann Lorentzen, University of San Francisco
Kevin Chun, University of San Francisco
Jay Gonzalez, University of San Francisco
Luis Leon, University of Denver

A19-130 Mormon Studies Group
Colleen McDannell, University of Utah, Presiding

Theme: Mormon Women and Modernity

Ann Duncan, Goucher College
The Mommy Wars, Mormonism, and the "Choices" of American Motherhood

Jennifer Meredith, University of Utah
Western Pioneer Mythos in the Negotiation of Mormon Feminism and Faith

Jill Peterfeso, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Scripting, Performing, Testifying: Giving Faithful "Seximony" through The Mormon Vagina Monologues

Doe Daughtrey, Arizona State University
"Further Light and Knowledge": Ways of Knowing in Mormonism and the New Spirituality

Responding: R. Marie Griffith, Washington University, St. Louis

NAASR Panel 3
Saturday, November 19, 9-11:30 a.m. Room: Hilton Union Square-Yosemite A
Thomas Tweed, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding

Theme: The ‘Evidence’ of Religion in North America: A Round Table
Kelly J. Baker, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: “The Good, the Bad, the (Un)Dead: The Klan, Zombies and the Problem of Legitimate Evidence”

Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School: “Reading Recipes for Religion: Cookbooks and the Sensory History of American Religion”

Jennifer Hughes, University of California, Riverside: “The Object as Evidence in American Religion”

Laura Levitt, Temple University: “Juridical Evidence and the Question of History, Or Justice and Empiricism”

Saturday, November 19, 11:30 am–1:00 pm

M19-110 Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology
HI-Sutter B

Theme: Mormonism and Peace
James McLachlan, Western Carolina University, Presiding

Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University
"Religion, Violence, and the State: A Mormon Argument"

Responding: Robert Rees, Graduate Theological Union

Saturday, November 19, 1:00-3:30pm

A19-205 North American Religions Section
Jon Butler, Yale University, Presiding

Theme: Narrativity in the Study of North American Religions

Panelists: Thomas Tweed, University of Texas, Austin
Janet R. Jakobsen, Barnard College
R. Marie Griffith, Harvard University
Mark Hulsether, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

A19-236 Religion, Food, and Eating in North America Seminar
Reid L. Neilson, Latter-Day Saints Church, Presiding

Theme: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

Leonard Norman Primiano, Cabrini College
"The Abundance of the Fullness": Mother Divine's Theology of Food

Todd LeVasseur, University of Florida
Koinonia Partners: A "Demonstration Plot" for Food, Fellowship, and Sustainability

Nora L. Rubel, University of Rochester
The Feast at the End of the Fast: The Emergence of a New American Jewish Practice

Benjamin Zeller, Brevard College
Quasireligious American Foodways: The Cases of Vegetarianism and Locavorism

Sarah Robinson, Claremont Graduate University
Refreshing the Concept of Halal Meat in Muslim American Context in Taqwa Ecofood Cooperative

Derek Hicks, Lancaster Theological Seminary
An Unusual Feast: Gumbo and the Complex Brew of Black Religion

Saturday, November 19, 4:00-6:30 pm

A19-305 North American Religions Section
Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo, Presiding

Theme: Rethinking Key Paradigms in American Religion: "Black Church," "Queering Religion," "Nature Religion," and "Material Culture"

Josef Sorett, Columbia University
The Problem of the "Black Church": Church and Spirit(s) in the American Religious Imaginary, 1923–1940

Megan Goodwin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Captive Bodies, Queer Religions: Scripting North American Religious Difference

Bron Taylor, University of Florida
Gaian Earth Religion: Vanishing Divine Being(s) and the Mod-God of Nature

Jennifer Scheper Hughes, University of California, Riverside
Material Religion: On the Agency of Objects

Responding: Linda L. Barnes, Boston University
A19-307 Religion and the Social Sciences Section Ann B. McClenahan, Washington, D.C., Presiding Theme: Neoliberal Religiosities: Globalization and New Modes of Religious Practice Panelists: Kevin O'Neill, University of Toronto Kathryn Lofton, Yale University Tanya Erzen, Ohio State University Daromir Rudnyckyj, University of Victoria

A19-309 Teaching Religion Section and Native Traditions in the Americas Group
Michael Zogry, University of Kansas, Presiding

Theme: Teaching about Native Traditions: Pedagogical Insights for Specialists and Nonspecialists Alike

Panelists: Michelene Pesantubbee, University of Iowa
Michael McNally, Carleton College
Ines Hernandez-Avila, University of California, Davis
Philip P. Arnold, Syracuse University
Ines M. Talamantez, University of California, Santa Barbara
A19-321 Roman Catholic Studies Group
Amy DeRogatis, Michigan State University, Presiding

Theme: Finding a Place for Spatial Theory in American Catholic Studies

Panelists: Katie Oxx, St Joseph's University
Catherine Osborne, Fordham University
Arthur Remillard, Saint Francis University
Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University
James Deutsch, Smithsonian Institution

Responding: Vincent J. Miller, University of Dayton

Saturday, November 19, 6:00-8:00 pm

A19-337, Special Topics Forum
Steven Barrie-Anthony, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding

Theme: Religion Beyond the Boundaries — American Religious and Spiritual Innovation: Marketing, the Law, and Marriage

Donald Westbrook, Claremont Graduate University
“I am a Mormon” and “I am a Scientologist”: Recent Marketing Efforts in Mormonism and Scientology

Andrew Ventimiglia, University of California, Davis
Circulating Religion, Owning Belief: Intellectual Property in the American Spiritual Marketplace

Erika Seamon, Georgetown University
Redefining Religion through the Lens of Interfaith Marriage

Sunday, November 20, 9:00-11:30

A20-104 North American Religions Section and Body and Religion Group
Ann M. Burlein, Hofstra University, Presiding

Theme: The Past, Present, and Future of Body Studies

Adam Park, Florida State University
Body Studies: A Nature/Culture Problem

Adam Ware, Florida State University
In the Air There’s a Feeling of Christmas: On the Discursive Deafness of Body Studies

Joshua Fleer, Florida State University
Spectator versus Participant: The Gaze of the Historian in the Field of Sports and Religion

Lauren Gray, Florida State University
On Embodiment and Lived Religion

Responding: Martha Finch, Missouri State University

A20-110 Afro-American Religious History Group
Rosemary R. Hicks, Tufts University, Presiding

Theme: New Research in African American Islam

Spencer Dew, Iowa State University
“This Nationalistic Topic”: Internal Debates about the Nationality and Citizenship in the Moorish Science Temple of America, 1925–1935

Andrew Polk, Florida State University
The Best Knower: Mythmaking, Fard Muhammad, and the Lost-Found Nation of Islam

Emily S. Clark, Florida State University
Noble Drew Ali’s “Clean and Pure Nation”: The Moorish Manufacturing Corporation and Identity

Responding: Edward E. Curtis, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
A20-118 Native Traditions in the Americas Group
Gabrielle Tayac, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Presiding

Theme: Landscapes of Identity: Native Traditions of the Pacific

Suzanne J. Crawford O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
"Salmon is Our Sacrament": The Revival of First Salmon Ceremonies in the Pacific Northwest

Regina Pfeiffer, Chaminade University, Honolulu
More than Language: The Similarity of Hawai'ian and Maori Indigenous Religions

Mary Louise Stone, California Institute of Integral Studies
Sacred Female Authority Among the Inkas: Hurin Moiety

Matthew Casey, University of California, Davis
Indigenismo and the "Reindianization" of Cusco, Peru

Responding: Fritz Detwiler, Adrian College

A20-121 Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean Group
Jill DeTemple, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Theme: Saints, Stones, and Bones: Material Religion in Latin America

Todd Ramón Ochoa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A Materiality for Sorcery in Central Cuban Bembé

Karin Velez, Macalester College
“Casas a la Santissima Virgen": The Multiplying and Refracting Seventeenth Century Holy Houses of Loreto Conchó (Baja California) and Loreto Moxos (Bolivia)

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, University of Miami
The Quinceañera and the Traje Tipico: Religion, Ritual, and the Mercado

Jalane D. Schmidt, University of Virginia
The Effigy's Emotion: Cuban Interpretations of the Virgin of Charity

Jennifer Scheper Hughes, University of California, Riverside
Cradling and Presentation: Affection and Tenderness for the Object in Meso-American Religion

Responding: Colleen McDannell, University of Utah
A20-125 Religion in the American West Seminar
James B. Bennett, Santa Clara University, Presiding

Seminar attendees are asked to read the four papers in advance; they will be posted on the Seminar’s website (http://www.yale.edu/relwest/) a month before the session convenes.

Theme: Land, Identity, and Transnational Wests

Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University
City Jew, Country Jew: Immigration, Masculinity, and American Zionism

Konden Smith, Arizona State University
Civilizing the American Frontier: Utah, Kansas, Nicaragua, and American Millenarianism 1856–1858

Brandi Denison, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Playing Indian": Defining American Religion through Ute Land Religion, 1910–1940

Katherine Moran, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Faith, Place, and Power: Catholicism and the Making of the United States Pacific

Responding: Greg Johnson, University of Colorado, Boulder

Sunday, November 20, 1:00-2:30

A20-206 History of Christianity Section
Karen Bruhn, Arizona State University, Presiding

Theme: Negotiating Identities in the Early Modern Christian Americas

Adrian Weimer, Providence College
The “Worke of Cain's Offspring": Elizabeth Hooten and Provocation of Identity in Early New England

Brandon Bayne, Harvard University
“The Chalice of His Suffering”: Martyred Identity, Nostalgia, and the Jesuit Expulsion from New Spain

Veronica Gutiérrez, University of California, Los Angeles
“Que me Entierren con el Hábito del Bienaventurado San Francisco": A Nahua Woman Negotiates a Medieval Spanish Death Ritual

Mary Corley Dunn, Saint Louis University
"But an Echo"?: Claude Martin, Marie de l'Incarnation, and Female Religious Identity in Seventeenth Century New France

Responding: Constance Furey, Indiana University

A20-208 Religion and the Social Sciences Section and Afro-American Religious History Group
Jane Naomi Iwamura, University of Southern California, Presiding

Theme: Theory and Method in the Study of Race and Religion in Twentieth Century America

Panelists:Andre Key, Temple University
John L. Jackson, University of Pennsylvania
Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University

Responding:Rebecca Alpert, Temple University

Sunday, November 20 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
A20-25 Wildcard Session
Lerone Martin, Eden Theological Seminary, Presiding

Theme: Race, Religion, and the Military

Robert Green, College of the Holy Cross
Black United States Army Chaplains in the Pacific: Race and Religion during the Philippine–American War, 1898–1902

Chih-Yin Chen, Saint Louis University
Soldier–Monks: Vincent Lebbe and His Little Brothers of Saint John the Baptist

Niccole L. Coggins, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Onward Christian Soldiers!”: The United States Military's Religious Identity in the Territory of Hawai’i, 1898–1959

A20-266 Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Courtney T. Goto, Boston University, Presiding

Theme: Evangelism, Education, and Leadership: Transnational Strategies and Local Adaptations in Asian North American Religious Communities

Justin Tse, University of British Columbia
Evangelism, Eternity, and the Everyday: Ambivalent Reconciliation in a Chinese Canadian Christian Church in Metro Vancouver, BC

Michele Verma, Rice University
How Transnational Education Shapes Indo-Caribbean Hindu Traditions in the United States

Sharon A. Suh, Seattle University
New Euro-American Dharma Protectors: Jodoshinshu in Transition

Responding: Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University

A20-280 Roman Catholic Studies Group
James McCartin, Seton Hall University, Presiding

Theme: American Catholic Women: Engagement, Resistance, Transformation

Karen Park, Saint Norbert College
"Gather the Children in this Wild Country": Boundaries and Borders at a Frontier Marian Apparition Site

Rebecca Davis, Graduate Theological Union
"More than a Hyphen": The Contributions of E. Charlton Fortune, California Liturgical Artist of the Early Twentieth Century Liturgical Movement

Jennifer Naccarelli, Claremont Graduate University
Crossing Borders: The Triumphs and Trials of Two Catholic Suffragists

Responding: Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University

Sunday, November 20, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

A20-306 North American Religions Section
S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College, Presiding

Theme: Artifacts of Crisis: Religion and the Material Culture of Cataclysm

Jennifer Graber, College of Wooster
Between Two Worlds: Kiowa Ledger Art and the Narration of Cultural Calamity

Heather D. Curtis, Tufts University
"Famine Horrors": North American Missionary Photographs and the Visual Culture of Cataclysmic Suffering

Jonathan Ebel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Monumental Failures: Visual Culture, War Memories, and the Limits of American Civil Religion

Responding: Sally M. Promey, Yale University

A20-331 North American Hinduism Group
Shreena Gandhi, Kalamazoo College, Presiding

Theme: Constructions of Hindu Selves and Hindu Others in North America

Michele Verma, Rice University
Indo-Caribbeans in the United States: Cracking the Conflation of “Hindu” and “Indian”

Anya Pokazanyeva, University of California, Santa Barbara
Faith on the Mat: Hindus, Protestants, and the Construction of Yoga

Michael Altman, Emory University
Sightings and Blind Spots: The "Protestant Lens" and the Construction of Hinduism

Responding: Steven W. Ramey, University of Alabama

NAASR Panel 4
Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee, presiding

Theme: Editors Meet Critics: After Secular Law by Winnifred Sullivan, Robert Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo” (Stanford U.P. 2011)
Room: Moscone Center 2024.

Panelists: Jason Bivins, North Carolina State University
Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College
Janet Jakobsen, Barnard College
Randall Styers, University of North Carolina

Response: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, University at Buffalo Law School, and Robert A. Yelle, University of Memphis

Monday, November 21, 9:00 am-11:30 am
A21-107 Religion and the Social Sciences Section

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, Presiding

Theme: Responses to Robert D. Putnam's and David E. Campbell's American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster, 2010)

Panelists:Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago
Michael Hout, University of California, Berkeley
Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia

Responding:Robert Putnam, Harvard University
David Campbell, University of Notre Dame

A21-109 Study of Judaism Section
Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University, Presiding

Theme: American Judaisms

Robert Erlewine, Illinois Wesleyan University
From Exclusivity to Partnership: Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Legacy of Liberal Judaism

Rachel Gordan, Harvard University
The Judeo-Christian Tradition In the Post-World War II Years: A Spur to Jewish Distinctiveness

Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
What's in a City?: San Francisco as a Hub of New Jewish Religious Movements

Kristen Tobey, University of Pittsburgh
An Identity Project in Flux: Rhetorical Negotiation of Gentile Involvement in the Nineteenth Century Jewish Agrarian Movement

A21-104 History of Christianity Section
Matthew A. Sutton, Washington State University, Presiding

Theme: State of the Field: Fundamentalism

Panelists: David Harrington Watt, Temple University
Randall Stephens, Eastern Nazarene College
Mary Beth Mathews, University of Mary Washington
Tona Hangen, Worcester State University

Monday, November 21 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

A21-207 History of Christianity Section
Virginia Burrus, Drew University, Presiding

Theme: The Invention of Early Church History in Nineteenth Century America: Elizabeth Clark's Founding the Fathers: Early Church History and Protestant Professors in Nineteenth Century America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)

Panelists: Derek Krueger, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Susanna K. Elm, University of California, Berkeley
Sheila Briggs, University of Southern California
Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
Leigh E. Schmidt, Harvard University

Responding: Elizabeth A. Clark, Duke University

A21-208 North American Religions Section

Aaron Hahn Tapper, University of San Francisco, Presiding

Theme: Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities

Panelists: Aysha Hidayatullah, University of San Francisco
Ebrahim Patel, Interfaith Youth Core
Michael Lerner, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue and Tikkun Magazine
Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College

Responding: Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside

A21-221 Evangelical Theology Group and Religion and Sexuality Group
Amy DeRogatis, Michigan State University, Presiding

Theme: Contemporary Evangelical Sexualities

Erin E. Dufault-Hunter, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Porn Again”: What Pornography Can Teach Christians about Good Sex

Sara Moslener, Augustana College
Saving Civilization: Sexual Purity and American Apocalypse

Emily Linthicum, University of California, Santa Barbara
AIDS and American Evangelicalism: Franklin Graham and the Reshaping of Evangelical Discourse on HIV/AIDS

Elizabeth Young Barstow, Harvard University
“You, Your Friend, and God”: Dating as a Means of Developing Spiritual Maturity for Evangelical Young Adults

Responding: R. Marie Griffith, Washington University, Saint Louis

A21-223 Native Traditions in the Americas Group
Natalie Avalos Cisneros, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding

Theme: Resilience and Revitalization in Indigenous California

Cutcha Risling Baldy, University of California, Davis
Xoc-itch’iswhalte (They Will Beat Time with Sticks Over Her): The Hupa Flower Dance Ceremony and Elements of Spirituality in Song

Melissa Leal, University of California, Davis
Asumpa (To Flow): Native American Language and Cultural Revitalization through Hip Hop

Dennis Kelley, University of Missouri
Religion, American Indians, and Ecocriticism: Conceptualizing Indigenous Spirituality through Environmental Activism

Responding: Chris Peters, Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
Ines M. Talamantez, University of California, Santa Barbara

A21-232 North American Hinduism Group and Yoga in Theory and Practice Group
Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College, Presiding

Theme: Mother India Meets the Golden State: California Gurus and West Coast Yoga

Panelists:F. X. Charet, Goddard College
Philip Goldberg, Spiritual Wellness and Healing Associates
Donnalee Dox, Texas A & M University
Ann Gleig, Millsaps College
Lola L. Williamson, Millsaps College

Responding: Stefanie Syman, Brooklyn, NY

A21-203 Arts, Literature, and Religion Section
Kelly J. Baker, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Presiding

Theme: Explorations of the Religious in Contemporary Art

Ronald Bernier, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Screening God: Video, Viola, and the Theological Sublime

Leonora Onarheim, University of Oslo
Sites of Memory and Transcendence: Reflections on the Sculptures of Ruins by Anselm Kiefer

Emily S. Clark, Florida State University
New World, New Jerusalem, New Orleans: The Apocalyptic Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan

Brett Potter, Toronto School of Theology
Mystical Embrace: Barnett Newman, Primal Desire, and Apophasis

Monday, November 21, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm

A21-300 Special Topics Forum Religion, Media, and Culture Group
Sarah M. Pike, California State University, Chico, Presiding

Theme: Who Speaks for Us?: Responses to Representations of Islam and Christianity in America

Panelists: Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jeffrey H. Mahan, Iliff School of Theology
Nabil Echchaibi, University of Colorado, Boulder
John Blake, CNN.com
A21-303 American Religion in the Age of AIDS Cluster
Randall Miller, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and Pacific School of Religion, Presiding

Theme: American Religion in the Age of AIDS

Lynne Gerber, University of California, Berkeley
“Is Everyone Healed but Me?”: AIDS at Thirty in a Queer San Francisco Church

Ezer Kang, Wheaton College
Ethnic Churches, Chinese Immigrants, and HIV in New York City: Inconvenient but Necessary Bedfellows

Debra Levine, New York University
The Four Questions and the Disintegrating Glue of Community

Amy Koehlinger, Florida State University
Passionate Play: Catholicism and Damien Ministries

Anthony Petro, New York University
After the Wrath of God: American Christians and the Biopolitics of AIDS

Responding: Mark Jordan, Harvard University

Tuesday, November 22, 9:00 am-11:30 am

A22-106 North American Religions Section
Randall Styers, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Presiding

Theme: Industrial Effervescence: Manufacturing Economic Selves and Producing Religious Collectivity in American History

Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama
Colonizing Religion: Faith as Market Force in the American South

Lisle Dalton, Hartwick College
Gilded Age Railroad Brotherhoods as Industrial Religion

Chad Seales, University of Texas, Austin
Mechanics of Communication: Corporate Chaplaincy and the Discursive Formation of Industrial Religion

Evan Berry, American University
Parts of a Whole: Ecological Consumerism in a Global Age

Responding: Jason C. Bivins, North Carolina State University

A22-115 Afro-American Religious History Group
Curtis Evans, University of Chicago, Presiding

Theme: Out of Place: African American Religious Lives in Catholic, Mormon, and Orthodox Spaces

Matthew John Cressler, Northwestern University
Black Priest for a Black Church: Race and Catholicism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Max Mueller, Harvard University
Jane Manning James: Reenacting and Reclaiming the "Black" and "Mormon" Past

Tshepo Morongwa Chéry, University of Pennsylvania
Racial (Un)Belonging and the Ethereal Homeland: South African Coloured Identity, Travel, and the Practices of Black Nationalism in the African Orthodox Church in America

Responding: Marla Frederick, Harvard University

A22-123 North American Hinduism Group
Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco, Presiding

Theme: California Dreaming: South Asian Religions Encounter the Counterculture

Smriti Srinivas, University of California, Davis
Utopian Settlements, Californian Vedanta, Huxley, Isherwood, and Friends

Michael Stoeber, University of Toronto
The Reception of Kundalini Yoga in California and Its Relation to Sikh Dharma/3H0

Eliza Kent, Colgate University
California Hinduism: The Shiva Lingam of Golden Gate Park, 1989–1994

Responding: Jeffrey J. Kripal, Rice University
Shana Sippy, Carleton College


Paul Harvey said…
Kelly: You missed a particularly important session: the American religious historians' fantasy football league will convene 3:00 Sunday, 4th Street Bar and Grill, at the Marriott Marquis, where we collectively will discuss the perplexing theological quandary of why Team Harvey is in last place at 1-9 this year-- basically, the "why bad things happen to bad people" question. Jason Bivins will preside and do the play-by-play; Matt Sutton will provide the color commentary. Live tweeting will not be happening, since a question of that magnitude cannot be addressed in 140 characters or less. Beverages will be served.
Christopher said…
I wish I could attend. This looks great. One additional session that looks good is the following:

Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology
Saturday, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
HI-Sutter B
Theme: Mormonism and Peace
James McLachlan, Western Carolina University, Presiding
Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University
"Religion, Violence, and the State: A Mormon Argument"
Robert Rees, Graduate Theological Union

Paul, it's too bad you can't use Glenn Beck as a scapegoat this year. :)
Kelly J. Baker said…
Chris, I added it to the schedule. Thanks for mentioning it!
Christopher said…
Thanks, Kelly. And I forgot to thank you for taking the time to put this list together. Very useful!
Paul Harvey said…
Chris: Indeed -- three cheers for Kelly! The handiest guide going for American religionists to use.

I gave Kelly a 100% raise (in the form of stock options to MF Global and some Greek government bonds) and huge credit-default swap bonus payment for her work this year.
Also, an FYI for those who want to follow along on Twitter:

Kelly's feed: @kelly_j_baker

My feed:

Ben Brazil's feed:
Tom Van Dyke said…
Hell, I'd show up just for the zombies and the Christian porn even if that meant having to sit through the rest of it.

Do y'all have to pay to attend from yr own pockets or is it a university expense account thing? If the latter, no wonder the #Occupy is so peeed off that they can't score such a sweet gig.

Are they serving at the Religion and Food one? Frankly, I'd rather take my chances with the Southern Baptists than the Unitarian Universalists, no offense. Just playing the odds here.

Yes, I kid, but I kid because I love. Cheers to all here gathered. Have a great time and I look forward to the glowing reports.
Randall said…
Great work in putting this together Kelly. Makes things easier!
While not every paper on the panel covers American religions, my colleague Jermaine McDonald is on a great panel that looks at civil religion comparatively and includes his fascinating paper on civil religion in America and global terrorism.

Sociology of Religion

Sunday 9:00am to 11:30am; IC-Laurel Hill
Ipsita Chatterjea, Vanderbilt University, Presiding

Theme: Civil Religion: Critical Debates

Margit Warburg, University of Copenhagen
Civil War and Civil Religion: An Analysis of a Civil Religious Victory Feast in Denmark

Jennifer Caplan, Syracuse University
Civil Religion in a Brave New World

Jermaine M. McDonald, Emory University
The Fourth Time of Trial: American Civil Religion in the Age of Global Terrorism

Eileen Barker, London School of Economics
Nonreligious Civil Religion in Contemporary Society

Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen
Bellah’s Attempted Revival of Evolution in the Study of Religion
Kelly J. Baker said…
Per the Kindle Fire app:

For installation, one will need to go to "Settings -> Device -> Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources" to put it on the Fire.

The app is available in the Android app store for phones. This is a work around for the Fire specifically.
Religious Food said…
They contend that by requiring a pre-approved location for groups that feed the homeless, the Ordinance restricts their ability to practice their religious beliefs that call for spontaneous sharing of food and for seeking out the hungry in hard to reach locations.

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