2013 Biennial SAR Meeting-Preliminary Schedule

Preliminary Schedule

Here is the Preliminary Schedule for our Biennial Meeting in Pasadena, April 11-14 (click on the link to download the schedule as a docx file). You should find your panel listed here and be able to make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Discounted Hotel Reservations

Please remember that the special discount rate we negotiated at the Pasadena Hilton ($65/person in a double, $49/person in a triple) will expire on March 21st. For hotel reservations and SAR discount visit this link.Group Name: American Anthropological Association. Conference Code: SARS.


If you have not yet registered, consider doing so through AnthroGateway–the AAA’s website for meeting registration. Those who register through the link above before March 11, 2013 will get the lower online registration rate.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Pasadena soon!

Preliminary Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion


Biennial Meeting – 2013


Please note that this schedule is correct in terms of the times and days of sessions, but more details will be added before it is printed (e.g. do not worry if your affiliation is not currently listed).  We have allotted 20 minutes per paper on panels.  Many panels also include extra time for discussion.  For ease of reference, the schedule lists only the panel titles.  If you have sent in an abstract for a single paper, please see the list of panels that appears after the schedule to find out in which panel your paper is included.  If you are part of a submitted panel, you can just look for your panel name below.



5:00 Registration   San Gabriel Foyer

Book Display 5:00-7:30 pm

Evening Reception  6:00-8:00 pm San Gabriel foyer, Pasadena Hilton



7:30 Registration  

8:00-5:00  Book Display

8:00am – 9:15am

  1. Esoteric Encounters, Occult Mixtures and Ritual Inventions in African Diasporic Spiritual Tradition
  2. Syncretism as Theory: Deleuzian Assemblages, Affects, Intensities and Virtualities in the Anthropology of Religion (Part 1)


9:15am – 10:45am

  1. The Politics of Religious Mixture in the Black Atlantic
  2. Syncretism as Theory (Part 2)


9:15am – 12:00pm

  1. Shamanism, Christianity, and the State


10:00 – 12:30

  1. Tradition and Faith, Discourse and Change


10:00 – 12:30

  1.  Shamanism, Christianity, and the StateTradition and Faith, Discourse and Change


10:30 – 12:30

  1. Indigenous Christianity and Evangelical Christians

10:45 – 12:30

  1. Roundtable on Anthropologists in Religious Studies Departments


12:30pm – 2:30pm LUNCH


2:30pm – 4:30pm

  1. Roundtable on Material Objects and Christian Identities


3:00pm – 4:30pm

  1. Conversion and Return Conversion
  2. Religion, Education, and Health



Presidential Lecture – Janet Hoskins



8:00 am Registration

9:00-5:00 Book Display

8:30am – 10:30am

  1. Towards an Anthropology of Catholicism: Carnality, Ambiguity, and ‘the Homely’ (Part 1)
  2. Political Theologies: Intersections with Secularism, Nationalism, and Other Religions (Part 1)
  3. Religious Creativity, Eclecticism, and the Arts
  4. Syncretism, Religion, and Community Development


10:30am – 12:30pm

  1. Leadership Roles and Political Organization


10:45am – 12:30pm

  1. Towards an Anthropology of Catholicism (Part 2)
  2. Political Theologies (Part 2)
  3. Syncretic Muharram: Shi’i  Muslim Minorities and the Performance of Ethnicity and Nationalism


12:30am – 2:30pm  LUNCH


2:30pm – 5:00pm

Presidential Panel and Discussion

(Joel Robbins, Charles Stewart, Robert Weller)


Rappaport Lecture – J. Lorand Matory



8:30am – 10:30am

  1. Contemplative Ethnography


8:30am – 11:00am

  1. Ethnicity, Religion and Cultural Differences


10:15am – 12:00am

  1. Weber’s Theory of Value and the Study of Religious Moralities as they Engage with a Society of Alternatives


10:30am – 12:00am

  1. Economy, Development, and Recovery


Panels and Participants for Panels Made Up of Volunteered Papers 

Groupings of paper proposals (Authors, Affiliations, & Titles)

1)           Shamanism, Christianity, and the State

Gonzalez, Toni   “The Religious Connotations of Chultuns”

Kile, Lora (Arizona State) “The Necessity of Bricolage: The Worldview of the Sixteenth Century Friars”

Bishop, Joyce   (California State University, Sacramento) “Asking for the Virgin’s Hand: An Indigenous Interpretation of Christmas”

Abse , Edward    (Virgina Commonwealth) “Seeing double in Mazatec shamanic visions: Schismogenetic transformations of syncretism in a Catholicized Mesoamerican religion”

García Molina, Andrés (California – Berkeley) “The Yajé Harmonica: A study in syncretism, synergy, and agency”

Hill, Jonathan (Southern Illinois – Carbondale) “Conversion as Rupture, Conversion as Preservation: Exploring the Paucity of Syncretistic Religions in Indigenous Amazonia”

Mustafina, Raushan (N. Gumilyev Eurasian National – Kazakhstan) “Religious traditions of the Kazakhs


2)             Ethnicity, Religion, and Cultural Difference

Crosson, J. Brent (California- Santa Cruz) “Religious Synergies Without Syncretism: Healing, Harm and Solidarity through Difference in Trinidad”

Tsuji, Teruyuki (St. Louis) “Sharing Mothers: Religious Conflict and Hyphenation”

Evrard, Amy Young (Gettysburg) “Forming a Christian Identity in Oman”

Theodoropoulos, Anastasia (New Mexico) “Wholly Brazilian and Wholly Orthodox: Paradoxes of Simultaneity in Brazilian Orthodox Christianity

Premawardhana, Devaka (Harvard) “Symbiosis: Asian Theologian Alyosius Pieris’ Critique of Syncretism and its Relevance for Anthropology”

Swazey, Kelli (Hawaii) “‘Returning’ culture to the church: Christian responses to the public redefinition of the relationship of religion and culture in representations of regional identity in North Sulawesi, Indonesia”


3)             Conversion and Return Conversion

Ozgul, Ceren (CUNY Graduate Center) “Is Sincerity Secular?: The Politics of Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey

Ozyurek, Esra (California – San Diego) “Being German, Becoming Muslim: Religious Conversion, Salafism, and Belonging in Germany”

Stephan, Christopher (UCLA) “Krishna works in mysterious ways”: Is it Syncretism? The case of Hare Christna


4)             Indigenous Christianity and Evangelical Christians

Marshall, Kimberly (Oklahoma) “ Soaking Songs and Musical Resonance: Navigating Continuity and Discontinuity  with Diné (Navajo) Pentecostals”

Howell, Brian (Wheaton) “Anthropology and the Making of Billy Graham”

Santos, Jorge (MetroState) “Historical Trauma and the Rejection of Syncretism”

Reynolds, Lydia (Biola) “The Curse of the Dragon: Theological Shifts in the Cosmology of a Modernizing Sikkimese Hill Tribe and the Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Christianity”

Hammons, Christian (Southern California) “Animism and the Art of Not Being Governed in Sumatra”


5)             Economy, Development, and Recovery

Scott, Rachelle (Tennessee) “The Beckoning Spirit of Thailand:  Locating Nang Kwak in Thai Religious Spaces”

Dunstan, Adam (Buffalo) “Toxic desecration: indigenous knowledge and environmentalism in the battle for a sacred mountain”

Kornfeld, Moshe (Michigan) “Interfaith Synergies and Boundary Maintenance in Post-Katrina New Orleans”

Junge, Benjamin (SUNY – New Paltz) “The Energy of Others’: Narratives of Envy and Purification among Former Leaders from the Porto Alegre Participatory Budget”


6)             Religious Creativity, Eclecticism, and the Arts

Zehner, Edwin “Hybridity” in Thai Society and Religion: Limits of a Concept

Moro, Pamela (Willamette) “Thai Music, Dance, and Religion in Diaspora:  Synergetic Performance and the Production of Heritage at Transnational Buddhist Temples”

Ginossar, Sagi (Hebrew – Jerusalem) “Change is the law of nature”: Innovations in a Western Himalayan cosmology

Vann, Jodi Ann (Arizona State) “Spiritual Souvenirs: Contemporary Pagan Pilgrimage and the Embodied Biography of Postmodern Religion

Weibel, Deana “Syncretism in the Service of Colonialism: The Universalizing Approach of Religious Creativism”


7)             Leadership Roles and Political Organization

Shalev, Guy (North Carolina  – Chapel Hill) “Competing Charismas: Negotiating Leadership and Practice in a Sufi Order”

Roy, Arpan (California State – Los Angeles) “No God But . . . : Secularizing the Palestine Solidarity Movement

Spencer, Belinda (Brigham Young) “An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand”

Hickman, Jacob (Brigham Yount) “The Art of Being Governed: Managing the Soul of General Vang Pao through the Rituals of Aspirational Statecraft”

Evans, Nicholas (Cambridge) “Islamic disputation and the creation of a pious sociality”

8)             Tradition and Faith, Discourse and Change

Mauricio Junior, Cleonardo (U. Federal Pernambuco – Brazil) “The Commensals of the Word: Emotions and Body in the constitution of  charismatic Brazilian believers”

Landes, David “The Impossibility of Tradition”

Lee, Ken (California State – Northridge) “Immediate Birth in the Pure Land: A Study of Shinjin in Shinran’s Buddhism”

Henn, Alexander (Arizona State) “Syncretism Reconsidered: Space, Memory and Health in Hindu–‐Catholic Popular Religion in Goa (India)”

Nagle, Jim “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi “

Gonsalves, Roselle (Calgary) “The Social Diaspora: Rebuilding Communal Identity for Goan Catholics in the Canadian Diaspora”


9)             Religion, Education and Health

Sood, Anubha (Washington – St Louis) “Sacred pain as a modality of healing from psychological ailments: Case of the Balaji temple in Rajasthan, India”

Cappy, Christina (Wisconsin-Madison) “At the Intersection of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics: The Role of Ubuntu in South African Public Policy”

Brashinsky, Joshua  “Cultivating Discontinuity: Pentecostal Pedagogies of Yielding and Control”