2015 Meeting

2015 Call For Sessions

Society for the Anthropology of Religion announces a call for Invited Session Proposals, Panels, Papers, Roundtables and Workshops for the 114th Annual Meeting of the AAA

Dear SAR Members,

The 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association will be held on November 18-22, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Familiar/Strange.” We encourage you to propose invited sessions, panels, papers and roundtables for the meeting. Our workshop on teaching the anthropology of religion in past years was very successful, and we’d be happy to sponsor more workshops this year. Read on for information about submission and the conference theme.

Contact Information

Questions about panels, papers, posters, workshops or invited session proposals should be sent to the SAR Section Program Chair, Roberta Ricucci at roberta.ricucci “at” unito.it.

Invited Sessions and Roundtables

If you are organizing a panel or roundtable that connects well with the anthropology of religion and the theme of this year’s meeting and therefore deserves greater visibility, we encourage you to submit it for consideration as a SAR invited session or invited roundtable. SAR is eager to sponsor and to share sponsorship with other AAA sections. Organizers seeking invited session status must submit full sessions or roundtables into the online system by March 18 in order to be considered. Proposals must be complete, with a full panel abstract and full abstracts and affiliation information for all participants in the panel. The SAR Program Committee will review proposals and the Program Chair will inform organizers of their invited status decision by April. Proposals that do not receive invited status will automatically be transferred to the regular review process for a decision in mid July. All participants must be registered by April 15, 2015 to be considered.

Panels, Papers, Roundtables and Posters

The submission deadline for panels, papers, and posters to AAA is April 15, 2015. SAR members who are thinking about presenting a paper or poster or organizing a panel should begin preparations as soon as possible. These proposals can be submitted online at the AAA website, www.aaanet.org.


Instructional workshops are a valuable, revenue-generating activity for sections. We strongly encourage you to consider organizing a workshop. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, teaching anthropology of religion, disseminating research as a graduate student and on the postdoctoral level, visual methods in anthropology of religion, or engaging with the media as an anthropologist of religion. The workshop must be entered into the online submissions system by April 15, 2015 (there is a separate section for workshop submissions). Workshops can have up to four presenters. These roles do not count against your regular one-role rule as this is an instructional course.

Program Theme Information

From aaanet.org:

Casting common sense in new light by making the familiar seem strange and the strange seem familiar is a venerable strategy used across anthropology’s subfields. It can denaturalize taken-for-granted frames and expand the horizons of students and public alike. But useful as this process of estrangement and familiarization can be, it can lapse into exoticism through “us/them” comparisons that veil historical and contemporary relations of power and powerlessness within and across societies, begging the question of the normative templates (of the “West,” of “whiteness”) that lurk behind. As an orienting theme for the 2015 Denver meeting of the AAA, we invite proposals for Executive Program Committee sponsorship (sessions, forums, special events, installations or media submissions) that press us to grapple with how and why this strategy proves both productive and obstructive, considering  what it simultaneously opens up and ‘nails down.’ We particularly seek proposals that bring together and foster dialogue among subfields as we scrutinize the multiple uses and effects of this durable anthropological ‘way of knowing.’