2019 SAR Biennial Conference

SAR Biennial Conference May 21-23, 2019

Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance

SAR meets every other year for a vibrant and diverse conference of research and ideas in the anthropology of religion. The next meeting of SAR will be in Toronto, Ontario from May 21 to May 23, 2019. The theme of the meeting will be “Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance” (see abstract below).

Meeting Information:

When: May 21 to May 23, 2019

Where: Victoria College, University of Toronto

Address: Victoria College, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7

Rates: Excellent inexpensive accommodation will be available at Victoria College itself, and you should consider booking as early as possible after acceptance of your proposal to guarantee a place.

Registration Fees:

Registration details will in due course go through the American Anthropological Association website.

 

Meeting Abstract:

Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance

Knowledge has always been a central concern of the anthropology of religion, touching on questions of rationality, myth, ethnographic evidence, and local forms of observation and explanation. Earlier approaches to anthropological knowledge have been productively challenged by important gendered, material, affective, cognitive, ethical, and ontological turns in recent decades. The time is ripe to re-examine the status of knowledge in our sub-discipline, and simultaneously to address increased scholarly interest in regimes of ignorance, where supposed lack of knowledge—in parallel with debates about ‘non-religion’—must often be understood not as absence but as ideologically charged presence. 

This conference invites contributors to examine these and related questions at a time when the social sciences as forms of knowledge are being placed under political scrutiny, but when new opportunities are also emerging. Given the continued role of religion in the public realms of most societies, how might the anthropology of religion—alongside or distinct from theology and the natural sciences—articulate an equally public voice? We invite papers and panels covering, but certainly not restricted to: 

Possible Panels or Sub-Topics

  • Knowledge and/or ignorance as regimes of religious power and authority
  • Connections and distinctions between knowledge, ignorance, secrecy, and the un-knowable 
  •  The prophetic voice in the wilderness?: who do anthropologists of religion speak to, how do they speak, and who listens? 
  • Competing forms of reality: ‘mythical’, ‘alternative’, and ‘fake’?
  • Post-colonial politics of knowledge production about religion 
  • Indigenous forms of ‘religious’ knowledge and the limits of anthropological imagination 
  • The ethics of knowledge creation and dissemination about religion 
  • Religious languages and the circulation of knowledge and ignorance 
  • Ritual as knowledge-making or knowledge-masking 
  • Relations between religious, spiritual, magical, and/or scientific modes of (un-)knowing 
  • (In-)commensurabilities between anthropology, theology, philosophy, psychology 
  • Queering knowledges in the anthropology of religion 
  • Gendered spaces of religious knowledge and ignorance 
  • Questions of race, religion, and varieties of knowing or not knowing 
  • Embodying knowledge and/or ignorance 
  • Religious planning and infrastructures: temporalities, aspirations, knowledges 
  • The impact of mobilities and transnational networks on religious forms of knowing and not-knowing 

General inquiries about the conference should be sent to [email protected] 

Proposed abstracts should be sent to [email protected] by January 21, 2019 at the latest, preferably earlier. 

We accept individual paper proposals or proposals for single or double panels. The format for all panel proposals is 500 words and for all papers is 250 words, including title. Panel proposals should include both a general panel abstract and abstracts for individual papers. Please do not include references.

Layout is single-spaced and font is Times New Roman, 12pt. All proposals should include name and email address(es) of author(s). Single panels are 105 minutes and double are 210. We recommend 15 minutes for each presentation, and that you include time for discussion. Proposed panels should include suggested Chair(s). We also accept more flexible panels, include author-meets-critics and roundtable discussions, or another format you may wish to suggest. Within reason, we do not intend to restrict multiple roles of participants. If you wish to advertise a panel proposal on the SAR list-serve contact [email protected] in the first instance. 

Please consider including people who are not currently members of SAR in proposals. 

We intend to offer small travel scholarships to graduate students, based on the program committee’s assessment of the best student abstracts. Please indicate if you are a graduate student and wish for your abstract to be put into the competition. 

We intend also to offer some mentoring sessions for graduate students: if you have ideas for topics to be covered please email [email protected] and [email protected] 

The conference will take place during Ramadan (May 5-June 4), and we are keen to ensure that members of the Muslim faith will be accommodated in every way possible. We hope to provide more details closer to the time, but please do contact us ([email protected]) with any concerns and suggestions you may have.

SAR 2017 Final Schedule

Final Schedule

We’ve finished the final schedule for our Biennial Meeting in one week in New Orleans, LA, May 15-17.

Abstracts

Click here for a PDF of the panel abstracts, and here for individually-submitted abstracts.

Registration

If you have not yet registered, consider doing so through AnthroGateway–the AAA’s website for meeting registration.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon in New Orleans!

Final Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

Biennial Meeting – 2017

New Orleans, LA

Department of Anthropology

Dinwiddie Hall

Tulane University

6823 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans LA 70118

Monday, May 15, 2017

2:45-4:30pm ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Presidential Panel: Misty Bastian, Simon Coleman, Sondra Hausner, and Ramon Sarró

4:45-6:00pm ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Presidential Lecture: Adeline Masquelier

6.00-8.00 ~ Dinwiddie Hall (3rd floor)

Reception

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3:30-5:00pm ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Rappaport Lecture: Charles Hirschkind

5:00-6:00pm ~ 415 Dinwiddie Hall

Board Meeting

6:30-8:30pm ~ New Orleans Athletic Club (French Quarter)

Reception

 


Monday Morning, May 15, 2017

8:00-9:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Politicizing the Times

Chair: Paul Buehler (Loyola University)

  • Paul Buehler (Loyola University): Evaluating Texts in Time: Censorship and Religious Conflict in Early Modern Europe
  • Amy Flynn-Curran (Maynooth University, Ireland): “No Anti-church Diatribes, No Signs or Banners, and Sunday-best Dress”: Mormon Feminists and the Role of Clothing and Respectability in Activism
  • Charles McCrary (Florida State University): “Pretend to a Knowledge of Futurity”: Anti-Fortune-Telling Statutes and the Regulation of Religion
  • Moshe Kornfeld (Washington University in St. Louis): If Not Now: Politicizing Religious Time
  • Jain Pankaj (University of North Texas): A Dharmic Categorization for the “Religions” of India, China, and Japan

8:00-9:45 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Temporality, Spiritual Ethics, and the Marketing of (Dis)Enchantment

Chair: Laurel Zwissler (Central Michigan University)

  • Laurel Zwissler (Central Michigan University): Where the Heart Is: Nostalgia, Gender, and Consumption in a Religiously Motivated Fair-Trade Organization
  • Laura L. Cochrane (Central Michigan University): Religiously Present and Past in a New Senegalese Sufi Community
  • Lorraine V. Aragon (University of North Carolina): We Don’t Call Ourselves Creators: Ritual Arts, Time, and Copyright Law
  • Michael Ostling (Arizona State University): The Protestant Ethic and the Spirits of Anti-Capitalism: Re-Rethinking Disenchantment, Again
  • James Peacock (University of North Carolina): Discussant

8:00-9:45 ~ 108 Dinwiddie Hall

Dealings with the Dead

Chair: JoAnn D’Alisera (University of Arkansas)

  • JoAnn D’Alisera (University of Arkansas): Proper Burial and the Afterlife: Reordering Space and Time in the Sierra Leonean Muslim Diaspora
  • Ehler Voss (University of Siegen) The Time of the Ghost Hunters
  • John A. Napora (University of South Florida): The Time of Spirits
  • Greg Wright (University of Texas): Purity and the Atom: Cultural Scripts of Purity and Taboo and the Link between Japan’s Outcasts, Traditional and Modern

10:00-11:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Everyday and Lived Islams

Chair: Roberta Ricucci (University of Torino)

  • Roberta Ricucci (University of Torino): Muslims’ Everyday Religious Life: News from the Moroccan Diaspora in Southern Europe
  • Oguz Alyanak (Washington University in St. Louis): Conceptualizing Boş Zaman [Empty Time]: Revisiting the Notion of Leisure in Turkish Islam
  • Abdoulaye Sounaye (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany): Listen, the Time is Coming, Fill Your Ears with the Sunna! Women Listening to Sermons in Niamey
  • Dilsa Deniz (University of New Hampshire): Time, Timelessness and Eternity in Alevi Belief

10:00-11:45 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Sleepless Nights: Rituals of Nocturnal Sociality          

Chair: Zebulon Y. Dingley (University of Chicago)

  • Sean M. Dowdy (University of Chicago): The Arrival of the Naked Men: Reflections on a Collective Panic
  • Robert W. Blunt (Lafayette College): Doing Theory After Dark: Running at Night in Western Kenya and the Anthropology of the Good (Enough)
  • Jane L. Saffitz (University of California Davis): Laying Bare the Work of Good Fortune: Albino Medicine, Visibility Politics and Fate as Bodily Practice
  • Laura Meek (University of California, Davis): Dreams as Medical Practice in Tanzania
  • Zebulon Dingley (University of Chicago): The Bitter Flesh of Man: Predation and Necrophagy in Uwanga
  • James H. Smith (University of California, Davis): Discussant

10:00-11:45 ~ 108 Dinwiddie Hall

Traditions and Transformations in Indigenous and Amerindian Societies

Chair: Christopher B. Bolfing (University of Arkansas)

  • Christopher B. Bolfing (University of Arkansas): Sacred Calendars and the Concept of Time in Traditional Mvskoke Religious Ceremonialism
  • Whitney Cox (University of Houston): Time and Cosmology in the White Shaman Mural
  • James Andrew Whitaker (Tulane University): Time and Transformation in Awacaipu’s Religion
  • Edward Abse (Virginia Commonwealth University): Timely Innovations/Divergent Futures: Shifting Temporal Modalities of Shamanic Visionary Experience in Mazatec Indian Religious Life

11:45 – 1:00 ~ Dinwiddie Hall (3rd floor)

Lunch

 

Monday Afternoon, May 15, 2017

1:00-2:30 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Ontology, Cosmology, and the Politics of Ethno-Racial Difference

Chairs: LaShandra Sullivan (Reed) and Elina I. Hartikainen (HCAS)

  • Brent Crosson (UT Austin): Is God a Trini or a Rock?: Time, Nation, and Ontological Difference in Amerindian and African Rituals of Sovereignty
  • Elina I. Hartikainen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): “Oxalá Goes to War!”: African Deities Enter Politics in Salvador, Brazil
  • LaShandra Sullivan (Reed College): Guarani “Being” and Land Struggle
  • Kerry Chance (Louisiana State University): Habitable Air: Climate Politics in Urban South Africa
  • Michael Cepek (UT San Antonio): Discussant

1:00-2:30 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Time and Taboos across Boundaries

Chair: David Strohl (Colby College)

  • David Strohl (Colby College): Love Jihad, Inter-religious Marriage, and the Politics of Progress in Contemporary India
  • Jain Pankaj (University of North Texas): Discovering Neo-orientalist Blind Spots in the Research about Jains’ Interactions with Muslim Emperors
  • Vanja Hamzić (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London): Archival Violence: An Ethnography of (Un)Archiving the Life and Death of the Enslaved Gender-Variant Muslim
  • Ram Natarajan (University of Arkansas): The Cross on the Courtroom Wall: Trials of State Violence, Indigeneity, and Argentina

1:00-2:30 ~ 108 Dinwiddie Hall

Technologies and Temporalities

Chair: Heather Mellquist Lehto (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Heather Mellquist Lehto (University of California, Berkeley): “A New Paradigm”: Technology and the Future of Korean Christianity
  • Sydney Yeager (Southern Methodist University): Facebook Shrines: Blurring of the Secular and Sacred in the Time of Social Media
  • Mark Soileau (Hacettepe University): Synchronizing Moments in the Alevi Miraçlama Ritual
  • Hector Guazon (University of the Philippines-Diliman): Things, Selves, and the Local: Religious Inflections of Cosmopolitan Villagers

1.00-2.30 ~ 415 Dinwiddie Hall

Mentoring Session for Graduate Students with Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley)

 

 

2:45-4:30 ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Presidential Panel

Misty Bastian (Franklin and Marshall College), Simon Coleman (University of Toronto), Sondra Hausner (University of Oxford), Ramon Sarró (University of Oxford)

 

4:45-6:00 ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Presidential Lecture

Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University)

 

6.00-8.00 ~ Dinwiddie Hall (Anthropology Department) 3rd floor

Reception


Tuesday Morning, May 16, 2017

 

8:00-9:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

When the Gods Read What We Write (Part 1): Rhythms of Reading and Writing across Theology and Anthropology

Chair: Marc Roscoe Loustau (College of the Holy Cross)

  • Marc Roscoe Loustau (College of the Holy Cross): Memoir and Sacred Ethnology in Contemporary Transylvania
  • Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (Pacific School of Theology): Non-Hegemonic Subjectivities: The Role of Radical Interconnectedness and Theories of the Flesh
  • Joel Christian Reed (Michigan State University): Unblinded: Coming to Grips with Demonic Possession at the Little Vatican”
  • Todd Whitmore (University of Notre Dame): Ethnography as Askēsis: Beyond the Religious/Secular Divide in Anthropological Discourse
  • Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia): Discussant

8:00-9:45 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Contrasting Models of Christian Temporality

Chair: Devaka Premawardhana (Colorado College)

  • Devaka Premawardhana (Colorado College): Rupture Routinized: Rites of Passage(s) as Model for Christian Conversion(s)
  • Jessica Johnson (University of Washington): Perpetually Born Again: Baptism and the Affective Politics of Joyful Encounter
  • Douglas Bafford (Brandeis University): Lessons from an Ethnographer’s “Among the Text”: Some Comparative Notes on Epistemological Authority across History, Anthropology, and Christianity
  • Elayne Oliphant (New York University): Nostalgic Catholicism: The Temporal Politics of Presence in Paris

8:00-9:45 ~ 108 Dinwiddie Hall

Spirits, Relationalities, and Time

Chair: Rachelle M. Scott (University of Tennessee)

  • Rachelle M. Scott (University of Tennessee): Restless Ghosts and Karmic Time: Reflections on Temporality in Thai Buddhism
  • Eugenia Rainey (Tulane University): The Role of the Spiritual Mass in Promoting Spiritual and Temporal Agency
  • Samuel Ward (Queen’s University, Belfast): Authenticity, Orthopraxis and Efficacy in New Orleans Vodou: The Cases of Ancestor Veneration and Spirit Possession
  • Seth Palmer (University of Toronto): Moving Spirits, Sarimbavy Mediums and the Transgenerational Sexual Socialities of Possession

 

10:00-11:45 ~ 108 Dinwiddie Hall

When the Gods Read What We Write (Part 2): Formation, Writing, and Divine Agency

Chair: Hannah Hofheinz (Ecumenical Theological Seminary)

  • Katherine Dugan (Springfield College): “If you Pray About It, God’ll Give you an Opportunity to Do it”: Gendering Prayers, Catholic Millennials, and the Rhythms of Ethnography
  • George Gonzalez (Monmouth University): Conjurations of Spiritual Capitalism: The Anthropology of Galina Lindquist Between the Imperatives of Critique and “Real Presence”
  • Hannah Hofheinz (Ecumenical Theological Seminary): Liberating Lives in Text: When a Theologian Learns from an Anthropologist How to Write”
  • Axel Marc Oaks Takács (Harvard Divinity School): The Demand for Subjectivity in Comparative Theology
  • Don Seeman (Emory University): Inscribing Divinity: Writing Chabad Hasidism
  • Mathew N. Schmalz (College of the Holy Cross): Discussant

10:00-11:45 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Temporal Reorientations, Renewals, and Revolutions

Chair: Nicole Eggers (Loyola University)

  • Nicole Eggers (Loyola University): Narrating Spiritual Time: Revelation, Miracles, and the History of Wamalkia wa Ubembe
  • Behrooz Moazami (Loyola University): Time, Religious Moments, and the 1979 Revolution
  • Cleonardo Maricio Junior (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil): Politics of Everyday Life: How Young Pentecostal Believers Have Taken Political Stands Based on their Religious Affiliation in Brazilian Universities
  • Travis Webb (Claremont Graduate University): “Religious” Time and National Renewal: The Miraculous Inauguration of Donald J. Trump
  • Safet HadžiMuhamedović (University of Bristol): Waiting to Wait: Time, Religion and Politics in a Bosnian Landscape

10:00-11:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Author Meets Critics: Kabir Tambar (Stanford University): The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey

Critics:

  • Yigit Akin (Tulane University)
  • Mark Lewis Soileau (Hacettepe University)
  • Rabia Harmansah (Lafayette College)
  • Ozcan Esra (Tulane University)

10:00-11:45 ~ 201 Dinwiddie Hall

The Politics of Religious Time and Secular Time

Chair: Kim Knibbe (University of Groningen)

  • Ruy Llera Blanes (Incipit, Spain): Re-remembering and the ‘Usual Cyclicity’: On the Value of Temporal Repetition in the Tokoist Church (Angola)
  • Kim Knibbe (University of Groningen): Pentecostal Time and Secular Time in the Encounter between Nigerian Missionaries and the Dutch
  • Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen): Religion, Sexuality and Secular Politics of Time in Dutch Health Approaches
  • Jelle Wiering (University of Groningen): “Either Dusty or Dangerous”: Cultural Sexularism in the Netherlands
  • Miranda Klaver (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): In Sync with the Time and Synchronizing Time: The Hillsong Megachurch Network
  • H. Roeland (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Earthing in a “Modern” Age: Gardening, Sacralization and the Everyday Politics of Time

11:45-1:30

Lunch ~ Dinwiddie Hall (3rd floor)

 

Tuesday Afternoon, May 16, 2017

1:30-3:15 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Roundtable: Critique as Horizon, Critique as Specter: Reflections from the Anthropology of Religion

[Sponsored by Critical Research on Religion, http://crr.sagepub.com]

Chairs/Organizers: James S. Bielo (Miami University), Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University)

  • Participants (5-7 minutes each): James S. Bielo (Miami University), Saliha Chattoo (University of Toronto), Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego), Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University), Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh), Discussant.

1:30-3:15 ~103 Dinwiddie Hall  

Temporalities and Subjectivities in Islam

Chair: Nurhaizatul Jamil (College of the Holy Cross)

  • Nurhaizatul Jamil (College of the Holy Cross) “God Tests Us with Both Hardship and Ease”: Islamic Self-Help Education and Minoritarian Subjectivities in Contemporary Singapore
  • Michelle Hagman (Simon Fraser University): The Everyday Lives of Muslim Youths in Vancouver B.C.
  • Meryem Zaman (City University of New York): Creating Antagonists, Constructing Identity: Islamic Movements and Recruitment in Pakistan
  • Seema Golestaneh (Indiana University Bloomington): Whither Rupture? Time, Ritual and Definitions of the Everyday in Sufi Iran

1:30-3:15 ~108 Dinwiddie Hall  

Religion, Time, and Economy

Chair: Amy Stambach (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Amy Stambach (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Spirit Possession: Alienation’s Opposite?
  • Alexander Stewart (University of California, San Diego): The New Old-Fashioned Way: The Temporality of Islamic Revival in Modern China
  • Jesse Miller (Florida State University): A View of the Past: The 1957 Funeral of the Mogho Naba and its Relevance Today
  • Victoria Sheldon (University of Toronto): “The Road Back to Nature”: Reversing Secular Temporalities in Aspiration for Chronic Illness Empowerment through Nature Cure (Prakriti Jeevanam) Therapy in Post-Development Kerala, south India

 

3:30-5:00 ~ 110 Weinmann Hall

Rappaport Lecture

Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley)

 

5:00-6:00 ~ 415 Dinwiddie Hall

Board Meeting

 

6:30-8:30 ~ New Orleans Athletic Club (French Quarter)

Reception


Wednesday Morning, May 17, 2017

8:00-9:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Time/Space in Global Christianity

Chair: Hilary Kaell (Concordia University)

  • Jessica Hardin (Pacific University): Sisters in Christ: Gendered Mentorship in Global Christianity
  • Hilary Kaell (Concordia University): That All May Be One: Simultaneity and Proximity in Child Sponsorship Programs
  • Stephen Selka (Indiana University, Bloomington): Spiritual Pilgrimage as Time Travel: Chronotopes in African Diaspora Tourism
  • Courtney Handman (University of Texas at Austin): The Spatiotemporal Transformations of Lutheran Airplanes

8:00-9:45 ~ 103 Dinwiddie Hall

Religious Rhythms and Ethical Practices

Chair: Nur Amali Ibrahim (Indiana University, Bloomington)

  • Nur Amali Ibrahim (Indiana University, Bloomington): Improvising Islam: Muslims and the Secular Liberal Encounter
  • Rabia Harmanşah (Lafayette College): Cyclicity of Life-Death, Hope and Motion: Time Perception of Bektashis and Esoteric Meanings
  • Kalpesh Bhatt (University of Toronto): Temporal Religious Practices: Public Memory and Everyday Ethics in the Swaminarayan Hindu Tradition
  • Isobel-Marie Johnston (Arizona State University): Jewish Marriage in Corporeal Time: The Rhythm and Rhyme of Niddah
  • Jenna Stover-Kemp (University of California, Berkeley): Textual Authority and Utopia: An Examination of the Pentateuchal Passover Traditions

8:00-9:45 ~108 Dinwiddie Hall  

National and State Narrative of Past, Present, and Future

Chair: Letha Victor (University of Toronto)

  • Letha Victor (University of Toronto): Building Roads: Time and the Movement of Interpretation
  • Mahshid Zandi (Arizona State University): Tehran’s Holy Defense Museum: War as “Glorious Time”
  • Huwy-min Lucia Liu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): One Ritual, Many Times: Religious Variations on Socialist Funerals in Urban China
  • Jakub Havlicek (Palacky University, Czech Republic): Religion as a Chain of Memory and Education in Post-Socialist Societies: Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic

10:00-11:45 ~103 Dinwiddie Hall

Intersections of Time and Space in Evangelical Christianity

Chair: Deana L. Weibel (Grand Valley State University)

  • Deana L. Weibel (Grand Valley State University) and Joshua Ambrosius (University of Dayton): “Time from Eternity to Eternity”: Space Exploration and the Astronaut Experience of God’s Worldview
  • Ingie Hovland (University of Georgia): “Pay Careful Attention to the Time”: Synchronized Prayer in an Evangelical Women’s Movement
  • Alana Sá Leitão Souza (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil): Religion, Time and Morality among Children in Brazil’s Most Evangelical City

10:00-11:45 ~ 102 Dinwiddie Hall

Roundtable: Religion and Migration in the Age of Trump

Participants:

  • Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Behrooz Moazami (Loyola University)
  • Abdoulaye Sounaye (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany)
  • Catherine Wessinger (Loyola University)

10:00-11:45 ~108 Dinwiddie Hall

Rethinking Cosmologies through Examining Temporalities

Chair: Judith M. Maxwell (Tulane University)

  • Judith M. Maxwell (Tulane University): Kaqchikel (Maya) ajq’ija’: Ritual Specialists Counting the Days and Creating Time
  • Christopher B. Rodning (Tulane University): Mounds, Bundles, and the Architecture of Memory: Native American Earthen Mounds and Townhouses in the American South
  • Aaron Frederick Eldridge (University of California, Berkeley): Presence Reprised: Thinking Divine Time through the Practice of Apophasis

2017 Biennial Meeting

Biennial Conference May 15-17, 2017

Religion and Time

SAR meets every other year for a vibrant and diverse conference of research and ideas in the anthropology of religion. The next meeting of SAR will be in New Orleans, Louisiana from May 15 to May 17, 2017. The theme of the meeting will be “Religion and Time” (see abstract below).

Meeting Information:

When: May 15 to May 17, 2017

Where: Dinwiddie Hall, Tulane University

Address: Dinwiddie Hall, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

Rates: Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn: $135 King and double (no additional charge for triple or quad); Hampton Inn Garden District Hotel: $169 King and double (no additional charge for triple or quad); Parkview Historic Hotel: $179

Phone: Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn: 800-489-9908; Hampton Inn Garden District Hotel: 800-292-0653; Parkview Historic Hotel: 888-533-0746. (Reservations must be made by phone. Refer to: Society for the Anthropology of Religion to book the group rate).

Reservation deadline is January 31 for Parkview, March 30 for Best Western, and April 14 for Hampton Inn.

 

Meeting Abstract:

Religion and Time

Anthropologists of religion have long been aware of the intertwining of religion and time. Not only do religions draw on time to create the temporalities that structure daily life and the life cycle but they also exist in time. The millennial anxieties centering on the transition to the 21st century, alarmist claims that the Maya calendar predicted the end of the world in 2012, and more diffuse evangelical Christian concerns about the End of Times are a vivid reminder that time shapes and is shaped by religious doctrine and practice. These cases of apocalyptic fervor can also perhaps be taken to signal that this is a good moment to explore critically the multiple connections between religion and time.

From its Durkheimian and Weberian roots onward, the anthropology of religion has attended to the functions and the flow of time in religious life. Ritual time has been described as standing “out of time” or as having it own temporality. Far from unfolding like the so-called linear time of secularism, religious time, anthropologists have shown, is often cyclical—or “ruptured.” It may reverse or stop secular temporalities, create opportunities for transcending them, or punctuate their uniformity. Classic works have stressed how a focus on the past has helped animate communities, anchor truths, mystify the workings of power, explain the unforeseen, or deal with misfortune. The future too is a matter of great concern, one that religions address in a variety of theoretical and pragmatic ways.

Religion offers an unusually productive window into human temporalities as classic works in the anthropology of religion—from Émile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss to E. E. Evans-Pritchard to Edmund Leach, Alfred Gell, Mary Douglas, and Clifford Geertz—have shown. If anthropologists of religion have focused on certain issues, they have also neglected others. This conference will provide opportunities not only to revisit classic concerns but also to consider in what new directions a focus on time and temporality can take us.

The works of Johannes Fabian and Michel-Rolph Trouillot have brought new awareness of how assumptions about temporality have facilitated yet also limited anthropological theories of society and history. Meanwhile other scholars have examined the making of religious communities through a focus on the temporal imagination. More recent explorations of temporality and being-in-time have highlighted further the centrality of time in human experience. They have also raised new questions about agency, affect, futurity, the life course, the work of memory, and the politics of hope, among other things. A key goal of this conference is to bring the anthropology of religion in explicit conversation with the anthropology of time.

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion therefore invites its members to consider the ways in which time figures and functions in religious experience. How might we revisit classic topics of the anthropology of religion through the lens of time? What kinds of temporalities does the work of religion help create or modify? How might an attention to temporality, duration, or eventfulness enrich our models of structure and agency? In what ways does time matter in religious experience and what insights might a focus on temporal matters offer into the experience of conversion, witchcraft, divination, morality, or prayer, to name but a few possible topics of investigation? What do we mean by “the everyday” in relation to ethical or moral practice?

It is hoped that such an agenda will stimulate participants to explore a wide range of issues, old and new, and consider how their approaches to time might generate new conversations with not just history but also theology or economics, for instance. Some possible panel topics are listed below, but these are intended simply as possible points of departure. Participants should feel free to select any topic they wish to explore so long as it addresses the relation between religion and time.

Possible Panels or Sub-Topics

Religion as a Portal to the Past

Ritual and Time

Religion, Rupture, and Continuity

Hauntings

Religion and the Weight of the Past

Religion and Being-in-Time

Religion in Time

Messianic Time

Religion and History

Liminality

Religion and Futurity

Religious as Suspended Time

Moral, Immoral, and Amoral Temporalities

Divine Calendars

Religion and the Politics of Time

Religion and the Everyday

 

Individual abstracts, panel proposals, and questions about presentations and panels should be sent to [email protected] by the extended deadline of February 20, 2017.

The default format for individual abstracts and panels is the same as for the annual AAA conference, but proposers are welcome to suggest alternative formats that can be fitted into the timing of the program.

**NEW: 2015 SAR Biennial Final Schedule Available**

Final Schedule

Here is the (really) final schedule for our Biennial Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 16-19 (click on the link to view the schedule as a PDF file).

Abstracts

Click here to view a PDF of abstracts for those presenting papers at the meeting.

Registration

If you have not yet registered, consider doing so through AnthroGateway–the AAA’s website for meeting registration.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon in San Diego!

 

Final Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

Biennial Meeting – 2015

San Diego, CA

Except for the panels on Friday afternoon–which are 1 hour and 30 minutes long–all panels are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, making for 15-20 minute presentations depending on the number of presenters/discussants per panel.

 

Thursday Evening, April 16, 2015

6:00-8:00

Terrace Room

Reception

 


 

Friday Morning, April 17, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Religion, Morality, and Community Development

Chair: Frederick P. Lampe (Northern Arizona University)

  • Frederick Lampe (Northern Arizona University): “My Husband’s Brother’s Sister”: Kinship Networks, Community, and Development in East Africa
  • Kate McClellan (Mississippi State University): “Communities Like Us”: Islam and the Development of Multispecies Morals in Jordan
  • Rachel Schneider (Rice University): White Progressive Christianity and Transformation Ethics in South Africa
  • Lucinda Carspecken (Indiana University): Reverence Among Contrarians: Community and Eclecticism at a North American Festival Site

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Negotiating Religious and Other Boundaries

Chair: Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University)

  • Yi Liu (Shanghai University): Pastor Hsi’s Legacy: An Indigenous Christian Community in North China
  • Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University): The Role of Islam in the Ethical Life of Hindus: Some Reflections on the Dargah of Firoz Shah Kotla
  • Christina Cappy (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Enacting Morality in Morning Assemblies: Inside South African Schools
  • Adam Dunstan (SUNY, Buffalo): The Environmental Concerns are the Cultural Concerns: Sacred Space and Science in Navajo Environmentalism
  • Amber Lee Silva (McGill University): What Counts: Moral and Ortho in American Old Believers’ Projections of Judgment

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ethics of Difference: Moral Discourses, Regulations, and Boundary Marking

Chair: Aminta Arrington (John Brown University)

  • Aminta Arrington (John Brown University): Fixing the Boundaries and Redrawing the Purity Map
  • Robert Priest (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): The Rhetoric of Filth in Moral Discourse
  • Yasmin Cho (Duke University): The Ethics of Gustatory Taste: Ethnicity, Class, and Tibetan Buddhist Practices in Post-Mao China
  • Masi Majithia (University of Washington): The Memoirs of a Brahmachari: How the Identity of a Brahmachari Can Give Him Political Legitimacy
  • Pratap Kumar (University of KwaZulu Natal): Convenience Kavadi: Is There a Right Way to Observe Kavadi Ritual? A South African Perspective

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Morality of Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora, and Return (1)

Chair: Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University)

  • Donna Young (University of Toronto): A Chapel, A Synagogue, A Mosque: Journeying through the Holy Land with the Sisters of Sion
  • Devaka Premawardhana (Colorado College): Egress and Regress: Religious Mobility in Northern Mozambique
  • Valentina Napolitano (University of Toronto): On the Return and the Criollo Pope
  • Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University): Temporal Return of Migrant Pilgrims: Japanese-Brazilian Pentecostal Converts in the Land of Their Ancestors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (1)

Chair: Stephen Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

  • Stephen D. Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln): Affect, Morality, and the Self: The Pre-Discursive in Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Charles Farhadian (Westmont College): The Christ Event and the Immanent Turn in the Anthropology of Christianity
  • William Dawley (University of California, San Diego): Peer Group Ethics and the Remaking of Masculinity: How Peer Groups in the Evangelical and Support Group Movements Help Transform Male Gender Identity in Urbanizing Costa Rica
  • Hector Guazon (University of the Philippines/Saint Louis University): Moral Subjectivity in an Unstable Place
  • Hanna Kim (Adelphi University): Broken Houses and Too Much Local Brew: Immoral and Moral Ingredients in the Making of the Moral Self

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Labors of Morality: Working toward the Moral Good and Work as Moral Good

Chairs: Aaron Greer (Pacific University) and Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon)

  • Rachel M. Scott (University of Tennessee): Lottery Luck and Ethical Rewards: Gambling as Religious Practice in Thailand
  • Shari Jacobson (Susquehanna University): When Work Doesn’t Pay: The Protestant Ethic in Post-Industrial America
  • Caroline Block (Johns Hopkins University): The Call to Service and the Politics of Denomination in American Orthodox Women’s Talmud Study
  • Aaron Greer (Pacific University): Discipline and Party: The Hindu Ethic and the Spirit of Neo-Liberal Capitalism in Trinidad
  • Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon): Cultivating Intention: The Ethics of Guyanese Yoga in New York City

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Translating Religion/Religion as Translation: Interpretation, Recitation, & Performance

Chair: Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University)

  • Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University): Juxtaposition of Morality: Sahagún’s Interpretation of the Méxica Tlacaxipehualiztli Ritualization
  • Pankaj Jain (University of North Texas): “Dharma and Science Are Complementary”: Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization’s Experiments with Himalayan Communities
  • Saliha Chatoo (University of Toronto): Performing Evil: The Language of American Evangelical Hell Houses
  • Ingrid E. Lilly (Pacific School of Religion): Constructing a Moral Voice from a Spirit-Possessed, Refuge Body: Babylonian Medical Cosmology in the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Politics of Discernment in Christian Practice

Chairs: Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo) and James S. Bielo (Miami University)

  • Jessica Hardin (Pacific University): Discerning the Sick Body: Embodied Evidence and Critical Christianity in Samoa
  • Rebecca Bartel (University of Toronto): Feeling the Spirit Move: Affect and Embodied Discernment
  • Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo): Insult and Insecurity: Discerning the Good Life in Two American Pentecostal Congregations
  • James S. Bielo (Miami University): Discernment and Professional Activity: Notes from a Creationist Design Studio
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): Discernment and Difference: Bibles, Land Claims, and Epistemic Categories of the Person in Papua New Guinea
  • Rob Blunt (Lafayette College): “The Oath is Our Leader”: Sovereignty, Language, and Ritual Supplementation in Colonial Kenya
  • Discussant: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

 

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch

 

Friday Afternoon, April 17, 2015

1:00-2:30

Poolview Room

Pentecostalism through the Lens of Politics, Sexuality, and Competition

Chair: Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Jason Price (University of California, Berkeley): The Deliverance of Jacob K.
  • Priscilla Garcia (University of California, San Diego): Pentecostal Politics, Democracy, and Morality in Brazil
  • Data D. Barata (California State University, Sacramento): Christianity’s Moral Dilemmas in a Hybrid Neoliberal Context: Relational Analysis of Struggle for Religious Equality in Ethiopia
  • Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz): Pentecostal Mobilization, or the Lack of an Ethics of Ritual, Event, Resistance, and Agency?

 

1:00-2:30

Presidio Ballroom

Gender, Religion, and Conservative Culture: How Patriarchal Structures Enable and Constraint Religious & Ethical Agency

Chair: Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Anubha Sood (Southern Methodist University): Mental Ailments and Divine Treatment: Religious Healing among Women in North India
  • Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego): Catholic Exorcism: Agency and Patriarchy
  • Sophie Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University): Doing Gender/Doing Religion: U.S. Evangelicalism, the Family, and the Art of Submission
  • Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara): Of Mothers and Goddesses: Religiosity and Women’s Agency in Wenzhou, China

 

1:00-2:30

Balboa Room

Questioning Moral Authority: Contemporary Spirits in the U.S. and Beyond

Chair: Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College)

  • Timothy R. Landry (University of Arkansas): Fragile Spirits of the Sacred Forest: Protecting Vodún through Secrecy in Benin
  • Michele Hanks (Case Western Reserve University): Between Electricity and Spirit: Paranormal Investigating and the Production of Doubt
  • Stephanie Boothby (University of Florida): The Ethics of Paranormal Investigation: How Morality and Meaning are Formed in the Face of the Supernatural
  • Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College): Dead Time: Temporal Regimes of Working Class American Paranormal Researchers

 

1:00-2:30

Club Room

Sacred Histories and Reimagining Religious Ethics in South Asian Ritual Performance

Chair: Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara): Performing Ethical Practice through Alterity: Dramas and the Sacred Histories of a Hindu Community in Mumbai
  • Joel Gruber (University of San Diego): Performing the Sacred Past into Existence: Ritual Enactment of Tibetan Buddhist Saintly Biographies
  • Elizabeth Weighler (University of California, Santa Barbara): Sikhs in the Trenches: Performing Historical Consciousness and Remaking Identities through the Great War
  • Lauren Smyth (University of California, Santa Barbara): Coffee under the Monastery: Authenticity, Religious Heritage, and “Beautifying” Ladakh
  • Discussant: Rico Monge (University of San Diego)

 

2:45-4:30

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Panel

James Laidlaw (University of Cambridge), Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University), Michael Lambek (University of Toronto) and Cheryl Mattingly (University of Southern California)

 

4:45-6:00

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Lecture

Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge): What is the Matter with Transcendence? On the Place of Religion in the New Anthropology of Ethics

 


 

Saturday Morning, April 18, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (1)

Chair: Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University)

  • Graham M. Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Jugglery without a License: Magic, Mediumism, and the Law
  • Janny Li (University of California, Irvine): A Case of Quasi-Certainty: William James and the Making of the Subliminal Mind
  • Oliver Müller (Burg Giebichenstein-University of Fine Arts Halle): Higher Beings Commanded: Paint the Fall of Icarus! The Presumed Absence of Mediumistic Art in the Former German Democratic Republic
  • Michael Kinsella (University of California, Santa Barbara): Is the Truth Out There? “Paranormal” Experiences, Other Worlds, and the Politics of Ontology

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Alterity, (In)tolerance, and Ethics

Chair: Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University)

  • Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University) : The Ethics of Alterity: Transgression as Moral Practice at Phoenix Pagan Pride
  • Amy Flynn-Curran (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): The Campaign Was a Spiritual Low-Point: Proposition 8’s Lasting Impact on a Mormon Community in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nur Amali Ibrahim (Indiana University): Homophobic Muslims
  • David Strohl (Colby College): What is Moral Obligation? Religious Authority, Conscience, and Tolerance in an Indian Muslim Community
  • Patrick McKearney (University of Cambridge): The Ethics of Sacrifice and the Sacrifice of Ethics: Transforming People with Learning Disabilities from Curse to Blessing

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Spiritual Therapies, Religious Doubt, & Ethical Critiques: Encounters between Religion and Healing

Chair: Ayala Fader (Fordham University)

  • Dusty Hoesly (University of California, Santa Barbara): Healings, Weddings, and the Legal Limits of Ethical Practice
  • Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University): From Observation to Participation: The Making of a Non-Traditional Spirit Medium
  • Ayala Fader (Fordham University): Treating Religious Doubt: Jewish Religious Therapists and Double Lifers
  • Henrique Fernandes Antunes (University of São Paulo): Healing as Culture: An Ethnography of the Healing Rituals of a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religion

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Moral Moods, Affects, and Ethics

Chairs: China Cherz (University of Virginia) and Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam)

  • Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles): Mournful Moods: On Morality, Attunement, and Loss
  • China Scherz (University of Virginia): Enduring the Awkward Embrace
  • Cathy Wanner (Pennsylvania State University): Mourning the Maidan
  • Charles Stewart (University College London) and Joshua Burraway (University College London): Finessing Finitude: De-Historification and Religion at Moments of Crisis
  • Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam): Ethics of Dwelling, Politics of World-Building, Attunement

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

The Morality of Mortality: Perspectives on Death in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chair: Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University)

  • Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University): Muslim Merit-Making in Posthumous Sacrifices in Mali, West Africa
  • Rosa de Jorio (University of North Florida) and Amadou Beidy Sow (Indiana University): Disputes around Mortuary Practices and Grave Sites in Post-Conflict Mali
  • Joseph Hellweg (Florida State University): Death as Moral Discourse: Dance, Song, Sacrifice, and Text in the Making of Dozo Funerals
  • Jesse Miller (Florida State University): Generation, Reproduction, and Societal Harmony in Case Studies of African Death Ritual Through Sound
  • Discussant: Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University)

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (2)

Chair: J. Brent Crosson (New York University)

  • Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University): California Dreamin’: The Invention of Neoshamanism as a Mediumistic Trial of the 20th Century
  • Adam Klin-Oron (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute): Cultivating the Wild Vision: Past and Present Channelers Making Meaning
  • Brent Crosson (New York University): Experiments with Power: The Scientific and Legal Trials of Religion in the Caribbean
  • Deana Weibel (Grand Valley State University): Communitas, Morality, Sorrow, and Truth: Supernatural Means of Ascertaining Unorthodox Histories of Religiously Significant Sites

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Relational Morality of Religious Healing Etiologies

Chair: Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma)

  • Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma): “Blocking up the Healing”: Navajo Neo-Pentecostal Moral Etiology
  • Justine Buck Quijada (Wesleyan University): Porous Shamanic Selves: The Morality of Kinship
  • Amanda Lucia (University of California, Riverside): From Healing to Sex Scandal: Understanding the Haptic Logics of Guru Intimacy
  • Nalika Gajaweera (University of Southern California): Mindful Togertherness
  • Discussant: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego)

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Religion and Moral Sentiments

Chair: Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego)

  • Tanya Luhrman (Stanford University): A Comparative Phenomenology of Good and Evil
  • Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego): On Love, Compassion, and Making Ethical Relationships in Christian Humanitarianism
  • Tyler Zoanni (New York University): Some Ambivalent Conceptions: Feelings of Difference in Evangelical Disability Ministries
  • Anna Corwin (Stanford University): Sentiments of Suffering: Moral Sentiment in a Catholic Convent
  • Julia Cassaniti (Washington State University): Moral Emotions, Religious Traditions, and the Variably Transcendental Self
  • Austin Gillett (Brigham Young University) and Jacob Hickman (Brigham Young University): Tradition, Agency, and Emotion in Hmong Moral Discourse
  • Discussant: Michael Lambek (University of Toronto)

 

11:45-1:30

Lunch

 

Saturday Afternoon, April 18, 2015

1:30-3:15

Presidio Ballroom

Author Meets Critics: Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

  • Michael Banner: “Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human
  • Discussants: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego), Lesley Sharp (Barnard College), Richard Madsen (University of California, San Diego), John Evens (University of California, San Diego), Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

 

1:30-3:15

Club Room

Intersubjectivity, Dynamism, and Negotiation: Existential and Phenomenological Approaches to Ritualization

Chairs: Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University) and Kate Yanina DeConinck (Harvard University)

  • Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University): The Absent Presence and Present Absence of Moral Doubt in Transylvanian Catholic Lifeworlds
  • Michael Agnew (McMaster University): “Our Lady Did This for Me”: Ex-votos and the Moral Contours of Caregiving at Lourdes
  • Kate Yanina DeConinck (Harvard University): The Ethics of the Intersubjective at the 9/11 Tribute Center: Ritualized Storytelling in the Wake of Mass Trauma
  • Katherine Dugan (Northwestern University): “Dynamically Orthodox” Catholics: Mass and Technologies of Catholic Group Formation
  • Discussant: C. Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles)

 

1:30-3:15

Balboa View Room

The Morality of Millenarianism: Agency, Ethics, Diachronicity, and Other Underplayed Concepts

Chairs: Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University) and Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast)

  • Simon Coleman (University of Toronto): What Does Pentecostal Heritage Look Like? From Linearity to Incommensurability in Moralizing the Millennial
  • Janet Hoskins (University of Southern California): Left-Eyed Morality and the Postcolonial Age: Caodai Theories of the Period Before the World Ends
  • Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University): The Fifth Pillar of World Religions: Moral Agency over Time in Hmong Millenarianism
  • Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast): Eschatological Agency: Moral Freedom and Prophecy Fulfillment on Land and at Sea
  • Hossein Mirrazi (University of Cambridge): Pilgrimage to Jamkaran: Messianic Representations, Identity Construction, and Apocalyptic Aspirations/Expectations
  • Discussant: Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge)

 

1:30-3:15

Poolview Room

In Bad Faith: Trolling as Religious Praxis

Chair: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

  • Jessica Johnson (University of Washington): Trolling on Mission to Save a “Pussified Nation”
  • Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte): Trolling for Souls: Street Preachers on American College Campuses
  • Jessica Mason (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Believer, Activist, Provocateur? The Counterprotester’s Challenge
  • Joseph Blankholm (Columbia University): The Sincerely Held Beliefs of Nonbelievers
  • Discussant: Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh)

 

3:30-5:00

Presidio Ballroom

Rappaport Lecture

Webb Keane (University of Michigan): Religion and the Making of Morality Systems

 

5:00-6:00

California Room

Board Meeting

 

6:00-8:00

Terrace Garden

Reception

 


 

 

Sunday Morning, April 19, 2015 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ritual, Sacrifice, & Suffering

Chair: Asher Brum (University of Campinas)

  • Asher Brum (University of Campinas): Opus Dei: Suffering Rituals and Secular Moral Critique
  • Emilie Parent (University of Montreal): Sundance in Quebec: Ethic of Blood and Suffering in an Indigenous Ritual
  • Thomas B. Ellis (Appalachian State University): Disgusting Ritual and the Potentiation of the Human Immune System
  • Sravana Borkatoky Varma (Rice University): Blood Ties: The Tiwa Tribe and Sakta Tantra

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

The Christian Nation as Ethical Framework: On Moral Authority, Christianity, and the State

Chair: Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh)

  • Girish Daswani (University of Toronto): Is Ghana under a Curse? Debating the Nation’s Past and Future in a Christian Present
  • Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh): A Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation and a Pastor’s Bid for President
  • Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh): Nations without States and States without Nations: Christian Nationalism and Christian Withdrawal in Southern California
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): The Irreducible Materiality of “Unity”: Christian-Israelite Critiques in Papua New Guinea Politics
  • Julia Klimova (University of California, San Diego): How Dead is the Monster: Revisiting the Ethics of Church/State Relations in Russia through Leviathan, the Movie
  • Jacqueline Ryle (University of the South Pacific): Blurred Visions: Christian State and Secular State Ideals in Fiji
  • Discussant: Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

 

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Roundtable: Theologically-Engaged Anthropology: A Consideration of Productive Theological Collaborative Partners

Chair: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

Participants: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia), Brian Howell (Wheaton College), Don Seeman (Emory University), Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Morality and Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora and Return (2)

Chair: Stephen Selka (Indiana University)

  • Stephen Selka (Indiana University): Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil
  • Sarah Bakker Kellogg (San Francisco State University): “Someday We Will be Like the Jews”: Music and Moral Identity in the Syriac Christian Diaspora
  • Jennifer Sime (San Diego Mesa College): Rituals of National Catholicism: The Resurrection of St. James and Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Jens Kreinath (Wichita State University): Implications and Applications of the Actor-Network Theory: Bruno Latour and the Infrastructure of Shared Pilgrimage Sites in Hatay, Turkey

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Ritual/Anti-ritual

Chair: Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College)

  • Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College): Halleluiah People: The Catholic Easter Rite, Evil, and the Religious Sensibility of Tamil Fishers in Shri Lanka
  • Megan A. Moore (Georgia State University): Lessons in Church Math: Brand Theology, Emotional Economy, and Rejecting Ritual in a Multisite Metro Atlanta Megachurch
  • Yang Shen (Boston University): Rethinking “Traditions”: Reading Classics as Ritual

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

Hindu Moralities

Chair: Jennifer Ortegren (Emory University)

  • Antoinette E. DeNapoli (University of Wyoming): “Change Is the Rule of Nature and the Nature of Dharm”: Experimental Hinduism and Emerging Moral Ecologies in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in North India
  • Kalpesh Bhatt (University of Toronto): Nityapuja, a Hindu Devotional Ritual: Mechanics of Moral Formation through Theological Construction of the Self
  • Jennifer D. Ortegren (Emory University): Ritualizing Middle Class Morality: Karva Chauth and a New Hindu Dharma of Neighbors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (2)

Chair: Nicole Reisnour (Cornell University)

  • Seema Golestaneh (Connecticut College): Dissolutions of the Self: Ethics and Aesthetics in Iranian Sufi Rituals
  • Nicole Reisnour (Cornell University): Indexing Morality: Voice, Self, and Divine Guidance in Mabebasan Literary Performance
  • Monirith Ly (Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia): Buddhist Moral Meaning-Making through Community Service Learning
  • Guadalupe Barúa (University of Buenos Aires): Ethics, Misfortune, and the Quest for Bliss among “Fallen” Wichí

Final Schedule & Abstracts Available for SAR Biennial 2015

Final Schedule

We’ve finished the final schedule for our Biennial Meeting in about two weeks in San Diego, CA, April 16-19.

Abstracts

Click here to view a PDF of abstracts for those presenting papers at the meeting.

Registration

If you have not yet registered, consider doing so through AnthroGateway–the AAA’s website for meeting registration.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon in San Diego!

 

Final Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

Biennial Meeting – 2015

San Diego, CA

Except for the panels on Friday afternoon–which are 1 hour and 30 minutes long–all panels are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, making for 15-20 minute presentations depending on the number of presenters/discussants per panel.

 

Thursday Evening, April 16, 2015

6:00-8:00

Terrace Room

Reception

 


 

Friday Morning, April 17, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Religion, Morality, and Community Development

Chair: Frederick P. Lampe (Northern Arizona University)

  • Frederick Lampe (Northern Arizona University): “My Husband’s Brother’s Sister”: Kinship Networks, Community, and Development in East Africa
  • Kate McClellan (Mississippi State University): “Communities Like Us”: Islam and the Development of Multispecies Morals in Jordan
  • Rachel Schneider (Rice University): White Progressive Christianity and Transformation Ethics in South Africa
  • Lucinda Carspecken (Indiana University): Reverence Among Contrarians: Community and Eclecticism at a North American Festival Site

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Negotiating Religious and Other Boundaries

Chair: Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University)

  • Yi Liu (Shanghai University): Pastor Hsi’s Legacy: An Indigenous Christian Community in North China
  • Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University): The Role of Islam in the Ethical Life of Hindus: Some Reflections on the Dargah of Firoz Shah Kotla
  • Christina Cappy (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Enacting Morality in Morning Assemblies: Inside South African Schools
  • Adam Dunstan (SUNY, Buffalo): The Environmental Concerns are the Cultural Concerns: Sacred Space and Science in Navajo Environmentalism
  • Amber Lee Silva (McGill University): What Counts: Moral and Ortho in American Old Believers’ Projections of Judgment

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ethics of Difference: Moral Discourses, Regulations, and Boundary Marking

Chair: Aminta Arrington (John Brown University)

  • Aminta Arrington (John Brown University): Fixing the Boundaries and Redrawing the Purity Map
  • Robert Priest (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): The Rhetoric of Filth in Moral Discourse
  • Yasmin Cho (Duke University): The Ethics of Gustatory Taste: Ethnicity, Class, and Tibetan Buddhist Practices in Post-Mao China
  • Masi Majithia (University of Washington): The Memoirs of a Brahmachari: How the Identity of a Brahmachari Can Give Him Political Legitimacy
  • Pratap Kumar (University of KwaZulu Natal): Convenience Kavadi: Is There a Right Way to Observe Kavadi Ritual? A South African Perspective

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Morality of Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora, and Return (1)

Chair: Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University)

  • Donna Young (University of Toronto): A Chapel, A Synagogue, A Mosque: Journeying through the Holy Land with the Sisters of Sion
  • Devaka Premawardhana (Colorado College): Egress and Regress: Religious Mobility in Northern Mozambique
  • Valentina Napolitano (University of Toronto): On the Return and the Criollo Pope
  • Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University): Temporal Return of Migrant Pilgrims: Japanese-Brazilian Pentecostal Converts in the Land of Their Ancestors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (1)

Chair: Stephen Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

  • Rachel Werczberger (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Tel Aviv University): Ritual and Authenticity in New Age Judaism
  • Stephen D. Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln): Affect, Morality, and the Self: The Pre-Discursive in Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Charles Farhadian (Westmont College): The Christ Event and the Immanent Turn in the Anthropology of Christianity
  • William Dawley (University of California, San Diego): Peer Group Ethics and the Remaking of Masculinity: How Peer Groups in the Evangelical and Support Group Movements Help Transform Male Gender Identity in Urbanizing Costa Rica
  • Hector Guazon (University of the Philippines/Saint Louis University): Moral Subjectivity in an Unstable Place

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Labors of Morality: Working toward the Moral Good and Work as Moral Good

Chair: Aaron Greer (Pacific University) and Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon)

  • Rachel M. Scott (University of Tennessee): Lottery Luck and Ethical Rewards: Gambling as Religious Practice in Thailand
  • Shari Jacobson (Susquehanna University): When Work Doesn’t Pay: The Protestant Ethic in Post-Industrial America
  • Caroline Block (Johns Hopkins University): The Call to Service and the Politics of Denomination in American Orthodox Women’s Talmud Study
  • Aaron Greer (Pacific University): Discipline and Party: The Hindu Ethic and the Spirit of Neo-Liberal Capitalism in Trinidad
  • Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon): Cultivating Intention: The Ethics of Guyanese Yoga in New York City

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Translating Religion/Religion as Translation: Interpretation, Recitation, & Performance

Chair: Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University)

  • Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University): Juxtaposition of Morality: Sahagún’s Interpretation of the Méxica Tlacaxipehualiztli Ritualization
  • Pankaj Jain (University of North Texas): “Dharma and Science Are Complementary”: Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization’s Experiments with Himalayan Communities
  • Saliha Chatoo (University of Toronto): Performing Evil: The Language of American Evangelical Hell Houses
  • Ingrid E. Lilly (Pacific School of Religion): Constructing a Moral Voice from a Spirit-Possessed, Refuge Body: Babylonian Medical Cosmology in the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Politics of Discernment in Christian Practice

Chair: Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo) and James S. Bielo (Miami University)

  • Jessica Hardin (Pacific University): Discerning the Sick Body: Embodied Evidence and Critical Christianity in Samoa
  • Rebecca Bartel (University of Toronto): Feeling the Spirit Move: Affect and Embodied Discernment
  • Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo): Insult and Insecurity: Discerning the Good Life in Two American Pentecostal Congregations
  • James S. Bielo (Miami University): Discernment and Professional Activity: Notes from a Creationist Design Studio
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): Discernment and Difference: Bibles, Land Claims, and Epistemic Categories of the Person in Papua New Guinea
  • Rob Blunt (Lafayette College): “The Oath is Our Leader”: Sovereignty, Language, and Ritual Supplementation in Colonial Kenya
  • Discussant: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

 

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch

 

Friday Afternoon, April 17, 2015

1:00-2:30

Poolview Room

Pentecostalism through the Lens of Politics, Sexuality, and Competition

Chair: Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Jason Price (University of California, Berkeley): The Deliverance of Jacob K.
  • Priscilla Garcia (University of California, San Diego): Pentecostal Politics, Democracy, and Morality in Brazil
  • Data D. Barata (California State University, Sacramento): Christianity’s Moral Dilemmas in a Hybrid Neoliberal Context: Relational Analysis of Struggle for Religious Equality in Ethiopia
  • Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz): Pentecostal Mobilization, or the Lack of an Ethics of Ritual, Event, Resistance, and Agency?

 

1:00-2:30

Presidio Ballroom

Gender, Religion, and Conservative Culture: How Patriarchal Structures Enable and Constraint Religious & Ethical Agency

Chair: Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Anubha Sood (Southern Methodist University): Mental Ailments and Divine Treatment: Religious Healing among Women in North India
  • Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego): Catholic Exorcism: Agency and Patriarchy
  • Sophie Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University): Doing Gender/Doing Religion: U.S. Evangelicalism, the Family, and the Art of Submission
  • Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara): Of Mothers and Goddesses: Religiosity and Women’s Agency in Wenzhou, China

 

1:00-2:30

Balboa Room

Questioning Moral Authority: Contemporary Spirits in the U.S. and Beyond

Chair: Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College)

  • Timothy R. Landry (University of Arkansas): Fragile Spirits of the Sacred Forest: Protecting Vodún through Secrecy in Benin
  • Michele Hanks (Case Western Reserve University): Between Electricity and Spirit: Paranormal Investigating and the Production of Doubt
  • Stephanie Boothby (University of Florida): The Ethics of Paranormal Investigation: How Morality and Meaning are Formed in the Face of the Supernatural
  • Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College): Dead Time: Temporal Regimes of Working Class American Paranormal Researchers

 

1:00-2:30

Club Room

Sacred Histories and Reimagining Religious Ethics in South Asian Ritual Performance

Chair: Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara): Performing Ethical Practice through Alterity: Dramas and the Sacred Histories of a Hindu Community in Mumbai
  • Joel Gruber (University of San Diego): Performing the Sacred Past into Existence: Ritual Enactment of Tibetan Buddhist Saintly Biographies
  • Elizabeth Weighler (University of California, Santa Barbara): Sikhs in the Trenches: Performing Historical Consciousness and Remaking Identities through the Great War
  • Lauren Smyth (University of California, Santa Barbara): Coffee under the Monastery: Authenticity, Religious Heritage, and “Beautifying” Ladakh
  • Discussant: Rico Monge (University of San Diego)

 

2:45-4:30

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Panel

James Laidlaw (University of Cambridge), Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University), Michael Lambek (University of Toronto) and Cheryl Mattingly (University of Southern California)

 

4:45-6:00

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Lecture

Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge): What is the Matter with Transcendence? On the Place of Religion in the New Anthropology of Ethics

 


 

Saturday Morning, April 18, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (1)

Chair: Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University)

  • Graham M. Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Jugglery without a License: Magic, Mediumism, and the Law
  • Janny Li (University of California, Irvine): A Case of Quasi-Certainty: William James and the Making of the Subliminal Mind
  • Oliver Müller (Burg Giebichenstein-University of Fine Arts Halle): Higher Beings Commanded: Paint the Fall of Icarus! The Presumed Absence of Mediumistic Art in the Former German Democratic Republic
  • Michael Kinsella (University of California, Santa Barbara): Is the Truth Out There? “Paranormal” Experiences, Other Worlds, and the Politics of Ontology

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Alterity, (In)tolerance, and Ethics

Chair: Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University)

  • Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University) : The Ethics of Alterity: Transgression as Moral Practice at Phoenix Pagan Pride
  • Amy Flynn-Curran (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): The Campaign Was a Spiritual Low-Point: Proposition 8’s Lasting Impact on a Mormon Community in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nur Amali Ibrahim (Indiana University): Homophobic Muslims
  • David Strohl (Colby College): What is Moral Obligation? Religious Authority, Conscience, and Tolerance in an Indian Muslim Community
  • Patrick McKearney (University of Cambridge): The Ethics of Sacrifice and the Sacrifice of Ethics: Transforming People with Learning Disabilities from Curse to Blessing

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Spiritual Therapies, Religious Doubt, & Ethical Critiques: Encounters between Religion and Healing

Chair: Ayala Fader (Fordham University)

  • Dusty Hoesly (University of California, Santa Barbara): Healings, Weddings, and the Legal Limits of Ethical Practice
  • Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University): From Observation to Participation: The Making of a Non-Traditional Spirit Medium
  • Ayala Fader (Fordham University): Treating Religious Doubt: Jewish Religious Therapists and Double Lifers
  • Henrique Fernandes Antunes (University of São Paulo): Healing as Culture: An Ethnography of the Healing Rituals of a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religion

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Moral Moods, Affects, and Ethics

Chair: China Cherz (University of Virginia) and Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam)

  • Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles): Mournful Moods: On Morality, Attunement, and Loss
  • China Scherz (University of Virginia): Enduring the Awkward Embrace
  • Cathy Wanner (Pennsylvania State University): Mourning the Maidan
  • Charles Stewart (University College London) and Joshua Burraway (University College London): Finessing Finitude: De-Historification and Religion at Moments of Crisis
  • Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam): Ethics of Dwelling, Politics of World-Building, Attunement

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

The Morality of Mortality: Perspectives on Death in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chair: Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University)

  • Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University): Muslim Merit-Making in Posthumous Sacrifices in Mali, West Africa
  • Rosa de Jorio (University of North Florida) and Amadou Beidy Sow (Indiana University): Disputes around Mortuary Practices and Grave Sites in Post-Conflict Mali
  • Joseph Hellweg (Florida State University): Death as Moral Discourse: Dance, Song, Sacrifice, and Text in the Making of Dozo Funerals
  • Jesse Miller (Florida State University): Generation, Reproduction, and Societal Harmony in Case Studies of African Death Ritual Through Sound
  • Discussant: Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University)

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (2)

Chair: J. Brent Crosson (New York University)

  • Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University): California Dreamin’: The Invention of Neoshamanism as a Mediumistic Trial of the 20th Century
  • Adam Klin-Oron (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute): Cultivating the Wild Vision: Past and Present Channelers Making Meaning
  • Brent Crosson (New York University): Experiments with Power: The Scientific and Legal Trials of Religion in the Caribbean
  • Deana Weibel (Grand Valley State University): Communitas, Morality, Sorrow, and Truth: Supernatural Means of Ascertaining Unorthodox Histories of Religiously Significant Sites

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Relational Morality of Religious Healing Etiologies

Chair: Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma)

  • Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma): “Blocking up the Healing”: Navajo Neo-Pentecostal Moral Etiology
  • Justine Buck Quijada (Wesleyan University): Porous Shamanic Selves: The Morality of Kinship
  • Amanda Lucia (University of California, Riverside): From Healing to Sex Scandal: Understanding the Haptic Logics of Guru Intimacy
  • Nalika Gajaweera (University of Southern California): Mindful Togertherness
  • Discussant: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego)

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Religion and Moral Sentiments

Chair: Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego)

  • Tanya Luhrman (Stanford University): A Comparative Phenomenology of Good and Evil
  • Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego): On Love, Compassion, and Making Ethical Relationships in Christian Humanitarianism
  • Tyler Zoanni (New York University): Some Ambivalent Conceptions: Feelings of Difference in Evangelical Disability Ministries
  • Anna Corwin (Stanford University): Sentiments of Suffering: Moral Sentiment in a Catholic Convent
  • Julia Cassaniti (Washington State University): Moral Emotions, Religious Traditions, and the Variably Transcendental Self
  • Austin Gillett (Brigham Young University) and Jacob Hickman (Brigham Young University): Tradition, Agency, and Emotion in Hmong Moral Discourse
  • Discussant: Michael Lambek (University of Toronto)

 

11:45-1:30

Lunch

 

Saturday Afternoon, April 18, 2015

1:30-3:15

Presidio Ballroom

Author Meets Critics: Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

  • Michael Banner: “Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human
  • Discussants: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego), Lesley Sharp (Barnard College), Richard Madsen (University of California, San Diego), John Evens (University of California, San Diego), Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

 

1:30-3:15

Club Room

Intersubjectivity, Dynamism, and Negotiation: Existential and Phenomenological Approaches to Ritualization

Chair: Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University)

  • Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University): The Absent Presence and Present Absence of Moral Doubt in Transylvanian Catholic Lifeworlds
  • Michael Agnew (McMaster University): “Our Lady Did This for Me”: Ex-votos and the Moral Contours of Caregiving at Lourdes
  • Kate Yanina DeConinck (Harvard University): The Ethics of the Intersubjective at the 9/11 Tribute Center: Ritualized Storytelling in the Wake of Mass Trauma
  • Katherine Dugan (Northwestern University): “Dynamically Orthodox” Catholics: Mass and Technologies of Catholic Group Formation
  • Discussant: C. Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles)

 

1:30-3:15

Balboa View Room

The Morality of Millenarianism: Agency, Ethics, Diachronicity, and Other Underplayed Concepts

Chair: Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University) and Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast)

  • Simon Coleman (University of Toronto): What Does Pentecostal Heritage Look Like? From Linearity to Incommensurability in Moralizing the Millennial
  • Janet Hoskins (University of Southern California): Left-Eyed Morality and the Postcolonial Age: Caodai Theories of the Period Before the World Ends
  • Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University): The Fifth Pillar of World Religions: Moral Agency over Time in Hmong Millenarianism
  • Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast): Eschatological Agency: Moral Freedom and Prophecy Fulfillment on Land and at Sea
  • Hossein Mirrazi (University of Cambridge): Pilgrimage to Jamkaran: Messianic Representations, Identity Construction, and Apocalyptic Aspirations/Expectations
  • Discussant: Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge)

 

1:30-3:15

Poolview Room

In Bad Faith: Trolling as Religious Praxis

Chair: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

  • Jessica Johnson (University of Washington): Trolling on Mission to Save a “Pussified Nation”
  • Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte): Trolling for Souls: Street Preachers on American College Campuses
  • Jessica Mason (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Believer, Activist, Provocateur? The Counterprotester’s Challenge
  • Joseph Blankholm (Columbia University): The Sincerely Held Beliefs of Nonbelievers
  • Discussant: Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh)

 

3:30-5:00

Presidio Ballroom

Rappaport Lecture

Webb Keane (University of Michigan): Religion and the Making of Morality Systems

 

5:00-6:00

California Room

Board Meeting

 

6:00-8:00

Terrace Garden

Reception

 


 

 

Sunday Morning, April 19, 2015

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ritual, Sacrifice, & Suffering

Chair: Asher Brum (University of Campinas)

  • Asher Brum (University of Campinas): Opus Dei: Suffering Rituals and Secular Moral Critique
  • Emilie Parent (University of Montreal): Sundance in Quebec: Ethic of Blood and Suffering in an Indigenous Ritual
  • Thomas B. Ellis (Appalachian State University): Disgusting Ritual and the Potentiation of the Human Immune System
  • Sravana Borkatoky Varma (Rice University): Blood Ties: The Tiwa Tribe and Sakta Tantra

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

The Christian Nation as Ethical Framework: On Moral Authority, Christianity, and the State

Chair: Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh)

  • Girish Daswani (University of Toronto): Is Ghana under a Curse? Debating the Nation’s Past and Future in a Christian Present
  • Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh): A Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation and a Pastor’s Bid for President
  • Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh): Nations without States and States without Nations: Christian Nationalism and Christian Withdrawal in Southern California
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): The Irreducible Materiality of “Unity”: Christian-Israelite Critiques in Papua New Guinea Politics
  • Julia Klimova (University of California, San Diego): How Dead is the Monster: Revisiting the Ethics of Church/State Relations in Russia through Leviathan, the Movie
  • Jacqueline Ryle (University of the South Pacific): Blurred Visions: Christian State and Secular State Ideals in Fiji
  • Discussant: Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

 

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Roundtable: Theologically-Engaged Anthropology: A Consideration of Productive Theological Collaborative Partners

Chair: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

Participants: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia), Brian Howell (Wheaton College), Don Seeman (Emory University), Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Morality and Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora and Return (2)

Chair: Stephen Selka (Indiana University)

  • Stephen Selka (Indiana University): Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil
  • Sarah Bakker Kellogg (San Francisco State University): “Someday We Will be Like the Jews”: Music and Moral Identity in the Syriac Christian Diaspora
  • Jennifer Sime (San Diego Mesa College): Rituals of National Catholicism: The Resurrection of St. James and Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Jens Kreinath (Wichita State University): Implications and Applications of the Actor-Network Theory: Bruno Latour and the Infrastructure of Shared Pilgrimage Sites in Hatay, Turkey

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Ritual/Anti-ritual

Chair: Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College)

  • Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College): Halleluiah People: The Catholic Easter Rite, Evil, and the Religious Sensibility of Tamil Fishers in Shri Lanka
  • Megan A. Moore (Georgia State University): Lessons in Church Math: Brand Theology, Emotional Economy, and Rejecting Ritual in a Multisite Metro Atlanta Megachurch
  • Yang Shen (Boston University): Rethinking “Traditions”: Reading Classics as Ritual

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

Hindu Moralities

Chair: Jennifer Ortegren (Emory University)

  • Antoinette E. DeNapoli (University of Wyoming): “Change Is the Rule of Nature and the Nature of Dharm”: Experimental Hinduism and Emerging Moral Ecologies in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in North India
  • Kalpesh Bhatt (University of Toronto): Nityapuja, a Hindu Devotional Ritual: Mechanics of Moral Formation through Theological Construction of the Self
  • Jennifer D. Ortegren (Emory University): Ritualizing Middle Class Morality: Karva Chauth and a New Hindu Dharma of Neighbors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (2)

Chair: Hanna Kim (Adelphi University)

  • Seema Golestaneh (Connecticut College): Dissolutions of the Self: Ethics and Aesthetics in Iranian Sufi Rituals
  • Hanna Kim (Adelphi University): Broken Houses and Too Much Local Brew: Immoral and Moral Ingredients in the Making of the Moral Self
  • Nicole Reisnour (Cornell University): Indexing Morality: Voice, Self, and Divine Guidance in Mabebasan Literary Performance
  • Monirith Ly (Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia): Buddhist Moral Meaning-Making through Community Service Learning
  • Guadalupe Barúa (University of Buenos Aires): Ethics, Misfortune, and the Quest for Bliss among “Fallen” Wichí

Updated Schedule for 2015 Biennial Meeting

Updated Schedule

Here is an updated Schedule for our Biennial Meeting in San Diego, April 16-19. You should find your panel listed here and be able to make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Registration

If you have not yet registered, consider doing so through AnthroGateway–the AAA’s website for meeting registration.

We look forward to seeing many of you soon in San Diego!

 

Updated Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

Biennial Meeting – 2015

San Diego, CA

Please note that this schedule is correct in terms of the times and days of sessions, but more details may be added before it is printed. Except for the panels on Friday afternoon–which are 1 hour and 30 minutes long–all panels are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, making for 15-20 minute presentations depending on the number of presenters/discussants per panel.

 

Thursday Evening, April 16, 2015

6:00-8:00

Terrace Room

Reception

 

Friday Morning, April 17, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Religion, Morality, and Community Development

Chair: Frederick P. Lampe (Northern Arizona University)

  • Frederick Lampe (Northern Arizona University): “My Husband’s Brother’s Sister”: Kinship Networks, Community, and Development in East Africa
  • Kate McClellan (Mississippi State University): “Communities Like Us”: Islam and the Development of Multispecies Morals in Jordan
  • Rachel Schneider (Rice University): White Progressive Christianity and Transformation Ethics in South Africa
  • Lucinda Carspecken (Indiana University): Reverence Among Contrarians: Community and Eclecticism at a North American Festival Site

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Negotiating Religious and Other Boundaries

Chair: Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University)

  • Yi Liu (Shanghai University): Pastor Hsi’s Legacy: An Indigenous Christian Community in North China
  • Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University): The Role of Islam in the Ethical Life of Hindus: Some Reflections on the Dargah of Firoz Shah Kotla
  • Christina Cappy (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Enacting Morality in Morning Assemblies: Inside South African Schools
  • Adam Dunstan (SUNY, Buffalo): The Environmental Concerns are the Cultural Concerns: Sacred Space and Science in Navajo Environmentalism
  • Amber Lee Silva (McGill University): What Counts: Moral and Ortho in American Old Believers’ Projections of Judgment

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ethics of Difference: Moral Discourses, Regulations, and Boundary Marking

Chair: Aminta Arrington (John Brown University)

  • Aminta Arrington (John Brown University): Fixing the Boundaries and Redrawing the Purity Map
  • Robert Priest (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School): The Rhetoric of Filth in Moral Discourse
  • Yasmin Cho (Duke University): The Ethics of Gustatory Taste: Ethnicity, Class, and Tibetan Buddhist Practices in Post-Mao China
  • Masi Majithia (University of Washington): The Memoirs of a Brahmachari: How the Identity of a Brahmachari Can Give Him Political Legitimacy

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Morality of Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora, and Return (1)

Chair: Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University)

  • Donna Young (University of Toronto): A Chapel, A Synagogue, A Mosque: Journeying through the Holy Land with the Sisters of Sion
  • Devaka Premawardhana (Colorado College): Egress and Regress: Religious Mobility in Northern Mozambique
  • Valentina Napolitano (University of Toronto): On the Return and the Criollo Pope
  • Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University): Temporal Return of Migrant Pilgrims: Japanese-Brazilian Pentecostal Converts in the Land of Their Ancestors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (1)

Chair: Stephen Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

  • Rachel Werczberger (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Tel Aviv University): Ritual and Authenticity in New Age Judaism
  • Stephen D. Glazier (University of Nebraska, Lincoln): Affect, Morality, and the Self: The Pre-Discursive in Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Charles Farhadian (Westmont College): The Christ Event and the Immanent Turn in the Anthropology of Christianity
  • William Dawley (University of California, San Diego): Peer Group Ethics and the Remaking of Masculinity: How Peer Groups in the Evangelical and Support Group Movements Help Transform Male Gender Identity in Urbanizing Costa Rica
  • Hector Guazon (University of the Philippines/Saint Louis University): Moral Subjectivity in an Unstable Place

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Labors of Morality: Working toward the Moral Good and Work as Moral Good

Chair: Aaron Greer (Pacific University) and Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon)

  • Rachel M. Scott (University of Tennessee): Lottery Luck and Ethical Rewards: Gambling as Religious Practice in Thailand
  • Shari Jacobson (Susquehanna University): When Work Doesn’t Pay: The Protestant Ethic in Post-Industrial America
  • Caroline Block (Johns Hopkins University): The Call to Service and the Politics of Denomination in American Orthodox Women’s Talmud Study
  • Aaron Greer (Pacific University): Discipline and Party: The Hindu Ethic and the Spirit of Neo-Liberal Capitalism in Trinidad
  • Rupa Pillai (University of Oregon): Cultivating Intention: The Ethics of Guyanese Yoga in New York City

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Translating Religion/Religion as Translation: Interpretation, Recitation, & Performance

Chair: Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University)

  • Lora L. Kile (Arizona State University): Juxtaposition of Morality: Sahagún’s Interpretation of the Méxica Tlacaxipehualiztli Ritualization
  • Pankaj Jain (University of North Texas): “Dharma and Science Are Complementary”: Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization’s Experiments with Himalayan Communities
  • Edwin Zehner (Walailak University): Morality and Religion from the Thai Perspectives of Jariyatham (Ethics) and Kunnatham (Virtue): Issues of Translation
  • Saliha Chatoo (University of Toronto): Performing Evil: The Language of American Evangelical Hell Houses
  • Ingrid E. Lilly (Pacific School of Religion): Constructing a Moral Voice from a Spirit-Possessed, Refuge Body: Babylonian Medical Cosmology in the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Politics of Discernment in Christian Practice

Chair: Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo) and James S. Bielo (Miami University)

  • Jessica Hardin (Pacific University): Discerning the Sick Body: Embodied Evidence and Critical Christianity in Samoa
  • Rebecca Bartel (University of Toronto): Feeling the Spirit Move: Affect and Embodied Discernment
  • Fred Klaits (SUNY, Buffalo): Insult and Insecurity: Discerning the Good Life in Two American Pentecostal Congregations
  • James S. Bielo (Miami University): Discernment and Professional Activity: Notes from a Creationist Design Studio
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): Discernment and Difference: Bibles, Land Claims, and Epistemic Categories of the Person in Papua New Guinea
  • Rob Blunt (Lafayette College): “The Oath is Our Leader”: Sovereignty, Language, and Ritual Supplementation in Colonial Kenya
  • Discussant: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

 

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch

 

Friday Afternoon, April 17, 2015

1:00-2:30

Poolview Room

Pentecostalism through the Lens of Politics, Sexuality, and Competition

Chair: Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Jason Price (University of California, Berkeley): The Deliverance of Jacob K.
  • Priscilla Garcia (University of California, San Diego): Pentecostal Politics, Democracy, and Morality in Brazil
  • Data D. Barata (California State University, Sacramento): Christianity’s Moral Dilemmas in a Hybrid Neoliberal Context: Relational Analysis of Struggle for Religious Equality in Ethiopia
  • Joshua Brahinsky (University of California, Santa Cruz): Pentecostal Mobilization, or the Lack of an Ethics of Ritual, Event, Resistance, and Agency?

 

1:00-2:30

Presidio Ballroom

Gender, Religion, and Conservative Culture: How Patriarchal Structures Enable and Constraint Religious & Ethical Agency

Chair: Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Anubha Sood (Southern Methodist University): Mental Ailments and Divine Treatment: Religious Healing among Women in North India
  • Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego): Catholic Exorcism: Agency and Patriarchy
  • Sophie Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University): Doing Gender/Doing Religion: U.S. Evangelicalism, the Family, and the Art of Submission
  • Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara): Of Mothers and Goddesses: Religiosity and Women’s Agency in Wenzhou, China

 

1:00-2:30

Balboa Room

Questioning Moral Authority: Contemporary Spirits in the U.S. and Beyond

Chair: Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College)

  • Timothy R. Landry (University of Arkansas): Fragile Spirits of the Sacred Forest: Protecting Vodún through Secrecy in Benin
  • Michele Hanks (Case Western Reserve University): Between Electricity and Spirit: Paranormal Investigating and the Production of Doubt
  • Stephanie Boothby (University of Florida): The Ethics of Paranormal Investigation: How Morality and Meaning are Formed in the Face of the Supernatural
  • Misty L. Bastian (Franklin & Marshall College): Dead Time: Temporal Regimes of Working Class American Paranormal Researchers

 

1:00-2:30

Club Room

Sacred Histories and Reimagining Religious Ethics in South Asian Ritual Performance

Chair: Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Claire Robison (University of California, Santa Barbara): Performing Ethical Practice through Alterity: Dramas and the Sacred Histories of a Hindu Community in Mumbai
  • Joel Gruber (University of San Diego): Performing the Sacred Past into Existence: Ritual Enactment of Tibetan Buddhist Saintly Biographies
  • Rohit Singh (University of California, Santa Barbara): The “Secularization” of Muharram Commemorations in Leh, Ladakh
  • Lauren Smyth (University of California, Santa Barbara): Coffee under the Monastery: Authenticity, Religious Heritage, and “Beautifying” Ladakh
  • Discussant: Rico Monge (University of San Diego)

 

2:45-4:30

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Panel

James Laidlaw (University of Cambridge), Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University), Michael Lambek (University of Toronto) and Cheryl Mattingly (University of Southern California)

 

4:45-6:00

Presidio Ballroom

Presidential Lecture

Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge): What is the Matter with Transcendence? On the Place of Religion in the New Anthropology of Ethics

 

6:00-8:00

Terrace Garden

Reception

 

Saturday Morning, April 18, 2015

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (1)

Chair: Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University)

  • Graham M. Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Jugglery without a License: Magic, Mediumism, and the Law
  • Janny Li (University of California, Irvine): A Case of Quasi-Certainty: William James and the Making of the Subliminal Mind
  • Oliver Müller (Burg Giebichenstein-University of Fine Arts Halle): Higher Beings Commanded: Paint the Fall of Icarus! The Presumed Absence of Mediumistic Art in the Former German Democratic Republic
  • Michael Kinsella (University of California, Santa Barbara): Is the Truth Out There? “Paranormal” Experiences, Other Worlds, and the Politics of Ontology

 

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Alterity, (In)tolerance, and Ethics

Chair: Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University)

  • Jodie Ann Vann (Arizona State University) : The Ethics of Alterity: Transgression as Moral Practice at Phoenix Pagan Pride
  • Amy Flynn-Curran (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): The Campaign Was a Spiritual Low-Point: Proposition 8’s Lasting Impact on a Mormon Community in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nur Amali Ibrahim (Indiana University): Homophobic Muslims
  • David Strohl (Colby College): What is Moral Obligation? Religious Authority, Conscience, and Tolerance in an Indian Muslim Community
  • Patrick McKearney (University of Cambridge): The Ethics of Sacrifice and the Sacrifice of Ethics: Transforming People with Learning Disabilities from Curse to Blessing

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Spiritual Therapies, Religious Doubt, & Ethical Critiques: Encounters between Religion and Healing

Chair: Ayala Fader (Fordham University)

  • Dusty Hoesly (University of California, Santa Barbara): Healings, Weddings, and the Legal Limits of Ethical Practice
  • Quinn A. Clark (University of Washington): The Act of Listening
  • Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University): From Observation to Participation: The Making of a Non-Traditional Spirit Medium
  • Ayala Fader (Fordham University): Treating Religious Doubt: Jewish Religious Therapists and Double Lifers
  • Henrique Fernandes Antunes (University of São Paulo): Healing as Culture: An Ethnography of the Healing Rituals of a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religion

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

Moral Moods, Affects, and Ethics

Chair: China Cherz (University of Virginia) and Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam)

  • Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles): Mournful Moods: On Morality, Attunement, and Loss
  • China Scherz (University of Virginia): Enduring the Awkward Embrace
  • Cathy Wanner (Pennsylvania State University): Mourning the Maidan
  • Charles Stewart (University College London) and Joshua Burraway (University College London): Finessing Finitude: De-Historification and Religion at Moments of Crisis
  • Jarrett Zigon (University of Amsterdam): Ethics of Dwelling, Politics of World-Building, Attunement

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

The Morality of Mortality: Perspectives on Death in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chair: Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University)

  • Dianna Bell (Vanderbilt University): Muslim Merit-Making in Posthumous Sacrifices in Mali, West Africa
  • Rosa de Jorio (University of North Florida) and Amadou Beidy Sow (Indiana University): Disputes around Mortuary Practices and Grave Sites in Post-Conflict Mali
  • Joseph Hellweg (Florida State University): Death as Moral Discourse: Dance, Song, Sacrifice, and Text in the Making of Dozo Funerals
  • Jesse Miller (Florida State University): Generation, Reproduction, and Societal Harmony in Case Studies of African Death Ritual Through Sound
  • Discussant: Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University)

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (2)

Chair: J. Brent Crosson (New York University)

  • Ehler Voss (University of Siegen/Stanford University): California Dreamin’: The Invention of Neoshamanism as a Mediumistic Trial of the 20th Century
  • Adam Klin-Oron (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute): Cultivating the Wild Vision: Past and Present Channelers Making Meaning
  • Brent Crosson (New York University): Experiments with Power: The Scientific and Legal Trials of Religion in the Caribbean
  • Deana Weibel (Grand Valley State University): Communitas, Morality, Sorrow, and Truth: Supernatural Means of Ascertaining Unorthodox Histories of Religiously Significant Sites

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

The Relational Morality of Religious Healing Etiologies

Chair: Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma)

  • Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma): “Blocking up the Healing”: Navajo Neo-Pentecostal Moral Etiology
  • Justine Buck Quijada (Wesleyan University): Porous Shamanic Selves: The Morality of Kinship
  • Amanda Lucia (University of California, Riverside): From Healing to Sex Scandal: Understanding the Haptic Logics of Guru Intimacy
  • Nalika Gajaweera (University of Southern California): Mindful Togertherness
  • Discussant: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego)

 

10:00-11:45

Presidio Ballroom

Religion and Moral Sentiments

Chair: Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego)

  • Tanya Luhrman (Stanford University): A Comparative Phenomenology of Good and Evil
  • Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego): On Love, Compassion, and Making Ethical Relationships in Christian Humanitarianism
  • Tyler Zoanni (New York University): Some Ambivalent Conceptions: Feelings of Difference in Evangelical Disability Ministries
  • Anna Corwin (Stanford University): Sentiments of Suffering: Moral Sentiment in a Catholic Convent
  • Julia Cassaniti (Washington State University): Moral Emotions, Religious Traditions, and the Variably Transcendental Self
  • Austin Gillett (Brigham Young University) and Jacob Hickman (Brigham Young University): Tradition, Agency, and Emotion in Hmong Moral Discourse
  • Discussant: Michael Lambek (University of Toronto)

 

11:45-1:30

Lunch

 

Saturday Afternoon, April 18, 2015

1:30-3:15

Presidio Ballroom

Author Meets Critics: Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

  • Michael Banner: “Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human
  • Discussants: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego), Lesley Sharp (Barnard College), Richard Madsen (University of California, San Diego), John Evens (University of California, San Diego), Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

 

1:30-3:15

Club Room

Intersubjectivity, Dynamism, and Negotiation: Existential and Phenomenological Approaches to Ritualization

Chair: Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University)

  • Marc Roscoe Loustau (Harvard University): The Absent Presence and Present Absence of Moral Doubt in Transylvanian Catholic Lifeworlds
  • Michael Agnew (McMaster University): “Our Lady Did This for Me”: Ex-votos and the Moral Contours of Caregiving at Lourdes
  • Kate Yanina DeConinck (Harvard University): The Ethics of the Intersubjective at the 9/11 Tribute Center: Ritualized Storytelling in the Wake of Mass Trauma
  • Katherine Dugan (Northwestern University): “Dynamically Orthodox” Catholics: Mass and Technologies of Catholic Group Formation
  • Discussant: C. Jason Throop (University of California, Los Angeles)

 

1:30-3:15

Balboa View Room

The Morality of Millenarianism: Agency, Ethics, Diachronicity, and Other Underplayed Concepts

Chair: Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University) and Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast)

  • Simon Coleman (University of Toronto): What Does Pentecostal Heritage Look Like? From Linearity to Incommensurability in Moralizing the Millennial
  • Janet Hoskins (University of Southern California): Left-Eyed Morality and the Postcolonial Age: Caodai Theories of the Period Before the World Ends
  • Jacob R. Hickman (Brigham Young University): The Fifth Pillar of World Religions: Moral Agency over Time in Hmong Millenarianism
  • Joseph Webster (Queen’s University Belfast): Eschatological Agency: Moral Freedom and Prophecy Fulfillment on Land and at Sea
  • Hossein Mirrazi (University of Cambridge): Pilgrimage to Jamkaran: Messianic Representations, Identity Construction, and Apocalyptic Aspirations/Expectations
  • Discussant: Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge)

 

1:30-3:15

Poolview Room

In Bad Faith: Trolling as Religious Praxis

Chair: Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

  • Jessica Johnson (University of Washington): Trolling on Mission to Save a “Pussified Nation”
  • Eric Hoenes del Pinal (University of North Carolina, Charlotte): Trolling for Souls: Street Preachers on American College Campuses
  • Jessica Mason University of Wisconsin, Madison): Believer, Activist, Provocateur? The Counterprotester’s Challenge
  • Joseph Blankholm (Columbia University): The Sincerely Held Beliefs of Nonbelievers
  • Discussant: Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh)

 

3:30-5:00

Presidio Ballroom

Rappaport Lecture

Webb Keane (University of Michigan): Religion and the Making of Morality Systems

 

5:00-6:00

(location TBA)

Board Meeting

 

6:00-8:00

Terrace Garden

Reception

 

Sunday Morning, April 19, 2015

8:00-9:45

Poolview Room

Ritual, Sacrifice, & Suffering

Chair: Asher Brum (University of Campinas)

  • Asher Brum (University of Campinas): Opus Dei: Suffering Rituals and Secular Moral Critique
  • Emilie Parent (University of Montreal): Sundance in Quebec: Ethic of Blood and Suffering in an Indigenous Ritual
  • Thomas B. Ellis (Appalachian State University): Disgusting Ritual and the Potentiation of the Human Immune System
  • Sravana Borkatoky Varma (Rice University): Blood Ties: The Tiwa Tribe and Sakta Tantra

 

8:00-9:45

Presidio Ballroom

The Christian Nation as Ethical Framework: On Moral Authority, Christianity, and the State

Chair: Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh)

  • Girish Daswani (University of Toronto): Is Ghana under a Curse? Debating the Nation’s Past and Future in a Christian Present
  • Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh): A Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation and a Pastor’s Bid for President
  • Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh): Nations without States and States without Nations: Christian Nationalism and Christian Withdrawal in Southern California
  • Courtney Handman (Reed College): The Irreducible Materiality of “Unity”: Christian-Israelite Critiques in Papua New Guinea Politics
  • Julia Klimova (University of California, San Diego): How Dead is the Monster: Revisiting the Ethics of Church/State Relations in Russia through Leviathan, the Movie
  • Jacqueline Ryle (University of the South Pacific): Blurred Visions: Christian State and Secular State Ideals in Fiji
  • Discussant: Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

 

8:00-9:45

Balboa Room

Roundtable: Theologically-Engaged Anthropology: A Consideration of Productive Theological Collaborative Partners

Chair: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia)

Participants: Derrick Lemons (University of Georgia), Brian Howell (Wheaton College), Don Seeman (Emory University), Michael Banner (University of Cambridge)

 

8:00-9:45

Club Room

Morality and Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora and Return (2)

Chair: Stephen Selka (Indiana University)

  • Stephen Selka (Indiana University): Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil
  • Sarah Bakker Kellogg (San Francisco State University): “Someday We Will be Like the Jews”: Music and Moral Identity in the Syriac Christian Diaspora
  • Jennifer Sime (San Diego Mesa College): Rituals of National Catholicism: The Resurrection of St. James and Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Jens Kreinath (Wichita State University): Implications and Applications of the Actor-Network Theory: Bruno Latour and the Infrastructure of Shared Pilgrimage Sites in Hatay, Turkey

 

10:00-11:45

Poolview Room

Ritual/Anti-ritual

Chair: Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College)

  • Kaori Hatsumi (Kalamazoo College): Halleluiah People: The Catholic Easter Rite, Evil, and the Religious Sensibility of Tamil Fishers in Shri Lanka
  • Megan A. Moore (Georgia State University): Lessons in Church Math: Brand Theology, Emotional Economy, and Rejecting Ritual in a Multisite Metro Atlanta Megachurch
  • Yang Shen (Boston University): Rethinking “Traditions”: Reading Classics as Ritual

 

10:00-11:45

Balboa Room

Hindu Moralities

Chair: Jennifer Ortegren (Emory University)

  • Pratap Kumar (University of KwaZulu Natal): Convenience Kavadi: Is There a Right Way to Observe Kavadi Ritual? A South African Perspective
  • Antoinette E. DeNapoli (University of Wyoming): “Change Is the Rule of Nature and the Nature of Dharm”: Experimental Hinduism and Emerging Moral Ecologies in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in North India
  • Kalpesh Bhatt (University of Toronto): Nityapuja, a Hindu Devotional Ritual: Mechanics of Moral Formation through Theological Construction of the Self
  • Jennifer D. Ortegren (Emory University): Ritualizing Middle Class Morality: Karva Chauth and a New Hindu Dharma of Neighbors

 

10:00-11:45

Club Room

Moral Self-Fashioning (2)

Chair: Hanna Kim (Adelphi University)

  • Seema Golestaneh (Connecticut College): Dissolutions of the Self: Ethics and Aesthetics in Iranian Sufi Rituals
  • Hanna Kim (Adelphi University): Broken Houses and Too Much Local Brew: Immoral and Moral Ingredients in the Making of the Moral Self
  • Nicole Reisnour (Cornell University): Indexing Morality: Voice, Self, and Divine Guidance in Mabebasan Literary Performance
  • Monirith Ly (Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia): Buddhist Moral Meaning-Making through Community Service Learning
  • Guadalupe Barúa (University of Buenos Aires): Ethics, Misfortune, and the Quest for Bliss among “Fallen” Wichí

2015 Biennial SAR Meeting — Preliminary Schedule

Preliminary Schedule

Here is the Preliminary Schedule for our Biennial Meeting in San Diego, April 16-19. You should find your panel listed here and be able to make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Hotel Reservations

Please remember that the rate at the Handlery Hotel ($119 Single and Double, $139 Triple and Quad) will expire on March 17th. You can book the group rate here. Refer to: Society for the Anthropology of Religion for booking.

Registration

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 15, 2015 will get the lower online registration rate.

We look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego soon!

 

Preliminary Schedule

Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

Biennial Meeting – 2015

San Diego, CA

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). Except for the third panel on Friday, all panels are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, making for 15-20 minute presentations depending on the number of presenters/discussants per panel.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Reception (6:00pm-8:00pm)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

1st session (8:00am-9:45am):

Religion, Morality, and Community Development: Frederick P. Lampe (chair)

  • Frederick Lampe: “My Husband’s Brother’s Sister”: Kinship Networks, Community, and Development in East Africa
  • Kate McClellan: “Communities Like Us”: Islam and the Development of Multispecies Morals in Jordan
  • Rachel Schneider: White Progressive Christianity and Transformation Ethics in South Africa

Negotiating Religious and Other Boundaries: Anand Vivek Taneja (chair)

  • Yi Liu: Pastor Hsi’s Legacy: An Indigenous Christian Community in North China
  • Anand Vivek Taneja: The Role of Islam in the Ethical Life of Hindus: Some Reflections on the Dargah of Firoz Shah Kotla
  • Christina Cappy: Enacting Morality in Morning Assemblies: Inside South African Schools
  • Adam Dunstan: The Environmental Concerns are the Cultural Concerns: Sacred Space and Science in Navajo Environmentalism
  • Amber Lee Silva: What Counts: Moral and Ortho in American Old Believers’ Projections of Judgment

Ethics of Difference: Moral Discourses, Regulations, and Boundary Marking: Aminta Arrington (chair)

  • Aminta Arrington: Fixing the Boundaries and Redrawing the Purity Map
  • Robert Priest: The Rhetoric of Filth in Moral Discourse
  • Yasmin Cho: The Ethics of Gustatory Taste: Ethnicity, Class, and Tibetan Buddhist Practices in Post-Mao China
  • Masi Majithia: The Memoirs of a Brahmachari: How the Identity of a Brahmachari Can Give Him Political Legitimacy

Morality of Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora, and Return (1): Suma Ikeuchi (Chair)

  • Donna Young: A Chapel, A Synagogue, A Mosque: Journeying through the Holy Land with the Sisters of Sion
  • Devaka Premawardhana: Egress and Regress: Religious Mobility in Northern Mozambique
  • Valentina Napolitano: On the Return and the Criollo Pope
  • Suma Ikeuchi: Temporal Return of Migrant Pilgrims: Japanese-Brazilian Pentecostal Converts in the Land of Their Ancestors

 

2nd session (10:00am-11:45am):

Moral Self-Fashioning (1): Stephen Glazier (chair)

  • Rachel Werczberger: Ritual and Authenticity in New Age Judaism
  • Stephen D. Glazier: Affect, Morality, and the Self: The Pre-Discursive in Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Charles Farhadian: The Christ Event and the Immanent Turn in the Anthropology of Christianity
  • William Dawley: Peer Group Ethics and the Remaking of Masculinity: How Peer Groups in the Evangelical and Support Group Movements Help Transform Male Gender Identity in Urbanizing Costa Rica
  • Hector Guazon: Moral Subjectivity in an Unstable Place

The Labors of Morality: Working toward the Moral Good and Work as Moral Good: Aaron Greer (chair)

  • Rachel M Scott: Lottery Luck and Ethical Rewards: Gambling as Religious Practice in Thailand
  • Shari Jacobson: When Work Doesn’t Pay: The Protestant Ethic in Post-Industrial America
  • Caroline Block: The Call to Service and the Politics of Denomination in American Orthodox Women’s Talmud Study
  • Aaron Greer: Discipline and Party: The Hindu Ethic and the Spirit of Neo-Liberal Capitalism in Trinidad
  • Rupa Pillai: Cultivating Intention: The Ethics of Guyanese Yoga in New York City

Translating Religion/Religion as Translation: Interpretation, Recitation, & Performance:

  • Lora L. Kile: Juxtaposition of Morality: Sahagún’s Interpretation of the Méxica Tlacaxipehualiztli Ritualization
  • Pankaj Jain: “Dharma and Science Are Complementary”: Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization’s Experiments with Himalayan Communities
  • Edwin Zehner: Morality and Religion from the Thai Perspectives of Jariyatham (Ethics) and Kunnatham (Virtue): Issues of Translation
  • Saliha Chatoo: Performing Evil: The Language of American Evangelical Hell Houses
  • Ingrid E. Lilly: Constructing a Moral Voice from a Spirit-Possessed, Refuge Body: Babylonian Medical Cosmology in the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel

Politics of Discernment in Christian Practice: Fred Klaits (chair)

  • Jessica Hardin: Discerning the Sick Body: Embodied Evidence and Critical Christianity in Samoa
  • Rebecca Bartel: Feeling the Spirit Move: Affect and Embodied Discernment
  • Fred Klaits: Insult and Insecurity: Discerning the Good Life in Two American Pentecostal Congregations
  • James Bielo: Discernment and Professional Activity: Notes from a Creationist Design Studio
  • Courtney Handman: Discernment and Difference: Bibles, Land Claims, and Epistemic Categories of the Person in Papua New Guinea
  • Rob Blunt: “The Oath is Our Leader”: Sovereignty, Language, and Ritual Supplementation in Colonial Kenya
  • Discussant: Eric Hoenes del Pinal

 

LUNCH 11:45am-1:00pm

 

3rd session (1:00pm-2:30pm)

Pentecostalism through the Lens of Politics, Sexuality & Religious Competition: Joshua Brahinsky (chair)

  • Jason Price: The Deliverance of Jacob K.
  • Priscilla Garcia: Pentecostal Politics, Democracy, and Morality in Brazil
  • Data D. Barata: Christianity’s Moral Dilemmas in a Hybrid Neoliberal Context: Relational Analysis of Struggle for Religious Equality in Ethiopia
  • Joshua Brahinsky: Pentecostal Mobilization, or the Lack of an Ethics of Ritual, Event, Resistance, and Agency?

Gender, Religion, and Conservative Culture: How Patriarchal Structures Enable and Constraint Religious & Ethical Agency: Mayfair Yang (chair)

  • Anubha Sood: Mental Ailments and Divine Treatment: Religious Healing among Women in North India
  • Thomas J. Csordas: Catholic Exorcism: Agency and Patriarchy
  • Sophie Bjork-James: Doing Gender/Doing Religion: U.S. Evangelicalism, the Family, and the Art of Submission
  • Mayfair Yang: Of Mothers and Goddesses: Religiosity and Women’s Agency in Wenzhou, China

Questioning Moral Authority: Contemporary Spirits in the U.S. and Beyond: Misty L. Bastian (chair)

  • Timothy R. Landry: Fragile Spirits of the Sacred Forest: Protecting Vodún through Secrecy in Benin
  • Michele Hanks: Between Electricity and Spirit: Paranormal Investigating and the Production of Doubt
  • Stephanie Boothby: The Ethics of Paranormal Investigation: How Morality and Meaning are Formed in the Face of the Supernatural
  • Misty L. Bastian: Dead Time: Temporal Regimes of Working Class American Paranormal Researchers

Sacred Histories and Reimagining Religious Ethics in South Asian Ritual Performance: Claire Robison (chair)

  • Claire Robison: Performing Ethical Practice through Alterity: Dramas and the Sacred Histories of a Hindu Community in Mumbai
  • Joel Gruber: Performing the Sacred Past into Existence: Ritual Enactment of Tibetan Buddhist Saintly Biographies
  • Rohit Singh: The “Secularization” of Muharram Commemorations in Leh, Ladakh
  • Lauren Smyth: Coffee under the Monastery: Authenticity, Religious Heritage, and “Beautifying” Ladakh
  • Discussant: Rico Monge

 

4th session (2:45pm-4:30pm)

Presidential Panel

James Laidlaw, Adeline Masquelier, Michael Lambek and Cheryl Mattingly

 

5th session (4:45pm-6:00pm)

Presidential Lecture: Joel Robbins

 

Reception (6:00pm-8:00pm)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

1st session (8:00am-9:45am):

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (1): Ehler Voss (chair)

  • Graham M. Jones: Jugglery without a License: Magic, Mediumism, and the Law
  • Janny Li: A Case of Quasi-Certainty: William James and the Making of the Subliminal Mind
  • Oliver Muller: Higher Beings Commanded: Paint the Fall of Icarus! The Presumed Absence of Mediumistic Art in the Former German Democratic Republic
  • Michael Kinsella: Is the Truth Out There? “Paranormal” Experiences, Other Worlds, and the Politics of Ontology

Alterity, (In)tolerance, and Ethics: Jodie Ann Vann (chair)

  • Jodie Ann Vann: The Ethics of Alterity: Transgression as Moral Practice at Phoenix Pagan Pride
  • Amy Flynn-Curran: The Campaign Was a Spiritual Low-Point: Proposition 8’s Lasting Impact on a Mormon Community in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nur Amali Ibrahim: Homophobic Muslims
  • David Strohl: What is Moral Obligation? Religious Authority, Conscience, and Tolerance in an Indian Muslim Community
  • Patrick McKearney: The Ethics of Sacrifice and the Sacrifice of Ethics: Transforming People with Learning Disabilities from Curse to Blessing

Spiritual Therapies, Religious Doubt, & Ethical Critiques: Encounters between Religion and Healing: Ayala Fader (chair)

  • Dusty Hoesly: Healings, Weddings, and the Legal Limits of Ethical Practice
  • Quinn A. Clark: The Act of Listening
  • Karen Fjelstad: From Observation to Participation: The Making of a Non-Traditional Spirit Medium
  • Ayala Fader: Treating Religious Doubt: Jewish Religious Therapists and Double Lifers
  • Henrique Fernandes Antunes: Healing as Culture: An Ethnography of the Healing Rituals of a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religion

Moral Moods, Affects, and Ethics: China Cherz (chair)

  • Jason Throop: Mournful Moods: On Morality, Attunement, and Loss
  • China Scherz: Enduring the Awkward Embrace
  • Cathy Wanner: Mourning the Maidan
  • Charles Stewart and Joshua Burraway: Finessing Finitude: De-Historification and Religion at Moments of Crisis
  • Jarrett Zigon: Ethics of Dwelling, Politics of World-Building, Attunement

 

2nd session (10:00am-11:45am):

The Morality of Mortality: Perspectives on Death in Sub-Saharan Africa: Dianna Bell (chair)

  • Dianna Bell: Muslim Merit-Making in Posthumous Sacrifices in Mali, West Africa
  • Rosa de Jorio and Amadou Beidy Sow: Disputes around Mortuary Practices and Grave Sites in Post-Conflict Mali
  • Joseph Hellweg: Death as Moral Discourse: Dance, Song, Sacrifice, and Text in the Making of Dozo Funerals
  • Jesse Miller: Gegeneration, Reproduction, and Societal Harmony in Case Studies of African Death Ritual Through Sound
  • Discussant: Adeline Masquelier

The Morality of Millenarianism: Agency, Ethics, Diachronicity, and Other Underplayed Concepts: Jacob R. Hickman (chair)

  • Simon Coleman: What Does Pentecostal Heritage Look Like? From Linearity to Incommensurability in Moralizing the Millennial
  • Janet Hoskins: Left-Eyed Morality and the Postcolonial Age: Caodai Theories of the Period Before the World Ends
  • Jacob R. Hickman: The Fifth Pillar of World Religions: Moral Agency over Time in Hmong Millenarianism
  • Joseph Webster: Eschatological Agency: Moral Freedom and Prophecy Fulfillment on Land and at Sea
  • Hossein Mirrazi: Pilgrimage to Jamkaran: Messianic Representations, Identity Construction, and Apocalyptic Aspirations/Expectations
  • Discussant: Joel Robbins

The Relational Morality of Religious Healing Etiologies: Kimberly Marshall (chair)

  • Kimberly Marshall: “Blocking up the Healing”: Navajo Neo-Pentecostal Moral Etiology
  • Justine Buck Quijada: Porous Shamanic Selves: The Morality of Kinship
  • Amanda Lucia: From Healing to Sex Scandal: Understanding the Haptic Logics of Guru Intimacy
  • Nalika Gajaweera: Mindful Togertherness
  • Discussant: Thomas J. Csordas

Religion and Moral Sentiments: Nofit Itzhak (chair)

  • Tanya Luhrman: A Comparative Phenomenology of Good and Evil
  • Nofit Itzhak: On Love, Compassion, and Making Ethical Relationships in Christian Humanitarianism
  • Tyler Zoanni: Some Ambivalent Conceptions: Feelings of Difference in Evangelical Disability Ministries
  • Anna Corwin: Sentiments of Suffering: Moral Sentiment in a Catholic Convent
  • Julia Cassaniti: Moral Emotions, Religious Traditions, and the Variably Transcendental Self
  • Austin Gillett: Tradition, Agency, and Emotion in Hmong Moral Discourse
  • Discussant: Michael Lambek

 

LUNCH 11:45am-1:30pm

 

3rd session (1:30pm-3:15pm)

Author Meets Critics: Michael Banner

  • Michael Banner: “Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human”
  • Discussants: Thomas J. Csordas, Lesley Sharp, Richard Madsen, John Evens, Derrick Lemons

Intersubjectivity, Dynamism, and Negotiation: Existential and Phenomenological Approaches to Ritualization: Marc Roscoe Loustau (chair)

  • Marc Roscoe Loustau: The Absent Presence and Present Absence of Moral Doubt in Transylvanian Catholic Lifeworlds
  • Michael Agnew: “Our Lady Did This for Me”: Ex-votos and the Moral Contours of Caregiving at Lourdes
  • Kate Yanina DeConinck: The Ethics of the Intersubjective at the 9/11 Tribute Center: Ritualized Storytelling in the Wake of Mass Trauma
  • Katherine Dugan: “Dynamically Orthodox” Catholics: Mass and Technologies of Catholic Group Formation
  • Discussant: C. Jason Throop

The Mediumistic Trial: Testing and Contesting Mediumism between Science, Religion, and Morality (2): J. Brent Crosson (chair)

  • Ehler Voss: California Dreamin’: The Invention of Neoshamanism as a Mediumistic Trial of the 20th Century
  • Adam Klin-Oron: Cultivating the Wild Vision: Past and Present Channelers Making Meaning
  • Brent Crosson: Experiments with Power: The Scientific and Legal Trials of Religion in the Caribbean
  • Deana Weibel: Communitas, Morality, Sorrow, and Truth: Supernatural Means of Ascertaining Unorthodox Histories of Religiously Significant Sites

In Bad Faith: Trolling as Religious Praxis: Hoenes de Pinal (chair)

  • Jessica Johnson: Trolling on Mission to Save a “Pussified Nation”
  • Eric Hoenes del Pinal: Trolling for Souls: Street Preachers on American College Campuses
  • Jessica Mason: Believer, Activist, Provocateur? The Counterprotester’s Challenge
  • Joseph Blankholm: The Sincerely Held Beliefs of Nonbelievers
  • Discussant: Jon Bialecki

 

Rappaport Lecture (3:30pm-5:00pm): Webb Keane

 

Board Meeting (5:00pm-6:00pm)

 

Reception (6:00pm-8:00pm)

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

1st session (8:00am-9:45am):

Ritual, Sacrifice, & Suffering: Asher Brum (chair)

  • Asher Brum: Opus Dei: Suffering Rituals and Secular Moral Critique
  • Emilie Parent: Sundance in Quebec: Ethic of Blood and Suffering in an Indigenous Ritual
  • Thomas B. Ellis: Disgusting Ritual and the Potentiation of the Human Immune System
  • Sravana Borkatoky Varma: Blood Ties: The Tiwa Tribe and Sakta Tantra

The Christian Nation as Ethical Framework: On Moral Authority, Christianity, and the State: Naomi Haynes (chair)

  • Girish Daswani: Is Ghana under a Curse? Debating the Nation’s Past and Future in a Christian Present
  • Naomi Haynes: A Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation and a Pastor’s Bid for President
  • Jon Bialecki: Nations without States and States without Nations: Christian Nationalism and Christian Withdrawal in Southern California
  • Courtney Handman: The Irreducible Materiality of “Unity”: Christian-Israelite Critiques in Papua New Guinea Politics
  • Julia Klimova: How Dead is the Monster: Revisiting the Ethics of Church/State Relations in Russia through Leviathan, the Movie
  • Jacqueline Ryle: Blurred Visions: Christian State and Secular State Ideals in Fiji
  • Discussant: Simon Coleman

Roundtable: Theologically-Engaged Anthropology: A Consideration of Productive Theological Collaborative Partners: Derrick Lemons (chair)

  • Participants: Derrick Lemons, Brian Howell, Don Seeman, Michael Banner

Morality and Movement: Migration, Pilgrimage, Diaspora and Return (2): Stephen Selka (chair)

  • Stephen Selka: Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil
  • Sarah Bakker Kellogg: “Someday We Will be Like the Jews”: Music and Moral Identity in the Syriac Christian Diaspora
  • Jennifer Sime: Rituals of National Catholicism: The Resurrection of St. James and Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Jens Kreinath: Implications and Applications of the Actor-Network Theory: Bruno Latour and the Infrastructure of Shared Pilgrimage Sites in Hatay, Turkey

 

2nd session (10:00am-11:45am):

Ritual/Anti-ritual: Kaori Hatsumi (chair)

  • Kaori Hatsumi: Halleluiah People: The Catholic Easter Rite, Evil, and the Religious Sensibility of Tamil Fishers in Shri Lanka
  • Megan A. Moore: Lessons in Church Math: Brand Theology, Emotional Economy, and Rejecting Ritual in a Multisite Metro Atlanta Megachurch
  • Yang Shen: Rethinking “Traditions”: Reading Classics as Ritual

Hindu Moralities: Jennifer Ortegren (chair)

  • Pratap Kumar: Convenience Kavadi: Is There a Right Way to Observe Kavadi Ritual? A South African Perspective
  • Antoinette E. DeNapoli: “Change Is the Rule of Nature and the Nature of Dharm”: Experimental Hinduism and Emerging Moral Ecologies in the Practices of Hindu Renouncers in North India
  • Kalpesh Bhatt: Nityapuja, a Hindu Devotional Ritual: Mechanics of Moral Formation through Theological Construction of the Self
  • Jennifer D. Ortegren: Ritualizing Middle Class Morality: Karva Chauth and a New Hindu Dharma of Neighbors

Moral Self-Fashioning (2): Hanna Kim (chair)

  • Seema Golestaneh: Dissolutions of the Self: Ethics and Aesthetics in Iranian Sufi Rituals
  • Hanna Kim: Broken Houses and Too Much Local Brew: Immoral and Moral Ingredients in the Making of the Moral Self
  • Nicole Reisnour: Indexing Morality: Voice, Self, and Divine Guidance in Mabebasan Literary Performance
  • Monirith Ly: Buddhist Moral Meaning-Making through Community Service Learning
  • Guadalupe Barúa: Ethics, Misfortune, and the Quest for Bliss among “Fallen” Wichí