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Every year, SAR sponsors several panels on the anthropology of religion at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). In 2021, the meeting will be held in a hybrid format virtually and in Baltimore, MD. The following list includes the panels and events the SAR is sponsoring during the meeting. Please consult the AAA conference schedule for more details about registration and room locations.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

(1-0190) Shamans and Cultural Change in a Comparative Framework
Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Micah Morton, Eric Michael Kelley, Diana Riboli, Marjorie Balzer, Laurel Kendall

(1-0019) Yoga and mindfulness: conversions and displacements between confessional practices and well-being techniques
Conversation / Debate (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Isabel Carvalho, Cecilia Bastos

(1-0230) Religions, Symbols and Public Discourses
Volunteered – Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Anastasia Badder, Erfan Saidi Moqadam, Alena Shisheliakina, Feyza Burak Adli

(1-0551) Anthropology of Blasphemy (in Russia and Elsewhere)
Conversation / Debate (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Alexander Panchenko, Sergei Shtyrkov, Catherine Wanner

(1-0081) The Social Lives of the Quran & the Anthropology of Scriptures
Roundtable / Townhall (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Nermeen Mouftah, Zareena Grewal, Yunus Dogan Telliel, James Bielo, Samiha Rahman, Richard Newton

Thursday, November 18, 2021

(2-1582) Author Meets Critics: Anthropologists Respond to Joel Robbins’ Theology and the Anthropology of Christian Life.
Invited Session – Roundtable / Townhall (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Naomi Haynes, Derrick Lemons, Simon Coleman, Courtney Handman, Timothy Larsen, Maya Mayblin, Joel Robbins

(2-0980) Patronage and Dependency in Islamic Ethics and Economies of Care: Ethnographic Inquiries from Africa and the Middle East
Oral Presentation (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
China Sajadian, Caitlyn Bolton, Diana Sarkis Fernandez, Laura Cochrane, Noah Salomon, Anna Reumert

(2-0660) Truth and Responsibility: Understanding Christian Pastors and Priests
Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Benjamin Hollenbach, Marc Loustau, Carolyn Dreyer, Sidney Greenfield, David Haines, Fred Klaits

(2-0870) Rituals, Believers and Organizations in the Muslim world
Volunteered – Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Ulil Amri, Roberta Ricucci, Nareman Amin, Hamidreza Salehyar, Parnia Vafaeikia

(2-1310) Human Responsibility and Transcendent Truth: How metapersons help people create themselves
Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Brian Howell, Katryn Davis, Marybeth Nevins, Erin Stiles, Adam Dunstan

(2-1550) Challenging Religions in the Current Times
Volunteered – Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Shahla Talebi, Helal Khan, Frederick Lampe, Hannah Wang

(2-0920) Religions, Spiritualities and Identities
Volunteered – Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Méadhbh McIvor, Sriram Balasubramanian, Alexander Stewart, Lise Puyo

(2-1510) Discourses and behaviours between traditions and novelties
Volunteered – Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Tarryl Janik, Amar BK, Douglas Bafford, Ethan Copple

Friday, November 19, 2021

(3-1970) Speaking Truth/Knowledge/Bodies: Old and New Directions in the Anthropology of Religion
Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Omri Elisha, Simon Coleman, Jon Bialecki, Richard Irvine, Ingie Hovland, Magnus Course, Ashley Lebner

(3-1993) Religious and Spiritual Responses to Climate Collapse: Ethnographic Perspectives across Eight Global Sites
Roundtable / Townhall (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Sarah Hautzinger, Sarah Strauss, Christina Sornito Carter, Mayfair Yang, Sophie Bjork-James, Yogesh Chandrani, Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Tulasi Srinivas, Cymene Howe

Saturday, November 20, 2021

(4-3401) “Rona,” Religion, and Rural Communities
Flash Presentations (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Elisha R. Oliver

(4-3180) Embodied Religiosities: Theorizing Syncretism through the Body
Oral Presentation (In-Person)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Harini Kumar, Raffaella Taylor-Seymour, Joel Lee, Eugenia Rainey, Visisya Pinthongvijayakul

(4-3031) Laboring Hearts: Volunteerism, Religion, and Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times
Roundtable / Townhall (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Tatiana Rabinovich, Daphne Weber, Marnie Watson, Esra Tunc, Andrea Althoff, Nicole Nathan, Alisa Perkins, Antonio Montañes Jimenez

Asynchronous Content

(0-0150) Truth and Obligation in Moroccan Islam
Talk (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
John Napora

(0-1050) Exploring the origins of human-avian ceremonial traditions
Talk (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Bernie Taylor

(0-1090) Ensuring truth and forms of responsibilities in anthropological representation: Dilemmas of a home ethnographer (Talk)
Talk (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Dendup Chophel

(0-0780) Marriage & the Market: Obligatory Gift, Islam, & the Compensability of Reproductive Labor in Postcolonial Capitalism
Thesis Competition (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Samira Musleh

(0-0840) KAHARINGAN OR HINDU KAHARINGAN: WHAT MAKES A RELIGION “INDIGENOUS” IN CENTRAL KALIMANTAN?
Individual Poster (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Anne Schiller

(0-0930) How to Be Responsible Christians amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Polarization? An Examination among Two Mennonite Congregations in the US
Individual Poster (Virtual)
Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Tomomi Naka


For a list of religion-related panels at the AAA 2021 annual meetings, including those not sponsored by SAR, consult this schedule.