Thursday, January 10, 2008

AAR Eastern Regional Meeting: Call for Papers

Undergraduates at Pitt can apply to give a paper at this conference (scroll down for information).

Eastern International Region
Call for Papers
May 2–3, 2008

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

McGill University
Concordia University
Université du Québec à Montréal
Université de Montréal

The Regional Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2008 Regional Meeting. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2008.

Each proposal should consist of the following:

a one-page abstract (300 words max.) describing the nature of the paper or panel
a current CV for the participant(s)
a cover letter that includes full name, title, institution, phone number, fax number, email and mailing address.
Please send this information as a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format to

Proposals are welcome in all areas of religious studies. The Program Committee is particularly interested in papers, panels, and thematic sessions in the following areas:

The Academic Study of Religion
Religious Diversity in Quebec
Religion and Food
Religion and Revolution
The Committee is also interested in panels combining activism or performative dimensions with scholarly inquiry.

The Committee wants to encourage interdisciplinary panels that maintain religion as a central theme.

Scholars from any region may apply to participate.

Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with time allowed for questions. If you require technological support for your presentation (such as Internet connection, or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

As a general rule, the Committee discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.

The Committee welcomes proposals, papers, and panels in both French
and English.

Student Paper Competition
Graduate and undergraduate students residing in the Eastern International region are invited to enter the student paper competition. Please note that to be eligible for submission, the student must attend a university in the Eastern International Region. The committee will give preference to work that is new at this conference. Two $100 awards are reserved for winning papers (although in some cases the Committee can decide to award up to three). The awards will be formally presented at the business meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

To enter the competition, please attach a letter of intent along with your initial proposal by the January 31, 2008 deadline. A final draft of the paper must be submitted by April 1, 2008. To be eligible for this award, the student must read the entire paper at the meeting, which means the paper and presentation must conform to the 20 minute time limit (roughly 2,500 words). We ask that submissions to this contest be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Scott Kline at

The AAR-EIR welcomes submissions from undergraduates in the field of religious studies. The Committee requests that, in addition to the abstract, CV and cover letter, the undergraduate student also submit a letter from a faculty member who has supervised the student’s work.

Note: All presenters at the Spring 2008 regional conference must have active membership in the AAR. ALL participants must pre-register for the conference. Deadline for conference registration is April 1, 2008

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