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2016 Program Committee Proceedings

American Academy of Religion Program Committee Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia • January 15–17, 2016

Program Committee Roster
2015 Annual Meeting Report
2016 Annual Meeting Program and Reviews
Other Business
Committee Deliberation of Program Unit Reviews
Proposals for New Program Units
Tools Used in the Program Committee's Evaluation Processes


Program Committee Roster

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson
University of Colorado

Program Committee Chair
2014–2016

Grace Ji-Sun Kim Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Earlham College

2016–2018

Whitney Bauman

Whitney Bauman
Florida International University

2013–2017

Kathryn McClymond

Kathryn McClymond
Georgia State University

2013–2017

Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne
Hofstra University

2016–2020

Najeeba Syeed-Miller

Najeeba Syeed-Miller
Claremont School of Theology

2016–2020

Martha Finch

Martha Finch
Missouri State University

2015–2019

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago

2014–2018

Shreena Gandhi

Shreena Gandhi
Kalamazoo College

2014–2018

Jack Fitzmier Jack Fitzmier
AAR Executive Director

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado
University of Miami

2015–2019

Robert Puckett Robert Puckett
AAR Director of Meetings

David Gushee

David Gushee
Mercer University

2016

Kathleen McMahan Kathleen McMahan
AAR Administrative Assistant

Tao Jiang

Tao Jiang
Rutgers University

2016–2020

   

 2015 Annual Meeting Report

2015 Post-Annual Meeting Survey Narrative

2015 Post-Annual Meeting Survey Results


2016 Annual Meeting Program and Reviews

Program Unit Chair Changes

Approving 2016 Call for Papers

Brainstorming 2016 Reviewers and assigning Lead Readers


Other Business

A. Consideration of Special Requests from Program Units

B. Extra session for mentoring

C. Review of two clusters and discussion of expanding cluster experiment

E. Results of new schedule survey (83% in favor) – working on implementation for 2017

G. Nominating candidates for next Program Unit Director

H. PAPERS revamp

I. Related Scholarly Organizations (RSOs) renewal applications and review procedures


Committee Deliberation of Program Unit Reviews

Program Unit Decision
Afro-American Religious History Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Augustine and Augustinianisms Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group 3-year Renewal; 1 session
Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group 3-year Renewal; 2 sessions; name change to Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Group
Bioethics and Religion Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Buddhist Critical–Constructive Reflection Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Buddhist Philosophy Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Comparative Religious Ethics Group 1-year Renewal with 2 sessions; External Review
Comparative Studies in Religion Section 5-year Renewal; 5 sessions
Comparative Theology Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Confucian Traditions Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Death, Dying, and Beyond Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Ecclesiological Investigations Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Ethics Section 1-year Renewal; 5 sessions; External Review
Evangelical Studies Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Gay Men and Religion Group 4-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Indigenous Religious Traditions Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Music and Religion Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Open and Relational Theologies Group 3-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Practical Theology Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Queer Studies in Religion Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Reformed Theology and History Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Religion and Politics Section 5-year Renewal; 5 sessions
Religion and Popular Culture Group 5-year Renewal; 4 sessions
Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Religion in South Asia Section 5-year Renewal; 5 sessions
Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group 3-year Renewal; 2 sessions
Religions in Chinese and Indian Cultures: A Comparative Perspective Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Sikh Studies Group 5-year Renewal; 1 session
Transhumanism and Religion Group 3-year Renewal; 1 session; name change to Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Group
Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group 5-year Renewal; 2 sessions
World Christianity Group 3-year Renewal; 2 sessions

Proposals for New Program Units

Groups Decision
Baha’i Studies Group Approved for  5 years; 1 session
Religion and Economy Group Approved for  5 years; 1 session
   
Seminars  
Christian Eucharist and Many Religions Declined
Marian Apparitions Declined
Navarātri Declined
Negative Theologies and Apophaticism Declined
New Materialism, Religion, and Planetary Thinking Approved for  5 years; 1 session
One-birth and Many-births in Interdisciplinary Philosophical and Theological Perspectives Declined
Religious Hybridities and Multiple Religious Belonging Declined
The State of Political Theology Declined

Tools Used in the Program Committee's Evaluation Processes

A. Program Unit’s Annual Reports

B. Program Unit’s Five-year Self Review

This document states the aims of the unit, its procedures, its programming accomplishments, and a rationale for the unit’s continued existence. Among the criteria deemed relevant to the self-review include:

  1. The extent to which the field of interest represented by the unit continues to reflect a major area of interest and work for a significant portion of the Academy's membership; one possible metric by which this may be measured is the number and quality of proposals the unit receives.
  2. The intellectual rigor, imagination, conceptual richness, and distinction of the work carried on by the unit, whether through the presentation of papers, the sponsorship of discussions, or the publication of proceedings.
  3. The degree of commitment that the unit's constituency exhibits to the ongoing life of the unit; one possible metric by which this may be measured is the attendance at the unit’s Annual Meeting sessions.
  4. The procedural health of the unit, including leadership practices, such as mechanisms for selecting new chairs and steering committee members; communication within the unit, between units, and with the AAR; and the unit’s proposal review process and other decision making practices.
  5. The extent to which the unit's constituency has been afforded an opportunity to participate in the sessions (with attention to diversity of seniority, race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender among participants).
  6. The unit's range of appeal to those members of the Academy whose own fields of specialization do not typically fall within the field of interest represented by the unit and the unit's ability to involve such people periodically in its programs; one possible metric by which this may be measured is the number of sessions which the unit cosponsors with other Program Units.
  7. Over the course of the next five years, the promise the unit offers for advancing the academic study of religion, or the relation of that study to other disciplines.

C. External Reviewer Reports (if applicable)

If a Unit requests a change of status, additional sessions, requests an external review, or if the Program Committee, after its examination of the Program Unit’s metrics or Program Unit’s self-review, decides to follow-up with an external review, a reviewer will be selected by the Program Committee. Efforts are made to locate a member who has expertise in the field and who is able to play the role of participant-observer in the unit’s review.

The reviewer’s written report, is based on

  1. attending as many sessions of the unit as possible during the Annual Meeting, including the unit’s business meeting(s);
  2. personal interviews with the unit chairs, members of the steering committee and a cross-section of participants at Annual Meetings both current and previous (if that can be arranged); and
  3. the unit’s written self-review.

D. Special consideration of creative sessions, strategies, experiments

E. Quantitative data collected in connection with the Annual Meeting

Some of this data is derived from the PAPERS System, but also from the Annual Reports (see graphs here for data on Proposals, Sessions, Attendance, Acceptances, Selectivity, Proposal Ratio, Cosponsorships, and Collaborativity).