Events

2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Southeast
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Western
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Southwest
Deadline: October 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020

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Awards and Accomplishments

Elizabeth Pérez, University of California, Santa Barbara

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions received Honorable Mention for the 2019 Barbara T. Christian Literary Award, given by the Caribbean Studies Association. "The committee found Pérez’s ethnography and exposition of Lukumi practitioners, an Afro-Cuban religion in Chicago, innovative, illuminating, and peerless. Centering women, domestic labor, and ritual preparation, Pérez elevates the mundane aspects of religious life to new levels of theoretical import. Religion in the Kitchen recuperates the legitimacy of Black Atlantic engagements with the divine through a reappraisal of the less captivating aspects of religious and social life."

Books and Major Publications

Zahra Ayubi, Dartmouth College

Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and SocietyColumbia University Press, 2019. In Gendered Morality, Zahra Ayubi rethinks the tradition of Islamic philosophical ethics from a feminist critical perspective. She calls for a philosophical turn in the study of gender in Islam based on resources for gender equality that are unlocked by feminist engagement with the Islamic ethical tradition.

Bradley Burroughs, Allegheny College

Christianity, Politics, and the Predicament of Evil, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. This book overcomes a defining divide in contemporary Protestant political ethics created by two contrasting conceptions of politics. The first, exemplified in the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, construes politics as a matter of statecraft; the second, most prominently articulated by Stanley Hauerwas, maintains that politics concerns itself with the cultivation of virtue.

Jonas Kurlberg, Durham University

Christian Modernism in an Age of Totalitarianism: T.S. Eliot, Karl Mannheim and the MootBloomsbury, 2019. With fascism on the march in Europe and a second World War looming, a group of Britain's leading intellectuals – including T.S. Eliot, Karl Mannheim, John Middleton Murry, J. H. Oldham and Michael Polanyi – gathered together to explore ways of revitalising a culture that seemed to have lost its way.  Christian Modernism in an Age of Totalitarianism explores the ways in which an important and influential strand of Modernist thought in the interwar years turned back to Christian ideas to offer a blueprint for the renewal of European culture and society.

 

Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Methods in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honor of Richard K. Payne, co-edited by Scott Mitchell and Natalie Quli, Bloomsbury, 2019. Methods in Buddhist Studies features new translations of Buddhist works as well as ethnographic studies on contemporary Buddhism in the United States and China. Topics discussed include Buddhist practices in relation to food, material culture, and imperial rituals; the development of modern Buddhist universities; the construction of the canon from the perspective of history, textual analysis, and ritual studies; and the ethical obligations of scholars toward the subject of Buddhism itself.

Deonnie Moodie, University of Oklahoma

The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kālīghāṭ and Kolkata, Oxford University Press, 2018. This book attempts to modernize the historical, administrative, and physical landscapes of the oldest and most famous Hindu temple in one of the largest cities in India and the former capital of the British Raj. Moodie argues that Hindu temples remain relevant in today’s India not only because the deities within remain powerful forces in Hindus’ daily lives or because they can serve as symbols of an anti-Muslim nationalism, but because temples are sites through which elite Hindus work to create a modernity that is their own. 

Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, Nassau Community College

Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover's Journey into Christianity and JudaismLexington, 2019. This book about the missing Divine Feminine in Christianity and Judaism chronicles a personal as well as an academic quest of an Indian woman who grew up with Kali and myriad other goddesses. It is born out of a women's studies course created and taught by the author called The Goddess in World Religions. The book examines how the Divine Feminine was erased from the western consciousness and how it led to an exclusive spiritually patriarchal monotheism with serious consequences for both women’s and men’s psychological and spiritual identity.