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:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019


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Books and Major Publications

Paula Arai, Louisiana State University

Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra--The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo, Shambhala Publications, 2019. In this groundbreaking book, scholar Paula Arai presents over fifty of Japanese artist Iwasaki Tsuneo’s paintings, illuminating their Buddhist meanings and their intimate connections to Iwasaki’s life as a prisoner of war, teacher, scientist, and devout Buddhist practitioner. Having been posthumously recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Iwasaki’s paintings are sure to be regarded as an innovative and heartfelt contribution to the artistic legacy of twentieth-century Buddhism.

Stephanie Brehm, Northwestern University

America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself): Stephen Colbert and American Religion in the Twenty-First Century, Fordham University Press, 2019. Providing a digital media ethnography and rhetorical analysis of Stephen Colbert and his character from 2005 to 2014, author Stephanie N. Brehm examines the intersection between lived religion and mass media, moving from an exploration of how Catholicism shapes Colbert’s life and world toward a conversation about how “Colbert” shapes Catholicism.

Mark Cartledge, Regent University

Megachurches and Social Engagement: Public Theology in PracticeBrill, 2019. Co-authored by Mark J. Cartledge, Sarah L.B. Dunlop, Heather Buckingham, and Sophie Bremner. This book is the first detailed academic study of megachurches in the UK. In particular, it explores the nature and significance of social engagement by megachurches in the context of London. The research contains empirical case studies of two Anglican and three African diaspora Pentecostal churches. As well as exploring the range of social engagement activities provided by these churches, the study offers explanations in term of theological motivations and the influence of globalisation. 

Aaron J. Ghiloni, University of Queensland

Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. Islam is as Islam educates. In this exploration of Islamic paideia, Aaron J. Ghiloni shows how Muslims’ extensive pursuit of knowledge “even as far as China” resulted in a cosmopolitan civilization and lettered religiosity. Islam as Education examines knowledge and education in Islam in the classical era (800–1500 CE), describing the pedagogical dimensions of three theological concepts: pilgrimage, jihad, and prophecy. Ghiloni compares these themes with Western educational philosophy, providing conceptual frameworks for intercultural learning.

Juliane Hammer, UNC Chapel Hill

Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence, Princeton University Press, 2019. This book chronicles and examines the efforts, stories, arguments, and strategies of individuals and organizations doing Muslim anti–domestic violence work in the United States. Through an analysis of connections among ethical practices, gender norms, and religious interpretation, Hammer demonstrates how Muslim advocates mobilize a rich religious tradition in community efforts against domestic violence, and identify religion and culture as resources or roadblocks to prevent harm and to restore family peace.  


Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds

Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa, Penn State University Press, 2019. This book is the first book on religion as a site of LGBT activism in Africa. It presents four case studies of creative activism in Kenya—including the literary work of Binyavanga Wainaina, the Same Love music video produced by gospel musician George Barasa, the Stories of Our Lives anthology project, and the LGBT-affirming Cosmopolitan Affirming Church. The chapters demonstrate how Kenyan traditions, black African identities, and Christian beliefs and practices are navigated, appropriated, and transformed.