2019 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Eastern International Region
CFP Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019)

New England-Maritimes Region
(CFP Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019)

Mid-Atlantic Region
(CFP Deadline: Dec. 22, 2018)

Pacific Northwest
(CFP Deadline: Jan. 30th, 2019)

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Books and Major Publications

Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, Concordia College-Moorhead

Love Without Limits: Jesus' Radical Vision for Love With No Exceptions, Fortress Press, 2018. In this book, Bussie imparts practical solutions for people of faith who yearn to love across division and difference in these troubled times. Through poignant personal memoir, engaging theological reflection, inspiring true stories of boundary-busting friendships, creative readings of scripture, and surprising shout-outs to some of love's unsung heroes, Bussie challenges readers to answer God's call to practice a love so deep, it subverts the social order; so radical, it scandalizes the powerful; so vast, it excludes no one.

Christopher Driscoll, Lehigh University

Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion, co-authored with Monica R. Miller, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. This book emphasizes the influence that social identities exert on methodological choices within the study of religion, as witnessed in sui generis appeals to particularity and reliance on (or rejection of) identity-based standpoints.

Robert M Geraci, Manhattan College

Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian ScienceLexington, 2018. This book offers an ethnographic approach to the intersections of religion, science, and technology in Bangalore, India. Based on five months of fieldwork at the Indian Institute of Science and other institutions, Temples of Modernity argues that scholars of religion and science have overemphasized beliefs, doctrines, and theories. Using politics, iconography, ritual, and the advent of transhumanism as examples, the book shows how an empirical approach advances the field while simultaneously enriching our understanding of contemporary India.

Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis

The Struggle over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, Amanda Nell Edgar and Andre E. Johnson, Lexington Books, 2018. This book examines the surprisingly complex relationship between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter as it unfolds on social media and in offline interpersonal relationships. Exploring cultural influences like family history, fear, religion, postracialism, and workplace pressure, Edgar and Johnson trace the meanings of these movements from the perspectives of ordinary participants. This book ties together online and offline, national and local, and personal and political to understand one of the defining social justice struggles of our time.

Karen O’Donnell, Sarum College, UK

Broken Bodies, SCM Press, 2018. The Body of Christ is a traumatised body because it is constituted of traumatised bodies. This monograph explores the nature of that trauma and examines the implications of identifying the trauma of this body. Constructing new ways of thinking about the narratives at the heart of the Christian faith, O'Donnell offers a fresh perspective on Christian theology, in particular the Eucharist, and presents a call to love the body in all its guises. It offers new pathways for considering what it means to ‘be Christian' and explores the impact that the experience of trauma has on Christian doctrine.

Thomas Patton, City University of Hong Kong

The Buddha's Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism, Columbia University Press, 2018. This book explains the world of Burmese Buddhist wizards, spells, and supernatural powers in terms of both the broader social, political, and religious context and the intimate roles that wizards play in people’s everyday lives. Patton draws on affect theory, material and visual culture, long-term participant observation, and the testimonies of the devout to show how devotees perceive the protective power of wizard-saints.

Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Saint Louis University

Dogmatics after Babel: Beyond the Theologies of Word and CultureWestminster John Knox Press, 2018. This book addresses the long-standing division between Christian theologies that take revelation as their starting point and focus (Barth) and those that take human culture as theirs (Tillich). Rosario argues that in order to get beyond the impasse between theologies of the Word and culture, we need a different starting point: (1) through the work of liberation and contextual theologians on the role of the Holy Spirit, and (2) through a comparative analysis of the teachings on the hiddenness of God from the three "Abrahamic" religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

J. T. Turner, Anderson University (SC)

On The Resurrection of the Dead: A New Metaphysics of Afterlife for Christian ThoughtRoutledge, 2018. This book points out an internal incoherence in a traditional way Christians think about after life and attempts to correct the incoherence by constructing an account of the metaphysics of human persons and time that allows for traditional afterlife beliefs to be internally consistent.