2018 Annual Meeting, Nov 17-20

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2019 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Midwestern Region
(CFP Deadline: 10/20/18)

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region
(CFP Deadline: 10/26/18)

Southeastern Region
(CFP Deadline: 10/01/18)

Southwest Region
(CFP Deadline: 10/15/18)

Western Region
(CFP Deadline: 10/01/18)

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Awards and Accomplishments

Elizabeth Pérez, University of California, Santa Barbara

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, & the Making of Black Atlantic TraditionsNew York University Press, 2016. This book has been awarded the 2017 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. Drawing on years of research in an African-American house of worship, Religion in the Kitchen focuses on the women and gay men responsible for feeding the gods in Lucumí, the transnational tradition popularly known as Santería. The Society for the Anthropology of Religion confers the Geertz Prize annually "to foster innovative scholarship, the integration of theory with ethnography, and the connection of the anthropology of religion to the larger world."

Books and Major Publications

Stephanie L. Derrick, Independent Historian

The Fame of C. S. Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2018. Long renowned for his Narnia books as well as his Christian apologetics, C.S. Lewis has been the subject of interest since he first stepped-up to a BBC microphone during the Second World War. Until now, however, the reasons why he began writing books for a popular audience, and why these books have continued to be so popular, had not been fully explored. Dr. Derrick considers why this is so, and why it is more true in America than in Britain.

Juan Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt University

Religion in the Age of Obama, Bloomsbury, 2018. This is the first book to focus on the significance of religion during President Obama's years in the White House. Addressing issues ranging from identity politics, immigration, income inequality, Islamophobia and international affairs, Religion in the Age of Obama explores the religious and moral underpinnings of the Obama presidency and subsequent debates regarding his tenure in the White House. It provides an analysis of Obama's beliefs and their relationship to his vision of public life, as well as the way in which the general ethos of religion and non-religion has shifted over the past decade in the United States under his presidency.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion

Healing Our Broken Humanityco-written with Dr. Graham Hill, InterVarsity Press, 2018. Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world. They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love. 

Gerald James Larson, Tagore Professor Emeritus, IU, Bloomington and Professore Emeritus, Relgious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Classical Yoga Philosophy and the Legacy of SāṃkhyaMotilal Banarsidass Publishers, 2018. The purpose of this book is to present a discussion of the philosophy of Yoga as an interpretation of Samkhya with translations into English of the three most important texts of philosophical Yoga, the Yoga-sūtra-s, (ca. CE 350-450); its basic commentary (the Bhāṣya)  (ca CE 350-450); and  a Ṭikā , Tattvavaiśāradī, composed by Vācaspatimiśra (ca. CE 950).