Exploratory Sessions

Book Review Session on The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Sunday, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Convention Center – 342*

Carole Dale Spencer, Earlham School of Religion, Presiding

This session is devoted to examining The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (ed. by Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion, Oxford University Press, 2013), a collection of 37 original articles by the foremost authorities in Quaker Studies. Its scope is global and interdisciplinary, and it is divided into four major parts: the history of Quakerism; Quaker theology and spirituality; Quaker witness; and Quakers’ broader engagement with culture. Questions under consideration include: What contributions does this book make to the genre of denominational studies? What is its significance for the study of comparative forms of mysticism? What contributions does it make toward understanding Quaker origins and development? Afterward, a business meeting will be held to ascertain interest in an ongoing AAR Quaker Studies Group.

Matthew Hedstrom, University of Virginia
Ann K. Riggs, Friends Theological College, Kenya
Jon Kershner, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Paul Anderson, George Fox University

Stephen Ward Angell, Earlham School of Religion
Pink Dandelion, University of Birmingham

Interreligious Reflections on Immigration

Sunday, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Sheraton Inner Harbor – Chesapeake III*

Shalahudin Kafrawi, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Presiding

Meeting of a cohort of scholars who have gathered at each of the 2010–2012 Annual Meetings to present portions of and discuss logistics for an edited book on interreligious theologies of migration, for which we have been laying the groundwork for the past three years. We define “immigration” broadly, and we place special emphasis on interreligious dialogue and theological thinking from within multiple religious traditions. Theology of migration is an important emerging subfield in theological studies at many levels and in multiple religious traditions. While scholars of religious studies have long been interested in issues including migrants’ religious beliefs and practice and those of receiving communities, the field of theology and migration has exploded in the last two decades. We intend to discuss the new questions in this field as we prepare for publication of this edited volume.

Hussam S. Timani, Christopher Newport University
Allen G. Jorgenson, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth College
Loye Ashton, Tougaloo College
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego
Laura Alexander, University of Virginia

Business Meeting:
Alexander Y. Hwang, Spalding University, Presiding

Moral Injury and the Civic Role of Religion in Soul Repair

Sunday, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Convention Center – 319*

Rita Brock, Brite Divinity School, Presiding

This panel will build upon the discussion in 2012 of the first book written on moral injury, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War. The exploratory panel will identify key areas of research on moral injury, as distinct from Post Traumatic Stress, to be pursued in relation to moral conscience and the civic role of religion in recovery from moral injury, especially in pastoral theology, ethics, military chaplaincy, theology, restorative justice movements, and biblical studies. Discussion about creating a new program unit will follow discussion of the panel presentations.

Coleman A. Baker , Brite Divinity School
Elizabeth Margaret Bounds, Emory University
Herman Keizer, Brite Divinity School
Gabriella Lettini, Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union
Nancy J. Ramsay, Brite Divinity School
Sarah Shirley, Florida Air National Guard, Futurehope Advisors, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China

Sunday, 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Hilton Baltimore – Pickersgill*

Erik Hammerstrom, Pacific Lutheran University
Gregory Adam Scott, University of Edinburgh, Presiding

This panel seeks to begin a conversation about the state of scholarship on modern Chinese Buddhism by focusing on the father of the field, Holmes H. Welch (1924–1981). This roundtable panel, composed of both senior and junior scholars, will reflect upon the important legacy of Holmes Welch in forming the study of modern Chinese Buddhism. This roundtable, as an Exploratory Session, is meant to serve as a precursor to a proposed five-year Seminar Unit at the AAR. The goal of this Seminar will be twofold: First, we aim to produce an edited volume, to be published around the fiftieth anniversary of Welch’s The Buddhist Revival. Second, and more broadly, we wish to use the AAR as a platform from which we may engage a wide group of scholars on the topic of the major changes that Buddhism has undergone in China in the past one hundred and fifty years.

Eyal Aviv, George Washington University
L. Rongdao Lai, University of Southern California
Erik Schicketanz, University of Tokyo
Stefania Travagnin, University of Groningen

Raoul Birnbaum , University of California, Santa Cruz

Traditions of East Late Antiquity

Sunday, 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Convention Center – 322*

James McGrath, Butler University, Presiding

This exploratory session aims to illustrate the usefulness of creating a new session to serve as a home for religious traditions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Mandaeism, as well as for the study of the interaction of these and other traditions in Eastern Late Antiquity.

Charles Häberl, Rutgers University
From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us?

Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa
“On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra's "Contra Manichaeos"

Jennifer Hart, Stanford University
The Creation of Disaster: Ritual Error in the Creation Stories of Ptahil and Zurvan

Yuhan Vevaina, Stanford University
Pahlavi and Periodization: The Use and Value of the Term ‘Late Antique’ for Zoroastrian Literature

Jason BeDuhn, Northern Arizona University
Mani and the Mythic Melting Pot: Syncretism or Archaeology of Knowledge in Late Antique Mesopotamia

Michael Rosenberg, Hebrew College
Penetrating Words: Syriac Mariology in a Talmudic Text

Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College

The Matter of Islam: Material and Visual Cultures in Comparative Perspective

Sunday, 5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Convention Center – 322*

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College, Presiding

While there has been a recent growth in the study of religion and material culture, the study of the material of religions is not new. It has a long history, particularly in the field of Islamic studies. However, communication between the fields of art and architecture, performance theory, practice theory, studies of space and place, affect theory, embodied religion, and popular religion tend to work separately from one another instead of fueling a meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue. Our hope from this panel and the seminar will be to develop modes of engaging these various approaches to the full range of material Islam, not only to demonstrate what they can contribute to Islamic studies but also what the particularities of Muslim cultures can offer to advance the study of religion and materiality.

Kenneth George, Australian National University
No Ethics Without Things: Dzikir and the Making of Happy Objects

Jamal J. Elias, University of Pennsylvania
Pictures of Praying Children: Moral Education in the Islamic World

Rudolph Ware, University of Michigan
The Walking Qur'an: Embodiment, Education, and Epistemology in Islamic Africa

Anna Bigelow, North Carolina State University
Material Encounters: The Transactional Sensoria of Multireligious Sites

Colleen McDannell, University of Utah


*Please note that room locations are subject to change. Be sure to check your Program Book and Annual Meetings At-a-Glance to find the most up to date information.