American Academy of Religion
Content At a Glance:
- AAR Joins Lawsuit
- Annual Meeting: Africa Focus and Call For Papers
- Book Series Editor Sought
- Syllabus Project
- Regional Meetings
- Membership Renewal Forms
- Membership Renewal Winners
- AAR has
joined with AAUP and the PEN
in a lawsuit challenging the ideological
exclusion of Prof. Tariq Ramadan and certain provisions of the US Patriot
Act. The AAR Board of Directors' general policy is to refrain from public
statements or actions on matters not directly related to AAR's
mission. In this case, they unanimously agreed that action was both
warranted and important, since Ramadan was prevented from attending our
2004 Annual Meeting. Please see the complete press release at http://www.aarweb.org/news/pressrelease/2006/20060125.asp.
- Africa Focus
at the 2006 Annual Meeting, Washington,
This year’s Annual Meeting international focus is African
contributions to the study of religion. The International Connections
Committee is soliciting partnerships with departments and institutions for
co-sponsoring specific scholars of religion from Africa,
to lecture at the co-sponsoring institution as well as participate in the
annual meeting. Co-sponsorship will allow your department to hear from
these fine scholars while they are already in the United States. Some of the
scholars we are hoping to bring to the annual meeting are listed below.
To co-sponsor or for more information, contact Aislinn Jones firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2006.
o Elom Dovlo, President, African
Association for the Study of Religion, Dept. for the Study of Religion,
University of Ghana
o Tinyiko S. Maluleke, University of South Africa (UNISA), Departments of
Missiology and Systematic Theology
o Isabel Phiri. Head of the Department
of Religion, University of Kwa Zulu Natal;
General Secretary, the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. Gender,
religion, HIV&AIDS, violence.
o Penda Mbow, Chiekh
University, Dakar, Senegal.
Former government minister who specializes in Islam.
o Bolaji Bateye, OAU Ile Ife, Women
and AICs/Pentecostal churches.
o Edwin Gimode, Kenyatta
University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Patterns of religious hybridity in East Africa,
Kenyan church politics; Islam and globalization.
o Margaret Gecaga, Kenyatta University,
Nairobi, Kenya. Counseling and Independent Churches
o Pauline Lere, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Religious Studies, University
of Jos, Nigeria.
- 2006 Call
for Papers is online http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/call/.
The participant forms for surface mail, fax, and e-mail are available
- The online paper/panel proposal (OP3) system is open
and available at http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/op3/login.asp.
(You will need to log in to use this page, using your surname, Gray,
and member ID, Z28679.)
- The deadline for all proposal submissions is March 1.
Please note and use the appropriate method of submission each program unit
- Editor sought
for the Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion
Series, published by AAR
in cooperation with Oxford University Press. E-mail inquires, nominations
(self-nominations encouraged) and applications (a letter of interests and
qualifications, and current C.V.) by a Word attachment or a PDF file to
Francis X. Clooney, Publications Committee Chair, at email@example.com. Application deadline is September 1, 2006.
Further information can be found in the March and May issues of Religious Studies News, and at: http://aarweb.org/publications/books/.
Project: The AAR
posts searchable syllabi at http://www.aarweb.org/syllabus/.
The Teaching and Learning Committee asks that you please submit your
syllabi to this popular page. If you already have, and have any changes to
your syllabi, you are invited to update them.
- Regional Meetings:
Meetings of the AAR regions occur in the
spring. Check http://www.aarweb.org/regions/
for details. All AAR members are welcome
to participate in any region's activities.
Renewal Forms: Members not yet renewed as of
the end of 2005 recently received membership forms by mail. Unfortunately,
as a result of a miscommunication with our printer, those forms identified
themselves as being for the "2007 Calendar Year." We apologize
for any confusion this may cause, but if you submit one of the misprinted forms
please rest assured that we will not misallocate your renewal: All forms
with the "M06W" code in the bottom-right corner will be applied
to 2006 regardless of the erroneous message at the top. If you prefer a
form that displays the correct year, you can download the form online at http://www.aarweb.org/membership/join.asp.
Renewal Winners: Congratulations to Ellen M.
Leonard (University of St. Michael's College), Muriel Schmid (University of Utah),
and Merrill M. Hawkins (Carson-Newman
College), winners of free hotel
rooms for this year's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
as part of our membership renewal random draw.
- Your Membership Status. Your membership is current
for 2006. Thank you. Membership resources are available at http://www.aarweb.org/membership/.