APARRI 2008 (Aug. 7-9, 2008): Berkeley, CA

The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative

(Re)Defining Religious Studies:  The Next Decade of APARRI
Thursday.2008.Aug.7 – Saturday.2008.Aug.9
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

2008 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative, and we invite you to mark your calendars for a conference that will look back over the development of Asian Pacific American religious studies over the past decade and look forward to the coming ten years.

Prof. Michael Omi of the Ethnic Studies Department at U.C. Berkeley, co-author of Racial Formations in the United States:  From the 1960s to the 1990s and one of the most noted theorists on race in the U.S. today, will give the keynote address on Aug. 7.  His presentation is entitled:  “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being:  The Racial Positioning of Asian Americans.”  Additional plenaries will address the state of the field of APA religious studies from various disciplinary angles and discuss emerging issues.  Concurrent sessions will showcase research-in-progress, and structured mentoring will be available for students and junior faculty members.

APARRI 2008 is organized by the Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion (PANA Institute) at Pacific School of Religion, with major funding from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  The conference is hosted by the Pacific School of Religion and co-sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union, the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

The conference schedule and registration will be available Spring 2008 at www.pana.psr.edu.

Christopher Chua
Program Director
PANA Institute, Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94709

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