APARRI 2008: (Re)Defining Religious Studies: The Next Decade of APARRI

Registration for APARRI 2008 has begun!

2008.August.7-9
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

2008 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative. Our annual conference this year is an opportunity to look back over the achievements in Asian Pacific American religious studies during the past decade and to look forward to the new opportunities and challenges of the next ten years.

Fumitaka Matsuoka, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion (PANA Institute) will give the keynote address at Plenary I on Thursday evening Aug/7. The title of his presentation is “Crossing Boundaries: A Dim Sum Approach to the Question of Peoplehood.” (The Thursday evening events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.)

Plenary II on Friday afternoon Aug/8 will address the state of the field of APA religious studies from various disciplinary angles. And Plenary III on Saturday afternoon Aug/9, offered jointly with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion, will address the voices and visibility of queer communities in APA religious studies. Concurrent sessions will showcase research-in-progress, and structured mentoring will be available for students and junior faculty members.

Call for Papers!

Concurrent sessions at APARRI are designed to offer participants occasions for sharing research and works-in-progress in interdisciplinary settings.

Conference attendees are encouraged to propose individual papers and organized panels on their current research. Concurrent Session Block A on Friday Aug/8 is pre-organized and will echo the main conference theme, while Concurrent Session Blocks B and C on Saturday August/9 are “open call,” and attendees are encouraged to propose presentations on any aspect of Asian Pacific American religion. More information and directions for submitting proposals are available at the main conference Web page at http://pana.psr.edu/aparri-2008

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