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Western Regional Meeting
March 09, 2013 - March 11, 2013 
Arizona State University - Tempe


Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, USA

The AAR Western Region meets with the Society of Biblical Literature’s Pacific Coast Region. These two organizations make up the Western Commission for the Study of Religion (WECSOR). For details see http://www.wecsor.org/about.php.

Conference Theme: The Religion Major and Liberal Education

For this year's conference theme we take a cue from the 2008 AAR publication, "The Religion Major and Liberal Education." That white paper tied its vision of a robust future for religious studies to the recognition on many fronts that religion is "an inescapable part" of public life around the globe. How do we in the discipline of religious studies represent that public dimension of religion?

The program units making up the Western Region take up this question in a variety of ways. Some focus on controversies related to religion and politics in the western United States (e.g., same sex marriage or immigration reform), others turn to other regions of the world (e.g., the "Arab Spring"), or to historical antecedents (e.g., the Jesuits' entry into China). Topics raised are richly diverse, including ecology, pluralism, the current "Mormon moment," terrorism, and popular culture, among others.

The program units will reflect on how we frame questions and analyses about the ways religion plays out in various public settings. Do we, for instance, tend to privilege particular public expressions of religion as normative or paradigmatic, or even problematic? How is our work shaped by the institutions in which we teach and their calls to, for example, cultivate a critical tolerance of diverse religions or to help students form a religiously informed public voice? By what criteria do we select among traditions, texts, histories, institutions, events, and figures to develop analyses of religion's intersection with politics? And perhaps location does matter; how do distinctive features of our region (California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawai'i, and the Pacific Islands) inform how we approach this theme, and how should it be different from the approach developed by colleagues in other parts of this country and/or other regions in the world?

Amina Wadud, author of Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1999), will give the AAR plenary address.

Registration Fees

The Western Region is committed to providing a rigorous and engaging forum that promotes scholarship, dialogue, and collegiality in the field of religion for all of its members. In order to meet growing costs and maintain its standards of excellence, the Board unanimously voted for a registration fee increase this year. Regular registration rates are as follows:

  • Associate/Full Professor: $65.00
  • Assistant Professor: $55.00
  • Adjunct Professor/Lecturer/Independent Scholar: $45.00
  • Students: $30.00

Online registration closed March 4, 2013. On-site registration is available, but will entail an additional fee.

Print Your Own Program

In the interest of responsible environmental and financial practice, the Region reminds you that each registrant is responsible for his/her own program. The program is available online at the region's website and is very easy to print or, better yet, download to your computer. Only those who register onsite at a higher registration rate will receive a printed program. Additionally, a limited number of printed programs will be available onsite for those who wish to purchase them. There will be a $5.00 fee for these printed programs.

Sections at the Regional Annual Meeting

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Catholic Studies
  • Ecology and Religion
  • Education and Workshops
  • Ethics
  • Goddess Studies
  • Graduate Student Professional Development
  • History of Christianity
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latino/a Religions
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Psychology, Culture, and Religion
  • Queer Studies in Religion
  • Religion and Social Sciences
  • Religion and the Arts
  • Religion in America
  • Religion, Literature, and Film
  • Religions of Asia
  • Womanist/Pan-African
  • Women and Religion

Caucus Events

Women's Caucus Workshop
Saturday, March 9, 2013
8:30 am-12:30 pm

The theme for this year is "Translating Feminist Theory into Praxis: Strategies for Grassroots Movement and Collaboration among Allied Communities." The workshop is $10 and includes breakfast. If attending you must select it as a choice during online registration.

Queer Caucus, Queer View Film Screening
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Reception and Film Screening: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Please contact John, QV Curator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , to RSVP for this event. The film is Screening: Inspired: The Voices Against Proposition 8, directed by Charlie Gage, followed by a panel discussion.

Queer Caucus Business Meeting
Sunday, March 10, 2013
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

This event includes lunch and will cost $10. If attending, you must select it as a choice during online registration.

Women’s Caucus Breakfast
Monday, March 11, 2013
8:00 am-9:00 am

Please contact the Women’s Caucus chairs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to RSVP for this event.


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