2020 Meeting Call for Papers

2020 Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion

April 3-5, 2020

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2020


The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for the 2020 Regional Meeting. Program Units are listed below. The theme for the 2020 Conference is Religion and Democracy: Global and Local. The aim is to explore both “religion” and “democracy” as categories of knowledge and carriers of value across cultural and national boundaries. We aim to spark conversations on the ways that religion and democracy can evolve and intersect across time and space.  

This year the EIR Annual Meeting will be composed of thematic Program Units. Proposals will be submitted for the consideration of a particular unit. Members may submit proposals for a maximum of two Program Units. All methodological approaches and areas of study are encouraged. Proposals that do not relate to the 2020 conference theme are also welcome. Undergraduate-only panels are encouraged – please see instructions below. The Program Committee also welcomes proposals for nontraditional sessions such as roundtables, dialogues, book discussions, etc. 


·      Borders, Place and Space

·      Conflict and Peace 

·      Contemporary Theology

·      Cultural and Religious Appropriation

·      Ecology and the Environment 

·      Ethics 

·      Gender, Sexualities, and Power 

·      Material Religion

·      Media, Music, and Popular Culture

·      Migration and Movement

·      New Religious Movements

·      Pluralism and Globalization

·      Religion and Politics

·      Texts and their Interpretation

·      Religious Trauma and Healing

·      Women in/and Religion


·      One-page abstract (250 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel. 

·      Cover page that includes the submitter’s full name, title, institution, status at the institution (undergraduate, graduate student, faculty, staff, etc.), phone number, fax number, e-mail, mailing address, and the Program Unit for each paper proposal. 

·      If you require technological support for your presentation/panel (such as an Internet connection or audio and projection equipment), you must note this in your proposal.

·      For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person. 

·      Proposals must be sent to eiraar2020@gmail.com by the February 1, 2020 deadline. 



 Scholars from any region may apply to participate. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with ten minutes allowed for questions.

We welcome volunteers willing to serve as chairs for panel sessions at the 2020 conference. If you are interested, please contact Cynthia Hogan at chogan@washjeff.edu.  A draft of the conference program will be available by March 13, 2020. 

 As a general rule, the Region discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.



 The EIR will once again meet concurrently with SCRIPT (the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts). Proposals for SCRIPT papers should respond to the call for papers at www.script-site.net.

The EIR welcomes NAASR (North American Association for the Study of Religion) to our 2020 annual conference and will meet concurrently. NAASR is sponsoring a panel that applies method and theory to the academic study of religion. We are soliciting individual papers or panels (panels should include presenters, a moderator, and a respondent) that address any topic or theme related to the academic study of religion, provided the presenters apply historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, or cognitive approaches to the study of religion. Please send proposals to Martha.Roberts@denison.edu



The Region welcomes submissions from undergraduates in the field of Religious Studies or on the theme of the conference. Presentations in undergraduate sessions must be 15 minutes long. Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in Word format:

·      One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel 

·      Letter from a faculty member who has supervised the student’s work  

·      Cover page that includes the student’s full name, institution, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address. For panel proposals, identify the contact person 

Please send your proposal to eiraar2020@gmail.com. The deadline for Undergraduate Panel submissions is February 1, 2020.



Graduate and undergraduate students in the Eastern International Region are invited to enter the student paper competition. Please note that to be eligible the student must attend a college or university in the Eastern International Region. The graduate student award and the undergraduate student award will be formally presented at the business meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Submissions for either student award should follow the same procedure. 

To enter the competition, please attach a short note to your proposal indicating that you wish to enter your paper into the contest. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2020, and the final draft of the paper must then be submitted to Cynthia Hogan, Regional Coordinator for the EIR at chogan@washjeff.edu by March 20, 2020. To be eligible for this award the student must read the entire paper at the meeting, which means the paper and presentation must conform to the time limit of twenty minutes (= roughly 2,500 words) or 15 minutes for undergraduate papers (roughly 2,000 words).