Over the course of the last few decades, theoretical reappraisals of the secular have tried in a variety of ways to destabilize and revalue the notion of the secular so that it no longer means simply the “absence of religion.” Yet vernacular uses of the secular frequently continue to orbit around that very understanding. With this in mind, we invite proposals for papers or panels that explore “the secular” at its various sites of construction. In concert with this year’s conference theme, we are particularly interested in proposals that critically engage public understandings of secularism as well as those that investigate the constitution of the secular in religiously plural publics, in multiple identity formations (especially among the so-called religious “nones”), and in and through a range of social practices (for example, those related to death and dying). In addition, for a possible cosponsored session with the Death, Dying, and Beyond Group, we seek proposals on secular approaches to death.
To submit a paper proposal please follow the instructions on the AAR website found here. All proposals must be submitted no later than
March 1 March 4, 2013.
Questions can be directed to the program unit co-chairs (Per Smith and Jonathan VanAntwerpen) at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE – The AAR has extended its deadline for proposals to Monday, March 4th.