Law, Religion, and Culture Print

Call for Proposals

This Group invites paper and panel proposals, including author-meets-reader panels, on any aspect of the cultural, historical, critical, and comparative study of the intersections of law and religion, including legal categories in religious traditions, the treatment of religion within legal traditions, human rights, and freedom of religion and belief. This year we especially welcome submissions on the following themes:

  • Tolerance and critiques thereof
  • The complex interplay between religion and European law, both historical and contemporary
  • Religion, colonialism, and sovereignty
  • Genealogies of key terms — e.g., "conscience"
  • Constructive directions — based on empirical and/or theoretical work — for religious pluralism in view of critiques of rights and secularism
  • Methodology/Evidence in the study of religion and law
  • Religion, law, and the rights of children


This Group is interested in the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and comparative studies of the interrelationships of law and religion. The terms “law” and “religion” are broadly conceptualized, and our interests have extended to include ancient and contemporary contexts and a wide variety of critical approaches. We hope to instigate consideration of religion and law issues at the AAR beyond issues concerning religious freedom and the United States Constitution’s religion clauses and their judicial interpretation and application.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection.


Kathleen M. Sands
University of Hawai’i, Manoa
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Tisa Wenger
Yale University
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Method of Submission