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:

  • Law, religion, and real property/land
  • Discourses of sovereignty in comparative and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Religion and the legalization of marijuana
  • In recognition of this year’s international theme, we are seeking paper proposals for a session on religion and law in medieval Mediterranean contexts (for a possible cosponsored session with the Religion in Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500–1650 CE Consultation)


This Group is interested in 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 or rejection.


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