January 2013

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Call for Proposals

This Group aims to provide a forum for multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary conversations on issues of body and religion. We are especially interested in the overall question of “what is body?” We invite proposals presenting diverse methodologies and understandings of body, as well as traditional and alternative presentation styles. This year we are focusing on:

  • Cosmic/Ecological/Uncanny bodies

  • Body in online religion/cyberspace, and virtual or technological bodies

  • Knowledge through lived/trained/transformative/processual bodies

  • For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and Disability Studies Group, chronic pain, disability, spirituality, and religion

  • For a possible cosponsored session with the North American Hinduism Group, North American Hindu women: their practices, bodies, and lives

  • Methodology of body and religion — bodies are messy, multisensory, and polysemic. How can we address and express this in our research and scholarship?

We seek papers that highlight the challenges of and approaches to scholarship on body and religion. We also encourage submissions on other aspects of body and religion from scholars in any area of religious studies or theology.


This Group aims to draw together scholars working with different methodologies who address body as a fundamental category of analysis in the study of religion. The Group provides a forum for sustained discussion and critique of diverse approaches to body and religion that can encompass scholars working on a wide range of traditions, regions, and eras.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members until after final acceptance or rejection.


Nikki Bado
Iowa State University
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George Pati
Valparaiso University
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Method of Submission


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