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Call for Proposals

This Consultation 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. We are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Body as medium
  • Bodies as space/bodies in space
  • Intoxication
  • Problematizing Tantric bodies (for a possible cosponsored session with the Tantric Studies Group)
  • Body and Buddhism/body in Buddhism (for a possible cosponsored session with the Buddhism Section)

We also encourage submissions on other aspects of body and religion from scholars in any area of religious studies or theology.


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

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


Richard M. Carp
Appalachian State University
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Rebecca Sachs Norris
Merrimack College
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Method of Submission


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