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					                                   Preliminary Schedule

                        Society for the Anthropology of Religion

                                  Biennial Meeting – 2013

Please note that this schedule is correct in terms of the times and days of sessions, but
more details will be added before it is printed (e.g. do not worry if your affiliation is not
currently listed). We have allotted 20 minutes per paper on panels. Many panels also
include extra time for discussion. For ease of reference, the schedule lists only the panel
titles. If you have sent in an abstract for a single paper, please see the list of panels that
appears after the schedule to find out in which panel your paper is included. If you are
part of a submitted panel, you can just look for your panel name below.


5:00 Registration-San Gabriel Foyer

5:00-7:30 pm Book Display

6:00-8:00 pm San Gabriel foyer, Pasadena Hilton
       Evening Reception


7:30 Registration
8:00-5:00 Book Display

8:00am – 9:15am

       1. Esoteric Encounters, Occult Mixtures and Ritual Inventions in African
          Diasporic Spiritual Tradition

       2. Syncretism as Theory: Deleuzian Assemblages, Affects, Intensities and
          Virtualities in the Anthropology of Religion (Part 1)

9:15am – 10:45am

       1. The Politics of Religious Mixture in the Black Atlantic

       2. Syncretism as Theory (Part 2)

9:15am – 12:00pm
       1. Shamanism, Christianity, and the State

10:00 – 12:30

       1. Tradition and Faith, Discourse and Change

10:30 – 12:30

       1. Indigenous Christianity and Evangelical Christians

10:45 – 12:30

       1. Roundtable on Anthropologists in Religious Studies Departments

12:30pm – 2:30pm LUNCH

2:30pm – 4:30pm

       1. Roundtable on Material Objects and Christian Identities

3:00pm - 4:30pm

       1. Conversion and Return Conversion

       2. Religion, Education, and Health


Presidential Lecture – Janet Hoskins


8:00 am Registration

9:00-5:00 Book Display

8:30am – 10:30am

       1. Towards an Anthropology of Catholicism: Carnality, Ambiguity, and ‘the
          Homely’ (Part 1)

       2. Political Theologies: Intersections with Secularism, Nationalism, and Other
          Religions (Part 1)
      3. Religious Creativity, Eclecticism, and the Arts

      4. Syncretism, Religion, and Community Development

10:30am – 12:30pm

      1. Leadership Roles and Political Organization

10:45am – 12:30pm

      1. Towards an Anthropology of Catholicism (Part 2)

      2. Political Theologies (Part 2)

      3. Syncretic Muharram: Shi’i Muslim Minorities and the Performance of
         Ethnicity and Nationalism

12:30am – 2:30pm LUNCH

2:30pm – 5:00pm
Presidential Panel and Discussion
(Joel Robbins, Charles Stewart, Robert Weller)


Rappaport Lecture – J. Lorand Matory


8:30am – 10:30am

      1. Contemplative Ethnography

8:30am – 11:00am

      1. Ethnicity, Religion and Cultural Differences

10:15am – 12:00am

      1. Weber’s Theory of Value and the Study of Religious Moralities as they
         Engage with a Society of Alternatives
10:30am – 12:00am

        1. Economy, Development, and Recovery

         Panels and Participants for Panels Made Up of Volunteered Papers

Groupings of paper proposals (Authors, Affiliations, & Titles)
    1)    Shamanism, Christianity, and the State

        Gonzalez, Toni “The Religious Connotations of Chultuns”

        Kile, Lora (Arizona State) “The Necessity of Bricolage: The Worldview of the
                       Sixteenth Century Friars”

        Bishop, Joyce (California State University, Sacramento) “Asking for the Virgin's
                      Hand: An Indigenous Interpretation of Christmas”

        Abse , Edward     (Virgina Commonwealth) “Seeing double in Mazatec shamanic
                        visions: Schismogenetic transformations of syncretism in a
                        Catholicized Mesoamerican religion”

        García Molina, Andrés (California – Berkeley) “The Yajé Harmonica: A study in
                      syncretism, synergy, and agency”

        Hill, Jonathan (Southern Illinois - Carbondale) “Conversion as Rupture,
                       Conversion as Preservation: Exploring the Paucity of Syncretistic
                       Religions in Indigenous Amazonia”

        Mustafina, Raushan (N. Gumilyev Eurasian National – Kazakhstan) “Religious
                      traditions of the Kazakhs”

   2)      Ethnicity, Religion, and Cultural Difference

        Crosson, J. Brent (California- Santa Cruz) “Religious Synergies Without
                       Syncretism: Healing, Harm and Solidarity through Difference in

        Tsuji, Teruyuki (St. Louis) “Sharing Mothers: Religious Conflict and

        Evrard, Amy Young (Gettysburg)       “Forming a Christian Identity in Oman”
     Theodoropoulos, Anastasia (New Mexico) “Wholly Brazilian and Wholly
                  Orthodox: Paradoxes of Simultaneity in Brazilian Orthodox

     Premawardhana, Devaka (Harvard) “Symbiosis: Asian Theologian Alyosius
                 Pieris’ Critique of Syncretism and its Relevance for Anthropology”

     Swazey, Kelli (Hawaii) “‘Returning’ culture to the church: Christian responses to
                   the public redefinition of the relationship of religion and culture in
                   representations of regional identity in North Sulawesi, Indonesia”

3)      Conversion and Return Conversion

     Ozgul, Ceren (CUNY Graduate Center) “Is Sincerity Secular?: The Politics of
                   Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey
     Ozyurek, Esra (California – San Diego) “Being German, Becoming Muslim:
                   Religious Conversion, Salafism, and Belonging in Germany”
     Stephan, Christopher (UCLA) “Krishna works in mysterious ways”: Is it
                   Syncretism? The case of Hare Christna

4)      Indigenous Christianity and Evangelical Christians

     Marshall, Kimberly (Oklahoma) “ Soaking Songs and Musical Resonance:
                    Navigating Continuity and Discontinuity with Diné (Navajo)
     Howell, Brian (Wheaton) “Anthropology and the Making of Billy Graham”
     Santos, Jorge (MetroState) “Historical Trauma and the Rejection of Syncretism”
     Reynolds, Lydia (Biola) “The Curse of the Dragon: Theological Shifts in the
                    Cosmology of a Modernizing Sikkimese Hill Tribe and the
                    Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Christianity”
     Hammons, Christian (Southern California) “Animism and the Art of Not Being
                    Governed in Sumatra”

5)      Economy, Development, and Recovery

     Scott, Rachelle (Tennessee) “The Beckoning Spirit of Thailand: Locating Nang
                    Kwak in Thai Religious Spaces”
     Dunstan, Adam (Buffalo) “Toxic desecration: indigenous knowledge and
                    environmentalism in the battle for a sacred mountain”
     Kornfeld, Moshe (Michigan) “Interfaith Synergies and Boundary Maintenance in
                    Post-Katrina New Orleans”
     Junge, Benjamin (SUNY - New Paltz) “The Energy of Others’: Narratives of
                    Envy and Purification among Former Leaders from the Porto
                    Alegre Participatory Budget”

6)      Religious Creativity, Eclecticism, and the Arts
     Zehner, Edwin “Hybridity” in Thai Society and Religion: Limits of a Concept

     Moro, Pamela (Willamette) “Thai Music, Dance, and Religion in Diaspora:
                  Synergetic Performance and the Production of Heritage at
                  Transnational Buddhist Temples”

     Ginossar, Sagi (Hebrew – Jerusalem) “Change is the law of nature”: Innovations
                    in a Western Himalayan cosmology

     Vann, Jodi Ann (Arizona State) “Spiritual Souvenirs: Contemporary Pagan
                  Pilgrimage and the Embodied Biography of Postmodern Religion”

     Weibel, Deana “Syncretism in the Service of Colonialism: The Universalizing
                  Approach of Religious Creativism”

7)      Leadership Roles and Political Organization

     Shalev, Guy (North Carolina - Chapel Hill) “Competing Charismas: Negotiating
                   Leadership and Practice in a Sufi Order”

     Roy, Arpan (California State – Los Angeles) “No God But . . . : Secularizing the
                  Palestine Solidarity Movement

     Spencer, Belinda (Brigham Young) “An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious
                   and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand”

     Hickman, Jacob (Brigham Yount) “The Art of Being Governed: Managing the
                  Soul of General Vang Pao through the Rituals of Aspirational

     Evans, Nicholas (Cambridge) “Islamic disputation and the creation of a pious

8)      Tradition and Faith, Discourse and Change

     Mauricio Junior, Cleonardo (U. Federal Pernambuco – Brazil) “The Commensals
                   of the Word: Emotions and Body in the constitution of charismatic
                   Brazilian believers”
     Landes, David         “The Impossibility of Tradition”

     Lee, Ken (California State – Northridge)    "Immediate Birth in the Pure Land:
                   A Study of Shinjin in Shinran's Buddhism"
     Henn, Alexander (Arizona State) “Syncretism Reconsidered: Space, Memory and
                   Health in Hindu--‐Catholic Popular Religion in Goa (India)”
     Nagle, Jim    “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi “
     Gonsalves, Roselle (Calgary) “The Social Diaspora: Rebuilding Communal
                  Identity for Goan Catholics in the Canadian Diaspora”

9)      Religion, Education and Health

     Sood, Anubha (Washington – St Louis) “Sacred pain as a modality of healing
                   from psychological ailments: Case of the Balaji temple in
                   Rajasthan, India”
     Cappy, Christina (Wisconsin-Madison) “At the Intersection of Religion,
                   Philosophy, and Ethics: The Role of Ubuntu in South African
                   Public Policy”
     Brashinsky, Joshua “Cultivating Discontinuity: Pentecostal Pedagogies of
                   Yielding and Control”

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