As conventional in-person regional and national conferences have been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, the three Northeastern regions of the American Academy of Religion are partnering to host a Virtual Symposium as an all-day event on April 9, 2021.
The Symposium Leadership Team invites proposals for panels that consider specific questions related to our roles and responsibilities as religious studies scholars at this time of cultural crises. In particular, we invite panels to consider questions related to (1) the age of pandemic, (2) social justice activism, (3) public health, (4) religion in the public sphere, (5) digital pedagogy and its impact on our identities as religious scholars and citizen activists, (6) the future of the Academy itself in our forever-changed reality, and (7) challenges to the spaces religion has traditionally inhabited. Each panel should be framed around a generative, provocative, and engaging question. Panelists should be prepared to discuss and debate their question with other panelists and the audience. We are looking for roundtable-type discussions rather than traditional presentations and papers. Active dialogue is the goal.