APARRI 2023 Call for Proposals

Envisioning Radical Futures in APA Religions and Communities

The Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) is the largest and longest running interdisciplinary conference series in the United States addressing issues of religion and race in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since 1999, APARRI gatherings have provided opportunities for scholars and community leaders involved in work on Asian American and Pacific Islander religion to share research, exchange ideas, and build collaborative relationships.

As we gather at UC Berkeley, the site where the Asian American movement emerged in the late 1960s, we invite participants to reflect upon our radical past as we envision radical futures in Asian Pacific American religions and communities. What revolutionary hopes and dreams do we have? How can we break out of conventional ways of thinking and imagine new worlds or possibilities? What is – or should be – the future of Asian Pacific American religious studies?

Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • APA religions and new forms of religious expression, spirituality and community
  • APA religions and decolonial futures
  • APA religions and abolition of carcerality
  • APA religions and new modes of activism
  • APA religions and queer futures
  • APA religions in an age of political polarization
  • APA religions in the digital age
  • APA religions and healing of trauma and old wounds
  • APA religions and multiracial/multi-religious alliances
  • APA religions reclaiming wisdom from our ancestors

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Notification: April 21, 2023

Please click here for APARRI 2023 registration and housing information

Submission Guidelines

Please include the following information:

  • Title of paper, panel, or presentation
  • Full name(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Contact information (email)
  • A 200-word statement describing your individual or group proposal
  • Indicate format of submission:
    • work-in-progress session
    • workshop
    • individual presentation
    • group panel (no more than four formal presentations, respondent or discussant optional)
    • roundtable (informal presentations/conversation
  • Details about any technology needs you might require
    • projector (for laptop)
    • sound

For works-in-progress workshops and panels with discussants, we request that full drafts be submitted by June 1, 2023. Only conference registrants will have access to these pre-circulated conference papers.

The selection committee will review submissions and notify presenters by April 21, 2023.

Thanks to generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and UC Berkeley, APARRI will be offering limited scholarships to cover domestic travel and lodging, with priority to graduate students, independent scholars, and contingent/adjunct teacher-scholars who present at the conference. Participants may apply for scholarships with their conference registration.

APARRI is a scholarly community advancing the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific Americans and their religions. We offer opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and workshopping works-in-progress.

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