APARRI 2024 Call for Proposals

Religion and Solidarity in Precarious Times

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, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Since 1999, APARRI gatherings have provided opportunities for scholars and community leaders involved in work on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander religions to share research, exchange ideas, and build collaborative relationships.

As we gather again at UC Berkeley, we invite participants to reflect on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander religion and solidarity in precarious times. What do religion and solidarity look like now? What does solidarity mean across different religious communities and what form(s) will that solidarity take? How might Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander scholars and religious communities work together to create robust partnerships and networks of support?

Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to AA and NHPI:

  • Religion as a unifying force and a source of division
  • Religion, climate change, and environmental justice
  • Religion and war / peace / armed conflict
  • Religion, social inequities, justice, and cohesion
  • Religion, democracy, and political polarization
  • Ancestral wisdom as sources for hope and renewal
  • Complexities and challenges to forging solidarity across different ethnicities, generations, and/or religious traditions
  • Queer futures and kinship
  • Differences between Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander religions and/or religious communities (around issues of sovereignty, land, ethics, militarism, etc.)

Please note that there are 4 types of proposals you can submit. Please click on any tab below to learn more about the type of proposal:

These submissions can be on any topic relevant to the conference theme and call for proposals. If accepted, individual submissions will likely be organized into panels at the program committee’s discretion.

Presenters may organize their own panels around a common theme or topic. Given time limits, successful panels tend to have four individual presentations or fewer. This may include three presentations and comments from a discussant, or four presentations. Organizers and presenters should leave time for audience discussion and Q and A in planning their presentations.

These submissions are most suitable for advanced/revised dissertation chapters (beyond first drafts), articles nearly ready to submit for journal publication, and book proposals. Authors will spend 5-10 minutes introducing their work, followed by feedback from the respondent and audience. Workshop attendees are expected to read papers in advance.

For these workshops, full drafts must be submitted by May 28, 2024. Drafts should not exceed 25 pages, double-spaced, excluding footnotes or endnotes.Respondents will not read more than 25 pages of text. Although your pre-circulated paper might be accepted on the basis of your abstract, the committee reserves the right not to circulate submissions that appear to be first drafts or unpolished writing (and will remove you from the program if so).

Only conference registrants will have access to these pre-circulated papers.

Workshops are distinguished from conference presentations, panels, or pre-circulated papers by being interactive, i.e there is significant audience participation beyond Q&A. Past successful workshops have included use of the arts, movement, how-to’s (learning by doing), testimonials, etc.

Deadline: March 29, 2024

Notification: April 12, 2024

Please click here for APARRI 2024 registration and housing information

Submission Guidelines

Please include the following information in your proposal:

  • Title of pre-circulated paper, panel, or presentation
  • Full name(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Contact information (email, phone)
  • A 200-word statement describing your individual or group proposal
  • Indicate format of submission:
    • Pre-circulated paper
    • workshop
    • individual paper presentation
    • group panel (no more than four formal presentations, respondent or discussant optional)
  • Indicate your technology needs
    • projector (for laptop)
    • sound

The selection committee will review submissions and notify presenters by April 12, 2024.

Travel Support

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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