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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative Call for Papers

Asian Pacific American Religions and Research Initiative is pleased to announce a call for papers for the APARRI 2010 conference, "Bridging Yesterday and Tomorrow: Memory and Generational Change to Pacific and Asian North America." The conference will take place August 5-7, 2010 in Chicago, IL. Submission deadline: June 21, 2010.

Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative Call for Papers
Bridging Yesterday and Tomorrow: Memory and Generational Change in Pacific
and Asian North America
August 5-7, 2010 | McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
We encourage work in multiple and diverse religious contexts.
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Submission Deadline: Monday, June 21, 2010.
Submit proposals via email: Joe Cheah, jpcheah@aol.com
As we begin the second decade of the 21st century, this year's conference
theme calls for a look back and a forward vision to see the connections
between generations. For many people, memory and generation modifies or
recreates religious identity. We can see these dynamics in the processes
accompanying immigration, but we can also see them when people pass their
faith on to future generations or develop a new religious identity
themselves. How the dynamics of memory and generational change occur for APA
communities depends on the particular ways each group and generation
negotiates life in the U.S. Whether APA communities can point to five
generations in North America, or are recently arrived, religion and how it
sustains and transforms Asian Pacific America is the focus of our 2010
APARRI meeting. This year's theme calls for analyses of the experiences
across generations, inviting participants to pursue nontraditional fields of
study and other topics needing research and investigation. Stepping across
theoretical and disciplinary boundaries is encouraged.
Entitled "Bridging Yesterday and Tomorrow: Memory and Generational Change in
Religious Pacific and Asian North America" the 2010 conference will be held
August 5-7 on the campus of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.
Plenaries feature a discussion on memory, the role of personal faith in
academia, and an intergenerational panel. Plenary Speakers include Anju
Bhargava (Member of President Obama's Council on Faith Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships), Bandana Purkayastha (Associate Professor of
Sociology, University of Connecticut), Peter Cha (Associate Professor of
Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Soong-Chan Rah
(Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism,
North Park Theological Seminary), Roy Sano (Bishop, the United Methodist
Church), and Mai-Anh Tran (Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Eden
Theological Seminary). Concurrent sessions will showcase
research-in-progress, and structured mentoring sessions will be available
for students and junior faculty members.
Information about the conference
The APARRI conference began among a group of doctoral students and early
career scholars of religion and theology, who desired to support and engage
each other's scholarship in an interdisciplinary fashion.
Allotted concurrent sessions are designed to continue this
cross-disciplinary engagement. Presenters are encouraged to share their
research and works-in-progress with other APARRI participants by organizing
panels, presenting papers on their research, and/or by structuring small
group dialogue sessions on an important topic of inquiry in the study of
Asian North American and Pacific Island religions. Selected papers/sessions
will be scheduled during our concurrent session times.
Some concurrent session time will also be designated for papers/panels that
have come from managing board invitations.
For information on the conference, please visit:
APARRI is a community advancing the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific
Americans and their religions. Through conferences, mentoring, and
collaboration, APARRI promotes the professional development of scholars and
the distinctive field of Asian Pacific American religious studies.