Attending to the Secular at AAR 2013
Last year I started putting together conference guides for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network aimed at scholars interested in topics covered by concepts like nonreligion, secularism, and secularity. The guides are meant to call out relevant panels, sessions and individual papers at large conferences like the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. They are a navigation tool in other words. So with no further ado I give you the conference guide for this year’s AAR meeting in Baltimore:
Take special note of the sessions sponsored by the Secularism and Secularity Group, which we successfully founded last year to do more sustained and concentrated work on the relationship between religion and the secular. There was enough demand for such work that we ended up with four seperate sessions this year:
- Is the School a Secular Site?: The Study of American Education, Religion, and Secularity - Saturday, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
- Religious “Nones”: Understanding the Unaffiliated - Sunday, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
- Producing Secularism in Public Spaces - Monday, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
- Memorializing the Secular: Martyrs, Mourners and Saints on the (Non)religious Borderland - Tuesday, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
If you are interested in the long term efforts of the Secularism and Secularity group be sure to attend the 3rd session, “Producing Secularism in Public Spaces,” because our business meeting will follow the paper presentations. If you have any questions, comments or criticisms of this conference guide please feel free to contact me directly. Enjoy.