I have never been to the American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual meeting. As a historian I tend to run with fellow historians at places like the AHA, OAH, or OIEAHC. As a historian who spends some of my time thinking about American religion, the closest I ever get to religious studies scholars is an occasional meeting of the American Society of Church History or in the hallways of Boyer Hall. Yet I must admit that I have always been intrigued by what goes on at a meeting of the AAR. Some day I would like to attend one, but for now, here are some interesting reports from last weekend’s annual meeting in Montreal.
At Religion and American history Linford Fisher reports on sessions related to American indigenous culture.
At America’s Gods, “fatedplace” learns some lessons about how a graduate student should present herself and her work.
JTB at “Rude Truth” provides a personal overview, including spilling an entire cup of hot Dunkin Donuts coffee on his lap. As depressing as it sounds, I liked this line: “The Job Center is dead to me.”
Mark Silk at Spiritual Politics offers his take.
Eric Daryl Meyer reviews papers by Coakley, Volf, and Zizek.
John L. Jackson has a love-hate relationship with conferences like the AAR.