December 16 2018

Midwest Region

Map of the AAR Midwest Region

2018 Midwest Regional Meeting

March 2–3, 2018
Ball State University
Muncie, IN

2018 Call for Papers

Location: Courtyard Marriott and Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN

Special Topic Sessions: Alcohol in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Teaching Religion and Violence – see below

Preconference Workshop: Issues in Teaching Law and Religion – see below

The deadline for proposal submissions is January 16, 2018.

  • Authors may submit a 400 to 500 word proposal for individual papers or for panels of papers.
  • The proposal form requires you to submit your proposal to a single section chair.  Please also cc the Vice President and Program Chair of the Conference,
  • Descriptions of each section are listed on the Section Chairs web page. If you have any questions about whether your proposal is appropriate for a particular section, please contact that section’s chair.
  • If you feel your proposal does not fit into any of our current sections, you may submit it to the Additional Topics section.
  • While at least one Additional Topics session may be related to the theme addressed by the conference speaker, proposals to Additional Topics (or any other section) need not be tailored to fit the themes addressed in the plenary session.
  • Creative, unconventional, interactive session formats are encouraged.
  • You may also opt to submit a proposal for a poster if that better suits your project; just indicate this in the proposal itself.
  • If you are interested in organizing a panel, email the section chair directly.

Please observe these restrictions:

  1. You may submit up to two different proposals to a single section.
  2. You may submit up to two different proposals to two different sections.
  3. You may not submit the same proposal to two different sections.

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent out at the beginning of February.

Special Topic Sessions

Alcohol in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer, and liquor, have played intriguing roles in human civilization from ancient times up to the present. In this Special Topic session(s) we will focus on the various places that alcohol has occupied in the practices and speculations of Jews, Christians, and Muslims through the centuries. For this purpose, we welcome both comparative papers and contributions centering on a single religious tradition. Papers may approach their subject from historical, textual, theological, anthropological, sociological, and/or psychological perspectives.

Submit proposals to Vadim Putzu –

Teaching Religion and Violence – The Teaching Religion Section invites submissions the topic of teaching religion and violence. We invite scholars to reflect on the challenges and importance of teaching particular events, images, texts, and concepts (from recent mass shootings and contemporary terrorism to the Shoah to the history of slavery, colonization). We will be addressing this discussion to the broader questions of pedagogical practice related to student mental health and sustaining an inclusive classroom.

Submit proposals to Spencer Dew –

Preconference Workshop: Issues in Teaching Law and Religion

March 2, 2018, the Midwest American Academy of Religion will host a pre-conference workshop in the annual meeting, “Issues in Teaching Law and Religion.” Focused on practical pedagogical concerns related to this essential and increasingly topical focus within our field, the workshop will run from 9 am to 1 pm and feature brief presentations by invited scholars on specific issues they find useful, challenging, and important in teaching religion and law. Discussion will follow each pair of presentations. Moreover, essays by each of these scholars will be available to MAAR members in advance of the conference on this website. All MAAR members are encouraged to attend this conference. There will be a separate registration fee for the pre-conference workshop, which includes breakfast and lunch on March 2nd.

Contact: Spenser Dew –

Proposal Submission Form