CFP: Confucianism at the AAR

As many of you know, religious studies is home to a flourishing discourse about Confucianism that intersects in many ways with the conversations of philosophers and sinologists. Last year’s AAR panels on Confucianism were listed here; now I want to share the Call for Papers for this year’s AAR, to be held in San Francisco on Nov. 19-22, 2011:

We invite proposals concerning any aspect of Confucianism from any geographical area. Topics of particular interest this coming year are: 1. Confucianism in a Modern Context. 2. Confucian rituals: who does them and why they do them? 3. Everyday Confucianisms. 4. Fate, Death and Vulnerability in Confucianism. 5. Teaching Confucianism. 6. Confucianization of East Asia. 7. The institutionalization of Confucian Practices and Ideas. Panels that are in the traditional two-and-a-half-hour format are welcome, but we also encourage applicants to propose panels in the new ninety-minute format. This can take the form of a mini-panel or a symposium on a particular text, author, or pedagogy. Pre-arranged panel and papers sessions proposals have a much better chance of getting accepted than individual paper proposals. Underscoring that Confucianism is not just a Chinese phenomenon, we would also like to encourage people working on Confucian topics outside of China to send in proposals.

Submissions should be made through the AAR’s OP3 system.  If you have any questions, you should contact the co-chairs of the group: Thomas Wilson ( and Yong Huang (

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