2022 Conference: CFP

APARRI 2022 Call for Proposals Deadline has been extended to April 15, 2022.

Call for Proposals APARRI @ 20

Asian Pacific American Religions and Communities During a Pandemic

July 12-14, 2022, at University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

APARRI (Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative) is a community advancing the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific Americans and their religions. We offer opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and workshopping works-in-progress at our annual conference. 

In 2022, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of APARRI’s founding in 2001, delayed due to COVID-19. The focus of our conference is the ongoing pandemic. We invite proposals on topics relating to religion and race in connection to Asian Americans and/or Pacific Islanders. We also welcome presentations that reference creative works, visual presentations, and/or audio work (e.g., podcasts). However, we are particularly interested in proposals about:

  • Building resiliency in a time of global and racialized pandemic
  • Addressing anti-Asian hate and violence
  • Fostering inter-religious and intra-ethnic collaborations
  • Pivoting religiosity and spirituality for pandemic times
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: APARRI @ 20

APARRI 2022 Call for Proposals Deadline has been extended to April 15, 2022.

Submission Guidelines: Email proposals to <2022aparri@gmail.com>. 

Please include the following information for each presenter:

  • title (of paper, panel, or presentation)
  • full name(s)
  • affiliation(s)  
  • contact information 
  • a 200-word statement describing your individual or group submission/proposal 
  • indicate presentation format (i.e., work-in-progress workshop, academic presentation, roundtable, etc.)
  • details about any technology needs you might require 

The selection committee will review submissions, and notify presenters by May 15, 2022. 

For works-in-progress workshops and panels with discussants, we request that full drafts be submitted to <2022aparri@gmail.com> by July 1, 2022.

Only conference registrants will have access to these pre-circulated conference papers. Presenters may opt to distribute paper copies of their work at their session to be collected by presenters afterward, if preferred. 

Thanks to generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, APARRI will be offering limited financial support (travel reimbursements, stipends, and/or local lodging assistance) to graduate students, independent scholars, and contingent/adjunct teacher-scholars who are accepted to present at the conference. Travel assistance application materials and information will be offered later to those whose proposals or papers are accepted for the conference.

APARRI promotes the professional development of scholars and the distinctive field of Asian Pacific American religious studies, especially with respect to the empowerment of our local communities. We encourage you to join us at USC for our 2022 gathering.