CFP: New York Conference on Asian Studies (Asian Religions in the West and Asian American Religions)

Perhaps some room for an NSRN panel or presentation; particularly to address challenges to the epistemological models implied in the secularity thesis and structures of modernity and enlightenment thought, assumptions about belief as a central tenet to religion and critiques of secular ideologies outside mono-theistic traditions. The ongoing visibility of religious practices and role of new technologies as tools in this challenge is also another possible avenue of exploration in the conference themes.


September 28-29, 2012

State University of New York at New Paltz

Asian Religions in the West and Asian American Religions: Contesting Identities and Praxis

Graduate students and scholars working in all areas and disciplines of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies are invited to submit proposals on papers that engage the theme of “Asian religions in the West and Asian American Religions”. Topics may include, but are not limited, to the following:

–Contesting established gender and social roles

–Resistance to established canons and epistemological models

–Contesting identities and the politics of identity

–Performance of identities and ritual constructions of community

–The role and impact of globalization

–The role and impact of new media, social media, cyber-space and cyber-communities

–Invented traditions and their political, social, historical, or cultural repercussions

Proposals should include the name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address of the presenter, the title of the paper, and an abstract not exceeding 250 words in length. Please submit individual paper proposals to Cuong T. Mai at (, by March 15, 2012.

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