Harvard Divinity Faculty Presenting at 2021 AAR, SBL Annual Meetings

November 8, 2021
San Antonio, Texas, will host the 2021 American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings.
San Antonio, Texas, will host the 2021 American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings.

Several Harvard Divinity School faculty members and fellows will be in San Antonio, Texas, in late November to present during the 2021 American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings.

The conference, which takes place November 20-23, brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons together each year. It is the largest event of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. The organizations will hold an in-person Annual Meeting in San Antonio along with a number of virtual sessions, too. 

Due to the pandemic, it was decided that HDS will not host a reception at the annual meetings this year. The School looks forward to having its annual reception again at the AAR/SBL in the coming years.

Below is a list of HDS faculty members and fellows who will be presenting at the Annual Meetings (all times are Central Time Zone). For details on the many other Harvard University students, faculty, and affiliates presenting, and for the most current information on timing, location, and format of sessions, search the online event planner.

Giovanni Bazzana

  • Book Review Respondent: “A Round Table Discussion of Giovanni B. Bazzana’s Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups (Yale, 2020)”; November 21, 9-11:30 am

Davíd Carrasco

  • Panelist: “Narrating Religious Architecture and Sacred Space: The Hermeneutical Work and Life of Lindsay Jones (1954–2020”; November 20, 3- 5 pm [Virtual]

Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

  • Book Review Respondent: “Discussion of Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics by Francis X. Clooney, Winner of the Best Book Award in Hindu-Christian Studies (Theology/Philosophy) in 2020”; November 19, 7-9 pm [Virtual]
  • Paper: “On Becoming a Priest-Scholar: An Inquiry into my Formative Years in New York and Kathmandu, Chicago, and Chennai”; November 21, 9-11:30 am [Virtual]

Diana L. Eck

  • Panel Respondent: “Waterworks: Tirthas Upended”; November 21, 12:30-2:30 pm [Virtual]

J. Christian Greer

  • Panelist: J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius; November 20, 8-10 pm
  • Respondent: “Mysticism, Religion, and the Psychedelic Renaissance”; November 21, 9-11 am [Virtual]
  • Panelist: “Sacred Drugs: Past, Present, and Futures”; November 22, 9-11 am [Virtual]

Mohsen Goudarzi

  • Paper: “Pagans, Jews, and the Torah in Late Antique Arabia”; November 22, 10:15-10:40 am [Virtual]

Janet Gyatso

  • Panelist: “Poetics, Poiesis, and Buddhist Experiments with the Possible”; November 21, 9-11 am [Virtual]
  • Panelist: “Manifestos for Buddhist Studies”; November 21, 12:30-2:30 pm [Virtual]

Charles Hallisey

  • Panelist Respondent: “Poetics, Poiesis, and Buddhist Experiments with the Possible”; November 21, 9-11 am [Virtual]
  • Panelist: “Manifestos for Buddhist Studies”; November 21, 12:30-2:30 pm [Virtual]

Amy Hollywood

  • Book Review Panelist: “Author Meets Critics: Marika Rose, A Theology of Failure: Žižek Against Christian Innocence (Fordham University Press, 2019)”; November 21, 3-4:30 pm [Virtual]
  • Panel Respondent: “Gender Troubles, Thirties (Routledge, 1990)”; November 21, 5-6:30 pm [Virtual]

Mark D. Jordan

  • Panelist: “Theological Education Between the Times”; November 21, 9-11 am [Virtual]
  • Panelist: “Retiring from . . . or Retiring To? Life and Work in Retirement”; November 21, 12:30-2:30 pm [Virtual]
  • Book Review Panelist: “Author Meets Critics: Dyan Elliott’s The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)”; November 21, 5-6:30 pm [Virtual]

Karen L. King

  • Paper: “The Gospel of Mary in the Second Century”; November 21, 9-11:30 pm

Dan McKanan

  • Panelist: “The Theology and History of Unitarian Universalist Institutions”; November 20, 6:30-9:30 pm

Diane L. Moore

  • Panelist: “Religion and Public Life: Perspectives from the Centers”; November 22, 12:30- 2:30 pm
  • Panelist: “Religion and Foreign Affairs: Exploring the Scholar-Practitioner Divide”; November 23, 9-11 am [Virtual]

Jacob K. Olupona

  • Panel Respondent: “Jacob Olupona’s Contribution to the Study of African Religions”; November 20, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Plenary Panelist: “Religion, Poverty and Social Inequality Globally”; November 22, 11:15 am-12:15 pm [Virtual]

Kimberley C. Patton

  • Panelist: “Matricentric Feminist Approach: A Follow-Up Workshop”; November 19, 1-5 pm [Virtual]
  • Panel Presider: “Poison and Poisoners in Religion”; November 21, 5-6:30 pm [Virtual]

Mayra Rivera

  • Book Review Panelist: “The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics (NYU Press, 2020)—a Roundtable Discussion with Author Janet R. Jakobsen”; November 20, 9-11 am [Virtual]
  • Panel Presider: “AAR Presidential Address by Marla Frederick: Religion, Inequality, and the Will to ‘Stop’”;  November 20, 8-9 pm
  • Book Review Panelist: “Catherine Keller’s Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy, and Other Last Chances (Orbis, 2021)”; November 22, 9-11 am [Virtual]

Michelle C. Sanchez

  • Book Review Respondent: “Book Panel on Michelle C. Sanchez, Calvin and the Resignification of the World (Cambridge University Press, 2019)”; November 21, 12:30-2:30 pm [Virtual]
  • Panel Respondent: “The Politics of Providence”; November 22, 12:30 -2:30 pm

Charles M. Stang

  • Panelist: “Sacred Drugs: Past, Present, and Futures”; November 22, 9-11 am [Virtual]

Todne Thomas

  • Plenary Panelist: “Plenary Panel: What Just Happened? Religion, American Politics and Our Collective Future”; November 20, 11:15 am-12:15 pm