2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Upper Midwest
Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

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Books and Major Publications

Teresa Berger, Yale Divinity School & Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation, edited by Teresa Berger, The Liturgical Press, 2019. This collection of essays explores the rich and diverse intersections between the world of liturgy and the worlds of creation and the cosmos. The intersections highlighted here include biblical, historical, visual, and musical materials as well as contemporary theological and pastoral challenges for worship today. The essays gathered in this volume were first presented at the 2018 Yale Institute of Sacred Music Liturgy Conference and are here made available to a wider audience. 

José Ignacio Cabezón, University of California Santa Barbara

Sera Monastery, Wisdom Publications, 2019. Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery was one of Tibet's great seats of learning. With over 9,000 monks, it was the second largest monastery in the world. Throughout its history, Sera produced some of Tibet’s most important saints, scholars, and political leaders. Beginning with an overview of the history of Buddhist monasticism from the time of the Buddha through its early development in Tibet, the authors then tell the 600-year story of Sera from its founding to the present. Scrupulously researched over decades, Sera Monastery is the most comprehensive history of a Tibetan monastery ever written in a Western language.

K. Healan Gaston, Harvard Divinity School

Imagining Judeo-Christian America: Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy, University of Chicago Press, 2019. In this ambitious book, K. Healan Gaston challenges the myth of a monolithic Judeo-Christian America. She demonstrates that the idea is not only a recent and deliberate construct, but also a potentially dangerous one. From the time of its widespread adoption in the 1930s, the ostensible inclusiveness of Judeo-Christian terminology concealed efforts to promote particular conceptions of religion, secularism, and politics. 

Erika Gault, University of Arizona

Beyond Christian Hip Hop: Toward Christians and Hip Hop, co-authored with Travis Harris, Routledge, 2019. Christians and Christianity have been central to Hip Hop since its inception. This book explores the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop and the multiple outcomes of this intersection.

Pankaj Jain, University of North Texas

Dharma in America, Routledge, 2019. This book aims to explore the role of Hindu and Jain Americans in diverse fields such as education and civic engagements, medicine and healthcare, and music. Providing a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the last two centuries, Dharma in America also gives some insights into the ongoing issues and challenges these important ethnic and religious groups face.


Charles Haberl and James McGrath, Rutgers University & Butler University

The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary, De Gruyter, 2019. This book represents the first volume of its kind, providing a critical edition with textual apparatus of all known manuscripts of this fascinating Gnostic text, together with an English translation and commentary. The work mentions John the Baptist, Jesus, and other figures known from Jewish and Christian tradition, and deserves to be far more widely known and studied than it has been in the English-speaking world. The book includes a treatment by Dr. April DeConick of the relationship of this work (in Mandaic, a dialect of Aramaic) to the Coptic Gnostic sources from Nag Hammadi. 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion

Reimagining Spirit: Wind, Breath and Vibration, Cascade Books, 2019. This book aims to examine the Spirit as experienced in light, wind, breath, and vibration to help us uncover some of its aspects that invite us to work for climate justice, racial justice, and gender justice. The Holy Spirit has always been a mover and shaker of ideas and action. The Spirit’s presence moves, stirs, and changes us to become aware of the social ills in our world.

Lynn S. Neal, Wake Forest University

Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America, NYU Press, 2019. Using a diverse range of fashion sources, including designs, jewelry, articles in fashion magazines, and advertisements, Lynn S. Neal demonstrates how in the second half of the twentieth century the modern fashion industry created an aestheticized Christianity. By focusing on individuals interested in and their personal spiritual experiences, the fashion industry socialized consumers to see religion as fashionable and as a beautiful lifestyle accessory—something to be displayed, consumed, and experienced as an expression of personal identity and taste.