[Skip to Content]

This unit provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in the intersection of religion and memory and history. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras.

This year, our main theme is “homes.” We invite papers, panels, and roundtables that explore religion and memory through the home, including but not limited to examining foodways and holiday practices in domestic settings in any time period and any geographic context, as well as notions of the home or homeland in diasporic traditions.

We also welcome papers, panels, and roundtables on other issues of religion, history, and memory in any time period and any geographic context.

With the Anthropology of Religion unit and the Body and Religion unit:
Our units invite proposals that investigate how pandemics as well as societies’ attempts to manage or mitigate their impact (e.g. quarantines, ways of treating the afflicted, memorializing the dead, etc.) intersect with people’s religious lives, narratives about the past or sites of memory, and embodied experiences by foreclosing certain established practices as well as by opening up new spaces for devotional experimentation and meaning-making. We are especially interested in papers that place contemporary ethnographic work on COVID-19 in conversation with historical cases (and vice-versa), and/or which foreground how different methodological and theoretical approaches might help us make better sense of the roles religion plays under the extraordinary social circumstances of a pandemic.

Mission Statement:

This unit explores the construction and representation of narratives of the past as memory and history in relation to religious practices, ideologies, and experiences. We encourage critical reflection on religion in relation to ideas of memory, heritage, public history, and historiography. We are interested in examining these topics across broad geographical areas, religious traditions, and historical eras.

Method of Submission:




Christopher Cantwell, christopher.d.cantwell@gmail.com

Rachel Gross, rbgross@sfsu.edu


Steering Committee:

Kate DeConinck, kdeconinck@sandiego.edu

Jodi Eichler-Levine, jeichlerlevine@lehigh.edu

Tim Langille, timothy.langille@asu.edu

Devin Manzullo-Thomas, dcthomas@messiah.edu

Rubina Salikuddin, rsalikuddi@brynmawr.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2025