Global Daoist Studies Forum: “Organizing a Successful Panel Proposal for the AAR”

January 30, 2021, 12pm HST (5pm EST)

The Global Daoist Studies Forum is a new virtual venue seeking to foster a global community for scholars interested in the academic study of Daoism. The Forum promotes scholarship in Daoism across all fields and disciplines. Participation in the Forum is free and open to all.

The 2021 Global Daoist Studies Forum begins with a webinar on January 30th, focusing on best practices for planning, organizing, and writing successful panel proposals for the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Co-chairs of AAR’s Daoist Studies Unit (DSU), Jessey Choo (Rutgers University) and Jonathan Pettit (University of Hawai‘i), will introduce the AAR’s PAPERS submission system and proposal evaluation process. The organizers of three recently accepted panels, Michael Naparstek (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Gil Raz (Dartmouth College), and Tobias Zürn (Washington University in St. Louis), will share their experiences with the application process and their organization strategies. The webinar is aimed particularly at current graduate students and recent PhDs. There will be opportunities to ask questions, share ideas with members of the broader Daoist Studies scholarly community, and begin developing a panel proposal for AAR 2021. Forum webinars are generously sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies at the U. of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. To register for the January 30th webinar, please sign up via the following link:

Attendees outside Daoist Studies are welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizers via the following email address:

We look forward to seeing you on January 30th, 2021!