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Democracy and Its Discontents: Religion and the Underside of Pacific Asian North America August 2, 2006

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APAARI 2006

August 3-5, 2006
Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

After two gatherings in the Chicago area, the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative (APARRI) returns this year to the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2006 conference, to be held August 3-5 at the University of California at Berkeley, will be APARRI’s eighth, again bringing scholars from the social sciences and humanities together with scholars from the theological disciplines and leaders of faith communities for engagement around issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander religion.

Since 1999, APARRI gatherings have been opportunities for young scholars and community leaders involved in work on issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander religion to share research, exchange ideas, and build relationships in a relaxed, supportive conference setting. Emphasis is placed on the encouragement of emerging scholarship, and organized opportunities for mentoring will be available at this year’s conference.

APARRI 2006 is organized by the PANA Institute (Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion), and major funding is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The conference is co-sponsored by PANA’s Civil Liberty and Faith Project, the Fund for Theological Education, the Graduate Theological Union, the Asian American Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

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2006 CONFERENCE THEME

The meaning of American “democracy” has long been a site of debate and struggle. What are the requirements for inclusion? Who has an active voice? How do the conditions of American democracy translate into the lived experiences of individuals and communities? These questions and many others which interrogate the content and limits of interpretations of democracy evolve with the nation’s political climate, but the gradual shift towards greater restrictiveness has been markedly accelerated since the events of September 11, 2001.

The conference theme for APARRI 2006 is “Democracy and Its Discontents: Religion and the Underside of Pacific and Asian North America.” The plenary sessions will address the condition of democracy today for those Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the margins of the American body politic and ask how religion intersects with these lives overlooked or adversely affected by current articulations of “democracy.”

The plenary sessions for the conference are:

  • “Democracy, Buddhism, and Animism: The Intersections of Ethnicity and Religion in the Hmong and Lao American Communities”
    Dia Cha, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America” (documentary video)
    Rachel Antell, documentary filmmaker and former research affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University
  • “Religion and the Transnational Hydra of Flexible Labor”
    Colin Rajah, International Migrant Rights Program Coordinator, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Unless otherwise indicated, all portions of the conference are held in the Wells Fargo Room, Cheit Hall C420, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Thursday.2006.Au.3

5:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM Conference Opening
6:30 PM Plenary I: Democracy, Buddhism, and Animism: The Intersections of Ethnicity and Religion in the Hmong and Lao American Communities
(Presenter: Dia Cha, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN)
8:30 PM Organizers’ Introduction

Friday.2006.Au.4

8:00 AM Light Breakfast
8:30 AM Daily Orientation and General Introductions
9:30 AM Concurrent Session Block A

11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Plenary II: Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America (documentary video)
(Presenter: Rachel Antell, documentary filmmaker and former research affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University)
3:00 PM Break
4:00 PM PANA Institute Reception at Pacific School of Religion (2357 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA)
(Social time with organized opportunities for mentoring)
6:00 PM Dinner on participants’ own

Saturday.2006.Au.5

8:30 AM Light Breakfast
9:00 AM Daily Orientation
9:30 AM Concurrent Session Block B

11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Plenary III: Religion and the Transnational Hydra of Flexible Labor
(Presenters: Colin Rajah, International Migrant Rights Program Coordinator, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; and Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice)
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Closing Session

6:30 PM Closing Dinner/Social Event

REGISTRATION

Registration for APARRI 2006 is required, and registration may be completed either online or with a mail-in registration form. Discounted fees are offered to persons who register before the registration deadline and to those who register for the entire three-day duration of the conference. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY.2006.MAY31. (Late registration begins Thursday.2006.Jun.1 and runs through Saturday.2006.Au.5.) The registration fee schedule is as follows:

  • Registration for the entire conference: $50 ($70 for late registration beginning Jun/1)
    Includes the following conference meals: Opening Reception, light breakfast on Friday Au/4 and Saturday Au/5, lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Per-day registration: $25
    Includes conference meals on registered days.(Registration fees are non-refundable.)

Conference participants may register online or use a mail-in registration form. In-person registration at the conference is also available. (Please see below for additional information on the Closing Social, housing, and student travel stipends.

MEALS provided at the conference include the Opening Reception, a light breakfast on Friday and Saturday mornings, and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Registration fees cover all conference meals on the day(s) for which a participant is registered. Additionally, conference attendees are invited to join the traditional APARRI Closing Dinner/Social Event ($20/person) at 6:30 PM on Saturday Au/6.

CONFERENCE HOUSING at UC Berkeley’s Foothill Residential Complex (2700 Hearst Avenue at Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA 94720) is offered to APARRI participants at subsidized rates. For more information on the accommodations, please visit UC Berkeley’s Web page for Foothill. Subsidized housing fees for APARRI attendees are as follows:

  • Double room (per person rates are the same for one-, two-, or three-night occupancy)
    Student: $75
    Non-student: $95
  • Single room (per person rates are the same for one-, two-, or three-night occupancy)
    Student: $150
    Non-student: $190.(Housing fees are non-refundable after Friday.2006.Jul.14.)

STUDENT TRAVEL STIPENDS

Student travel stipends of up to $300 are available in limited number on a first come/first served basis to students participating in all three days of the conference who apply for the stipends on their registration forms BY WEDNESDAY.2006.MAY.31. Priority will be given to students presenting papers. Students who are awarded the stipends will be notified and should submit their receipts for travel upon arrival at the conference. Reimbursement checks will be issued shortly afterwards.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DETAILS

In addition to the plenary sessions at this year’s conference, break-out sessions will be offered in two Concurrent Session blocks, one each on Friday and Saturday. Concurrent Sessions at APARRI are occasions for sharing participants’ research and works-in-progress, and papers related to all aspects of Asian American and Pacific Islander religion are welcome.

Conference participants are encouraged to present individual papers and/or to organize moderated panels (of three to four participants) on their areas of study and engagement. Individual papers are allotted fifteen minutes each for presentation (followed by a ten-minute moderated discussion/question-and-answer period), and panels are allotted a total of one hour each (followed by forty minutes of engagement with the audience).

Abstracts must be submitted for all papers and panels, and THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY.2006.MAY.31, the same day as the conference registration deadline. These abstracts will be posted on this Web site. While all presenters of individual papers are each required to submit an abstract, organizers of discussion panels need submit only a single abstract for their group. To submit an abstract, go to the Presentation Abstract Submission Form Web page, copy the page into an MS Word document, and submit the completed form as an attachment in an e-mail to Christopher Chua at cchua@psr.edu.

All abstract submissions will be required to include the following:

  • The name of presenter/panel organizer, her/his institutional affiliation, and a contact e-mail address, which unless otherwise requested, will be posted with the abstract on this Web site, so that other interested parties may ask questions or engage the presenter/panel organizer on the topic
  • (For panels only: the names, institutional affiliations, and contact e-mail addresses of the panelists)
  • The paper/panel title
  • A brief one- to three-paragraph description of the paper/panel
  • A listing of audio-visual equipment needs.

MENTORING SESSIONS

A key component of APARRI is the nurture of younger scholars and faith community leaders, and the conference is deliberately structured to allow for extensive interaction of persons at all different levels in the academy and in faith communities. At this year’s conference we will have organized opportunities for students, junior faculty members, and junior-level faith community leaders to receive mentoring from more senior personnel in their respective areas. Mentoring sessions will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday Au/4. Conference participants wishing to receive mentoring should select this option on their registration forms.

LOGISTICS INFORMATION

DATES/TIMES: APARRI 2006 begins with an Opening Reception at 5:00 PM on Thursday Au/3, and the conference formally ends with the conclusion of the Closing Session at 4:30 PM on Saturday Au/5. Participants are, however, encouraged to join the Closing Dinner/Social Event at 6:30 PM on Saturday Au/5. Merry-making at this Saturday evening event has become an APARRI tradition.

CONFERENCE LOCATION: The primary conference site for APARRI 2006 is the Wells Fargo Room (Cheit Hall, fourth floor, C420) at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Haas is located along Gayley Road on the east side of the UC Berkeley, directly across from Kleeberger Field and just down the street from the California Memorial Stadium. Detailed maps and driving instructions, including driving instructions from Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, can be found on the school’s “Getting to Haas” page.

HOUSING LOCATION: Conference housing is located at UC Berkeley’s Foothill Residential Complex (2700 Hearst Avenue at Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA 94720). For more information please see the UC Berkeley Web page for Foothill.

TRANSPORTATION FROM AREA AIRPORTS: For transportation options (shuttles, taxis, BART, and buses) from Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, please click here.

PARKING: Options for parking over the three days of the conference are as follows:

  • Thursday Evening Au/3
    Paid parking ($8.00) is available after 5:00 PM at the Kleeberger or Stadium Parking Lots, both of which are across Gayley Road from the Haas School of Business.
  • Friday Au/4
    Parking permits ($17.00) for Kleeberger and other nearby campus lots can be pre-arranged. To pre-arrange a parking permit, please contact Sharon Hwang Colligan at 510/849-8244 or shcolligan@psr.edu NO LATER THAN FRIDAY JUL/14. Alternatively, parking is also available at several off-campus paid-parking lots.
  • Saturday Au/5
    All-day paid parking ($8.00) is available at the Kleeberger or Stadium Parking Lots, both of which which are across Gayley Road from the Haas School of Business. Street parking is also often available on Saturdays.

CONTACTING THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

Questions about APARRI 2006 may be directed to Sharon Hwang Colligan, the conference registrar, at 510/849-8244 or shcolligan@psr.edu.

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