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The Mysticism Group of the

American Academy of Religion

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For the AAR Annual Meeting

in Washington, DC, USA,

November 18-21:

Click below to dowload pdf copies of the papers, as they become available.


Mysticism Group

Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm


June McDaniel, College of Charleston, Presiding

Theme:  Mystical Asceticism and Extreme Experience

Michelle Voss Roberts, Rhodes College:

"The Body Gains Its Share": The Asceticism of Mechthild of Magdeburg

Lise Vail, Montclair State University:

Shiva's Pain Protocol in Basava's Vacana Poetry

Charlotte Radler, Loyola Marymount University:

Astonishing Pain: Mystical Suffering in Christina Mirabilis

Megan Summers, University of Georgia:

Pain and Pleasure: Body Modification and Spiritual Experience

Business Meeting:

Neil Douglas-Klotz, Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning,  and June McDaniel, College of Charleston, Presiding



Mysticism Group and Daoist Studies Consultation

Sunday - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm


Mark Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Presiding

Theme:  Daoist Mystical Experiences: Embodied and Disembodied

Laura Weed, College of Saint Rose:

Daoist Mysticism: Embodiment, Eudaimonia, and Flow

Stephen Eskildsen, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga:

Out-of-Body Experience in Tang Daoist Meditation: A Few Non-Neidan Examples Found in the Yunji Qian

Louis Komjathy, Pacific Lutheran University:

The Daoist Mystical Body


Jordan Paper, York University



Mysticism Group

Monday - 4:00 pm-6:30 pm

Grand Hyatt, Constitution D&E

Neil Douglas-Klotz, Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, Presiding

Theme:  Mystical Healing:  Modes and Methodologies

Fran Grace, University of Redlands:

"Map of Consciousness":  A New Paradigm for Mysticism and Healing

Ann Gleig, Rice University:

Healing Narcissism: From Regression to Transformation in the Psychoanalytic

Encounter with Unchurched

Mark Graves, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley:

Memory, Trauma, and Healing

Anthony Chiffolo, Praeger Publishers:

Heavenly Visions, Holy Stigmata, and the Human Brain: A Neurotheological

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