February 2, 2015

Jill Peterfeso, Eric Mortensen Attend AAR Annual Meeting


Religious studies faculty members Jill Peterfeso and Eric Mortensen attended the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in November in San Diego.

Jill Peterfeso, assistant professor of religious studies, attended an invitation-only dinner hosted by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religious Studies, which allowed her the opportunity to meet other junior teachers and discuss teaching strategies.

She also attended a panel titled "The Worlds of Disney," which looked at the intersection of religion and the Disney empire, as part of the process of developing an upcoming FYS course on Disney. She visited the Mormon Battalion Historic site in preparation for her Mormonism course this Spring.

Eric Mortensen, associate professor and chair of religious studies, delivered a paper titled, “The Very Boundaries of What It Means To Be ‘Human’: Monsters, the Folkloric Notion of ‘Half-Human,’ and Othering in the Landscapes of the Tibetan Imaginary,” on a panel about animals in Tibetan & Himalayan religions, co-sponsored by the Tibetan & Himalayan Religions and Animals in Religion groups.

Eric, co-chair of the Comparative Studies in Religion Section of the AAR, also served as the respondent on a panel titled, “The Hidden, Transgressive and Camouflaged in Popular Religion.”