Psychology, Culture & Religion Group
American Academy of Religion
Annual Meeting 2011



Friday, November 18

PCR Pre-Sessions

MP 18-293
2:00 -3:45 pm
IC-Grand Ballroom B

The Friendship between Sigmund Freud and Oskar Pfister as Seen in the Correspondence between the Jewish Atheist Founder of Psychoanalysis and the Swiss Pastor who Pioneered Pastoral Psychology

Alberto Varona, California Institute of Integral Studies, Presiding


  • Isabelle Noth, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Christoph Morgenthaler, University of Bern, Switzerland


  • Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Herman Westerink, University of Vienna
3:45 PM


4:00 PM

Centrality, Marginality, and Intercultural Dynamics in Psychology and Religion


  • Carrie Dohe, University of Chicago
  • Nicholas Dion, University of Toronto
  • Gabriel Mendes, University of California, San Diego
5:45 PM


6:00 PM

PRAXIS: Intersections of Meditation Practice with Theories and Theologies of Personhood and Clinical Practice


  • Eileen Campbell-Reed, Luther Seminary
  • Insook Lee, Hood Theological Seminary
7:00 9:30 PM
Cupola pizzeria

PCR Friday Dinner

It is our annual custom to go out to dinner together on Friday evening. Graduate students are especially invited to join us; we'll even pay half your cost for dinner! We'll be at Cupola Pizzeria, 845 Market St., 4th Floor, in San Francisco.

Saturday, November 19  

MP 19-07

9:00 -11:30 am
Room: HI-Continental Ballroom 3

Business Meeting/Works in Progress

Kathleen Bishop, Drew University, Presiding




Saturday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Room: CC-2020

Evolutionary Psychology and Primate Studies:
What has Religion Got to Do with It?

Kirk A. Bingaman, Fordham University, Presiding

Marsha Hewitt, Trinity College
Religious Experience: Mysticism and the "Occult" from Psychoanalytic and Neuroscience Perspectives

David A. Hogue, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
The Ritualizing Mind: Recent Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Insights into Doing Religion

Dorothy Dean, Vanderbilt University
Baboon Morality: How Primatology Impacts the Doctrine of Original Sin

Dorte Hvidtjørn, University of Southern Denmark
To What Extent is Religiousness Heritable?: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Existential Values and Religiousness in a Secular Society: A Twin Study

Sunday - 9:00 -11:30 am

IC-Union Square

Mourning the American Dream:
Psychological and Religious Dimensions of the Sociocultural Malaise

Lisa M. Cataldo, Fordham University, Presiding

Joseph Kramp, Drew University
Symbolic Loss in American Adolescents: Mourning in Teenage Cinema

Flora A. Keshgegian, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Is Trauma Ever Good?: A Theological and Critical Analysis of Post-traumatic Growth

Lee Hayward Butler, Chicago Theological Seminary
Do You Dream in Color?: Mourning a Monochromatic American Dream

Sunday - 5:00 -6:30 pm
Room: CC-2002

Book Panel: Jeremy R. Carrette's Religion and Critical Psychology: Religious Experience in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2007)

Hetty Zock, University of Groningen, Presiding


  • Kelly Bulkeley, Graduate Theological Union
  • Ann Taves, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt University


  • Jeremy R. Carrette, University of Kent