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Religion and American Culture Caucus

Advisory Board:   Edward J. Blum (co-chair), Jennifer Hancock (co-chair), Matt Hedstrom, Tracy Fessenden, Mark Hulsether, Greg Jackson, Kip Kosek, Kathryn Lofton, Sally Promey.

We are pleased to welcome you to the Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association. We invite and encourage all ASA members who are interested in exploring the place of religion in American life, and promoting the study and teaching of religion within American Studies, to join.

In recent years scholarship in American religion has taken a decidedly American Studies turn, as older paradigms emphasizing institutional histories and dominant groups have given way to newer approaches that focus less on official religion and more on religion as it is lived and practiced. These newer approaches are multidisciplinary, encompassing, for example, popular culture, visual and media studies, material culture, and cultural geography, and often emphasizing themes of sexuality, gender, race, region, class, and transnationalism.

We hope the caucus will serve as a forum for scholars in American Studies—and those looking for an institutional home—to meet, generate future ASA panels, and discuss research and teaching in this rapidly changing field.

As a caucus we hope to not only address the needs of current ASA members, but to also encourage new members to join by providing them a home within the association. In addition to serving members whose work is primarily in the field of American religion, we also hope to serve as a resource for members whose primary focus lies elsewhere, but who find themselves addressing some aspect of religion in their work.

Please explore this site to learn more about what we do, including sponsoring panels, a best paper prize, and on-going collaborative projects related to research and teaching.

Contacts: Edward J. Blum (eblum@mail.sdsu.edu)

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Proposals for SHARP and ASA 2011

As an affiliate organization of the American Studies Association, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) will sponsoring a panel submission to the 2011 American Studies Association program committee.

The American Studies Association annual meeting is in Baltimore, MD from 20-23 October 2011.

We are seeking paper proposals and a chair/commentator on the topic of AMERICAN RELIGIONS AND PRINT CULTURE.  In accordance with the conference theme of “Imagination, Reparation, Transformation,” we want to explore the ways religious print cultures participate in the (re)creation of religious communities, foster social and political movements, frame cultural and moral debates, and change our individual and collective minds.  We welcome submissions from many different disciplinary and religious perspectives and invite scholars to consider how religion intersects with race, gender, and sexuality; with capitalism and social class; with national and international economics and politics.  Some questions might include:  How do religious reading, writing, and publishing practices organize racial, political, class, gender, sexual and national identities?  How do religious books / pamphlets / media shape historical and contemporary political and cultural debates? How do readers interact with “sacred” books, and how does this reading shape their personal, social, and political lives?  How is religious reading by lay people encouraged, sanctioned, or disciplined by churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious institutions?  What role do religious books and pamphlets play in disseminating religious doctrine and motivating and organizing political action?

Queries to:  Erin Smith, SHARP/ASA liaison at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Submit paper abstract (max 500 words) and brief (one-page) cv to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday January 14.  Those willing to chair/comment on this panel should send a one-page cv only.  Final panel proposal is due to ASA by Jan. 26.

If selected to present, panelists must be members of both ASA and SHARP

Link to ASA CFP:  http://www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submitting_a_proposal/

Link to SHARP website:  http://www.sharpweb.org/index.php

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Panel Proposals for ASA 2011

Please submit panels on religion and American culture for ASA 2011 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference theme is “Imagination, Reparation and Transformation.”

Possible panel topics include but are not limited to:
Popular Culture
War and Violence
Sept. 11th

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Grand Hyatt, Bar Rojo, at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 19, 2010

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2010 Paper Prize: Religion and American Culture Caucus

The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association is pleased to announce its 7th annual best paper prize competition. Any paper presented at the 2010 ASA meeting in San Antonio, Texas is eligible for consideration. The prize will be awarded to the paper that makes the most significant and creative contribution to the study of religion (broadly construed) and American culture.

For consideration, please submit your paper to Kelly Baker at kbaker27 (at) utk (dot) edu by Friday, October 29.

The winner will be selected by a national jury of scholars in the field, and announced at the Caucus business meeting at the ASA.

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NYU Press:  North American Religions Series

Announcing a NEW SERIES from New York University Press…    

North American Religions Series

General Editors:
Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State University)
Laura Levitt (Temple University)
David Harrington Watt (Temple University)

Request for manuscript proposals

In recent years a cadre of industrious, imaginative, and highly intelligent scholars have focused their attention on North American Religions.  The books and articles that they have produced have transformed the field.  Scholars’ understanding of North American Religions is far more subtle, expansive, and interdisciplinary than it was just a couple of decades ago.

North American Religions will build on this momentum.  The series will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on religion in the United States in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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