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Advisory Board: Kelly Baker (chair), Rebecca Barrett-Fox (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: Kelly Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caucus members if you haven’t check out freq.uenci.es (http://freq.uenci.es/), I highly recommend that you do. It is a colloborative project to explore the terms, language, images and materiality of spirituality by writers, academics and artists.
I am happy to announce that the winner of the RAAC Paper Prize for 2011 is Stephen Tuck, University of Oxford (UK) and fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2011-2012), for his paper, entitled, “The Doubts of Their Fathers: The Secular Origins of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Our jury noted the originality of Stephen’s approach to including African Americans in discussions of secularism in the U.S. as well as “the quality of research, persuasive writing [and] judiciousness.” The members of our Caucus seconded this choice at our meeting on last Saturday. Congratulations to Stephen!
And many thanks to all the folks who submitted papers as well as our jury (John Corrigan, Tracy Fessenden, and Sylvester Johnson) who graciously read all the papers.
Call for Papers
The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association is pleased to announce its 8th annual best paper prize competition. Any paper presented at the 2011 ASA meeting in Baltimore, Maryland 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.
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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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?
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