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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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Religion at ASA 2011: A Conversation

Over at the Religion in American History blog (http://usreligion.blogspot.com), Mike Altman (Emory) and I discuss the place of religion at this year’s ASA annual meeting. This year, there were 26 panels in the religion category, which was a great turn out.

Mike and I explore themes that connected panels including, science, the body, race, and the secular. We also make a good pitch about why more religious studies scholars should be attending ASA.

Part 1:What does American studies reveal about religion in America?http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2011/10/asa-religion-redux-part-1.html


Part 2: Go to the ASA!
http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2011/10/asa-religion-redux-part-2.html

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freq.uenci.es: a colloborative genealogy of spirituality

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.

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RAAC Paper Prize 2011 Winner

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.

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RAAC Paper Prize 2011

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.

For consideration, please submit your paper to Kelly Baker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, October 7.

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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RAAC on Facebook!

The Religion and American Culture Caucus is now on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Religion-and-American-Culture-Caucus-American-Studies-Association/136280066430199

Please become one of our fans, and keep up with the Caucus via social media.

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