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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

By Kelly J. Baker, Tue, December 21, 2010 - 1:06 pm

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