Hello everyone,

A heartfelt welcome back to all the participants, supporters, and friends of the American Religious History Workshop. We had a very productive and enjoyable 2010-2011 academic year, crowned with a bittersweet conference to honor the career and retirement of one of our beloved faculty founders, Clark Gilpin. We would now like to issue a general call for papers for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year.

Our workshop explores the role of religion in American history, culture, and society from the colonial period to the present day. The workshop engages in historiographical, theoretical, and methodological discussions about the place of religion in narratives of American history by focusing on issues and topics such as gender, race, theology, consumer culture, literature, and the rise of evangelicalism. The workshop welcomes scholars from a variety of academic disciplines including, but not limited to, the Divinity School and the history, English and sociology departments. Presentations by students, faculty, and guest speakers take place in a relaxed discussion-oriented environment designed to further the research and knowledge of participants.

We tentatively plan to keep meeting from 12:00-1:00pm every other Thursday and we welcome the opportunity to discuss unfinished papers and work in progress. Please submit all papers to the workshop coordinator, Paul Chang, at changp@uchicago.edu

Hoping to see you all soon,