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Call for Proposals

This Section advances the study of religions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Proposals are invited for papers and panels on diverse religions and themes, applying a variety of methodologies, and suggesting broad theoretical or historiographical implications. Topics for 2011 include:

  • Religion and HIV/AIDS
  • Popularist and nonacademic American religious histories
  • Muslim American history and citizenship
  • Religion and nationalism one decade after 9/11
  • Nature religion
  • Queering the study of North American religions
  • Foreign missions to the United States
  • African versions of Christianity in the United States
  • Archives as fieldwork and fieldwork as archives
  • Key sources and/or key terms
  • Barack Obama
  • Funding the study of North American religions
  • Cataclysm
  • The 1960s counterculture
  • Regional California/San Francisco Bay Area topics

Especially welcome are a variety of formats to encourage interactive sessions, including roundtables, debates, visual and musical performances, and workshops. Where complete panels are proposed, the Steering Committee may accept only portions of the proposal and add to the panel from other proposals submitted independently.


This Section encourages the use of diverse sources and multiple approaches to the study of religions in North America. We seek to stimulate comparative and theoretical discussion across a range of traditions, themes, and books of outstanding merit in the field.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee Members.


Rudy V. Busto
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Julie Byrne
Hofstra University
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Method of Submission


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