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Call for Proposals

This Seminar invites proposals for article-length papers to be precirculated for discussion at the Annual Meeting. Papers may cover any subject within the American West and should make clear how the topic enhances our understanding of religion in the American West, our conceptions of American religious history, and/or of religion in general. We provide the following themes as suggestions to think with:

  • Territorialism(s)
  • Religion as/and Western art
  • Defining the West and defining religion
  • Mexico, Canada, and the American West
  • Other Wests
  • The diasporic West
  • The soul of the West
  • Facing east from the West
  • Religion and literature in the West
  • Imagined landscapes of the West

We also welcome papers that challenge existing frameworks and paradigms.


This Seminar seeks to explore the role of religion in the American West and the ways that considerations of religion affect our understanding of both the West and the history of religion in America. Our goal is to foster both scholarship and teaching about religion in the American West.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


James B. Bennett
Santa Clara University
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Quincy D. Newell
University of Wyoming
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Method of Submission


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