3rd Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture

From Philip Goff, an announcement about the upcoming 3rd Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture at IUPUI, June 6-9, 2013.

Third Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture
Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 6-9, 2013

We are pleased to announce the Third Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, to be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, June 6 through June 9. The overarching themes of this third biennial conference will be “thinking again about old topics” and “new developments.” Scholars from multiple perspectives will serve on multidisciplinary panels. The conference schedule is given below.

Like the conferences in 2009 and 2011, the room will be set up in a circle with audience members on risers around the central round table. This set-up promotes more participation from the audience and deeper conversation among the panelists and those surrounding them. The hotel is again conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis among restaurants, museums, and public parks – all very conducive to continuing over coffee and meals those conversations begun in sessions.

Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel at the special rate of $79 per night. Once those rooms have sold out, rooms will be available at the going room rate, so please be sure to reserve your room right away. The Sheraton is offering a special self-parking rate of $10 per night, easily the best deal in town.

Early registration rates are available until May 5. These early rates are $90 for professionals and $50 for students. Registration after May 5 will be at the onsite rate of $120 for professionals and $70 for students.

To register for the conference and reserve your room, please go to www.raac.iupui.edu.  (Note: the special hotel rate of $79 will not appear on the screen or on the automated response but will be confirmed by a second email from the hotel.) That website also contains longer descriptions of each session.


Thursday, June 6

6:00-8:00pm       Arrival and Registration
      Opening Reception
Friday, June 7

8:30-10:00           Fifty Years of Non-Sectarian Study of Religion: Goals, Limitations, Expectations
Panelists:             Jon Butler (Yale University)
                                Patricia Killen (Gonzaga University)
                                John Schmalzbauer (Missouri State University) 

10:30-12:00         Space and Place

Panelists:             John Corrigan (Florida State University)
                                Bret Carroll (California State University, Stanislaus)
                                Tracy Leavelle (Creighton University)
                                Elaine Pena (George Washington University) 

2:00-4:00              Belonging and Participation (Special Venue: Indiana War Memorial Auditorium)

Panelists:             Korie Edwards (Ohio State University)
                                Kathleen Garces-Foley (Marymount University, Virginia)
                                Marie Griffith (Washington University, St. Louis)
                                Edward Linenthal (Indiana University, Bloomington) 
 Saturday, June 8

8:30-10:00           Religion and Changing Technologies

Panelists:             Matthew Hedstrom (University of Virginia)
                                William Romanowski (Calvin College)
                                Jonathan Walton (Harvard Divinity School) 

10:30-12:00         Religion in Social Media

Panelists:             Verity Jones (Christian Theological Seminary)
                                Kathryn Reklis (Fordham University)
                                Scott Thumma (Hartford Seminary)
                                Jonathan Van Antwerpen (Social Science Research Council and The Immanent Frame) 

1:30-3:00              The Bible in American Life: Preliminary Discussions of Analysis of the General Social Survey

Panelists:             Art Farnsley (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
                                Sylvester Johnson (Northwestern University)
                                Mark Noll (University of Notre Dame)
                                Valarie Ziegler (DePauw University) 

3:30-5:15              The Future of the Study of American Religion

Panelists:             Nancy Ammerman (Boston University)
                                Kathryn Lofton (Yale University)
                                John McGreevy (University of Notre Dame)
                                David Yoo (University of California, Los Angeles)                               
5:30-8:00              Concluding reception


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