Daylight Savings Bonus Post: CFP and Conference Announcement Round Up

RiAH has been receiving a number of conference announcements and calls for papers that may be of interest to readers. Since we've got an extra hour in our weekend, why not an extra post? Here's a round up of the latest. Unless there is a link, the full Call For Papers can be found after the jump.

Conference Announcement: Religion and Politics in 21st Century America, November 6, 2014 at Southern Methodist University (Sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis and SMU Center for Presidential History)

CFP: "Religion and Politics: Governance, Power, and the Sacred," 8th Annual Religions in Conversation Conference at Claremont Graduate University, February 27-28, 2015 [Proposal deadline November 14, 2014] Full CFP after jump

CFP: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, June 25-27, 2015 at Renaissance Arlington Capitol View in Arlington, Virginia [Proposal deadeline December 1, 2014] Full CFP here.

CFP: "Resistance and Religion," Florida State University Department of Religion 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, February 20-22, 2015 [Proposal Deadline: December 15] Full CFP here.

CFP: Tanner Humanities Center, The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence, August 14-15, 2015 [Proposal Deadline: December 15]. Full CFP after jump
CFP: California American Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 24-25, 2015 at Cal State Fullerton [Proposal deadline: January 15, 2015] Full CFP here.

Conference Announcement: How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?: A Conference at the National Humanities Center, February 19-20, 2015 [Sponsored by the American Academy of Religion and Florida State University] More details after the jump

Call for Papers: “Religion and Politics: Governance, Power, and the Sacred”
February 27th & 28th 2015

The Eighth Annual Religions in Conversation Conference at Claremont Graduate University is currently accepting paper proposals from graduate students of all disciplines related to the theme “Religion and Politics: Governance, Power, and the Sacred.” This year’s conference will explore the tensions and concurrences of religion and politics across a range of academic disciplines. In doing so, we hope to reveal how our understanding of religion within an array of social, cultural, and temporal contexts has been shaped and continues to be shaped by political concerns.

“Never talk about religion or politics” is an adage that no one can actually follow because religion and politics permeate our everyday lives. This becomes particularly apparent when we broaden the category of “politics.” Generally, politics includes those things having to do with the political community. Yet, if the community is a body of citizens who are free to worship whatever they hold sacred, there is a salient need for scholars to study a range of issues concerning politics and religion in their myriad of forms, manifestations, and contexts.

As such, the topic of religion and politics engenders basic but important questions for scholars of religion. For this conference, topics may include, but are in no way limited to: Patriotism and religion; politics within religious institutions; gender and sexual identity politics in religion; freedom and religion; religion and leadership; ethics and politics; regimes and religion; religion, law, and the courts; and the politics behind the study of religion.

Send abstracts of no more than 200 words to conference chair at The subject line should read “Proposal: 2015 Religions in Conversation Conference.” Submission Deadline is November 14th, 2014 and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the first week of December.

Thanks to CGU’s Religion Student Council, we are pleased to announce that this year’s conference will include awards for the top three conference papers. 1st place will receive $150, 2nd place will receive $100, and 3rd place will receive $50. The 1st place paper will also be published in the Claremont Journal of Religion.

Call For Papers: Tanner Humanities Center, The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence, August 14-15, 2015

The Tanner Humanities Center is pleased to sponsor a two-day interdisciplinary conference addressing the entangled relationship between peace and violence in the colonial Americas. The conference will define “peace” broadly, framing it as a discourse on governance and as a set of disciplinary practices aimed at shaping, regulating, or limiting violence. Our contention is that scholars underappreciate the importance of peace – both historically and as a category of analysis – to understanding how colonial Americans grappled with the problem of violence and warfare.

This conference will explore more deeply the centrality of peace to the negotiation of violence, the legitimation of authority, and the racial and gendered ordering of the early American frontier. Topics may include, among other things, how American colonists or imperial officials confronted violence as a moral problem; how ideologies of peace informed popular and political debates about violence, warfare, and colonialism; and how peace was woven through the myriad interactions between and among settlers, Native Americans, and people of African descent.  Conference organizers especially welcome papers that attempt to make connections across fields of specialization and to foster new ways of thinking about peace and violence.

The conference will convene on August 14-15, 2015, at the Tanner Humanities Center on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Wayne Lee, professor of history and chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC Chapel Hill, will be the keynote speaker. Some funds will be available for participants’ lodging and travel expenses.

Papers will be pre-circulated and 25-30 pages in length. Participants will be required to submit copies of their papers by July 1, 2015.

For consideration, please submit a 1 page CV and paper proposal of 300-500 words to by December 15, 2014. Organizers will contact applicants via email with a decision by January 15, 2015. Questions should be directed to the conference organizers at the email addresses listed below:

Michael Goode, Utah Valley University (
John Smolenski, University of California, Davis (

How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?: A Conference at the National Humanities Center,
February 19-20, 2015

The surge of interest in the study of religion and emotion is part of a broader “affective turn” currently taking place across the humanities. This conference will gather an international group of scholars to discuss ways of studying emotion in religion and to debate how our querying the very terms that we use to define our endeavors – emotion, affect, feeling, passion, desire, sentiment, and other terms – is crucial to effective deployment of them in investigating religion. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion and Florida State University. For more information contact:

Keynote Address
John Corrigan (Florida State University), “How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?”

Diana Fritz Cates (University of Iowa)
Anna Gade (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
M. Gail Hamner (Syracuse)
June McDaniel (College of Charleston)
David Morgan (Duke)
Sarah Ross (Universität Bern)
Donovan Schaefer (Oxford)
Mark Wynn (University of Leeds)