ASCH Spring Meeting in Montreal, 2009

American Society of Church History, Spring Meeting, April 2009, Montreal, Quebec

Dear members and friends of the ASCH:

The biennial springtime meeting of the American Society of Church History will be held April 16-20, 2009, in Montreal, Quebec. We invite ASCH members to submit proposals for entire panels or for individual papers on any aspect of the history of Christianity. Our theme, however, will be “Mission and Empire in the History of Christianity.” We especially seek proposals that explore the ways that Christianity’s expansionist impulses have shaped the structure and exercise of political, cultural, economic, and social power by states and empires, as well as the ways that such entities have shaped the people, institutions, and cultures of Christianity. As 2009 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, we also seek proposals on Calvin’s life, thought, and influence. True to the history of the ASCH, but not to that of Montreal, this will be an English-language conference.

The historic city of Montreal is the center of Canada’s second largest metropolitan area and the home of numerous sites of interest to historians, including the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, the Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier, the Maison Saint-Gabriel, the Lachine Fur Trade Museum, and McGill University.

Please send submissions electronically to no later than September 30, 2009. Proposals for individual papers should include a summary of the paper not to exceed 250 words and a CV including current mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Proposals for individual papers should include (a) a summary of the paper not to exceed 250 words with the subject, argument, and evidence clearly detailed; (2) a biographical paragraph or CV summary of the presenter (not to exceed 250 words); and (3) a current mailing location, email address, and phone number for the proposed presenter. Proposals for entire sessions—which are strongly preferred—should include all of the above for each presenter as well as (1) the session’s title; (2) a one-paragraph description not to exceed 250 words describing the session’s theme or topic; and (3) biographical data for the chair and the respondent. Sessions normally feature a chair, three presenters, and a respondent, although other arrangements are possible. Applicants will be notified when their materials are complete. The program committee reserves the right to reconfigure sessions as needed. All program participants are expected to register for the spring meeting.

Spring 2009 Program Committee: Bryan Bademan, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Kenneth Minkema, Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University; John B. Roney, Sacred Heart University; Andrea Sterk, University of Florida; Marguerite Van Die, Queens University