The Future of Southern Religious History

Paul Harvey

Alright, ya'll going to the American Academy of Religion meeting in Atlanta, time to make your plans for "The Future of Southern Religious History," coming up the last morning of the conference, Monday morning, Nov. 1 in the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta. We'll have more to say about that here later, as the conference session will feed into an upcoming Journal of Southern Religion. Here's the lineup for the morning. I'm on the panel, but don't let that scare you away, as I'm just chairing, which means I just introduce everyone and then observe the proceedings. This will be a roundtable format, meaning we'll have informal presentations and then a lot of time for discussion and interaction. It's going to be fun, hope to see you there, Marriott Marquis M101 in Atlanta, Monday, Nov. 1, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sessions with a Focus on Atlanta
  • North American Religions Section
Monday 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

In the 1960s and 1970s, a group of scholars began to rewrite our understanding of the religious history of the South. Samuel Hill, Donald Mathews, Albert Raboteau, and Mechal Sobel examined white and black religious traditions in the region, setting them in new contexts and reopening what had seemed to be a “closed” history of white evangelical dominance and black suppression. Since then, employing tools from a variety of disciplines, scholars have opened up numerous research avenues in a quest to understand both historically and in the present this most religiously Protestant of American regions.

Our roundtable panel will assess, critique, and chart a future path for studies of religion in the South. We have chosen the panel/roundtable format to make our session one of dialogue between panelists and audience. To facilitate this dialogue, the comments from the panelists will be published via a blog which will both publicize the panel and get the panel “going” prior to the actual meeting itself.

  • Paul Harvey, University of Colorado
  • Alison Greene, Yale University
  • Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University
  • Randall Stephens, Eastern Nazarene College
  • Curtis Evans, University of Chicago
  • Ted Ownby, University of Mississippi
  • Lauren Winner, Duke University
Business Meeting
  • Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University


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