Religion and the Marketplace: Fall Conference in Heidelberg

Below is an announcement for a conference this fall in Heidelberg that will be of interest to many of you. Click the "call for papers" link below for further details.

Conference "Religion and the Marketplace:
New Perspectives and New Findings"

October 6-8, 2011, Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Call for Papers

As decided at the 2010 meeting of the European Association of American Studies in Dublin, the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), in cooperation with the American Studies Network (ASN), will host a conference entitled “Religion and the Marketplace: New Perspectives and New Findings.” The HCA will host the conference on October 6-8, 2011, as part of Heidelberg University’s 625 anniversary celebration.

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to investigate and explain how the conditions of the marketplace have determined, influenced, and limited American religion in the past and present. Given the prominence of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the American constitution, a broad-based ‘competition for souls and purses’ has historically helped define the contours of religion in America. This conference will build upon previous insights while probing further into the complex relationship between religion and the marketplace along the lines described below.

We invite scholars in American Studies and related fields (geography, history, law, literature, media studies, political science, religious studies, theology, etc.) to submit paper abstracts for this conference. Individual paper abstracts (200-250 words) should be specifically directed at one (or more) of the panel topics included in the CFP. Abstracts must be received by March 31, 2011. Participants will be notified by May 1, 2011. All questions and submissions should be sent electronically

We especially desire participation from European scholars working in these fields, but welcome submissions from all around the world. The HCA will cover travel expenses (economy), lodging and meals for conference participants.


Janine Giordano said…
I was just about to post about this, commenting/ asking why there are so many conferences about this subject in Europe, and so comparatively few discussions on the subject in the US.
Paul Harvey said…
Janine: Go ahead and post, that's a good point for discussion!

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