American Religion at OAH

Heath Carter

The Organization of American Historians' 2013 annual meeting is just under two months away.  I've gone ahead and assembled a list of panels pertaining to American religion, hoping that it might spur some of you who are on the fence to register.  There are going to be some very engaging conversations happening, as you'll see after the jump.   I hope you'll consider joining me - and many fellow blog contributors - in San Francisco in April.  Finally, if you notice any relevant panels that I've missed, please feel free to add them in the comments.

Thursday, April 11, at 2:45pm

Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History
Chair: Ellen Eisenberg, Willamette University

Uncovering "Little Rumania": Foodways and Jewish Immigrants and Early Twentieth-Century New York City
Lara Rabinovitch, New York University

Confluence: American Youth Create Israeli Kibbutzim
Ava Kahn, California Studies Center

Conflicting a New "Homeland": Australia, America, and Soviet Jewish Emigration
Suzanne Rutland, University of Sydney

Family, Faith, and Immigration Reform, 1952-1965
Chair and Commentator: Timothy Meagher, Catholic University of America

"A Thing of Shreds and Patches": Cold War, Faith, and Mobilization against Immigration Restriction
Maddalena Marinari, St. Bonaventure University

Family-Focused Reform, Family-Oriented Reform, and the National Origins Quotas
Yuki Oda, Columbia University

"Crusade for a Christian and Democratic Attitude Toward Immigration": Education, Enlightenment, and the American Catholic Philosophy on Immigration Reform, 1952-1965
Grainne McEvoy, Boston College

Education, Race, and Religion in Antebellum America
Chair: Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota

To Perform the Female Part: Religion, Gender, and Civility at an Early Indian Boarding School
Maeve Kane, Cornell University

"The Bible will be a text book": Moral and Religious Education at Cincinnati High School, 1844-1854
Kabria Baumgartner, College of Wooster

Clothing Dakota Missions, 1830-1870
Albert Lacson, Grinnell College

Friday, April 12, at 8:30am

Cultural Crossings and Changing Perceptions of Self: Complex Religious Identities in Early America
Chair and Commentator: Jon Sensbach, University of Florida

Wabanaki Women and the Work of Conversion in the Northeastern Borderlands
Ann Little, Colorado State University

Reviled by All: The Tragic Life of a Christian Mohican
Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Science, Religion, and the Vitalist Materialism of Elihu Palmer
Kirsten Fischer, University of Minnesota

Saturday, April 13, at 10:30am

America's War of Religion: The Cold War on the Home Front
Chair: Mary Dudziak, Emory University
Commentator: Darren Dochuk, Washington University in St. Louis

"Freedom Under God": Corporations, Christianity, and the Revolt against the New Deal
Kevin Kruse, Princeton University

The Legacy of Cold War Religious Extremism: How the Christian Crusade Paved the Way for the New  Christian Right
Heather Hendershot, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"People are People the World Over": The Cold War and Judeo-Christian Multiculturalism
Mia Bruch, University of Michigan

Saturday, April 13, at 1:45pm

"The Christian Spirit in the Gilded Age": Revisiting Herbert Gutman's Article (Almost) 50 Years Later
Chair: Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago

Roundtable Participants:

Heath Carter, Valparaiso University
Janine Giordano Drake, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edward Blum, San Diego State University
Jarod Roll, University of Sussex

Sunday, April 14th, at 8:30am

Religious Faith and Same-Sex Desire in the Early Twentieth Century
Chair and Commentator: Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College

The Last Heretics: Excommunication and Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Christianity
Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

"From Father in Me": Celibacy and Same-Sex Desire across the Color Line in Father Divine's Peace Mission Movement
Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University

Winnifred Wygal's Flock: Polyamory, Same-Sex Desire, and Christian Faith in the Twentieth Century
Kathi Kern, University of Kentucky

"What a Tangled Web We Weave": Ideals and Realities of Religion in the American Nation
Chair: Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania

The Invention of Religious Freedom as an American Ideal, 1789-1835
Tisa Wenger, Yale University

Reinventing Civil Liberties: The Jehovah's Witnesses' Street Provocations
Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, Emory University

"Without Distinction of Creed": Military Chaplains and Religious Experimentation in the 1930s and 40s
Ronit Stahl, University of Michigan

Sunday, April 14, at 10:30am

Re-assessing the Relations between Protestant Thought and Postwar Liberalism
Chair and Commentator: Jill Gill, Boise State University

"An Issue that Needs Re-thinking": Christian Realists Confront the Supreme Court, 1947-1963
Christopher Hickman, University of North Florida

Color and Conscience: The Transformation of Protestant Attitudes toward Race in the World War II Era
Gene Zubovich, University of California, Berkeley

Theodore Meyer Greene, Religion, and Postwar Liberalism
Ethan Schrum, University of Virginia


Edward J. Blum said…
panel with Kern, Lofton, and Weisenfeld looks fantastic!!! I'll have to arrange my flight on Sunday so I can make that!!!
Unknown said…
Thanks for the posting! And remember, save by registering early for the 2013 OAH Annual Meeting. For more information, visit

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