Call for Papers for the 2014 CFH Biennial Conferences

September 24-27, 2014

The CFH's 29th Biennial Conferences will be September 24-25 (Student Research Conference) and September 25-27 (Fall Conference) at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA. The conference theme will be "Christian Historians and Their Publics," and the general program chair is Jay Green, Covenant College TN. What follows are the calls for papers for both conferences. 


2014 CFH Undergraduate Student Conference
September 24-25, 2014

The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California, will be preceded by a two-day Undergraduate Student Conference, the 24th and 25th of September. The theme of the conference is "Christian Historians and Their Publics," but papers on any topic will be considered. See Facebook page for further information: here.

The deadline for undergraduate proposals is April 15, 2014. Individual undergraduate paper or complete session (preferable) proposals may be sent to either:

Bryan Lamkin, Department of History and Political Science, Azusa Pacific University, or

Brad Hale, Department of History and Political Science, Azusa Pacific University,

Graduate students are invited to participate as chairs of the breakout sessions on Friday, September 25.  Anyone interested in participating is asked to email Mary Sanders, Graduate Student Representative to the Conference on Faith and History (

2014 CFH Biennial Conference
September 25-27, 2014

The General CFH Conference chair, Jay Green, has issued a call for papers for the 2014 CFH Biennial Fall Conference. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014. A color poster of the call can be downloaded here.

Prof. Green writes: Contemporary historians have a somewhat complicated relationship with "the public." We long to have "public" audiences who will be challenged and shaped by our work, but most of us tend to produce highly specialized scholarship and write primarily for other scholars. When we do address the public, our often "myth-busting" strategies can come across as patronizing, contemptuous, and even politically motivated. As historians, who are our "publics"? And what responsibilities, if any, do we owe them? Are their public venues for historical understanding that we should be exploring? Does our peculiar identity as Christians have any bearing on the publics we address, what we have to say, or how we say it? Are there Christian ways of thinking about and doing public history? Is there a Christian public for our work as historians?

The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History will gather at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California, to explore these and many other questions related to Christian Historians and Their Publics.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of some ideas you may want to consider for paper, panels, and plenary sessions:

Christian Historians' Vocational Responsibility to the Church
Should Historians Seek a Public Platform? Why or Why Not?
Historical Thinking among Ordinary Christians
The Status and Quality of Popular History Written for Christian Audiences
Responding to Popular Christian Social Memory
What Professional Christian Historians have to Learn from "the Faithful"
Historians and Social Media
The Undergraduate Class as a Public
Historians and the Status of "The Evangelical Mind"
The Encounter between "Popular" and "Professional" Christian Historians
The Christian Historian as Public Intellectual
Christian Museums and Historic Sites
Writing Institutional Histories
Writing Congregational Histories
Writing Local History
Writing School Curricula
Negotiating Professional Convictions and Public Needs/Tastes/Assumptions
Christians in Public History
Christian Faith and Advocacy History
Documentary Filmmaking
Christian Historians in Government Service
Invitations to the Local "Rotary Club"
Responding to History-themed Films
History as Entertainment/Pastime
The Challenges of Giving "Historical Context" to Contemporary Issues
Historical Authority in Public
The Historian as Expert Witness
The Historian as Political Activist
The Historian as Journalist/Pundit
The Historian as Wikipedian

If you have ideas for plenary speakers, sessions, or individual papers, please send them to Jay Green ( at Covenant College.


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