Call for Papers: Congregations and Urban Revitalization: Studying Religion and Social Change in the "Post-Industrial" City, American Studies Annual Convention, Detroit, Michigan, October 12-15, 2000
In recent decades, urban congregations have responded to a number of social and economic issues, including industrial decline, housing shortages, the racial/ethnic transformation of neighborhoods, and gentrification. In the process, congregations have transformed their churches' missions and relationships with surrounding communities.
We are seeking participants for a panel on religious congregations and social change within "post-industrial" cities. Potential panelists might explore such topics as the role of congregations in urban renewal, congregations as sites of social movements, housing programs connected with churches, or congregational responses to immigration. We are particularly looking for panelists who explore new methods or new sources for the study of congregations and for studies that focus on Midwestern cities. The time period is open but most studies will probably focus on the more recent past, such as the 1970s to the present. Community members, activists, and scholars from a variety of disciplines (sociology, social work, religion, history, anthropology, architecture) are encouraged to respond.
Please e-mail or fax a 1-page abstract and c.v. by January 7, 2000 to Paul Schadewald at the address below:
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 696-6747
Fax: (651) 696-6030 Email: email@example.com
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