For an upcoming issue of the journal _Radical History Review_ that focuses on religion and politics, we invite authors to write and submit short articles or essays (12-18 pages, double-spaced) to be published in a special forum exploring the theme “Converted Spaces.” We envision the forum to include 3-5 pieces that explore the following questions:
How do physical spaces (buildings, streets, shrines, natural landscapes) function as sites of contestation among competing religious groups? How do such sites accommodate multiple religious faiths?
In areas where one religious group became displaced by another, how were physical spaces “converted” from the old to the new faith? What were the social, cultural, and political consequences of such converted spaces?
How are sacred spaces “secularized”? How are secular, public, or civic spaces (courthouses, schools) transformed when religious rituals, symbols, and/or practices enter them? What are the socio-political and cultural ramifications of such transformations?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Christianization of non-Christian sacred sites in Europe or regions colonized by Europeans; the destruction of Muslim mosques in India and their conversion into Hindu shrines; the use of churches for organizing dissent in the former Communist nations of Eastern Europe; debates about wearing head scarves by Muslim girls in French schools; the use of public schools in the United States for religious education and programs; the rise and function of so-called ‘mega churches’ in the United States; etc. We are interested in historical analyses, as well pieces analyzing current issues with historical perspectives.
Interested authors should send a proposal to: with “Converted Spaces RHR 99” in the subject line of the e-mail message. Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2005. If your proposal is accepted for publication, final essays will be due January 15, 2006.
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