The History Department of Boston College invites papers and panels for its Biennial Conference on the History of Religion to be held on March 19-20, 2010. Over the past two decades scholars have increasingly turned towards an examination of global or world history in the classroom and in their scholarship. They have traversed the boundaries of the nation state to examine historical themes and issues across time and space within the context of a global or world experience. The experience of diaspora, forced and willing migration, and the space in between borders has become just as important to analyzing individual and communal experiences. The same can be increasingly said of religious belief and practice and religious institutions.
We welcome paper and panel proposals from both established scholars and graduate students on topics from the Reformation period to the present that touch upon the question of global religious exchanges in Christian and non-Christian forms. The geographic scope is broadly defined to include the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Suggested themes include the factors contributing to the transnational or global nature of religious belief, practices, and institutions; the development and formation of specific religions in regional contexts; and the impact of globalization on the growth and transformation of religion.
Individual paper proposals should include a 300-word proposal, paper title, and current c.v. Panel proposals for two to three presenters should include a 250-word panel abstract (including panel title), a 300-word proposal for each individual paper (including paper title), and a current c.v. for each presenter.
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