Did religion play a part in Republican victories in the 2010 mid-term elections? Is the Tea Party religious? What role will religion play in the 2012 election? Which religious organizations have growing political clout, and which are in decline? What coalitions can scholars expect to see in the future? What are the legislative goals of voters who claim that religion guides their vote? And what will the future look like if those goals are met or not met? Finally, what historical precedents inform how American studies scholars might examine religion and politics today?
Panelists are sought for a panel on Religion and American Politics for the upcoming American Studies Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 20-23, 2011. Submissions are encouraged to address the conference theme “"Imagination, Reparation and Transformation." Topics can be historical or contemporary and focus on local, state, or national politics. Scholarship about non-Christian traditions is encouraged. Potential presenters should send a 250 word abstract of their presentation, including a title; a one-page CV; and details about needed audio-visual support to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10, 2011.
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