“History’s Fourth Lens? Race, Class, Gender - and Religion”
The History Department of Boston College invites papers and panels for its Biennial Conference on the History of Religion to be held on March 30-31, 2012. In recent years, scholars have increasingly focused on the important roles that religious intuitions, beliefs, or practices have played in human history. They have also expressed concern that historical analyses done primarily through the lenses of race, class, and gender have neglected or at least deemphasized the religious influences on the lives of their subjects. Such scholars argue that to ignore how religion informed the lives of historical subjects is to fundamentally misinterpret the past. Religion, therefore, is one of a number of forces that interact, collide, and impel the historical experience. We will consider how religion complements race, class, and gender as a lens for historical analysis.
We welcome proposals for full panels and individual papers from both established scholars and graduate students on topics from the medieval period to the present that touch upon the question of religion as history’s fourth lens in Christian and non-Christian forms. The geographic scope is broadly defined. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, the role of religious institutions, practices, and beliefs in:
· Political and economic systems
· Church-state relations
· Class consciousness
· Family and community
· Gender identities
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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