CFP: American Catholicism in Flux
“Religious identity slips among U.S. Catholics” declared a October 25, 2011, headline in USAToday, reflecting changing self-perceptions among American Catholics. The rise in immigration from Mexico and Latin and South America; high-profile cases of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests; and a growing conservative Catholic movement in the U.S. are only some causes of changing perceptions and expressions of Catholicism. Participants are sought for a panel on American Catholicism in Flux for the 2012 American Studies (ASA) Annual Meeting, to be held November 15-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Scholars from all fields are encouraged to consider the topic broadly. Topics could include demographic shifts in among American Catholics, public sentiment about Catholicism, Catholicism in relation to non-Catholic religions, sexual abuse in Catholicism, Catholicism in popular culture, Catholicism and gay rights, Catholicism and feminism, new conservative Catholicism, American Catholicism abroad, immigrant Catholicism, and more. Scholars outside of religious studies are especially encouraged to submit proposals, as are scholars focusing on Catholicism from a transnational perspective. Historical and contemporary topics are welcome.
The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association is organizing panels for submission to the Program Committee of the ASA for the 2012 Annual Meeting. While only the ASA Program Committee has authority to select panels, the Caucus hopes to encourage participation in religion-focused panels by scholars in all fields.
Presenters, chairs, commentators, and chair/commentators are sought for this panel. Presenters can read traditional papers, lead discussions or activities, share a lecture, present visual analyses, or share their research in other ways in 15-25 minute presentations. Chairs introduce panelists, manage presentation time, and facilitate discussion after the presentations. Commentators provide feedback on individual presentations and offer brief comments that synthesize findings. Chair/commentators fulfill both roles.
With rare exceptions of non-academics who seek the approval of the ASA program committee, all participants must be members of the ASA in order to present, though membership is not required to submit a panel for consideration. Membership costs vary according to income and employment status. All participants must also register for the ASA Annual Meeting; registration cost likewise varies. Please see the http://www.theasa.net for information about cost of membership and registration. By submitting a presentation proposal or volunteering to serve as chair, commentator, or chair/commentator, you agree that, if your panel is accepted, you will join the ASA if you are not otherwise a member and register for and attend the Annual Meeting.
ASA Annual Meeting participants may appear on the program only once—as a panelist, chair, commentator, or commentator/chair. Please submit only one presentation proposal or volunteer for only one role as submitting more than one proposal or volunteering for more than one role will disqualify all panels for which you volunteer.
Would-be presenters should submit a 2-page CV and a 500 word abstract with title and your name to Religion and American Culture Caucus co-chair Rebecca Barrett-Fox at email@example.com by December 15, 2011. These should be submitted as MS Word documents or as PDFs. In addition, include a list of 3-5 key words and any AV needs at the bottom of the abstract.
Scholars volunteering to serve as chairs, commentators, and chair/commentators should submit 2-page CVs as well as a list of topics of particular expertise and the role(s) in which they are willing to serve. Senior scholars and those who plan on attending ASA anyway but not presenting are especially encouraged to volunteer in these roles. Again, this information should be sent to Rebecca Barrett-Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2011.
The Religion and American Culture Caucus will organize panels by January 1, 2012. At that point, potential panelists and chairs will be matched and introduced to each other via email and encouraged to work together to draft a 500 word panel proposal, which must then be forwarded by panel members to the ASA Program Committee via the ASA’s website. Panel submissions, which will include the panel proposal as well as individual presentation proposals and presenter and chair and commentator or chair/commentator CVs, are due to the ASA by January 26, 2012. The ASA Program Committee will identify accepted panels by early spring 2012 and will release the final schedule for the Annual Meeting early in the summer of 2012.
Religion and American Culture Caucus members are proud of the many panels focusing on religion that appeared in the Annual Meeting program in 2011 and of the large audiences that these panels drew and hope to extend this trend to 2012’s Meeting. The Caucus seeks to support scholars as well as journalists, activists, and others who work in this area, especially those whose primary home is not in religious studies programs. If you are interested in participating in the work of the Caucus, please visit http://www.theasa.net/caucus_religion/. If you are considering submitting a presentation proposal but would like support in developing or articulating your ideas in writing, please email Rebecca Barrett-Fox at email@example.com for assistance.
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