Participants are sought for a roundtable discussion on the State of Religion in American Studies 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. Questions to consider include: How often is religion taught in American studies undergraduate and graduate courses How is it taught? What texts and assignments are useful? What interest and prior knowledge do students demonstrate? How are teachers who have not specialized in the topic prepared to teach it? What barriers prevent them from teaching about religion? How might ASA support the teaching of religion in America? What is the relationship between American studies and religious studies? Scholars outside of religious studies are especially encouraged to submit proposals, as are scholars focusing on non-Christian traditions. Historical and contemporary topics are welcome.
The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association is organizing this roundtable for submission to the Program Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA) for the 2012 Annual Meeting, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico Nov 15-17, 2012. 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.
Discussants and a chair are sought for this panel. Discussants can read traditional papers, lead discussions or activities, share a lecture, present visual analyses, or share their research in other ways in 7-12 minute presentations. The chair will introduce panelists, manage presentation time, and facilitate roundtable discussion with members of the audience after the presentations.
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 discussants 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 chair should submit 2-page CVs. Senior scholars and those who plan on attending ASA anyway but not presenting are especially encouraged to volunteer for this role. Again, this information should be sent to Rebecca Barrett-Fox at email@example.com by December 15, 2011.
The Religion and American Culture Caucus will organize panels by January 1, 2012. At that point, potential discussants and chair 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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