I am seeking to form a session for the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, which takes place in conjunction with the American Historical Association Meeting on January 3-6, 2013. In keeping with the theme of Lives, Places, Stories, I would like to propose a session that focuses on the lives of Catholic converts and the stories of religious conversion.
The study of Catholic converts and conversion has long centered on biographical profiles of prominent converts. However recent scholarship has expanded the narrative by exploring the process of conversion, the issues within religiously plural families, as well as the reception that many converts faced from “cradle” Catholics. Scholars have also looked at the intellectual influence that converts had on the faith and how their input changed the conversation between the Church and the outside world. This panel will continue to expand this narrative through the exploration of the lives and stories of the converts and their families. But papers can also look at the influence that converts have had on any aspect of the Church.
Presently, I am seeking at least two other papers to compliment my own work, which will discuss the life and influence of Catholic convert and philanthropist, Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851-1928). I am primarily seeking papers from the English-speaking world and the Americas from the Modern period forward.
If interested in joining this session please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a 250 biographical paragraph by Monday April 9th to Stephanie A.T. Jacobe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie A.T. Jacobe
PhD Candidate in History
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