The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington is hosting a conference entitled “Religious Studies 50 Years after Schempp: History, Institutions, Theory” the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. We request that those interested in attending this event please submit a free registration form, located at http://indiana.edu/~relstud/news/schempp, to Kristin Francoeur (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1, 2013. Receipt of your forms is necessary in order for us to make reservations reflecting an accurate head count.
More information about this exciting upcoming conference can be found below and at http://indiana.edu/~relstud/news/schempp
Fifty years ago the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in Abington v Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963). While the case before the Court concerned the constitutionality of mandatory Bible reading in Pennsylvania public schools, the opinions in the case have come to be understood as the authorizing texts for the academic study of religion in public colleges and universities across the U.S. and beyond.
The years following the Schempp decision witnessed a flourishing of departments of religion in public colleges and universities and an intense conversation about the appropriate approach to the academic study of religion in the U.S. context. Now, fifty years later, the anniversary of the decision provides an occasion for an appraisal of Schempp’s role and for a broader assessment of the past, present, and future of the field of religious studies. This conference will explore the impact that Schempp may have had the comparative and multi-disciplinary nature of the study of religion as well as other significant influences on shifts in the study of religion over that time.
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