Saint Louis University, in its commitment to building “upon its Catholic, Jesuit identity and to promote activities that apply its intellectual and ethical heritage to work for the good of society as a whole,” announces an interdisciplinary symposium on the role of the Catholic Church in the St. Louis region on November 6-7, 2014. This conference contributes to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the city and encourages “diverse groups and individuals to engage with one another about the region’s past, present, and future” (stl250.org) by asking such critical questions: How does a transnational institution like the Catholic Church form and reform local identities and cultures, past and present? How are race, gender, class, immigration status, etc. operative in the culture, memory, and history of St. Louis? How have Catholics, along with members of other faith communities, promoted and/or hindered social activism, justice, and the common good? What prominent Catholics impacted the political, social, cultural, and economic landscape of St. Louis and beyond?
This interdisciplinary conference invites connections among academic disciplines, including history, cultural studies, American studies, theology and religious studies, urban studies, literature, architecture, philosophy, fine arts, social science, law, psychology, political science, and others.
Keynote lecture: Dr. John McGreevy, Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame, Thursday November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Topics might include but are not at all limited to:
The Church's impact on political, economic, social, and cultural institutions
Catholicism and the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender
The Catholic Church and immigration, past and present
Catholic churches, memorials, monuments, and historic sites
Catholic parishes, urban neighborhoods, and suburbanization
Catholic religious imagination
Catholic contribution to care for the sick
Literature, film, and visual arts that engage the region’s Catholic history and culture
Catholicism and disability studies
The impact of women religious
Interfaith collaboration and dialogue
Prominent Catholics in St. Louis history
St. Louis Saints
Faith-based struggles for justice and the common good.
Catholicism and Sports
Catholic high schools and universities in the history of St. Louis
We invite one-page abstracts for paper and panel proposals. Please include a current CV. Graduate students are also welcomed to submit. Please send proposals to rrosenb3@slu by April 30, 2014.
Dr. Randall S. Rosenberg
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall #124
3800 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3414
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