Call for Papers-Religion and Politics in Early America Conference

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Call for papers
Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)
St. Louis, March 1-4, 2018

Sponsored by:
The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
The Society of Early Americanists

Seeking Panel Series Proposals

We seek proposals for a panel series (3-5 related panels in a themed series) for the special topics conference on Religion and Politics in Early America, March 1-4, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri.

As a way to ensure a diversity of topics and to add depth to specific themes, this conference will run both individual panels and a limited number of “panel series” during the conference.  Each series will be composed of 3-5 related panels devoted to a single topic, and each series will culminate in a final session where all the participants of that series will meet to review the discussion and lay groundwork for future study and collaboration.

Each series can mix traditional panels (3-4 papers, with or without a respondent) with roundtables and other forms.  The series must have an organizer for contact information and a minimum of ten participants.  The more fully formed a series is before being submitted (with titles for each panel in the series, topics or titles for each paper in an individual panel, and a list of already-committed participants) the more seriously it will be considered by the program committee.  All participants in a panel series must agree to attend the other panels of their series (which will be held on Friday and Saturday), as well as the final session of the series on Sunday morning.  The idea is to have each panel in each series open to all conference attendees, but also to ensure a continuity of audience and discussion across the series with fellow participants.

Please send your proposals for a panel series to by January 30, 2017.  The program committee will choose a limited number of series to run at the conference.  There will be another CFP later for individual panels and papers, and those not selected as a series will be able to resubmit as individual panels.  For now, we are seeking proposals only for a panel series (3-5 linked and related panels under one topic).

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at