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The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas

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The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly and from interdisciplinary perspectives including social history, biography, cultural studies, visual and material culture, urban studies, and the history of ideas. We are interested in how religious belief has affected society, rather than creedal- or theological-focused studies.

The Seminar provides an opportunity for scholars to share works-in-progress, and we encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article publication.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3pm to 5pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas 2018-2019 Call for Proposals is now OPEN. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted until June 1, 2018. Click here to view the Call-for-Proposals flyer.

To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

The Seminar’s organizers for 2017-2018 are: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame; Karen Johnson, Wheaton College; Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives; Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar; and Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois Chicago.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wheaton College.

Upcoming Seminars

Friday, November 10, 2017
James Krippner: The Benedictines, Sugar and Slavery: Texts, Contexts and Material Culture from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Worlds. Kevin Vrevich: Quaker Institutionalism and the Success of Antislavery Legislation: The New England Yearly Meeting, 1760-1784
Friday, February 2, 2018
Sarah Fenster’s Neighborhood: Demography, Community, and One Child’s Life in 1900 Jewish Philadelphia
Friday, March 9, 2018
Barbara Dobschuetz: Fundamentalism And American Urban Culture: Community and Religious Identity in Paul Rader’s Chicago, 1915-1937. Andrew MacDonald: In the Evangelical Sense: The Swing Trial and Late Nineteenth-Century Urban Protestantism
Friday, April 6, 2018
The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Mexico (1930s-1960s)
Friday, May 4, 2018
(un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II