Thursday, January 17, 2013

Call for Papers: Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History

If you want to present a paper at the Winter meeting of the American Society of Church History in Washington D.C. there are two deadlines to consider:

February 15, 2013:  For joint AHA/ASCH session proposals.  (These need to be submitted to the AHA program committee)

March 15, 2013:  To submit a paper or session proposal to the ASCH Program committee.

Here is the call for papers:

The annual Winter meeting of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) will be held Thursday to Sunday, January 2-5, 2014, in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA). We invite ASCH members and other interested scholars to submit paper and session proposals on any aspect of the history of Christianity and its interaction with culture, including proposals for formal papers, panel and round table discussions, consideration of a major recent book, critical assessments of a distinguished career, and other relevant themes and issues.

In addition to traditional categories relating to periods, geographical areas, and special topics, we will give special consideration to proposals that consider broader themes across periods or regions; engage in interdisciplinary discussion; place theological ideas in historical context; examine particular genres, source materials or methods; or treat the current state of the study of church history. We also invite sessions that deal with pedagogical issues of concern in the teaching of the history of Christianity, or with issues in the publication and dissemination of research to specialist and general audiences. Panels should exhibit diversity of gender, rank, and scholarly location in their composition.

Proposals for entire panels/sessions are strongly preferred, though proposals for individual papers will also be considered. The committee welcomes international participation and particularly encourages proposals (whether for full panels or individual papers) from those who live and work outside the United States. Sessions are typically two hours in length and allow for three or four papers, a formal response, and Q&A with the audience. The theme for the general meeting of the American Historical Association will be “Disagreement, Debate, Discussion.”  The Committee will particularly appreciate proposals that address this broad theme, perhaps by tackling the following kinds of issues:

Disagreement, Debate, Discussion within or between Christian communities
Disagreement, Debate, Discussion between Christians and other religious traditions

The deadline for ASCH proposals is March 15, 2013.

For those interested in submitting joint proposals to the AHA and the ASCH, the deadline for AHA proposals is February 15, 2013. See the AHA Submitting a Proposal page.

Paper proposals should consist of (1) a short description of less than 300 words, (2) a biographical paragraph or CV summary of the applicant, and (3) a current mailing location, email address, and phone number for the proposed presenter. Session proposals should contain all of the above for each of the presenters as well as (1) the session title, (2) a brief description of less than 300 words outlining the theme or topic of the session, and (3) biographical data and contact details for the chair and the respondent (which can be the same person). Use of audio-visual equipment, typically limited to the hotel provider’s equipment, has become very expensive, and must be restricted to presentations for which it is strictly necessary. The proposed use of computers, internet, or projectors in the session must therefore be stated and rationalized in the proposal.

Please send proposals, preferably by email, before March 15, 2013, to the program committee at

Acknowledgements and further information will be sent out as proposals are received. The program committee reserves the right to reconfigure sessions as needed.
NOTE: All program participants must register for the annual meeting and be members of the ASCH at the time of the Meetin