Friday, October 25, 2013

Call for Papers for Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History: "Christian Historians and Their Publics"

I am really looking forward to this conference. When it comes to putting together conferences for Christian historians there is no one better than Jay Green.

Here are the details:

CHRISTIAN HISTORIANS & THEIR PUBLICS
The 29th Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History
SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2014
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

Contemporary historians have a somewhat complicated relationship with “the public.” We long to have public audiences who will be challenged and shaped by our work, but most of us tend to produce highly specialized scholarship and write primarily for other scholars. When we do address the public, our often myth-busting strategies can come across as patronizing, contemptuous, and even politically motivated. As historians, who are our “publics”? And what  responsibilities, if any, do we owe them Are there public venues for historical understanding that we should be exploring? Does our  peculiar identity as Christians have any bearing on the publics we address, what we have to say, or how we say it? Are there Christian ways of thinking about and doing public history? Is there a Christian public for our work as historians? The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History will gather at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California, to explore these and many other questions related to Christian Historians and Their Publics.

Christian historians’ vocational responsibility to the church

Should historians seek a public platform? Why or why not?

The status and quality of popular history written for Christian audiences

Responding to popular Christian social memory

What professional Christian historians have to learn from “the faithful”

Historians and social media

Undergraduate classes as public audiences

The encounter between “popular” and “professional” Christian historians

The Christian historian as public intellectual or public scholar (not the same thing)

Christian museums and historic sites

Writing institutional histories

Writing congregational histories

Writing local history

Writing school curricula

Negotiating professional convictions and public needs/tastes/assumptions

Roundtable discussions of great historical books that managed to nd large, general audiences

Christian faith and advocacy history

Documentary Filmaking

Christian historians in government 

Responding to history-themed film

History as entertainment/pastime

Historical authority in public

The historian as expert witness

The historian as political activist

The historian as journalist/pundit

The historian as Wikipedian

Inequality, justice, and public history

Public history, empathy, and the Christian historian

Individual paper or complete session (preferable) proposals may be sent to

Jay Green
Department of History
Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750
jay.green@covenant.edu
huntington.edu/cfh/conference.htm

submission deadline: 15 March 2014