Newberry Seminar of Religion and Culture in the Americas, CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020-2021

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May 6, 2020 to June 19, 2020
Illinois, United States
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American History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Mexican History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology




The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly 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 papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, and offer new interpretations. Two scholars whose work enriches or compliments their own may consider submitting proposals for a paired presentation. Papers are pre-circulated. Presenters make a 10 to 15 minute presentation followed by a short commentary by a scholar in the field. The discussion is open to the Seminar participants. The Newberry is unable to provide funds for travel and lodging for presenters and respondents, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.


Due to the pandemic, the Newberry may be exploring continuing its in-person or virtual seminars. As a result this year’s seminar format will be different depending on external circumstances.


To submit a proposal, please visit our webform at and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, your goal in presenting, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via e-mail. 

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