Please find attached a Call for Papers the 2018 Religious History Association of Aotearoa NZ (RHAANZ) conference, which will be held in conjunction with Massey University to honour Professor Peter Lineham on the occasion of his 'retirement' from a long career of service at the University:
'Religion Matters': Celebrating the Work of Professor Peter Lineham
Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018
Massey University (Albany Campus)
Peter is best known as an historian of religion. Yet his work has always been characterised by an extraordinary range - addressing diverse traditions, historical and contemporary concerns, and issues extending from print culture to politics, sectarianism to sport, and welfare to demographic change. A consistent thread has been to examine, through bold arguments and in more intimate detail, how and why 'religion matters'; and to tease out the interwoven dimensions of religion, society and culture, whether in Aotearoa New Zealand, our region, or in a wider global perspective. Peter has also consistently sought to provoke curiosity and spark healthy debate, typically with a splash of sparkle and fun.
'Religion Matters' seeks to honour Peter and his contributions through a dedicated conference, exploring this theme in the context of New Zealand and further afield.
This two-day event will be based at Massey University's Albany campus. It will combine lively academic examinations of the 'Religion Matters' theme, a celebration dinner, and opportunity for colleagues and connections of Peter to interact together and with him.
The keynote speaker is Dr Meredith Lake, author of the recently-published and already acclaimed volume The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History (New South Books, 2018); see further https://www.meredithlake.com/meet-meredith. Professor Michael Belgrave and the Rev. Dr Allan Davidson will directly address Peter's academic career and public contribution. Peter will also have a right of reply.
Therefore, we invite offers of papers from historians and others that address the conference theme, 'Religion Matters', in relation to New Zealand or other contexts.
In keeping with Peter's wide interests, we anticipate that papers will cover a range of relevant approaches and issues, including critique of the conference theme.
Paper proposals should be sent by email to Dr Hugh Morrison (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) in the form of a 200 word (maximum) abstract, with a paragraph outlining academic or professional background.
All proposals need to be received by Friday 10 August, 2018. Accepted papers will be notified by Friday 7 September.
Programme Director, Religious Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, NZ
W: +64-4-463-5590; F: +64-4-463-5065; M: +64-27-4133-678
Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814-1945<http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/saints-and-stirrers-christianity-conflict-and-peacemaking-in-new-zealand-1814-1945/> (2017)
Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand<http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/pursuing-peace-in-godzone-christianity-and-the-peace-tradition-in-new-zealand/> (2018)