I am seeking to form a session for the American Catholic Historical Association’s Annual Meeting that is also sponsored by the American Society of Church History. The ACHA Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the American Historical Association Meeting on January 5-8, 2017 in Denver Colorado.
The theme of the 2017 AHA Annual Meeting is Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience. The purpose of studying historical scale is not so much to perfect national narratives as to develop insights into historical connections. In keeping with that theme, I would like to propose a session that focuses on how and in what ways we as historians write church history on a local level. In her book, On Local History, Historian Carol Kammen argued that local history…[is]…the study of past events or of peoples or groups, in a given geographic area…[that is]…based on a wide variety of documentary evidence and placed in a comparative context that should be both regional and national.” This panel seeks well-researched papers from any period of church history that examine a particular community, group, region, parish, religious house, or mission. Though the papers will have a limited geographic focus, each will present an important comparative context fulfilling Kammen’s definition of a local history. I am seeking two to four papers to fill the session and a chair and/or commenter.
Membership in either the American Catholic Historical Association or the American Society of Church History is required.
If interested in joining this session please send an abstract of up to 250 words and a 2-page CV to Stephanie A.T. Jacobe, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday March 13th.
Stephanie A.T. Jacobe, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Maryland University College