DEADLINE EXTENDED - Call For Papers "Immigration, Going Out and Coming In: Ministries, Transitions and Change in the Episcopal Church"

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Call for Papers
June 20, 2017 to June 23, 2017
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Archival Science, Cultural History / Studies, Social History / Studies

The 2017 National Episcopal Historians and Archivists Conference will be held June 20th through June 23rd, primarily on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Registration materials for the conference will be available by February.

Complex issues related to immigration have shaped American spiritual identity from the pre-colonial era to the present day: voluntary and forced migrations, demographic shifts and pressures, temporary and permanent ethnic group relocations and removals have all informed the Episcopal Church’s constantly evolving mission, purpose and identity.

We are seeking paper and presentation proposals related to the conference theme “Immigration, Going Out and Coming In: Ministries, Transitions and Change in the Episcopal Church.” A sample of topics might be, but are not limited to:

  • immigration patterns in the Episcopal Church across eras (17th-20th centuries) and geographies: colonial; national; Westward expansion and territories
  • effects of demographic shifts in dioceses, parishes, neighborhoods; in churches, chapels and missions; in Episcopal schools, seminaries and service organizations
  • global connections, such as the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion or missionary societies
  • contributions to the Episcopal Church of immigrants, migrants and migrant workers, refugees, mariners, military
  • influence of immigration and demographic shifts on Episcopal identity: language, liturgy, ideas, customs, artifacts

Paper and presentation proposals related to archives and archival management are encouraged but are not limited to:  

  • basic preservation problems and protocols, from colonial manuscripts to contemporary digital media
  • organization, cataloging and finding aids
  • use of digitization in the archival process
  • using archives to tell stories, write histories, develop congregational identity
  • ethical issues: confidentiality, records retention policies, access, publication

Presenters are allocated 20 minutes with an expectation of 15 minutes of presentation with 5 minutes for questions. Presentations may be requested for publication. Proposals must include the following:

  • paper or presentation title and a 150-200 word abstract
  • an explanation of the need for additional time and total time needed if you anticipate the paper or presentation may need longer more than the 20 minutes allotted
  • brief resume of the speaker that may also be used for promotion of the conference
  • any expected media/audio-visual requirements
Contact Info: 

Jeannie Terepka, CFP Chair

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