Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas

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Call for Papers
March 22, 2019 to June 4, 2019
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar, Newberry Library

2019-2020 Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019  


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 works-in-progress, and we encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article presentation.


The seminar will meet on selected Fridays during the academic year, 3-5 pm, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The Seminar’s organizers for 2019-2020 are: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame; Karen Johnson, Wheaton College; Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives; Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar; Deborah Kanter, Albion College; Heath Carter, Valparaiso University and Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois Chicago.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, Valparaiso University and Wheaton College.

For more about the seminar please visit our website:

To submit a proposal, please visit our webform at (the form will be open from March 22- June 3, 2019) and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are not at present interested in giving a paper but want to receive papers and participate in the discussion, please read our Registration Information found online. The Newberry is unable to provide funds for travel and lodging for presenters and respondents, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.

Contact Info: 

Mary Hale, Newberry Library