February 8, 2013

Casual Friday

“Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains” Conference

Call for Proposals

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver cordially invites you to submit paper proposals for the one-day “Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains” conference, to be held Saturday, June 22 at the University of Denver with the support of an AAR Regional Development Grant.

This one-day conference is envisioned to bring together scholars at different career stages to examine religious identity and practice (including secular and spiritual identities and practices) around the region, past and present. It is intended to help highlight and bring greater interest to issues of religious identity and practice in the states of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, and to provide an opportunity for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to connect with and learn from colleagues. The conference is envisioned as a catalyst for more sustained efforts at regional community building, including future conferences and workshops.

Conference structure
The conference will consist of four panels of paper presentations, followed by a roundtable session in which panel chairs present the highlights of each panel, reflect on the day’s presentations, and offer suggestions for future research. The conference will conclude with a keynote speech by an eminent regional scholar.

Accepted papers will be organized into panels arranged either denominationally or thematically. Papers should reflect current research. Each panel will feature scholars from around the region and should include at least one graduate student, to support career stage diversity. Panels will take an interdisciplinary approach, with multiple disciplines represented, and will leave ample time for interactive discussions with
audience members.

Proposal requirements
Each paper proposal should include the following:

*Paper title (working titles okay)
*Name and affiliation of the submitter
*Email address and phone number of the submitter
*Abstract of 250-350 words, laying out the subject of the paper, the
sources used, and the argument, as well as the methodological approach and
a sense of the subject’s broader significance to the scholar’s field
*A/V needs (Most DU classrooms have projectors, speakers, and dvd players)
*Interest in being hosted by University of Denver faculty and graduate
students, if needed

Submission Address and Deadline
Please submit your paper proposal to: andrea.stanton@du.eduandrea.stanton@du.edu

Please submit your paper proposal by Friday, March 8. Acceptance notices
will be sent by Friday, April 5.

There is no cost to submit or present a paper, nor to attend the conference. Registration will be free and will open in late April.

Housing and Travel

The AAR Regional Development Grant will generously support lunch and coffee for conference presenters and attendees, but cannot provide travel support. The Department of Religious Studies will connect presenters in need of housing with faculty and graduate students who might host them; please indicate your interest in being hosted on your paper proposal.

Conference Website
For more information about the conference, please visit our website:
www.religionintherockiesconference.wordpress.com<http://www.religionintherockiesconference.wordpress.com> or email

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