AHA 2013 U.S. Religion Sessions pt. 2

31 Dec

On Friday I outlined what my American Historical Association 2013 conference plans were, but my interests in digital history, 20th c. American evangelicalism, sacred space, and so on, aren’t for everybody. I failed to point out quite a lot of other interesting American religious sessions that you could attend.Here are more options for you.

You’ll note a heavy emphasis on Catholics and American Christianity. That’s thanks to the AHA-affiliated conferences of the American Catholic Historical Association and the American Society of Church History. There are hardly any sessions discussing America’s extensive non-Christian religious traditions. Remember that’s why many of us go to both the AAR and the AHA. It’s more than feeling well-rounded, it’s the biases of the conferences (beyond their emphases on religion and history) that encourage different kinds of conversations and exchanges.

Since there are so many, I’m leaving these without comment. No slight is intended–I just don’t have time to annotate them all!


All links lead to the AHA digital program for more information about the sessions. 


Canadian Catholic Influences in America (Thursday 1-3pm)

God and Mammon: The Politics of Religion and Commerce in Mid-Twentieth Century America (Thursday 3:30-5:30)



The Christian Origins of the American Century (Friday 8:30-10:00)

Religious and Sexual Revolutions: Politics, Conflicts, and Stories, 1950-80 (Friday 8:30-10:00)

Christian Nationalism, Progressive Era Protestants, and the American Public Sphere (Friday 8:30-10:00)

Cracking the Mormon Monolith: Problematizing the LDS Identity Construction (Friday 10:30-12:00)

Changes in American Catholic Participation in National Politics from the New Deal to the Reagan Administration (Friday 10:30-12:00)

Cotton Mather as Historians of Jews in The Biblia Americana (Friday 10:30-12:00)

Evil in America from the Early Republic to the Christian Right (Friday 2:30-4:30)

Sex, Gender, and Catholic Identity (Friday 2:30-4:30)

A Matter of Individual Choice: The Lives of American Catholic Converts (Friday 2:30-4:30)

A Canadian Alternative Protestant Narratives, Catholic Federalism, and Scriptural History in Comparative Perspective (Friday 2:30-4:30)

The Private Lives and Social Worlds of Eighteenth-Century Religious Women (Friday 2:30-4:30)



Catholics and the Civil Rights Struggle (Saturday 9:00-11:00)

Liberal and Evangelical Women, Social Reform, and the Problem of Categorization (Saturday 9:00-11:00)

Black Catholicism and Black Religion in American Religious History (Saturday 9:00-11:00)

Beyond the Protestant Establishment? Past and Future in the Study of Mainline/Liberal Protestantism (Saturday 11:30-1:30)

Postscripted Presences: Native Christians, Historical Narrative, and Ethnographic Quandries (Saturday 11:30-1:30)

Historians, Journalists, and the Challenges of Getting It Right: The West and Islam in Historical Perspective (Saturday 11:30-1:30)

The Awkward Spaces of Black Catholic Education: Between Freedom and Slavery through the Eyes of Henriette Delille (Saturday 2:30-4:30)

Catholic Architectural History (Saturday 2:30-4:30)



Religion, Rhetoric, and Ritual in the Political Culture of the Early American Republic, 1776-1815 (Sunday 8:30-10:30)

American Catholics and the Virgin Mary: Defining, Distancing, and Domesticating Marian Devotion (Sunday 8:30-10:30)

Nineteenth Century America (Sunday 8:30-10:30)

American Protestant Constructions of the “Holy Land” (Sunday 8:30-10:30)

Beyond Consensus: American Intellectual and Political Life, 1945-73 (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

Religion and Sexuality in America’s Cold War (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

In Pursuit of the Natural: Humans, Bodies, and Making Sense of Nature in American History (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

The Study of Religion and the Teaching of History (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

Outgrowing Catholic Action? Transforming the Parochial Identity of American Lay Apostolates in the Vatican II Generation (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

One-Hundred and Fifty Years of Catholic Education in America, 1840-1990: From Pre-Civil War to Post Cold-War (Sunday 11:00-1:00)

Christianity and Politics in the Early Nineteenth-Century Americas (Sunday 11:00-1:00)


Let me know if you spot anything I missed or links that go astray! Enjoy and see you on Saturday for the Tweetup at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar at 8pm!


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