If you're a graduate student in the academic study of religion looking for an opportunity to present your work, the Department of Religion at FSU hosts an annual symposium that might be of interest. There's always a strong American religious history component to the conference, so readers of this blog will feel right at home. (I can also personally attest that it's a great conference with great people!) The CFP is below.
The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 17-19, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Last year’s symposium allowed over 60 presenters from over 15 universities and departments as varied as History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Classics to share their research, learn from one another, and meet many of their peers and future colleagues.
This year’s symposium will be centered on the theme “Religion & Conflict”
Dr. J. Kameron Carter, of Duke University, will deliver this year’s keynote address.
Due to our commitment to collaborative scholarship, students from all fields with interdisciplinary interests in the study of religion and at all levels of graduate study are encouraged to submit paper proposals.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to: (Im)possibility of Religious Freedom; Religion, Law and Politics; Resistance, Revolution and Violence; Contested Space(s); Secularisms; Empires; Gender, Race and Intersectionality; Method and Critical Theory on Religion; Possession and Displacement; Comparative Examinations of Religious Groups and Texts; Symbolic Conflicts; Contested Time; Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and will receive faculty responses. In addition, every year respondents select the best graduate paper to receive the Leo F. Sandon Award, an endowed award named for the Religion Department's former chair.
Proposals including an abstract of approximately 300 words, a list of key terms, and a one-page CV should be submitted by December 14, 2016 for review. Final papers must be submitted by January 31, 2017. Please send proposals to Matthew Coston at
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you or your students and seeing you at the 2017 Graduate Student Symposium at Florida State University.
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