Workshop This Thursday, Feb. 11

Don’t miss the next workshop!  The paper has been uploaded and is ready for your reading pleasure.  This time Kai Parker will present his dissertation chapter, “The Wretched and the Damned:  Gospel Music between Civil Rights and Urban Crisis.”  Michele Ferris will respond, and lunch will be served.

Contact Michele ( if you need help accessing the paper.

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Upcoming Workshop: Thursday, 1/28

Our next workshop is on January 28.  Caroline Anglim will present her conference paper, “What about Chicago? New Thought and the Black Spiritual Movement.”  Joel Brown will respond.  The paper can be downloaded from the “Papers” tab of this blog.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you need assistance.

As usual, lunch will be provided and we will gather at the Marty Center Seminar Room (2nd floor, Swift Hall) at 12:00.  See you there!

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Next Workshop This Thursday, 1/14

The next RAME workshop will be held this Thursday, January 14, in the Marty Center Seminar Room.  Casey Bohlen will present a dissertation chapter, “Beyond Declension:
The Fate of the Postwar American Religious Left,” and Greg Chatterley will respond.

The paper can now be downloaded from this blog–click the Papers tab.  Contact Michele Ferris ( if you have questions.

As usual, lunch will be served.  See you at 12:00 sharp!


PHD early lunch

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Workshop this Thursday, 11/19

Just can’t get enough of those dissertation proposals?  Join us this Thursday, 11/19, as Kit Shields presents her dissertation proposal and Rachel Watson responds.  Lunch will be served.

Download the paper from the “Papers” tab on this blog.  If you need the password, email Michele Ferris

The RAME Workshop meets 12:00-1:15 in the Marty Center Seminar Room, on the 2nd floor of Swift Hall.

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Next Meeting: November 5

12:00-1:15, Marty Center Seminar Room

Do you want to know what a dissertation proposal looks like?  Join us Thursday as Greg Chatterley presents his dissertation proposal.  Emily Crews will respond to the paper and lunch will be served.

Download the paper from the “Papers” tab on this blog.  If you need the password, email Michele Ferris

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Next workshop: 10/22

Get ready for our first workshop centered around a paper!  We will discuss Prof. Tom Tweed’s “After the Quotidian Turn:  Interpretive Categories and Scholarly Trajectories in the Study of Religion Since the 1960s.”  There will be no respondent; instead, this will be a moderated discussion with opening remarks by Prof. Evans.

Lunch will be served.

Download the paper by clicking on this link:

Tweed paper

See you at 12:00 in the Marty Center!  (Note, this time we will start meeting in our regular space, the seminar room at the opposite end of the hall from the library.)

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Kick-Off Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to campus!  We hope you will join us this Thursday, October 8, for our first meeting of the workshop to kick off the new year.  There is no paper scheduled for this introductory meeting.  Come enjoy Medici pizza and salad over lunch (12:00-1:15) while we talk about the goals for the workshop this year and get to know each other better.

Note:  we will be in the Marty Center Library for this meeting, only.  The Marty Center is on the second floor of Swift Hall, next to elevator.  Enter the double doors and walk to the end of the hall.

See you there!

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2015-2016 Call for Papers

The Religions in America Workshop is pleased to announce its

2015-16 Call for Papers

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for work-in-progress, including a dissertation proposal, dissertation chapter, conference paper, article draft, orals exam paper, or new piece of research that engages the broadly construed topic of religion in America. Please send the tentative title, brief description, type of submission, your program/department affiliation, and the month in which you would like to present your work to   Your paper will be due the week prior to the presentation, in order to allow workshop members adequate time to review the paper.

The Religions in America Workshop explores the role of religion in American culture from the colonial period to the present day. The workshop engages in historiographical, theoretical, and methodological discussions about the place of religion in American life by focusing on issues and topics such as gender, race, consumer culture, the separation of church and state, politics, literature, theology, and music. The workshop welcomes scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, including the Divinity School, History Department, English Department, Sociology Department, Political Science Department, Music Department, and Anthropology Department. Presentations by students and faculty, as well as by distinguished guest speakers, take place in a relaxed, discussion-oriented environment designed to further the research, inquiry, and knowledge of both presenters and participants alike.

We meet on alternate Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 in Swift Hall. When lunch is not provided, we invite you to bring your brown bag to the workshop.

For more information about the Religions in America Workshop, please visit our website

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Hello, Workshoppers:
Welcome to the spring quarter! Our first meeting will be a dissertation proposal workshop with Alison Davis. Not only will this be an opportunity for Alison to get some feedback on her proposal, but it will be a chance for students who may be writing their own proposals in the future (like me!) to get some insight into the process. Please invite anyone you know who would find such a meeting helpful.


Dissertation Proposal Workshop with Alison Davis

DATE: Thursday, April 9

TIME: 12:00 – 1:15
PLACE: Marty Center Seminar Room (2nd floor of Swift Hall)
To obtain a copy of Alison’s proposal draft, please email meat
— Kit
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Greetings, fellow workshoppers!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 29 and our presenter will be a particularly promising and attractive student named Kit Shields. I kid! But seriously, I am our next presenter. My paper is attached to this email. Here are the deets:

Reading Right and Feeling Right in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Kit Shields at the Religions in America Workshop
DATE: Thursday, January 29
TIME: 12:00 – 1:15
PLACE: Marty Center Seminar Room, second floor of Swift Hall

Critical for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s project of humanizing her enslaved characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin is the redemption and reinstatement of a way of thinking that views sympathy, shared experience, and true religion–rather than law, honor, and order, for example–as the basis for a moral society. This heart-centered mode of thought and discourse was, for Stowe and many others in her time, essentially feminine. The virtues of this alternative feminine value system are often illustrated and promoted in scenes depicting different characters reading. I will argue that through scenes of reading, Stowe seeks to show how a masculine value system has allowed slavery to continue, and offers an alternative, feminine value system that would abolish slavery by redeeming sympathetic shared experience as a superior foundation for moral society.

I sincerely hope to see you there. In fact, I hope to see you there more than any of the other times I have said that to you. Please come.


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