2016 Conference Call for Papers

Call for papers:
International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism
Inaugural Conference:
Exploring the State of the Field
Date: 4-5 June 2016

Interest in the history of atheism, secularism, and humanism has taken off in the past decade. Previously, only a handful of academics dealt with the history of unbelief in any systematic way, but in recent years this has begun to change. Dynamic studies of this history now cover a range of national, international, and temporal contexts from a variety of different subdisciplinary perspectives. The International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism (ISHASH) was formed in late 2014 to take advantage of this interest by providing a forum for the growing number of diverse scholars working in this field to network and collaborate.

We are therefore pleased to announce the inaugural ISHASH conference, taking place on 4-5 June 2016 at Conway Hall in London. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who study the history of atheism, secularism, and humanism to discuss the current state of research in this field.

We invite abstract proposals of approximately 250 words for 20-minute presentations that address such questions as, but not limited to:

• Which aspects of the history of atheism, secularism, and humanism are the most pressing areas of study?
• Can we discuss this history across cultures and periods?
• What would a global history of atheism look like?
• Which subdisciplines of history are best equipped to studying this field?
• How can categories of analysis like gender, race, or class be useful in studying this history?
• What is the ideological content of atheism, secularism, or humanism?
• Is the history of atheism, secularism, and humanism a coherent field at all?

We hope to provide travel bursaries to those postgraduates and early career researchers traveling from overseas. The bursaries will be for travel only, with any accommodation to be covered by the participants. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a light lunch will be provided both days.

Please email ishash.conference@gmail.com the following by 31 January 2016 if you are interested in participating:

• 250-word abstract
• a short CV
• if you would like to be considered for a travel bursary

Organisers:

Nathan Alexander (University of St Andrews, UK)
Patrick Corbeil (Queen’s University, Canada),
Elliot Hanowski (University of Winnipeg, Canada),
Liz Lutgendorff (Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Website: https://atheismsecularismhumanism.wordpress.com/conference/

Email: ishash.conference@gmail.com

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