[We have, via H-Law, the following call for papers.]
2012 and 2013 mark the fiftieth anniversaries of Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), the US Supreme Court cases which ruled unconstitutional school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading activities, sparking sharp debates about the place of religion in American life. To mark these anniversaries, the Institute of North American Studies at King's College, London and the School of History and Centre for American Studies at the University of Kent are holding an international conference on the theme of "Religion in American Life" on 22-24 February 2013 at King's College London.
The aim of the conference is multi- and interdisciplinary and papers are encouraged from scholars working on related topics in all fields and across all time periods. Proposals for individual papers, complete panels, roundtables, and other events are welcome.
Please send abstracts (no more than 500 words for individual papers, no more than 500 words per speaker for panels and roundtable discussions) and short CVs to Dr. Emma Long at E.J.Long@kent.ac.uk by 5pm on 15 September 2012.