Call for Papers
“Lutherans and Popular Culture”
Throughout history religious institutions continually negotiate, resist, and often participate in the creation of popular culture. In addition, religious communities grapple with popular culture’s influences on the church and its members. North American Lutherans are no exception. However, Lutherans’ complex relationship with popular culture has gone understudied. This conference will explore the theme of Lutherans and popular culture. Specifically, it will examine ways in which popular culture has influenced Lutheran theology, forms of worship, schools, missions, and engagement with local and national communities. In addition, this conference will investigate how Lutherans both contributed to popular culture, as well as pushed back and resisted popular cultures’ influences on the church.
Papers detailing any aspect of this theme are welcome, as are topics outside of the theme! Presenters will be given 20-25 minutes for their presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Paper proposals should include a title, 250 word abstract, and brief biography.
The 2014 LHC Conference will be held October 10-12 at Milwaukee Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wis.
Proposals and inquiries are due April 15, 2014 and should be sent electronically to the Program Chair: Julieanna Frost, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter 2013 Newsletter Now
The Winter 2013 LHC
Newsletter is now online in PDF format.
Journal of the LHC
The first issue of the LHC’s new serial publication, the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference was issued in October and has been mailed to members. This new publication will be produced annually, and will include articles on North American Lutheran history, as well as an annual bibliography of other publications in this field.
The editor of the Journal is Mark Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He can be reached at email@example.com. Please contact him if you have manuscripts or ideas for submissions.
The first issue continued papers from the 2011 conference. Those were:
- “From Piety to Policy: The Danish Lutheran Mission School for Indians in Oaks, Oklahoma,” by Maria Erling
- "Arthur Simon: From Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Bread for the World,” by Kathryn M. Galchutt
- “Trexler’s Travels: Samuel Geiss Trexler and the Emergence of International Lutheranism,” by Michael G. L. Church
- “Lutherans, Watergate, and Morality: Engaging the Political Realm,” by David E. Settje
- “Laughing with the Lenape: Swedes and Native Americans in Colonial Delaware,” by Kim-Eric Williams
- “Images of the Inupiaq: The Photography and Mission Work of Helen C. Frost,” by Julieanna Frost
- “Revolutionary Accompaniment: Lutherans and Nicaragua, 1979-1990,” by Richard M. Chapman
- “Sister Margaret Fry at Willow Run,” by Marilyn H. Stauffer
- “An Early American Orientalist Lutheran Perspective of Islam: Lewis Eichelberger and his Sources,” by David D. Grafton
- “Answering the Call: The Pioneer Church Engages the World,” by Kathy Graumann
- “Fellow Workers: Lutheran’s Service to Refugees as Public Engagement,” by L. DeAne Lagerquist
- “Equality Denied: Lutheran Responses to the Equal Rights Amendment,” by Elisabeth A. Unruh
- “Hannah and Marie Larsen at the Schreuder Mission in Zululand,” by Rachel Vagts
- 2009 and 2010 Indexes of Writings in the Field of American Lutheranism as Published in the November 2010 LHC Newslette
Additional volumes can be purchased through Lutheran University Press at www.lutheranupress.org.
Essays and Reports, Volume 22
Lutheran Identity and Regional
Volume 22 in the LHC
Essays and Reports series is now
available. The volume contains the papers presented at the 23rd
Biennial Meeting of the LHC, held at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary,
Columbia, S.C., on October 12-14, 2006.
The volume is available
from Concordia Historical Institute, 804 Seminary Place, Saint Louis,
63105-3014. The cost is $20.00, plus $3.00
for postage and handling. Many earlier volumes, as well as other LHC
publications, are also available.
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