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8th Biennial Conference on Religion & American Culture

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We are happy to share with you the titles and panelists of the conference sessions to give you a taste of what to expect.  The conference will kick off with graduate research presentations followed by two days with four sessions each. Sessions will include the following topics with the currently confirmed panelists listed:

  • Religious Studies Divide: People and Categories

Joseph Blackholm (UC Santa Barbra), Kathryn Lofton (Yale)

  • Religion and Non-Religion

Jacqui Frost (Purdue), J. Kameron Carter (Uc-Irvine), Jaime Kucinskas (Hamilton)

  • Juneteenth as Religion (a special event at the Eiteljorg Museum)

Speaker: Keri Day (Princeton Theological Seminary)

  • Religion, Material Culture, and Museums

Danny Gonzales (Children’s Museum of Indianapolis), Erika Gault (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), Sally Promey (Yale), Lois Silverman (Indiana University Indianapolis)

  • Latinx Religious Diversity

Gerardo Marti (Davidson), Joao Chaves (Baylor), Daisy Vargas (Arizona)

  • Religion and Disability

Erik Carter (Baylor), Andrew Walker-Cornetta (Georgia State)

  • When Academic Terms Go Popular

Carlton Waterhouse (Howard), Mira Sucharov (Carleton), Anthea Butler (Penn)

  • Religion and Politics

Jamil W. Drake (Yale), Rebecca Sager (Loyola Marymount), Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern)

Mark your calendars and get prepared for an exciting weekend you won’t forget! We are happy to announce the 8th Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture will be held in Indianapolis at The Westin Hotel, June 13th-16th, 2024 . Please keep in mind that this is a different weekend than previous Biennials. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, The Westin is near the city’s top attractions. Thankfully, Lilly Endowment has once again generously agreed to help underwrite hotel rooms. Participants receive a $100 discount per night upon checkout following the conference (available on a first come first served basis). The conference rate is $199/night before the discount.

Here’s what folks have said about our last Biennial Conference:

“It was one of the most stimulating, welcoming, and intellectually engaging conferences I have attended in a long long time. THANK YOU so much for creating this space of transformation.”

The purpose of the Biennial Conferences on Religion and American Culture is to bring together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, seminaries, and professional schools who study religion in the Americas in order to discuss the big questions and themes we face in our fields, classrooms, and the broader society.

Every two years, the Center holds a conference on religion and American culture featuring the work of nationally recognized scholars speaking on a wide variety of subjects. Programs include both presentations and roundtable discussions. Conversation is, in fact, the key to our biennial meetings. As in years past, panelists will sit in the center of the room at a round table. Around them will be risers on all sides for attendees, thus promoting a sense that we’re all gathered around the table together. This promotes more face-to-face conversation rather than the traditional “sage on the stage” presentation followed by a few questions that not everyone can hear. We have new ideas to push our already non-traditional meeting even further!

We hope to see you in June at the 8th Biennial!




  • Proceedings from the biennial conferences are available here.


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