Virginia Colloquium in American Religion (VCAR)

The Virginia Colloquium in American Religion (VCAR) is an on-going forum for conversation and collaboration for faculty and graduate students interested in the history of religion in America. It meets several times each semester to workshop works in progress or discuss new scholarship in the field, often with participation from colleagues in the UVA History department or visiting scholars.

For further information contact the colloquium coordinator Kevin Stewart Rose

Fall 2018

  • Friday, September 14th - Isaac May, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Academic Job Search Workshop.
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM.
 
  • Friday, September 28th - Dr. Heather Warren, Associate Professor of ReligiousStudies, University of Virginia, Essay Workshop - Reinhold Niebuhr and American Foreign Policy.
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM.
 
  • Friday, October 12th - Dr. Spencer Wells, Research Scholar and Executive Assistant, Mormon Studies, University of Virginia, Journal Article Workshop - “Between God and Caesar: (Un)Civil Religion and the Disciplining of Revolutionary Conscience, 1774-1781.”
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM.
 
  • Friday, October 26th - Kevin Stewart Rose, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Dissertation Prospectus Workshop - American Protestants, Environmental Crisis, and Neoliberalism, 1965-1985.
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM
 
  • Friday, November 9th - Mae Speight, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Dissertation Chapter Workshop - The Ministerial Reformation: The Ordination of Women and Mainline Protestantism.
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM.
 
  • Friday, November 30th - Dr. Gillian Frank, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of American Studies, University of Virginia, Book Chapter Workshop - Making Choice Sacred: Liberal Religion and Reproductive Rights before Roe V Wade.
    • Gibson 441, 10:00-10:50 AM.
 

Previous Semesters

Spring 2018

February 22 - Dr. Max Perry Mueller, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Research talk and book workshop, Race and the Making of the Mormon People (UNC, 2017). 4:00-6:00 PM, Gibson 441. 

February 9 - Mae Speight, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Dissertation proposal workshop, "The Ministerial Reformation: The Ordination of Women and American Protestantism, 1950-1980." 9:00-10:00 AM, Nau 342. 

February 2 - Dr. Ashon Crawley, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Research talk and informal conversation. 10:00-11:00 AM, Nau 441.

January 26 - Isaac May, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Syllabus workshop, "Introduction to Western Religious Traditions." 10:00-11:00 AM, Nau 441.

Fall 2017

November 10 - Jesse Robinson, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Dissertation proposal workshop, "The Psyche of the Evangelical Mind: Integrations of Psychology and Christianity in Southern California, 1950-2000." 4:30-5:30 PM, Nau 441.

October 20 - Dr. Katherine Mohrman, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Book manuscript workshop, Exceptionally Queer: Mormon Peculiarity and US Exceptionalism. 3:30-4:30 PM, Nau 342. Combined with Southeastern Colloquium on American Religious Studies.

October 6 - Mae Speight, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Article manuscript workshop, "Sacramentality and the Philadelphia Eleven: The Episcopal Women's Ordination Movement, 1970-1976." 4:30-5:30 PM, Nau 441.

September 15 - Melanie Pace, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Article manuscript workshop, "Working With(out) Consent: A Historical and Harm Reduction Analysis of the Discourse of Sexual Consent in Addressing Campus Sexual Violence." 4:30-5:30 PM, Nau 441.

September 1 - Maxwell Pingeon, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Article manuscript workshop, "Secular Religion: Alcoholics Anonymous and the Category of the 'Spiritual.'" 4:30-5:30, Gibson 441. 

 

Spring 2017 Schedule

Jan 26 - Kevin Rose, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop article manuscript: "'The world food crisis is not a fad': The More-with-Less Cookbook and Protestant Environmental Spirituality, 1970-1980." Gibson 441, 10:00–10:50 AM.

Feb 9 - Isaac May, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop dissertation proposal: "God-optional: Liberal Religion and the Issue of Theism, 1920- 1965." Gibson 441, 10:00–10:50 AM.

March 9- Douglas Laycock,  Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law and Class of 1963 Research Professor of Religious Studies, discussion on religion and law.  Gibson 441, 10:00–10:50 AM.

Mar 16 - John Turner, Department of Religious Studies, George Mason University. Research talk: TBA. Gibson 441, 11:00–11:50 AM.

April 6 - April 6- Micah Schwartzman, Professor of Law, discussion on religion and law.  Gibson 441, 10:00–10:50 AM.

April 27 - Samira Mehta. Department of Religious Studies, Albright College. Research talk. Gibson 441, 12:00–1:000 PM.

 

Fall 2016 Schedule

Oct 31 - Isaac May, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Conference paper presentation: "Permitting a Godless Faith: U.S. v. Seeger and the Changing Notion of the Deity in American Law." Nau 441, 2:00-2:50 PM

Oct 11 - Colloquium discussion: Leigh Eric Schmidt, Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation (Princeton University Press, 2016). Nau 441, 2:00–2:50 PM

Sep 27 - Prof. Kip Kosek, Department of American Studies, George Washington University. Research talk:  "Catholics and Capitalism in the Great Depression.” Nau 441, 2:00-2:50 PM

Sep 13 - Jesse Robinson, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Conference paper presentation: "The Civil Rights Movement as Biblical Drama: The King Preaches the Word.” Nau 441, 2:00–2:50 PM

Aug 30 - Bradley Kime, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop article manuscript: "Infidel Deathbeds: Irreligious Dying and Authentic Disbelief in Nineteenth-Century America.” Nau 441, 2:00–2:50 PM

 

Spring 2016 Schedule

April 22 - Prof. Alan Taylor, UVA Department of History. Open conversation on narrative and historical writing.

April 15 - Prof. Rita Hermon-Belot, Centre for Studies in the Social Sciences of Religion of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS- CéSor) in Paris. Discussion of pre-circulated paper, “Religious Diversity in the Making of French Laïcité”

April 1 - Prof. Lincoln Mullen, George Mason University. Workshop of book manuscript intro and chapter 1, The Varieties of Religious Conversion: The Origins of Religious Choice in the United States

March 18 - Jonathan Cohen, graduate student, Department of History, UVA. Workshop, dissertation chapter, “‘Not Luck, But the Work of God’: Lottery Playing and the Religion of the New American Meritocracy”

March 4 - Prof. Matthew Hedstrom, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop of conference paper presentation, “Buddhist Fulfillment of a Protestant Dream: Mindfulness as Scientific Spirituality”

February 19 - Isaac May, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop, chapter in edited volume, ‘1809-1920,’ Cambridge Companion to Quaker Studies

February 5 - Mae Speight, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop, conference paper presentation, ‘Same Sex Attraction and the Saints: The Emerging Mormon Discourse of Sexual Identity”

January 25 - Guy Aiken, graduate student, Department of Religious Studies, UVA. Workshop, introduction to dissertation, “A History of Quaker Pacifist Neutrality”