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Last Updated=27 iii 2014

NOTICE: Because some people had assumed that the Call for Papers deadline was the same for both conferences, we are extending the deadline for the proposals for the regular Biennial Conference to April 1 (no fooling). The deadline for the student conference remains April 15.


September 24-27, 2014

The CFH's 29th Biennial Conferences will be September 24-25 (Student Research Conference) and September 25-27 (Fall Conference) at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA. The conference theme will be "Christian Historians and Their Publics," and the general program chair is Jay Green at Covenant College ( What follows are the calls for papers for both conferences.  

2014 CFH Undergraduate Student Conference
September 24-25, 2014

The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California, will be preceded by a two-day Undergraduate Student Conference, the 24th and 25th of September. The theme of the conference is "Christian Historians and Their Publics," but papers on any topic will be considered. See Facebook page for further information: here.

The deadline for undergraduate proposals is April 15, 2014. Individual undergraduate paper or complete session (preferable) proposals may be sent to either:

Bryan Lamkin, Department of History and Political Science, Azusa Pacific University, or

Brad Hale, Department of History and Political Science, Azusa Pacific University,


2014 CFH Biennial Conference
September 25-27, 2014

The General CFH Conference chair, Jay Green, has issued a call for papers for the 2014 CFH Biennial Fall Conference. The deadline for submission is March 15 April 1, 2014. A color poster of the call can be downloaded here.

Prof. Green writes: Contemporary historians have a somewhat complicated relationship with "the public." We long to have "public" audiences who will be challenged and shaped by our work, but most of us tend to produce highly specialized scholarship and write primarily for other scholars. When we do address the public, our often "myth-busting" strategies can come across as patronizing, contemptuous, and even politically motivated. As historians, who are our "publics"? And what responsibilities, if any, do we owe them? Are their public venues for historical understanding that we should be exploring? Does our peculiar identity as Christians have any bearing on the publics we address, what we have to say, or how we say it? Are there Christian ways of thinking about and doing public history? Is there a Christian public for our work as historians?

The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History will gather at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California, to explore these and many other questions related to Christian Historians and Their Publics.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of some ideas you may want to consider for paper, panels, and plenary sessions:

  • Christian Historians' Vocational Responsibility to the Church
  • Should Historians Seek a Public Platform? Why or Why Not?
  • Historical Thinking among Ordinary Christians
  • The Status and Quality of Popular History Written for Christian Audiences
  • Responding to Popular Christian Social Memory
  • What Professional Christian Historians have to Learn from "the Faithful"
  • Historians and Social Media
  • The Undergraduate Class as a Public
  • Historians and the Status of "The Evangelical Mind"
  • The Encounter between "Popular" and "Professional" Christian Historians
  • The Christian Historian as Public Intellectual
  • Christian Museums and Historic Sites
  • Writing Institutional Histories
  • Writing Congregational Histories
  • Writing Local History
  • Writing School Curricula
  • Negotiating Professional Convictions and Public Needs/Tastes/Assumptions
  • Christians in Public History
  • Christian Faith and Advocacy History
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Christian Historians in Government Service
  • Invitations to the Local "Rotary Club"
  • Responding to History-themed Films
  • History as Entertainment/Pastime
  • The Challenges of Giving "Historical Context" to Contemporary Issues
  • Historical Authority in Public
  • The Historian as Expert Witness
  • The Historian as Political Activist
  • The Historian as Journalist/Pundit
  • The Historian as Wikipedian

    If you have ideas for plenary speakers, sessions, or individual papers, please send them to Jay Green ( at Covenant College.


    Saturday, January 4, 2014
    Washington DC

    The annual CFH reception and panel session for the 2014 AHA meeting has been scheduled for 8 am (light refreshments), followed by a 9 am panel on REIMAGINING THE PRACTICE OF HISTORY. The panel will include papers by

  • Glenn Sanders, Oklahoma Baptist University, "Christian Practices and the Vocation of History Teaching,"
  • Lendol Calder, Augustana College, "The Stories We (Don't) Tell: The End of Narrativity and Why History Teachers May Want to Revive It,"
  • and Tracy McKenzie, Wheaton College, "The Moral of the Story: Writing for Audiences Outside the Ivory Cellar."

    John Fea, Messiah College, will serve as chair and commentator.



    The Conference on Faith and History has been pursuing further contacts with like-minded scholars in Latin America over the last several years.

    For more information, contact Ron Morgan (Abilene Christian University) at


    CFH and the Christianity and History Forum (UK)

    The Conference on Faith History (CFH) and the Christianity and History Forum (CHF) of Great Britain have an informal friendship and fellowship relationship. The CFH and CHF are organizations with a common mission to advance Christian scholarship. We hope we can work together in the future.

    For more information, you can access the Christianity and History Forum (UK) blog here.





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