2018 Call for Papers



Lutheran Historical Conference Biennial Meeting


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 04‒06, 2018


California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California


The LHC will gather to hear papers focused on this conference theme:


“Lutherans on the Frontiers of Faith, Culture, Geography, and Society”


It has been a generation since the Lutheran Historical Conference has met on the West Coast. The October 2018 biennial meeting will be the first gathering held in Southern California and will inaugurate the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival of Lutherans in the Western Hemisphere⸻an ill-fated expedition of Danish Lutherans who were searching for the storied Northwest Passage to the Far East⸻who spent the winter of 1619‒1620 in the Hudson Bay area. The LHC Program Committee invites the membership of the Conference to submit proposals about Lutherans who were pioneers on various frontiers of church and society. Papers dealing with any aspect of this theme are welcome. Paper proposals outside of the theme are also welcome and will be seriously considered.


Speakers will be given twenty minutes for their presentations, followed by five to ten minutes of Q and A and discussion. Paper proposals should include a title, a 250 word (maximum) abstract, and a brief biographical sketch of the presenter.


Proposals and inquiries are due by May 15, 2018 and are to be sent

via email attachment to the Program Chair:


Joel L. Pless, Ph.D.—Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee



Some basic ground rules for submissions: The Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any paper proposal for the good of the LHC and its biennial meeting. Presenters must be or become members of the Lutheran Historical Conference before the convening of the meeting. Presenters are alone responsible for covering conference fees and all travel costs and are encouraged to apply for financial support from their home institutions. Students are also encouraged to submit paper proposals and to apply to the LHC Board of Directors for limited scholarship assistance with travel-related expenses.


The Program Committee will seriously consider all legitimate submissions and will inform each submitter of its decision whether or not to include his/her proposal as part of the 2018 LHC program. Besides hearing and reacting to papers, the LHC will transact official business, hold elections, and will go on a bus tour of sites of interest in the area.

Welcome to the Redesigned Website

In this day and age, not even historical societies can avoid the need for an update every now and then. Thus, we at the Luther Historical Conference are happy to unveil our new (and hopefully improved) website. You'll find all sorts of things lurking here, from our officers to membership information to annual meeting information. In the near future, we hope to add research helps and even an online membership and conference registration portal. As always with new websites, there are plenty of bugs that need hunting down, so as you click through, please don't hesitate to contact us and let us know what isn't quite working yet. 


Kristofer Coffman,