LHC Call for Papers 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

Lutheran Historical Conference Biennial Meeting

Thursday through Saturday, October 01‒03, 2020

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor

Baltimore, Maryland

 

“Lutherans Uniting and Dividing”

The October 2020 LHC meeting will return to the East Coast when it will meet in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland. This biennial gathering will commemorate several significant anniversaries, including the bicentennial of the General Synod (1820), the seventy-fifth anniversary of Lutheran World Relief (1945), and the eightieth anniversary of the Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service (1939). This gathering will also visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the location of the largest battle of the American Civil War, fought in part on the grounds of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, now part of United Lutheran Seminary.

The LHC Program Committee invites the membership of the Conference to submit proposals which reflect the themes of Lutherans either uniting for a common cause or Lutherans who felt compelled to divide for a greater good. Paper proposals dealing with any aspect of this theme are welcome. Proposals outside of the theme are also welcome and will be respectfully considered.

Speakers will be given twenty minutes for their presentations, followed by five to ten minutes of Q and A and discussion. Paper proposals must include (1) a title; (2) a 250 word (maximum) abstract; and (3) a brief biographical sketch of the presenter. 

Proposals and inquiries are due by March 01, 2020 and are to be sent

via email attachment to the Program Chair:

Joel L. Pless, Ph.D.—Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee (414) – 443-8930

joel.pless@wlc.edu

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 via email of its decision in a timely manner, whether or not to include his/her paper as part of the 2020 LHC program. Besides hearing and reacting to papers, the LHC will transact official business, hold elections, and will go on a bus tour of Lutheran sites of interest in the area.

Attention Grad Students and Seminarians: The Abdel Ross Wentz Prize 2019

Read below for information on the Abdel Ross Wentz Prize 2019:

Abdel Ross Wentz was a leading figure in American Lutheranism. From 1916-1956 he was a professor of church history and later President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Wentz also served as the first vice-president of the Lutheran World Federation. His family established with the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic an endowment providing prize money for the best history paper on a topic related to North American Lutheranism produced by a first-degree seminarian or graduate student. The prize is in the amount of $2,500. Read more about Wentz and the prize details on the society’s web site: www.lutheranhistoricalsociety.com. Papers for consideration by the prize committee should include a letter of recommendation from a professor along with two copies and a cover sheet which includes the author’s contact information (address, phone, email), institution, and degree program to be postmarked by August 31, 2019 and mailed to

Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic

61 Seminary Ridge

Gettysburg, PA 17325

An electronic copy of the paper should also be emailed to info@lutheranhistoricalsociety.com Attention to Pastor Stephen Herr.

Scholars with a special interest in Lutheran history in the American West may also be interested in the Arrington-Prucha Prize: https://www.westernhistory.org/awards/arrington-prucha#recipient2

LHC Mini-Grants Available

The Lutheran Historical Conference continues to award mini-grants to support projects and activities that promote the study, documentation, and preservation of the history and record of Lutheranism in North America. Mini-grants will be awarded on an annual basis for up to $1,000. Preference may be given to those who have not previously received a mini-grant award and only members of the LHC are eligible to apply. The grant process is competitive and the LHC board will determine the number of awards each year based upon the quality of the applications.

Completed applications must include a cover page (below); a project description (one page); a statement of significance and likely impact of project relative to Lutheran identity (one page); and a detailed budget. All application materials should be submitted electronically to LHC Secretary Joel Thoreson at joel.thoreson@elca.org. Applications are due by 15 February 2019 and will not be considered beyond that date. All applicants will receive notification of award decisions by April 2019.

Those receiving mini-grants are expected to submit a formal written report summarizing progress and outcome of project one year after the award is granted. Any funds not used within two years of award shall be returned to the LHC.

The application form can be found under the Research tab of our website or by clicking the link below:

LHC Mini-Grant Application

IMPORTANT Conference Information

Dear Friends: 


We are eagerly looking forward to the Biennial meeting next week


Attached are 3 documents


1.  A detailed explanation of the event of the conference, including meals, shuttles, tour, parking, and many other important things. PLEASE read this CAREFULLY!


2.  The schedule of the conference itself


3.  A map to campus, especially important if you are driving and parking at CLU


As you have questions, please let me know


Mark



Mark Granquist
Professor of the History of Christianity
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave
St Paul MN 55108

LHC 2018 Meeting Rideshare

Airports for the Conference:    There are two airports in Southern California that would be appropriate for conference attendees.  The first, Los Angeles International (LAX) is perhaps a bit further away, but there would be more flight choices and fares might be cheaper.  The second, Burbank (BUR) is a bit closer, but there might be fewer, perhaps more expensive flights. 

Given these complexities, its not feasible for the LHC to arrange airport transportation for attendees of the conference.  There are commercial shuttles and other transportation options that might be appropriate, in addition, this post is a forum for arranging ride shares from the airport to the conference site. All the usual rules of internet forums apply in the comments below. If you have any further questions, you can use the Contact Us form to send an email. Thanks!

LHC Biennial Meeting 2018 Schedule and Registration

Hello all, 

Please find the schedule and registration form for the LHC Biennial Meeting below:

Schedule

Registration Form

In addition, please read the important information on airports and hotels below:

Airports for the Conference:    There are two airports in Southern California that would be appropriate for conference attendees.  The first, Los Angeles International (LAX) is perhaps a bit further away, but there would be more flight choices and fares might be cheaper.  The second, Burbank (BUR) is a bit closer, but there might be fewer, perhaps more expensive flights. 

Given these complexities, its not feasible for the LHC to arrange airport transportation for attendees of the conference.  There are commercial shuttles and other transportation options that might be appropriate, and there is room on the LHC website for possible exchanges of ride-sharing information, etc.

The hotel we have arranged with is the closest one to the California Lutheran campus, but it is still some ways away, so we'll have to use the hotel van and attendees cars to move people back and forth.  REMEMBER - the conference rate for the hotel is good though September 3, so please make your arrangements before then!

 

 

2018 Call for Papers

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

joel.pless@wlc.edu

 

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.