CALL FOR PAPERS
Lutheran Historical Conference Biennial Meeting
Thursday through Saturday, October 01‒03, 2020
Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor
“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
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.