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Religious History Association (RHA)

Call for papers

The conveners of the Religious History Association stream invite submissions for papers that explore the theme of ‘Local Communities, Global Networks’ as it relates to the history of religion. Very few aspects of human life have shaped local communities and global networks – and especially the relationship between the two – as consistently as religious belief, practice and institutions. We therefore encourage proposals for papers or panels that consider the relationship between the local and the global in relation to religion in any time or place. 

Thematic or analytic approaches may include (but aren’t restricted to): 
• local communities and global networks  in relation to other solidarities such as nation, region or empire, 
• Religion and the history of the idea of the ‘global’
• Global networks of religious authority and influence, and/ or resistance 
• Global and local circulation of religious styles
• Missions and missionary networks 

We also welcome proposals for papers and panels on other topics in religious history. Proposals should be submitted through the abstract submission portal.

Select the RHA option during the online submission process. To submit a paper, return to the call for papers information on the event homepage.  

Please direct any questions to the stream conveners Michael Thompson (  or Joanna Cruickshank (