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Symposium on Religion and Politics

April 23-25, 2009

The Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics is pleased to announce its fifth biennial* Symposium on Religion and Politics to be held April 23–25, 2009 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for scholars working in this field of study to come together to present papers related to their current research, to foster personal and professional networks, to facilitate joint research endeavors, and to learn about research opportunities in the field.  Symposium attendance is open to anyone interested in the areas of discussion.

An Invitation to Present Research and Writing

Participation in the Symposium is open to both scholars and graduate students across different disciplines of study (for example, political scientists, sociologists, and historians).  Those interested in presenting a paper on any aspect of the relationship between religion and politics (whether in terms of political philosophy, public policy, political history, comparative politics, electoral politics, constitutional law, or the sociology of religion) should submit a one-page proposal by February 16, 2009. The proposal should include a tentative paper title, a brief description of the focus of the proposed paper (one to three paragraphs), your institutional affiliation, and your contact information, including an email address.  Proposals received after February 16, will be considered on a space-available basis.  Notification of inclusion on the program will be made as the program is developed, but no later than mid-March, 2009.

An Invitation to Serve as a Discussant

Anyone interested in participating in the Symposium as a panel discussant is invited to submit their name and particular areas of interest by February 16, 2009.


Proposals and offers to serve as a discussant, as well as questions or requests for additional information should be mailed or e-mailed to:

Corwin Smidt
The Henry Institute at Calvin College
1810 E. Beltline, SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546-5951

2009 Symposium Registration Form

*Please note that in order to place the Symposium on a calendar year that alternates with numerous other opportunities for scholarship and presentation, the Symposium has been scheduled for 2009, the year immediately following the most recent 2008 Symposium, and will then resume the biennial schedule.

2008 Symposium Program

2006 Symposium on Religion and Politics Program

2004 Symposium on Religion and Politics Program