The Religious History Association holds a regular conference in association with the meetings of the Australian Historical Association on a selected theme. It also provides small grant funding for workshops.
Report from John Gascoigne, RHA President:
The Religious History Association sponsored a one day stream at the Australian Historical Association at Sydney University in July which was organised by Jack Tsonis. This culminated in a thought-provoking key note address by Shurlee Swain (ACU Melbourne; a member of the RHA executive) entitled ‘In the Beginning: The Origins and Impact of the Alliance between Church and State in the Delivery of Welfare Services in Australia’. The other papers given illustrate the range and variety of forms of religious history being undertaken in Australia: Willem Oliver (Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, UNISA): The Colonisation of South Africa: A unique case; Jack Tsonis (UWS): The Imperial Entanglements of Sociology of Religion: Then and Now; Raphael Lataster (Sydney): The Gospel According to Bart: The Folly of Ehrman’s Hypothetical Sources; Elisha McIntyre (Sydney): Transparency in the Face of the Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the “Gospel Topics” Essays; Meredith Lake (Sydney): Australian Genesis? The bible & the quest for national foundations; James Franklin (UNSW): Archbishop Mannix’s vision for a Catholic Australia; Mark Jennings (Murdoch): Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity and Late-Modernity: A Symbiotic Relationship?; Glennys Eddy (Sydney): The Meditation Retreat as a Contemporary Cultural Phenomenon and Bernard Doherty (Macquarie): Spooks and Scientologists: Secrecy, Surveillance and Subversion in Cold War Australia 1954-1983.
As president I was pleased to represent the Association at the Congress of Historical Sciences in Jinan, China in August. These congresses are held every five years, the previous one being in Amsterdam in 2010 and the one before that at UNSW in 2005. In 2020 it will be held in Poznan, Poland. One of the affiliated societies is the Commission Internationale d’Histoire et d’Études du Christianisme (CIHEC) to which the Association is affiliated. Its webpage listing forthcoming conferences and national committees (including our association) can be found at: http://www.cihec.org/. At the Jinan conference CIHEC sponsored three strands over two days on the subjects: indigenisation, science and religion (in which section I gave a paper on Francis Bacon’s religious thought) and the Migration of Religious Ideas.
The Association has also given a grant to support a conference entitled ‘Mining Faith: A workshop on Faith, Spirituality and Religion in Australian Mining History’, which was held at La Trobe University, Ballarat on 18 February 2016 and it is hoped that it will give rise to a special journal issue. The convenor was Dr Jennifer Jones, Lecturer in Indigenous Studies, Department of History and Archaeology, La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Religious History Association, in conjunction with the Centre for the History of European Discourses at The University of Queensland, has great pleasure in calling for papers for the next annual conference of the Religious History Association to be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, from 8—10 July 2014.
The conference theme is “Religion and Conflict.” Papers addressing all aspects of the theme are invited : http://therha.com.au/call-for-papers-theme-religion-and-conflict/
The Religious History Association are delighted to be sponsoring:
Keynote Speaker: Professor Emeritus Ron Numbers (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Proposals will be accepted until 15 March 2014.
- To be held in conjunction with the 32nd AHA conference in Wollongong, 8-12 July 2012. To submit and abstract and register attendance please visit the AHA Conference website . Further inquiries contact Mr Josip Matesic (email@example.com). Closing date for submission of abstracts is 15 March 2013.
Please note: presenters at AHA Conferences must be members of the Australian Historical Association or an affiliated society including the Religious History Assocation.
2012 Adelaide: Secularism and History
- Held in conjunction with the AHA conference in Adelaide, 9-13 July 2012
2010. The keynote speaker was RHA President Prof. Hilary Carey, University of Newcastle NSW. The proceedings of this conference, with leading article by Prof. Barry Kosmin, edited by Christopher Harney, will be published by Cambridge Scholars in 2013. See also the special virtual issue of the Journal of Religious History on the theme of Secularism.
2010 Perth: Colonial Religion
- Held in conjunction with the AHA conference in Perth, July 2010. The keynote speaker was Em. Professor Andrew Porter, formerly Kings College London, UK.
2008 Melbourne: Religion and Globalization
- Held in conjunction with the AHA conference in Melbourne, July 7-10 2008. The keynote speaker was Professor Alexandra Walsham, University of Exeter, UK whose paper “Sacred Topography and Social Memory: Religious Change and the Landscape in Early Modern Britain and Ireland” appeared in the Journal of Religious History 36.1 (2012): 31-51.
2006 Canberra: Religion and Empire
- Held in conjunction with the AHA conference held in Canberra. The keynote speaker was Prof. Andrew Walls (Edinburgh). Papers based on this conference were published in the Journal of Religious History 32.2 (2008), edited by John Gascoigne with a lengthy historiographical introduction.
2004 Newcastle: Visions in Religion and History
- The 2004 meeting of the Society was held in Newcastle from 5 – 9 July 2004. The keynote speaker was Prof. Ronnie Po-chi Hsia, whose paper was entitled: Dreams and Salvation: A Comparison of Dream Narratives in Christian and Buddhist Conversions in Late 16th and Early 17th-century China. Published in the Journal of Religious History 27.2 (June 2003): 143-60.
2002 Brisbane: Crossing Boundaries in Religion and Science
- The keynote paper by Stuart Clark, “The Reformation of the Eyes: Apparitions and Optics in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Europe,” has been published in the Journal of Religious History 27.2 (June 2003): 143-60.
2000 Adelaide: Religion and National Identity
- Papers from this conference, including the keynote paper by the late Prof. Adrian Hastings, have been published in the special issue, Religion and National Identity, ed. John Gascoigne, Journal of Religious History 25.3 (Oct. 2001).
1998 Sydney: Millennium
- Papers from this conference, including the keynote paper by Prof. R.I. Moore, were published in the special issue, Millennium, ed. Hilary M. Carey, Journal of Religious History 24.1 (Feb. 2000).