CfP: Speaking from the Grave: Illness, Death, and Dying in the Early Modern Religious Landscape (American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, 01/2022, New Orleans); by: 10.02.2021

American Society of Church History Annual Meeting (Web)

Time: 06.-09.01.2022
Venue: New Orleans, Louisiana
Proposals by: 10.02.2021

The early-modern period saw rapid advances in medical knowledge and understandings of bodily illness, yet it also saw instances of plague, famine, and widespread death. In the midst of these developments, the expansion of writing and print culture led to the proliferation of descriptions of illness, death, and dying. This panel seeks to explore the varied ways narratives of illness and death reflect spirituality, doubt, and faith in the early modern world. Particular attention will be given to papers that expand our understanding of the global or gendered nature of illness during this period.

Paper topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Chronic illness
  • Medical intervention and medical understanding on death/dying
  • Spiritual health and bodily illness
  • Racialization of health/wellness/illness
  • Gendered experiences of illness/dying
  • The role of the state/church in managing mortality
  • Plague/pandemic mitigation in the early modern period
  • The circulation of illness/death narratives
  • Illness/death in the global mission field

Please send a CV, a presentation title, and a 300-word abstract to the session organizer Kelly Douma Kaelin ( In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you expect to have.

The complete panel will seek co-sponsorship with the American Historical Association. All presenters must register for the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, be committed to attending the conference in New Orleans, and make their own travel arrangements. For more information, please see the conference website (Link). The deadline for the submission of materials for this panel is February 10, 2021.