Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. All panels will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room.


Thursday, March 8

Lunch for Conference Participants (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Welcome Remarks (1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

Session I: Religious Actors in an Imperial World (1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Chair: Mira Siegelberg (Harvard University)

Elisabeth Engel (Free University Berlin)

Indigenizing Black Christianity in the South Atlantic: The African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ecumenical Internationalism, and the Modern World Mission in Colonial Africa, 1918-1939

Commentary: Richard Elphick (Wesleyan University)

Yukako Otori (University of Tokyo)

"Deutschlands Kinder danken Euch!": American Quakers' Child-Feeding in post-WWI Germany

Commentary: Michael McGuire (Emmanuel College)

Eva Payne (Harvard University)

Katharine Bushnell's "Great Crusade": Women, Religion, and Transnational Social Purity Reform, 1880-1920

Commentary: Connie Shemo (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Coffee Break (3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Session 2: God, Law, and the Political Order (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Chair: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Giuliana Chamedes (Columbia University)

The Quest for Sovereignty: The Vatican in International Law after World War I

Commentary: Charles Gallagher (Boston College)

Hussein Alkhazragi (University of Geneva)

The Globalization of World Politics and Religion: Islam at the League of Nations

Commentary: David Northrup (Boston College)

Grainne McEvoy (Boston College)

"The More Favorable Distribution of Men on the Earth's Surface": Papal Doctrine, Catholic Thought, and the Immigration Debate in Post-World War II United States

Commentary: Darra Mulderry (Providence College)

Dinner (7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Harvard Faculty Club

(By invitation only)

Keynote Speaker: John Berthrong (Boston University)


Friday, March 9

Breakfast for conference participants (9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m)

Center for European Studies Foyer

Session 3: Historicizing Narratives of Civilization (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Chair: Philip Fileri (Harvard University)

Luca Maggioni (University of Florence)

Toynbee's Idea of Religion and Civilisation During the Cold War

Commentary: Michael Lang (University of Maine)

Heidi Kong (University of British Columbia)

Chinese Civilization Beyond Borders: Global Space, Capitalism, and Migration in the Nineteenth Century

Commentary: Karen Teoh (Stonehill College)

Doug Leonard (Duke University)

Reading African Civilization in Islamic Histories: French Colonial Scholars in West Africa, 1894-1926

Commentary: William Granara (Harvard University)

Lunch for Conference Participants (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Session 4: Religion in the Decade of Upheavals (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Chair: William Granara (Harvard University)

Lauren Turek (University of Virginia)

Kingdom or Empire? Billy Graham, the Congress on World Evangelization and the Theological Politics of Christian Missions in the 1970s

Commentary: Randall Balmer (Columbia University)

Lior Sternfeld (University of Texas at Austin)

Iran's Forgotten Sons: The Iranian Minorities During the Pahlavi Era and the Islamic Revolution, 1941-1989

Commentary: Roy Mottahedeh (Harvard University)

Victor McFarland (Yale University)

Saudi Arabia, Oil, and Islam in the 1970s

Commentary: Roger Owen (Harvard University)

Coffee Break (3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

Plenary Session (4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Chair: Erez Manela (Harvard University)

Randall Balmer (Columbia University)

Michael Lang (University of Maine)

Charles Maier (Harvard University)