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Call for Papers 

“The Legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch”

An International Scholarly Conference in Recognition of the Centenary of Professor Rauschenbusch’s Death

Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia

April 9-11, 2018



Dr. David Gushee, Center for Faith and Public Life, Mercer University

Dr. William H. Brackney, Acadia Centre for Baptist and

      Anabaptist Studies, Acadia University

Dr. Priscilla Eppinger, American Baptist Historical Society


The Conference will coincide with the publication of a new 3-volume critical edition of Prof. Rauschenbusch’s Works by Mercer University Press, edited by William H. Brackney and an international committee of scholars; conference papers will be collected for a follow-up volume.


Confirmed plenary speakers for the conference include Gary Dorrien, Darryl Trimiew, Paul Raushenbush, Paul Minus, Christopher Evans, William Brackney, David Gushee, and Wendy Deichmann Edwards. 


Scholars in church history, theology, ethics, economics, political science, law, sociology, American studies and other fields are invited to offer proposals for 30-minute papers (publication length: 4000-5000 words) to be read at this event. These proposals, due June 1, 2017, should include a brief summary of the argument to be made, the theoretical framework, and beginning bibliography, together with a short c.v. Send proposals to Dr. David Gushee (gushee_dp@mercer.edu, 678-547-6457).


Notice of acceptance will be made by July 1, 2018.

The conveners regret that we are not able to pay honoraria or expenses.

For further information about the conference, please contact David Gushee.