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The Quaker Studies Unit invites paper proposals on any topic related to Quakerism, to religious groups that bear a family resemblance to Quakerism, or to secular social movements that have been influenced by Quaker ideals. The unit is especially interested in proposed papers (or panels) that analyze Quakers and economic class or Quakers and capitalism. It would also welcome proposed panels that focus on a recently-published scholarly book that raises significant questions about the current state of Quaker Studies.


The Quaker Studies Unit will be holding a postponed session from 2020 and will not be accepting new proposals for a co-sponsored with Eastern Orthodox Unit: Spiritual Light in the Orthodox and Quaker Spiritual Traditions.


Mission Statement:

The Quaker Studies Unit seeks to advance critical scholarship of Quakerism and sub-fields that interact with Quaker history, practice and thought. This Unit is particularly focused on interdisciplinary analyses of Quakerism in its global contexts and the breadth of its theological diversity. Quaker Studies includes the variety of religious traditions that derive from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), as well as the spiritual and social movements and practices that claim Quaker influence.

Method of Submission:




Jennifer Buck, jen.marie.buck@gmail.com

David Watt, dhwatt@haverford.edu


Steering Committee:

Pink Dandelion, ben.dandelion@woodbrooke.org.uk

Laurel D. Kearns, lkearns@drew.edu

Esther Mombo, emombo@spu.ac.ke

Robynne Rogers Healey, Robynne.Healey@twu.ca

Jennifer Rycenga, jennifer.rycenga@sjsu.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2023