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The American Parish Project: Call for Papers

The American Parish Project (TAPP) invites papers for a seminar on the sociology of the Catholic parish that will advance a new understanding of Catholic practice, culture, and organizational life.

We invite social scientists to participate in a four-day seminar in Los Angeles on June 25-28, 2015. The seminar will shape an agenda for future research on the American parish that is rigorous and constructive; build community and networks in this emergent area of research; and provide a foundation for an edited volume on the American parish today. The seminar will include robust discussion of participants’ submitted papers that present new social scientific data on the parish, analyze existing data, or synthesize and problematize current approaches to a sociology of the parish. Qualitative and quantitative approaches on various themes are welcome.

Interested participants should submit a curriculum vitae and an extended abstract of 750-1000 words by October 1, 2014 to for consideration. Notification of acceptance will be provided by October 30, 2014.

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Dr. Ellen Childs holds a Ph.D. in sociology from University of Notre Dame. She is Website Director at