Call for Papers--H.P. Scholte Sesquicentennial Conference, 1868-2018

In August 2018 it will be 150 years ago Dutch Seceder pastor and American immigrant leader Hendrik P. Scholte (1805 -1868) died. His legacy is related to the Secession of 1834 in the Netherlands, and tangibly present in Pella, Iowa, where he settled in 1847 with his 800-member Dutch immigrant group. His original house is still there, and Pella is one of the most vibrant Dutch-American pockets in the USA.

The conference will focus on the history and the legacy of Scholte and his community in the Netherlands and the United States. At the conference we will seek to understand the distinguishing leadership role of Scholte in the frame of his time, considering features like the separation of church and state, expanding mobility, democratization, and education.

Five organizations and institutions are sponsoring the conference: Central College in Pella, The Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism, partner of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Pella Historical Society, A,C. Van Raalte Institute, Holland, Michigan, and Theological University Kampen.

The sponsors invite papers on the following or related topics: Scholte’s Lutheran background, his secession from the Reformed Church in the Netherlands, his personal life, marriage and character, his family and friends, his financial resources, his relation to the Reveil movement, his journalism, his ecclesiastical leadership in the Netherlands and the United States, his preaching, his political ideas, his role in Dutch and American politics, his immigration, the variety of functions in the immigrant community in Pella, his theology and church polity, his library, his fit in the American theological scene, his correspondence, his individualism , comparison with other (Dutch) immigrant leaders, how he is remembered in the Netherlands and in the United States in historiography and in fiction, what does his representation in pictures and photos tell, the Scholte house as cultural heritage, and other topics connected with Dominie Scholte’s work and life.

The conference will be held at the Pella Opera House on 16-18 August 2018. The conference proceedings will be published.

Deadline for abstract: 1 February 2018. Acceptance will be notified by 1 March 2018.

All abstracts should be sent to Proposals should include a 250 word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and institutional affiliation

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