Conference Program


Keynote Address

The keynote address will be held in the Williams Center, Room S204 ABC. The address is free and open to the public. Dinner will be served after the address in the Horizon Room East. To register and pay for the dinner, please click here

For more information on the Keynote Address, please click here


Fredonia is located off Interstate 90 at Exit 59. For directions to campus, see

All conference events will take place in the Williams Center. For a campus map, see The Williams Center is building #21 on the map.

The nearest airport is the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, approximately 50 miles from Fredonia. There are companies which offer shuttle services to Fredonia; however, these are quite expensive. We will run our own shuttle service, transporting people to and from the airport and to and from the Clarion Hotel (see below) and the Williams Center. If you are flying to the conference, please contact Mary Beth Sievens ( with your travel itinerary so she can make arrangements to pick you up at the airport.


We will provide shuttle service to and from the Clarion Hotel and the Williams Center during the conference. There are a number of hotels in the area; however, the Clarion is the most conveniently located. Nightly rates are between $100-150.

The Clarion Hotel
30 Lake Shore Dr.
Dunkirk, NY

Shifting Paradigms in Religious Studies: History, Culture, and Practice


April 12-13, 2013

Shifting Paradigms in Religious Studies will bring together scholars from a variety of institutions to discuss new approaches to religious studies. In keeping with Fredonia’s 2012-2013 Convocation Theme, Time for a Change: Shifting Paradigms, Creating Possibilities, the conference will highlight new work being done in religious studies in both western and non-western contexts. Conference panels will explore a range of thematic topics, comparing theological constructs, definitions of “the spiritual,” pious practices, and the impact of market forces and the state across many different faith traditions. Lynda Coon of the University of Arkansas will deliver the keynote address (hotlink to keynote address text), “Dark Age Jesus.” Please join us as we explore new possibilities and new paradigms for conceptualizing religious studies.

The deadline for registration is April 3, 2013.

History Department Office

E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3277
(716) 673-3332 fax