2017 Conference Theme: “To succeed, grow and survive, all successful communal groups have had to adapt to changing situations, be they internal or external: internal changes in their leadership, in their environment, and in their membership, as well as those changes taking place in the outside world.”
OCTOBER 5-7, 2017
The 2017 Communal Studies Conference will be held at Zoar Village State Memorial, Zoar, Ohio, on October 5-7, 2017.
THE THEME: To succeed, grow and survive, all successful communal groups have had to adapt to changing situations, be they internal or external: internal changes in their leadership, in their environment, and in their membership, as well as those changes taking place in the outside world. For this conference, which helps celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Separatists of Zoar in 1817, a communal group that successfully adapted to change for 79 years, we invite submissions of papers showing how communal societies, past and present, have adapted, or not adapted, to changing situations, both those they could control and those they could not. We also, as usual, invite paper submissions or panel discussions on other subjects relevant to the study of intentional communities.
TO APPLY: Please use the online submission process on this website located below. For questions about the program, contact the conference chair, Denise Seachrist, firstname.lastname@example.org . For other questions, contact CSA Director and local arrangements chair Kathy Fernandez at email@example.com. Paper and panel proposals are due by May 15, 2017.
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Zoar is located 70 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, three miles southeast of Interstate 77. Air travelers may travel to Cleveland Hopkins (CLE) or nearby Akron-Canton (CAK) airports and rent cars for travel to Zoar. Accommodations have been reserved at the Sleep Inn in Bolivar, Ohio, (330-874-3435; tell them you are with the CSA) three miles from Zoar at Exit 93. More information will be forthcoming in future months.
About the Communal Studies Association
The Communal Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization for people living in intentional communities, historic site personnel and academics representing topics including history, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, political science, and others. Each year, the CSA’s annual conference is held at the site of an historic intentional community.