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FAHE 2023 Conference Registration

The 2023 FAHE Conference is on “Quakers, Colonization, and Decolonization,” and will be held June 12-15, 2023, at Haverford College, in Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA and over Zoom.

The call for proposals is still open until March 31. Proposals can be related to the conference theme, or can address other topics reflecting Quaker concerns in higher education. Here is more information on how to submit a conference proposal.

If you are ready to register for the conference, here is the full registration information!

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FAHE 2023 Conference Call for Proposals

44th Annual Meeting of the Friends Association for Higher Education

Quakers, Colonization, and Decolonization
June 12-15, 2023

Hosted, in-person and over Zoom, by Haverford College, Haverford PA

Call for Proposals

Proposal submission deadline: March 31

Proposal submission form

Questions? Email:

On June 12-15, 2023, FAHE will hold its annual conference  on the campus of Haverford College. For those who are unable to attend in person, some sessions will be available online.

The FAHE Program Committee invites proposals from Indigenous people, Friends, and academic  faculty, staff and administrators for papers, panels, or workshops related to the conference theme  or other related topics reflecting Quaker concerns in higher education.

As a tool for seeking truth as part of corporate discernment and decision-making, Quakers offer queries to provide focus, direction, and inspiration. Queries to consider in envisioning and crafting proposals include:

  • What is colonization? What has quakerism’s relationship to empire, colonization, and colonized peoples & lands been over the past 4 centuries?  Can colonization/colonialism be a good thing? How do the roots of our colonial histories survive in our communities & continue to feed our institutions, our beliefs, and our practices as Friends, Friends’ institutions, and institutions of higher education?
  • How can current quakerisms survive the anti-colonial critique of both anglo-american empire and christian empire (eg, Gerbner)?
  • What are colonization’s “master’s tools [that] will never dismantle the master’s house”? (Audre Lorde 1979)  How does quakerism continue to serve colonization & empire? What role does christianity play as an imperial tool? How does our english language & culture maintain settler-imperial thought & attitudes?
  • What is decolonization? How has this concept been helpful to our work? How has it been misappropriated and misused?  What actions are we taking to decolonize? What gets in the way?
  • Is decolonization always good? Is empire always bad?  What does decolonized quakerism offer indigenous people? — settler people?
  • What is indigenization? What attraction does quakerism have for indigenous people? Is there agreement among indigenous Friends on the values of empire, decolonization & indigenization? What responsibility does quakerism have for returning Indigenous life to the way it was before colonization, before conversion? Can Friends apply quaker ‘universalism’ to affirm the inherent goodness in Native religion and promote its return as equally or more truthful and enlightened as christianity?
  • How does the quaker value of universalism inform the cultural limitations of traditional colonial-settler quakerism’s single story of christianity? How do Friends integrate & center indigenous stories into friendly practice?
  • What messages (knowledge, experience, challenges) can indigenous people who have suffered the impacts of colonial & imperial oppression bring to this conference? What are the responsibilities of quakers who have benefited from or even perpetuated these oppressions?
  • What research is being done concerning land theft that benefits our colleges, our meetings, and our institutions? What efforts are being made towards repair/reparations? What important research is not being done, and why?
  • What curricular and co-curricular programs are we developing that effectively explore the growing edges of this field of decolonization & indigenization?
  • How can Quaker academics and Quaker institutions support the movement for healing the trauma caused by Quaker Indigenous boarding schools and colonial-settler assimilation & cultural genocide?
  • How can this work be done justly, with integrity, and with respect for and participation of impacted peoples?
  • How do indigenous truth and justice prosper among us? What do indigenous love and truth require of us?

Papers, panels, and workshops can explore these issues as well as other areas of participants’ research.

The FAHE Program Committee requests your submissions by March 31, 2023.  If you have any questions, please email the program committee at:

Proposal submission form:

The Friends Association for Higher Education was conceived in 1979 by a group of educators seeking to bring together faculty, staff and administrators at historically Quaker colleges and universities, as well as Friends teaching at other institutions. Since its founding, FAHE has met annually at Friends institutions of higher education around the US and beyond, engaging educators and scholars in ongoing dialogue around Quaker concerns in higher education. From the very beginning, Friends have embraced a strong commitment to education, and Friends schools and colleges have attracted and welcomed both Quaker and non-Quaker educators alike who resonate with the historic Friends commitment to educating the whole person, guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and (especially in recent decades) sustainability.

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Call for Book Chapter Proposal

Penn State Press: The New History of Quakerism

Call for chapter proposals for Volume 5: Global Quakerism in a Postcolonial Context: 1938 – 2018

The New History of Quakerism series from Penn State Press is the first historical series in Quaker studies in over a century, these volumes offer a fresh, comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the history of Quakerism from its seventeenth-century origins to the twenty-first century. Using critical methodologies, this limited series emphasizes key events and movements, examines all branches of Quakerism, and explores its global reach.

Stephen Angell, David Watt and Ben Pink Dandelion are editing volume 5 of the series, covering the years 1938 -2018, and we are looking for chapter proposals. We are not wishing to be encyclopaedic in our approach to the events of this period but wish to use the best scholarship to foreground some of the key issues and tropes. The volume will be about 90,000 words long.

This is period of history in which the threads of imperialist political order began to unravel even whilst economic power remained in the global north.  This pattern is replicated in Quakerism with British and American Quakerism becoming numerically smaller than the number of Friends elsewhere. It is a period characterised by a transition within unprogrammed Quakerism and the growth and diversification of mission work and indigenous forms of the Quaker faith. We want the volume to reflect, as far as scholarship allows, the diversity of types of Quakerism and Quaker experience. We particularly welcome pieces on previously untold stories and under-researched areas of the Quaker world. Proposals that focus on empire, ethnicity, gender, Quakers in Africa, Quakers in Latin America, race, sexuality, or religious practices are especially welcome, as are proposals that make a conscious effort to critique (rather than re-inscribe) colonialist assumptions.

Chapters can be up to 7000 words long including footnotes, but shorter pieces, perhaps detailing generational experiential accounts will also be considered. We wish to be open to a variety of genres and approaches.  If chapters involve specific case studies, we hope the wider implications of the analysis can be highlighted.

If you have an idea for a chapter but would value working alongside someone else, please let us know as we should be able to pair you up with another scholar. Equally, proposals can come from joint authors.

If accepted, first drafts of the chapter would be required by August 30, 2023, with any redrafting completed by December 2023 and January 2024, for publication in 2025.

Please send a 200-word chapter proposal to us with an approximate idea of its length before October 17, 2022. We expect to make a decision on the table of contents of the volume by mid-November and would then submit the book outline to Penn State Press.

Any enquiries and for proposals, please e-mail:  ben.dandelion[at]

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Quaker Institute for the Future Summer Research Seminar

Announcement: QIF Summer Research Seminar 2022

The Quaker Institute for the Future’s 2022 Summer Research Seminar will take place by Zoom from August 8-12. QIF Summer Research Seminars create a venue for spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection. In QIF, “research” goes beyond the usual academic methods and definitions to include any area of personal exploration that grows from spiritual roots, often pursued collaboratively with others in the context of action. 

The Summer Research Seminars are centered around research presentations for the whole group that include time for questions, clarification, and discussion, followed by a period of discernment conducted as a meeting for worship. Time is also reserved for theme-based discussions, worship sharing, artistic and other creative sharing, and informal interactions among participants. Both presenters and attenders are welcome.

More information about QIF Summer Research Seminars, including a registration form, is available at Registration is free; voluntary contributions are welcome. Proposals for presentations should be made by registering before July 15.

Stipends for young scholars — Again, this year, QIF is offering $300 stipends to applicants aged 18 to 35 years old to make a presentation on research that resonates with the QIF mission. Application details can be found at Summer Research Seminar 2022 – Quaker Institute for the Future. Stipend applications are due July 1. With questions, contact Gray Cox at or #207-460-1163.

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CfP: Quakers and Encounters

The 2022 annual conference of the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS) and the Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA) is exploring the theme of Quakers and Encounters in a series of five short online sessions spread across the year.

The online events will be held on 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 8 September, and 13 October 2022.

The deadline for proposals (200 words) is 21 February 2022.

Click on the link below for more information:

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Call for Proposals: Essays for “Future of Quaker Peacemaking” Book

Friends may be interested to contribute to the next Friends Association for Higher Education​ book, “The Future of Quaker Peacemaking: Quakers and the Disciplines, Volume 8,” editor: Lonnie Valentine (Earlham School of Religion​).

The Friends Association for Higher Education seeks contributions for a volume of essays exploring the future of Quaker peacemaking. Proposals can be from within any academic discipline as well as from the experience of practitioners.

Proposals of 800-1000 words to be submitted by June 15, 2021. Please click here to submit your proposal. Guidelines include:

  1. This volume is intended to consider possibilities for the future of Friends’ work for peace with justice. Though essays will draw upon the past and present, the goal is to consider where we go now, given the current state of our Society, our country, humanity, and the earth. We will be looking for a range of foci in the essays selected seeking to cover a wide sampling of ideas and actions.
  2. Therefore, essays can consider Quaker individuals, movements, and institutions, including our K-12 and college schools, and argue for what we learn from them for the future. Essays are to present the case for what we ought to be doing individually and corporately.
  3. As best as the editors can, essays will have similar simple formats. This includes a clear opening paragraph stating the claim to be supported and the way (discipline, method, etc.) taken to support the claim, a body of clearly developed argument, and a conclusion summarizing the argument.
  4. These essays can be developed from presentations made at the Earlham 2021 conference on the theme of “Peacemaking and the Liberal Arts”. Your essay can also be drawn form other conferences or papers, but are to be distinct from prior publications.
  5. Include proposed questions for discussion.
  6. Essays are to be submitted in Chicago/Turabian style and Word compatible.

The final essay will be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. If you have questions, please contact editor Lonnie Valentine.

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