Conference to focus on Amish communities

December 14, 2015

“Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society” will be the topic of an upcoming conference organized by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pieties Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Planned for June 9-11, 2016, the international conference will focus on changes and consistency within Amish communities during the years 1963 to 2013. This fifty-year time period is framed by the publication of the books Amish Society by John Hostetler (1963) and The Amish by Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (2013). The conference will highlight the many significant changes among the Amish during these five decades, such as population growth, cultural diversity, landmark legal decisions, the explosion of Amish-themed literature and media, health care issues, and the increasing involvement of Amish people in business. Speakers will also explore themes of continuity in Amish society such as family life, leadership patterns, dress, language, and transportation, among others. In addition, the conference will emphasize the advance and expansion of scholarship about the Amish. See more here.  –Elizabethtown College

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