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Form Follows Faith: The Influence of Belief on the Architecture and Crafts of American Communal Societies

The 2014 Conference of the Communal Studies Association will be held at Amana, Iowa, site of the Amana Society, one of the longest lived and successful American communal societies. In 2014 the Community of True Inspiration, now known as the Amana Church Society, will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its founding in Himbach, Germany, November 16, 1714.

The conference theme is Form Follows Faith: The Influence of Belief on the Architecture and Crafts of American Communal Societies. Conference papers that explore the ways in which religious and social beliefs informed the distinctive community and social organization, architecture, crafts and other products of communal societies are encouraged. Belief can be interpreted as religious or social beliefs and ideals.

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.