The first ever USA based Implicit Religion Conference was held at Monmouth University in New Jersey from the 3 -5th June 2019. It was based around a question rather than a theme, which was, Implicit Religion: What Might That Be? It was created to be a space in which students, early career scholars and marginalised scholars could present work in progress and receive feedback and structured, focused support to develop it further. The emphasis was on conversations about what we mean when we talk about these contested terms can happen, where people can explore and consider what adding Implicit Religion to their individual ethnographic projects or as a methodological tool could add to the outcome, data, methods, or findings.

Dr Elayne Oliphant, New York University, provided the keynote which was titled “The Implicit, the Banal and the Hyper-Visible: Xenophobia and the Inequalities of Public Religious Life”

Professor S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College, provided an interactive workshop on “Getting Published in Academia”

Dr Francis Stewart, Bishop Grosseteste University, provided a model on how to use Implicit Religion during fieldwork analysis in “This is [not] the ALF: Implicit Religion, Punk Rock and Animal Activism.”

The conference featured papers by:
Dr George González, Baruch College, “Implicit Religion, Capitalism and the Urban”

Bonnie Carroll, Middle Tennessee State University “Crossing and Dwelling via College Activism”

John G. Grisafi, Yale University “A Laissez Faire Policy? Defining and Categorising Religion in Occupied South Korea.”

Dr Ann Duncan, Goucher College, “The Sacred Living Movement: Implicit Religion and the Challenge of Cultural Appropriation.”

Dr Michael Oliver, Oxford University “Confessions of a White Devil: Interrogating the Implications of Religion and Racism.”

Lucy Spoliar, University of Groningen, “Implicit Religion, Satire and British Television.”

Morgan Barbre, North Carolina State University, “Implicit Religion and Birth Narratives.”

Jae Geffken, Middle Tennessee State University, “The Misfortunes: Tabletop RPGs as Implicit Religion.”

Michael Beil, Independent scholar “Who’s really Catholic anyway? The cosmology of pre-conciliar Catholicism and its “inner-universe of meaning”

Dr Octavio Carrasco, Union Theological Seminary, “Restive Spirits, Seeking Release: The Religious Dimensions of The Grateful Dead.”