AAR Annual Meeting
November 21-24, 2015
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This Group is devoted to the study of developments within Coptic, Armenian, Chaldean/Assyrian, Syrian, Maronite, and other relevant communities living inside the Middle East or in lands of immigration. The Group covers themes from the early Christian period to the present, encompassing various approaches and subjects. Its aim is to establish an interdisciplinary platform for dialogue among differing approaches and projects and to provide opportunities for scholars to discuss their work in relation to the overall field of the study of religion.
Middle Eastern Christianity and Islam: Areas for Dialogue?
The Middle Eastern Christianity Group calls for paper proposals addressing Middle Eastern Christianity vis-à-vis Islam. The call for papers seeks broad participation from scholars employing various methodologies (historical, literary, theological, sociological, legal, etc.) and in all time periods. Paper proposals need not be construed as traditional Christian-Muslim “relations”; rather, they may include any topic of joint concern, or interest that could provide fertile grounds for dialogue among or between Middle Eastern Christians and Muslims.
Middle Eastern Christians Constructing Identities in Diaspora Communities
The Middle Eastern Christianity Group invites proposals for research papers examining the identity of Middle Eastern Christians in diaspora. Proposals can include any historical period and any region of relocation—including relocation from one Middle Eastern milieu to another. The call for papers encourages proposals from any methodologically sound discipline (theology, sociology, history, law, musicology, etc.). Topics must be clearly defined, and proposals must demonstrate theoretical rigor, preferably engaging primary source evidence in its native language (Arabic, Coptic, Farsi, Syriac, Turkish, etc.).
Wisdom Literature in Syriac and Middle Eastern Christianity
The AAR Middle Eastern Christianity Group and the SBL Syriac Literature and Interpretation of Sacred Texts Unit are jointly issuing a call for papers addressing wisdom literature in the Middle East Christian communities. The program units invite proposals that investigate wisdom literature in the Syriac milieu as it is understood broadly—including related Christian traditions in other Middle Eastern languages, such as Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Greek, etc. Proposals focused on any historical period are welcome, and abstracts must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor.
The Legacy of Chalcedon (451): Christology, Ecclesiology, and the Communions of Middle Eastern Churches
Additionally, along with the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group, the Christian Systematic Theology Section, and the Roman Catholic Studies Group, we are sponsoring a call for papers on the legacy of Chalcedon (451) to generate expert discussion on the Council of Chalcedon and its aftermath. The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) marked a turning point in Church history and Christian theology on account of the schism that resulted from disputes over the statements of Christology promulgated by the council. That schism endures to this day. Although most Western Christians have little awareness of the Chalcedonian Council, its legacy directly impacts the Middle Eastern Christian communities who are divided among each other and from Western churches along Chalcedonian lines. The committees invite paper proposals from any reasonable discipline (church history, patristics, theology, sociology, etc.) and focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on Chalcedon and its legacy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that link their research in some way to Middle Eastern Christian communities. Paper proposals must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor and suggest a coherent argument.