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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Evangelical Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is one of a very few academic professional groups specifically created for the academic study of evangelical theology without a confessional requirement for membership or participation and that seeks to be diverse with regard to gender, denomination, ethnicity, and culture. The Unit seeks to construct sessions at each Annual Meeting that address crucial issues both within the evangelical communities of North America and the world and between evangelicals and non-evangelical religious movements and theologies. The Unit sponsors sessions with theological, historical, and/or sociological foci. The Unit’s goal has always been to stay on the “cutting edge” of evangelical thought and to cross boundaries between evangelical and non-evangelical religious communities in order to create dialogue and constructive mutual understanding.

Call for Papers: 

Theme for 2019: New Varieties of Evangelicalism

The previous two years our Unit has concentrated focused reflection on the definition and description of Evangelicalism with regards to its public posturing and relationship to questions of race and ethnicity, as well as on the matter of who has and who does define the term “Evangelical.” Throughout our investigation and the scholarly papers generated, we’ve noticed a constant theme: whatever Evangelicalism is, it is changing.

Amid the shifts, we are noticing new varieties of Evangelicalism springing up not only amid the global shape of the movement (many which have a longer historical lineage than North American Evangelicalism), but also underneath the current dominant structures that have defined the movement in North America. This relates to new, dynamic, interracial and intergenerational alliances, often wedding relatively new groups not always defined as “evangelical” (e.g., Pentecostals, or Black mainline groups who have gradually identified increasingly with the evangelical movement and message) together with older structures like publishing houses and various forms of media publication (print, online, social media, etc.), academic institutions, non-profit groups, conferences, etc., and how the traditional structures fit with the contemporary growing networks. Amid the shifts, we are interested to engage data-driven research as well as more qualitative reflection on these matters. While Evangelicalism (and its definition) remains contestable, we are interested in exploring its increasing layers of complexity, shifting numbers, and generational and geographical features.

We are also interested in more constructive proposals that critically develop notions of evangelical intersectionality, as well as the challenges this brings to traditional definitions and institutions. Along with this there are various challenges to long held norms, to what may be the core definition of Evangelicalism, evangelical, or the “evangel,” or to the very gospel message that lends itself to the term and to the wider description of this movement, people, and institutions associated with or participating in it.

We will hold two sessions, and possibly a third book panel session on New Varieties of Evangelicalism and on the best ways to understand current features of the movement.

Method: 
PAPERS
E-mail without Attachment (proposal appears in body of e-mail)
Other
Other: 
One session may be prearranged with leading figures addressing the annual themed question.
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
This assists in broadening the diversity of the participants, while allowing for selection of the best paper proposals without partiality. It is not ideal, but presently helpful - especially since Evangelical Studies remains a bit more strongly represented by white males, and we are trying to get better with this.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee