AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit 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 Unit promotes scholarship on themes from the early Christian period to the present, encompassing various approaches and subjects. Its aim is to establish an interdisciplinary platform for fostering scholarly approaches to Middle Eastern Christianity, and to provide opportunities for scholars to discuss their work in relation to the overall field of the study of religion.
Peacemaking and Hospitality in Middle Eastern Christianity: Accommodating Difference in the Eastern Christian Traditions
Early Christian literature speaks often about peacemaking through recurring concepts such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, hospitality, mercy, philanthropy, and koinonia. The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit and Eastern Orthodox Christianity Unit are soliciting paper proposals addressing the ways that Middle Eastern Christians have expressed or promoted harmony in conditions of diversity (such as religious, cultural, or political pluralism). This call for papers invites contributions that approach the theme in its broadest senses, whether it be community building, responding to emergencies, friendship, caregiving, charity, or any other expressions of goodwill across boundaries. Proposals from all academic disciplines and all historic time periods will be strongly considered based on the clarity of thesis, a well-defined body of evidence, and appropriate scholarly methodologies.
Interrituality in Middle Eastern Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit and Ritual Studies Unit are issuing a Call for Papers that solicits proposals related to the interrituality of religious life in the Middle East—particularly of Christians with other religious communities. Topics of interrituality could include liturgy and liturgical practices, pilgrimage, or any other way that Middle Eastern Christian practices participate in, or resemble, the practices of other communities. This call for papers is open to research in all academic disciplines and all historical time periods; we are particularly interested in proposals that discuss the ways in which rituals serve as markers of identity and means of appropriation in the Middle East. Proposals will be judged based on clarity of thesis, a well-defined body of evidence, and appropriate scholarly methodologies.
Middle Eastern Christians and Empire
The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit is issuing a Call for Papers addressing the life of Middle Eastern Christian communities in empires. Throughout history Middle Eastern Christians have related to imperial politics, starting with the governments of the Romans and Sassanians, and most recently with the Ottoman, French, and British Empires. This call for papers requests proposals that consider ways Christian communities navigated imperial politics throughout any period of history. All appropriate scholarly methodologies will be considered, with preference being given to proposals that express a clear thesis, well-defined body of evidence, and specific methodologies and theories.