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

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Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to promote the critical understanding and appropriation of Wesleyan and Methodist traditions. Our sessions are purposefully structured to encourage not only historical/sociological studies, but also theological reflection, critique, and extension. We understand Wesleyan traditions to include Methodist, Holiness, and other related strands of Christian tradition.

Call for Papers: 

● Wesleyan and Methodist Missions beyond Britain and North America -
The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit calls for proposals on the establishment of Wesleyan and Methodist missionary movements that spread Methodism and the Wesleyan tradition around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. Soon after the birth of Methodism in Britain, Methodist communities began to send missionaries, lay preachers, and eventually clergy around the world. Starting in Europe and the Americas, Methodism spread widely through Asia, Africa and the Oceania regions. 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Methodist missionaries in Australia (1819), whereas the first Methodist Mission station to be established in Southern Africa was in Leliefountain in 1816, while the Korean Methodist Church was established by Methodist missionaries in 1894. Papers could reflect on aspects of the theology of Methodist and Wesleyan mission movements and their members. They could offer historical insights into such movements, persons, and regions in which Methodism was established. Or, they could focus on the tensions that exist between early Methodist and Wesleyan missionary identities, theologies, strategies, and contemporary concerns related to inculturation, indigenisation, independence and decolonization.

● Method in Late Twentieth-Century and Early Twenty-First Century Wesleyan and Methodist Systematic Theologies -
The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit calls for proposals on "Method in Late Twentieth-Century and Early Twenty-First Century Wesleyan and Methodist Systematic Theologies.” We especially call for papers that examine theological method focused on particular systematic theologians of Wesleyan and Methodist traditions such as (but not limited to) James H. Cone, Thomas C. Oden, and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop. Papers might examine contexts of Wesleyan/Methodist theologians, their distinctive approaches to theological method, their appropriation of elements of Wesleyan tradition, and their engagement with contemporary communities that shape their dialogue (e.g., the civil rights movement and the early forms of liberation theology for James H. Cone; interaction with Eastern Orthodoxy for Thomas C. Oden; or the emergence of the women’s movement for Mildred Bangs Wynkoop).

Method: 
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Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
We followed standard AAR procedures to insure blind review of the paper proposals. Co-chairs were able to access demographic information to inform the steering committee about issues of representation without revealing names of proposers. This did not end up being a significant factor in our eventual selections.
Leadership: 
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