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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Wesleyan Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to promote the critical understanding and appropriation of Wesleyan 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: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

• Health and Healing in Wesleyan and Methodist Traditions
Anticipating the publication of volume 32 of the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley, Medical and Health Writings, the Wesleyan Studies Unit calls for papers that examine issues about health and healing from the perspectives of Wesleyan and Methodist communities. Papers might address (but are not limited to) any of the following issues: John Wesley’s writings on health and medicine; Charles Wesley’s use of healing images in his poetry; activities and writings related to health and healing on the part of Methodist clergy and lay participants; development of Methodist medical services including hospitals; medical work as part of Methodist missionary enterprises.

• Ecology and Creation in Wesleyan and Methodist Perspectives
The Wesleyan Studies Unit calls for papers that offer Wesleyan and Methodist perspectives on ecology and creation. Papers might address (but are not limited to) any of the following: John Wesley’s writings on the redemption of “the brute creation”; the creation itself as the subject of redemption in Charles Wesley’s poetic corpus; Methodist encampments as loci for the appreciation of divine creation; the relevance of Wesleyan views of creation and ecologies to contemporary liberation perspectives; and insights arising from the volume Wesleyan Perspectives on the New Creation (ed. M. Douglas Meeks, 2004).

• Lutheran and Wesleyan/Methodist faith traditions have both experienced strained unity, if not division, at regional, national and global levels over issues about human sexuality as well as other contemporary issues. We invite papers that explore how these two traditions experience and deal with these issues, and address the manner in which historic, moral, doctrinal, and polity commitments (including ecclesiologies) offer different nuances to these tensions. We are especially interested in papers that address this from a global, queer or other perspectives with attention to the themes of holiness and unity. (For a joint session with the Martin Luther and Global Lutheranisms Unit).

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
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.
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