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

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World Christianity Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to explore the intercultural, interconfessional, and interreligious dynamics of Christianity as a world religion, bringing into conversation scholars in the disciplines of history, mission studies, ecumenical studies, theology, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and religious studies.

Call for Papers: 

The World Christianity Program Unit invites proposals on the following topics. We especially welcome proposals that are based upon empirical or ethnographic approaches:

● Proposals that seek to identify and critically examine emerging trajectories and/or interdisciplinary innovations in the study of World Christianity utilizing cutting edge computational methods, data visualization, topic modeling, machine learning, social media content analytics, digital ethnography, and other digital tools.

● Proposals that critically evaluate how transnational digital networks, social media, and other online networks are reshaping Christianity around the world beyond its traditional Eurocentric structures and orientations.

● Proposals that explore the implications of various forms of transnational migration (internal, external, transient, permanent, economic, refugee, asylum seeking, etc.) and the ways in which they have impacted World Christianity.

● Proposals that critically analyze the impact and implications of language and communication within World Christianity, with possible focus on issues including, but not limited to, mimicry, hybridity, postcolonial agency, etc.

● Proposals that examine intergenerational questions, ethical issues, questions of identity constructions, the perceptions and creation of the other, or the challenges of religious violence in World Christianity.

● Proposals that demonstrate emergent pedagogical approaches in the teaching of World Christianity.

Religious Interactions and Flows in Africa -
Where religious traditions are usually conceptualized as separate and fixed entities, this panel foregrounds the multiple interactions between, and the fluidity of, traditions of religious thought and practice in Africa. Moving beyond somewhat static notions of religious diversity and plurality, we solicit papers that explore the ways in which diverse African religious movements – Christian, Islamic, Indigenous, or otherwise – are dependent on, and mutually constitute one another, in local, transnational and global settings. (For a possible co-sponsorship with the African Religions Unit.)

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
As a rule, proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection. Exceptions include special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics sessions and some co-sponsored panels.
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Comments: 
While in previous years the proposals were anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection, in order to ensure diversity we have decided to allow the chairs to have access to the full details of the proposal prior to final acceptance/rejection. We make the occasional exception to anonymous submissions in the case of special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics or invited or co-sponsored panels.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee