The Anglican Studies Seminar holds that Anglican Studies requires a detailed, sustained study of the intersections of post– and de-colonialism, imperial legacies, and globalization with the ongoing evolution of Anglican identity in specific locations and contexts marked by their particular economic, social, cultural, and historical conditions. The Seminar aims to pay detailed attention to context; its work will disrupt extant assumptions about the Anglican tradition being a monolithic, monocultural entity. As a result, the Seminar is focused on surveying the “operative ecclesiologies” of Anglican churches at the national or provincial level. That is, we are interested less in “official” Anglican theological construals of “church” than we are in how the contextual realities of Anglicans in concrete locales shape the ways in which church is practiced by Anglicans, whether they answer to the standard theological conceptualizations or not.
Seminar members invited to participate are each committed to a globally contextualized study of Anglicanism conceived broadly and to investigating various operative ecclesiologies, locally and contextually. This requires fostering interdisciplinary conversations in sessions that enable scholars to speak to multiple aspects of Anglicanism. The seminar’s findings will be of interest to scholars working in a range of disciplines. Moreover, close examination of the processes of decolonization that inform lived Anglicanisms will supply the wider field of religious studies with a set of thickly described case studies of post-colonial decolonization. It is the intention of the Steering Committee to publish research resultant from the Seminar and make it accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.