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Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit and Middle Eastern Christianity Unit

Call for Proposals

Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christianity in the Midst of Catastrophes 

The study of religion has long been concerned with the relationship between the global and the local, the specific and the universal. Global disruption and catastrophes, past and present, bring these relationships to the fore in particularly urgent and dramatic ways. In the spirit of the 2022 AAR Presidential Theme- Religion and Catastrophe- this session is interested in proposals that address the lived reality of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christianity in the midst of catastrophes, past or present. This session will consider how mass disruption and hardship affect the core elements of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox religious identity, hoping to shed light on the local and experiential reverberations of global cataclysmic forces within an Orthodox Christian context. The session is interested in papers that analyze these lived realities from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives (including political science, sociology and anthropology, history, theology, etc. ), with a special interest in the ways that COVID-19 or other contemporary and historical crises have affected the liturgy and the ways liturgical practice has responded to catastrophes.



Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection