This Unit is devoted to the study of developments within Coptic, Armenian, Chaldean/Assyrian, Syrian, Maronite, and other relevant communities living inside the Middle East or in lands of immigration. The Unit promotes scholarship on themes from the early Christian period to the present, encompassing various approaches and subjects. Its aim is to establish an interdisciplinary platform for fostering scholarly approaches to Middle Eastern Christianity, and to provide opportunities for scholars to discuss their work in relation to the overall field of the study of religion.
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Middle Eastern Christianity Unit
Call for Proposals
Call For Proposals 2021
The M.E. Christianity unit welcomes proposals on the following topics from all academic fields of study (sociology, psychology, history, literary theory, ritual studies, etc.) as they are applied to Middle Eastern Christians in any of their communities throughout history, whether in their native lands, or as immigrants throughout the world.
Successful proposals must present a clear thesis, explain the theoretical and methodological approaches of the research, and identify a specific body of evidence that the research will interpret. The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit encourages and promotes the inclusion of all scholarly voices, and invites proposals from scholars of all ethnic/national backgrounds, genders, professional ranks, disciplinary perspectives, and life circumstances.
Middle Eastern Christianity, Poverty, and Inequality
The Middle Eastern Christianity unit is soliciting papers addressing the 2021 AAR annual meeting theme “Religion, Poverty, and Inequality: Contemplating our Collective Futures.” We welcome papers on any period of history that examine how marginalized individuals or groups have collaborated in response to situations of poverty or inequality. Papers addressing grassroots forms of intra-Christian or interreligious collaboration (such as social protests, women’s movements, liberationist movements, or youth partnerships) are particularly welcome.
Middle Eastern Christianity and Pluralism
The Middle Eastern Christianity unit invites paper proposals addressing the topic of pluralism as it relates to Middle Eastern Christians. The topic is broadly conceived to include different aspects of and approaches to pluralism in intercommunal, interreligious, legal, political, and/or socio-cultural contexts.
Borders, Boundaries, and Borderlands in Middle Eastern Christianity (co-sponsored)
The Middle Eastern Christianity unit, in collaboration with the Anthropology of Religion Unit, is soliciting papers addressing the theme of borders, boundaries, and borderlands. Papers should consider contestations of space and religiosity related to the nation-state or other spaces variously conceived, including the creation or contestation of sacred space in diaspora settings and the use of religious art and music to mark communal boundaries. Priority will be given to papers addressing this theme from an anthropological perspective.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
David Bertaina, University of Illinois, Springfield1/1/2015 - 12/31/2020
Amy Fallas, University of California, Santa Barbara1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Candace Lukasik, Washington University in St. Louis1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Caleb McCarthy, University of California, Santa Barbara1/1/2015 - 12/31/2020
Monica Mitri, Claremont School of Theology1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Mark Swanson, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022