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Middle Eastern Christianity Unit

Call for Proposals

Middle Eastern Christians and Pedagogy—Past and Present
The Middle Eastern Christianity unit is soliciting papers addressing the topic of pedagogy as it relates to Middle Eastern Christians throughout history. The topic is conceived broadly, to include education in all its senses, such as: teaching, school formation, book production, scholarship, and theories of knowledge, within Middle Eastern Christian communities. This Call for Papers is issued in the spirit of the 2020 AAR conference theme of ‘the Academy as a Scholarly Guild,’ and thus we would encourage proposals to suggest some connections between their research on Middle Eastern Christian traditions, and the modern academy as a guild.

Middle Eastern Christianity and Gender
The Middle Eastern Christianity unit invites paper proposals that address topics relevant to gender and Middle Eastern Christianity. The M.E. Christianity unit welcomes proposals 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.

Middle Eastern Christianity and Others in the City of the Late Antique East
The Middle Eastern Christianity and the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Units invite paper proposals that analyze Middle Eastern Christians in the city. This call is open to broad interpretation, such as: interaction with other religious communities, civic visions, city life, public engagement, civic movements, and any other ways that M.E. Christians have interpreted or engaged the city. The Call for Papers is open to scholarship from all academic fields.

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.

Statement of Purpose

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.


Steering Committee Members

  • David Bertaina, University of Illinois, Springfield
    1/1/2015 - 12/31/2020
  • Candace Lukasik, University of California, Berkeley
    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
  • Caleb McCarthy, University of California, Santa Barbara
    1/1/2015 - 12/31/2020
  • Mark Swanson, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
    1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
  • Mourad Takawi, University of the Incarnate Word
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024



Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

Our committee members are diligent at commenting on specific merits of the paper proposals we receive. We rank them with numbers, but also comment on the qualities of the proposals.