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Pentecostal–Charismatic Movements Unit

Call for Proposals

For San Antonio in 2021, the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Unit invites proposals that address questions about the ways in which Pentecostal and Charismatic movements construct an identity either part of or apart from the greater collective and how they have attempted to maintain the boundaries around their identity. We are also interested in papers that examine the development of such identity whether through theological and biblical influences, or as it is influenced by the broader social context.

In regards to the pandemic, we seek papers that explore how Pentecostals have adapted to health and safety orders using both a move to virtual church and outright resistance. We are particularly interested in papers that compare Pentecostal and Charismatic responses to COVID 19 to other diseases and disasters, and we would welcome panels and papers that explore this from a comparative perspective globally.

We welcome papers and panels that explore how Pentecostals and Charismatics relate to the body politic, both in their home countries and transnationally. We look forward to papers or panels that address the interaction of Pentecostals with the larger social context, their identifications with particular political affiliations, and their connection to larger national political structures in the post-2020 election era. We are also interested in examining how laity and leadership embraced or rejected prophecies or conspiracy theories in their attempts to explain such changes. Specific topics of interest also include Pentecostal activism related to abortion, immigration, and religious freedom.

With a hat tip to our Texas location, we are interested in papers that explore these movements in the American Southwest. How has Tejano Pentecostalism influenced the broader Pentecostal community? How do intentional communities like Homestead Heritage maintain ties or practices associated with Pentecostalism? How has Pentecostal and Charismatic history in the region developed from the days Parham-style revivals to the rise of the Southern megachurch?

Statement of Purpose

This unit provides a forum for scholarly consideration of global phenomena associated with Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements. This unit provides an arena for a wide array of scholars, disciplinary orientations, and methodological approaches bringing together those working constructively from within these traditions with scholars considering the phenomena from historical, sociological, ethnographic, theological, and other perspectives. The unit intentionally seeks to encourage a global and pluralist perspective.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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