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Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit invites proposals on the topic of Pneumatology in the Wesleyan-Methodist Traditions. Proposals may be historical or theological in approach. The unit is interested in papers that explore:

  • The role of pneumatology in the shaping of Wesleyan-Methodist identity.
  • The place of pneumatology in Wesleyan-Methodist revivalism and the emergence of new movements, such as the Holiness Movement and Pentecostalism.
  • Theologies of Wesleyan-Methodist pneumatology in various time periods, geographical locations, denominations and movements, and among various theologians in the tradition.
  •  The social contexts in which Wesleyan-Methodist pneumatologies emerged.
  • The connections between pneumatology and liturgy and worship in the Wesleyan-Methodist traditions.
  •  The contributions of Wesleyan-Methodist pneumatology to the Christian tradition and global Christianity.  

 The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit invites proposals on the topic of Global and Postcolonial approaches to Wesleyan/Methodist church history. The unit is interested in papers that explore:

  • Exploring how the fields of global Christianity and postcolonial studies help us to reconceptualize and develop new approaches to the study of Wesleyan/Methodist history.
  • Interrogating which communities have been put at the 'center' and 'periphery' of Wesleyan/Methodist history.
  • Uncovering the resources Wesleyan/Methodist history provides for a decolonized and global approach to the history of Christianity more broadly.
  • Analyzing ways in which decolonial methodology, particularly decolonial historiography challenges the triumphalistic nature of some historical narratives within the Wesleyan-Methodist context.
  • Exploring how a decolonized or global approach changes the teaching of Wesleyan/Methodist history.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to promote the critical understanding and appropriation of Wesleyan and Methodist traditions. Our sessions are purposefully structured to encourage not only historical/sociological studies, but also theological reflection, critique, and extension. We understand Wesleyan traditions to include Methodist, Holiness, and other related strands of Christian tradition.


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Review Process

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