This Unit seeks to explore the intercultural, interconfessional, and interreligious dynamics of Christianity as a world religion, bringing into conversation scholars in the disciplines of history, mission studies, ecumenical studies, theology, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and religious studies.
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World Christianity Unit
Call for Proposals
The World Christianity Unit invites proposals concerning:
World Christianity and the Environment, including issues of displacement, especially pertaining to poverty, wealth, and inequality.
World Christianity and Transnational Digital Networks, exploring the connection between social media and Christian community life, as well as online research methods for the study of Christianity worldwide.
World Christianity and Political Activism, with a focus on antiracist activism, decentering whiteness, and Christian Nationalism.
World Christianity and Violence, with attention to all forms of violence, in historical and contemporary perspectives.
Global Evangelicalism and Religious Conservatism, with attention to political theologies and case studies that demonstrate both trends and diversities within the Evangelical movement.
Proposals combining any of the topics above with matters relating to gender, race, or the COVID-19 pandemic will receive special consideration.
The Teaching Religion Unit and the World Christianity Unit invite proposals for a possible co-sponsored session on teaching World Christianity. We are especially interested in papers that discuss (and possibly demonstrate) effective assignments, activities, or pedagogical approaches to teaching Christianity as a world religion as it is practiced in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific, as well as in diasporic communities in the West. Papers might address topics such as pedagogical approaches to decolonizing World Christianity, teaching in/about the diaspora, or other themes.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Wanjiru Gitau, St. Thomas University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
David Kirkpatrick, James Madison University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Janice McLean-Farrell, New Brunswick Theological Seminary1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Jonathan Tan, Case Western Reserve University1/1/2016 - 12/31/2021
Grace Vargas, Southern Methodist University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Deanna Womack, Emory University1/1/2015 - 12/31/2020