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World Christianity Unit

Call for Proposals

The World Christianity Unit invites proposals on the following topics:

Proposals addressing matters of World Christianity and the environment, including issues of displacement, economic inequality, poverty, power, and youth activism.

Proposals featuring the decolonizing of World Christianity, including through the lenses of pedagogy, research ethics, or socio-political engagement.

Proposals that explore the implications of various forms of transnational migration (internal, external, transient, permanent, economic, refugee, asylum seeking, etc.) and the ways in which they have impacted World Christianity.

Proposals that critically evaluate how transnational digital networks, social media, and other online networks are reshaping Christianity around the world beyond its traditional Eurocentric structures and orientations.

Proposals exploring the interaction between indigenous religions and indigenous Christianities (for a possible co-sponsored session with the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit). How have Christians across time and space “indigenized” Christian practices, interpreting Christianity in light of indigenous religions? What sort of cultural or religious logics might determine which parts of indigenous religions—and/or which parts of a given strand of Christianity—are retained, modified, or abandoned? Such questions are non-exhaustive, and this session welcomes any paper that reflects comparatively (and critically) on the relationship between indigenous religions and indigenized Christianities. Contact: Thomas Seat (

Statement of Purpose

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.


Steering Committee Members




As a rule, proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection. Exceptions include special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics sessions and some co-sponsored panels.

Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection

Review Process Comments

While in previous years the proposals were anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection, in order to ensure diversity we have decided to allow the chairs to have access to the full details of the proposal prior to final acceptance/rejection. We make the occasional exception to anonymous submissions in the case of special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics or invited or co-sponsored panels.