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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Teresia Mbari Hinga, Santa Clara UniversityMember Since: 2016
David Kirkpatrick, James Madison UniversityMember Since: 2018
Janice McLean-Farrell, New Brunswick Theological SeminaryMember Since: 2018
Jonathan Tan, Case Western Reserve UniversityMember Since: 2016
Grace Vargas, Southern Methodist UniversityMember Since: 2019
Deanna Womack, Emory UniversityMember Since: 2015