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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

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.