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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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History of Christianity Section

Statement of Purpose: 

The mission of this Section is to deepen and broaden the study of the Christian past by presenting innovative and engaging research on the history, culture, and development of Christianity from its origins to the present, while at the same time promoting interdisciplinary dialogue among the fields of history, religious studies, ritual studies, art history, anthropology, and historical theology. We have a strong commitment to providing a showcase for the work of both younger and established scholars in the field.

Call for Papers: 

The History of Christianity section invites panel and paper proposals for the 2015 AAR meeting in Atlanta. The venue invites reflection on several anniversaries: the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War; the centennial of Birth of a Nation, and the semicentennial of the Voting Rights Act. Among the topics welcomed are: 1) The US Civil War in the context of religious history; 2) histories of Christianity the U.S. South imbricated with histories of Christianity of the global South (Caribbean, Latin America, etc.); 3) comparative retrospectives of the Second Vatican Council (at 50 years); and 4) the 800th anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council (including histories of contemporaneous heterodox and non-Christian groups). To mark the centennial of the death of African Methodist Episcopal bishop Henry McNeal Turner, a champion of the Back-to-Africa movement, the section invites papers on 5) Ethiopia as place and symbol (e.g., Ethiopianism) in Christian history. In keeping with the AAR presidential theme of valuing the study of religion, we invite papers on 6) public religious history and 7) the role of Karl Marx’s understanding of material value in the study of religious history.

The section will also participate with the Practical Theology Group, the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group; the Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogies Group in a quad-sponsored panel that takes its starting point from the just-published third volume on theological education in North America by historian Glenn Miller. The volume, Piety and Plurality (Cascade Press, 2014), covers the tumultuous period between 1960 and today. [The previous volumes, which Dr. Miller has been at work on since the 1970s, are Piety and Intellect (the Colonial era up to the Civil War) and Piety and Profession (1870-1970).] We welcome papers engaging ways to understand both the diversification of places of theological education and the multiplication of theologies and pedagogies employed in order to reshape the landscape of North American theological education in its broadest sense. We are especially interested in theological education at the popular level, including Bible Institutes, but also base communities, and independent networks and institutes. Of special interest are educational developments within Pentecostal and Latino/a theological traditions, and mega-church-based models of theological education. We also seek examples of theological education rooted in transformative pedagogies, experiential learning, or other alternative models for theological education.

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