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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 21-24, 2015

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World Christianity Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group 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.

Call for Papers: 

The World Christianity Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and other types of presentations on the following topics:

(1) The production of knowledge in the teaching of World Christianity, with a particular focus on Latin American Christianities. This topic has methodological, ethical, pedagogical, and other dimensions. We are open to explorations of the learning, teaching, and research use (and lack of use) of Spanish- and Portuguese-language Latin American historical, theological, sociological, and other texts and sources (oral, visual, et al.) from and about Christianity in Latin America, and to holding a bilingual session (probably Spanish/English).

(2) Radio, television, internet, film/video, and other media technologies in the practice and spread of World Christianity.

(3) Representations of Christianity as a world religion in United States public spaces – “including but not only in legislatures, schools, prisons, courtrooms, hospitals, airports, news media, the state department, the military, the arts, and popular culture.”

(language taken from AAR president-elect Thomas Tweed’s theme for the 2015 meeting, Valuing the Study of Religion)

(4) Historical and contemporary perspectives on mission (North-South, South-South, and South-North), gender, and postcolonial and decolonial settings.

(5) Christianity/ies in present-day China: histories and structures; denominations, churches, and non- or post-denominational Christianities; theology and ideology; religion, identity, and national politics; Christianity and socio-economic and cultural contexts; persecution; mission; relationship with other religious and wisdom traditions; regional (urban, rural) realities; worship and liturgy; Christian education and proclamation; gender, sexuality, and religion; public and private, official and covert communities and realities. (Other angles welcome.)

(6) The World Christianity Group will also quint-sponsor a panel on Birgit Meyer's forthcoming book, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015), in collaboration with the Anthropology of Religion Group; the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group; the African Religions Group; the Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism Group. Selection of panelists will be pre-arranged so that they may read Meyer's book as provided by the press in advance of the meetings in order to comment on it. Prof. Meyer will summarize her book's argument, and at least one panelist will comment on the methodological aspects of Prof. Meyer's book. We are soliciting no papers for this session but encouraging our members and other interested parties to attend for what will be a truly multi-disciplinary discussion focused on religion and Africa.

As always, the World Christianity Group welcomes feminist and other gendered perspectives and methods and a variety of methodological approaches.

Method: 
PAPERS
Other: 
As a rule, we use anonymous submissions via PAPERS and adhere to this conscientiously. Exceptions include special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics sessions.
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Comments: 
We find this works well and this past year the process yielded presenters ranging from doctoral students to full professors. We make the occasional exception to anonymous submissions in the case of special sessions, e.g. author-meets-critics. We are now adding this to our CFP public information in order to be scrupulously accurate and honest.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee