Call for Papers: Currents, Perspectives, and Methodologies in World Christianity

Princeton Theological Seminary is organizing an international, interdisciplinary conference on the direction of World Christianity from January 18-20, 2018.

The last few decades mark a significant watershed in the study of World Christianity as an emerging field, its development into an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Most scholarship now characterizes World Christianity as a ‘polycentric’ faith whose adherents have become more demographically robust in the majority world than in Europe and North America. Additionally, while the primary focus in World Christianity continues to be Christianity’s burgeoning presence in the global South (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific), scholars are increasingly aware of the diffusion of global South Christianities in a variety of South-South and South-North diasporas. Reflection on the complex history and reality of Christianity not only as a world religion but also as a pluricultural, global phenomenon is an on-going need. While research on Christianity’s cross-cultural, transnational, and diasporic manifestations has burgeoned, interrogation of theory and methodology, grounded in case study research, should be an on-going process as well. The conference seeks to inquire into the state of the field by providing a common interdisciplinary space for intellectual encounter and exchange.

Paper or Panel proposals should be submitted via email to:

Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2017.

Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation and status, email address, contact phone, paper/panel title and abstract (±250 words).
Notification of successful proposals will be made by September 15, 2017.
Conference Registration: early-bird registration begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. A late fee will be charged thereafter.
 Conference fees: (includes refreshments and conference dinner)
§  $120.00 – early bird / $150.00 – regular registration (US & Canada-based academics)
§  $80.00 – early bird / $95.00 – regular registration (other nationalities, graduate students/retirees)
§  Accommodations: Limited availability (single/double rooms) at Erdman Center on the Princeton campus. Other options for accommodation will be announced later.
Limited travel subsidies will be available for participants from the Global South with accepted paper/panel proposals.
Conveners: Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto, Richard F. Young

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