Call for Papers: Historical Monuments and Modern Society in China

By driMay 24th, 2018in Call for Papers

Attached please find the call for papers for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held in Shanghai on December 1-2, 2018. This conference certainly bears relevance to missions and Christianity in the modern recovery of ancient sites around the world.

Dong WANG, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Director of Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History
Distinguished University Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts
Shanghai University;
Research Associate (since 2002)
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Harvard University

The Bartolomé de Las Casas Conference

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“Las Casas in Hemispheric American Perspective:

II International Conference on Bartolomé de Las Casas.”

July 15-16 (Monday-Tuesday), 2019

Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

The first International Conference, “Bartolomé de Las Casas, O.P.: History, Philosophy, and Theology in the Age of European Expansion,” held in 2016, was a landmark event for Lascasian scholarship. In response to this success, Providence College is pleased to invite interested scholars to our next gathering in 2019: “Las Casas in Hemispheric American Perspective: II International Conference on Bartolomé de Las Casas.”

Conference organizers welcome academic presentations related to the life, labor, and legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas in the larger context of Hemispheric American studies. We especially encourage proposals that employ Las Casas as a prism for the interpretation of the interaction, expansion, culture, and ancestry of Indigenous people, Africans, Europeans and Asians in the American Hemisphere. The organizers programmed this Lascasian conference to coincide with the III International Conference on the History of the Order of Preachers in America, to be held July 17-19th (Wednesday-Friday) at Providence College (Dominican conference link). Participants can benefit from and contribute to the rich combination of unique research interests afforded by these two international gatherings.

For the Las Casas’s Conference, organizers welcome scholarly reflection on the themes of contact, conquest, colonization, and conversion as found in theology, philosophy, law, literature, poetry, theater among other disciplinary  approaches. Scholarly panels as well as special plenary sessions by leading scholars are planned.

 Call for Papers:

Papers in Spanish, Portuguese, and English are welcomed. Interested scholars, whether presenting an individual paper or collaborating in a panel of three papers, must submit an abstract for each proposal (250-500 word, Microsoft Word, single-spaced, 12pt New Times), and the following:

  • Author(s): (maximum of three) including name(s), professional title(s), and affiliation;
  • Title of presentation, and relationship to Conference theme(s);
  • E-mail and mailing addresses;
  • Short biographical note (maximum 200 words).
  1. Please email paper proposals before August 1st, 2018. Send your proposal(s) to both Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Th.D. and David Orique, O.P., Ph.D. at More information and details to follow.
  2. Approved proposals will be announced by email on December 15, 2018.
  3. Conference oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (approximate 8 double-spaced pages).

 Conference site in Spanish

Conference Organizers:

David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
Providence College

Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Th.D.
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Boston University

Call for Papers: Prison and Religion in the Global South

The journal Social Sciences and Missions is now planning a special issue on Prison and Religion in the Global South.

Prisons build an important interface of social and religious concern. They are communities operating with limited connection to the outside world and with their own resilient communal life. Penal communities are often dominated by prison gangs. Yet there are aspects to communal life in prison that are outside of gangs’ control, among them an occasionally vibrant religious life independent of outside initiative. At the same time, religious groups of Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, or other provenience, and, to a smaller extent, non-religious NGOs play a crucial role in bridging the gap between prison community and outside world. They provide crucial services that mitigate the hardships of prisons. For some religious groups, prisons offer an excellent ground for religious propagation and recruiting of followers. They see religious renewal in prison as a particularly striking and publicly attractive form of demonstrating the power of faith in transforming people.

Most scholarly research on religious interaction with penal populations relate to North America or Europe. Focusing on religions and prisons in the Global South, this special issue invites contributions from social science and religious studies.


Topics include but are not limited to


–          Religious and missionary agents in prison: motives, goals, and interests

–          Religious propagation in penal contexts: strategies and methods

–          Independent or indigenous religion in the penal context and its interaction with missionary initiatives;

–          Religion, gang culture, and penal community life

–          Conversion, conversion narratives, and deconversion in the penal context

–          Religious ministry in prison and its effectiveness in rehabilitation

–          Faith and adjustment to prison life

–          Religion and prison administration: convergences and tensions

–          State administration of religious affairs in prison

–          Religion, penal politics, and human rights

–          Comparative approaches to religious ministry in different penal contexts of the Global South

–          Chaplains and volunteers in prison ministry

–          Religion and restorative justice

–          Religious influences on penal ideologies

–          Religion and the death penalty

–          New Religious Movements in prison


We invite contributions of original research with a maximum length of 8,000 words. We encourage interested contributors to first submit by email an abstract of around 100 words by April 30, 2018 in order for us to gain a preliminary understanding of your submission plans. Please send your abstract to the guest editor Tobias Brandner ( or or the journal’s editor Jayeel Cornelio ( You may also contact either one of them for further information and questions. Please take note of the submission guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website (

Submission deadline for the full paper: October 31, 2018.

American Society of Church History Winter Meeting 2019 Call for Paper

The Program Committee of the American Society of Church History, chaired by President-Elect Paul C. H. Lim, is pleased to announce its Call For Papers for the upcoming Winter Meeting.

The annual Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) will be held Thursday to Sunday, January 3-6, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois, as a concurrent event to the annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA). All ASCH sessions will be held at the historic Blackstone Hotel, next door to the main AHA conference hotel.

Conference Theme: “Race and the Other: Whose Church, Which Histories?”

When the term “church history” is used in the North American context, whose church(es) do we mean?  Has “church history” – both as a demarcator of a discipline and as a range of discursive parameters – served to signify inclusion of certain groups, while ignoring, occluding, or excluding others, however unintentionally?

Reflecting the conference theme, “Race and the Other: Whose Church, Which Histories?”, papers and panels are solicited that deal particularly and organically with the various ways racial and cultural others have been depicted historiographically; resisted or accommodated, tolerated or celebrated existentially; and become the mirror to reveal the fault-line of identity formation of various communities of Christian faith.

Proposals from the following periods and categories, inter alia, are welcomed:

1) Early Christianity and patristic literatures

2) Medieval and Byzantine

3) Reformation and Early Modern Atlantic

4) American: Colonial to Contemporary

5) Africana, broadly construed

6) Latino/a/x

7) Modern European

8) World Christianity

We solicit proposals that address the conference theme, or any other aspect of the history of Christianity and its interactions with culture, within traditional categories of historical periodization and geographical area, or across periods or regions. We also encourage proposals that engage in interdisciplinary discussion; place theological ideas and lived religious practices in historical context; examine particular genres, source materials or methods, including the use of digital humanities and non-textual sources; or treat the current state of the study of histories of Christianity. Sessions that deal with pedagogical issues of concern in the teaching of the history of Christianity, or with issues in the publication and dissemination of research to specialist and general audiences are also invited. Sessions may also consider a major recent book or offer critical assessments of a distinguished career.

Types of Proposal

We solicit three types of proposal for presentation: regular panels, roundtables, and individual papers. Each type is defined below.

Regular Panel: Structured presentations from three (or, rarely, four) scholars of original research papers. These papers must be no more than twenty minutes each. Moderated by a chairperson, these presentations are often commented upon by a respondent, after which there is a conversation among the panelists as well as time for audience questions.

Roundtable: Structured group discussion of a topic, question, theme, or book significant to the discipline of the history of Christianity. Such a discussion can be proposed in a variety of ways, at the discretion of the person submitting the proposal. Roundtables are limited to six participants, along with the chairperson. The aim of the roundtable is a discussion among the participants, who may present short papers (~five minutes each) to frame their further contributions. The roundtable format should reserve a substantial amount of time for interaction with the audience at the end of the formal discussion.

Individual Paper: While the Program Committee gives strong preference to regular panel and roundtable proposals, one can also propose an individual paper for presentation on the conference program. If accepted, an individual paper will be placed into a panel — usually constructed of other individual paper submissions —by the Program Committee.

To ease scheduling and foster diverse dialogue, the ASCH limits the participation of conference attendees to:

  • 1 presentation of a paper, and
  • 1 comment on a session or participation on a roundtable, and
  • 1 chairing of a session.

Deadlines For Proposals

The regular ASCH deadline for proposals is March 15, 2018.

The priority deadline, by which all proposals to be co-sponsored by the AHA must be submitted, is February 15, 2018. Persons submitting AHA co-sponsored proposals must submit them to both the AHA and the ASCH, using the proposal submission forms of each society.

The Program Committee will do its best to announce the results of all submissions by April 30, 2018.

Submission Guidelines

To submit a proposal for a full panel, roundtable, or individual paper, go to Submitters will be required to enter basic information about their proposal, as well as submit a proposal document.

Full panel and roundtable proposal documents will consist of a single PDF or Word file containing:

1) session title

2) a description of less than 300 words outlining the topic of the session

3) a description of less than 300 words of each paper

4) a biographical paragraph of each presenter, the session chair, and the respondent if applicable

5) an e-mail address and phone number for each participant

Full panel and roundtable proposals should exhibit diversity (gender, ethnicity, rank, scholarly location, etc.) in their composition. Sessions are typically ninety minutes in length and allow for three or four papers, a formal response, and audience interaction. The committee reserves the right to reconfigure sessions as needed.

Individual paper proposals will consist of a single PDF or Word file containing:

1) a description of less than 300 words

2) a biographical paragraph about the applicant

3) an e-mail address and phone number for the proposed presenter

Video Projection

Panels or papers requiring video projection should provide a clear rationale for doing so, as the expense involved is considerable. While we will make every effort to accommodate requests, unfortunately the Program Committee cannot guarantee that projection equipment will be available for every presentation.

Membership and Registration Requirements

All session participants (except those living and working outside the United States) must hold a 2019 ASCH membership by November 1, 2018 in order to remain on the program.  For information about ASCH membership, go to

All session participants must purchase a registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting by November 1, 2018 in order to remain on the program.