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.

Call for Papers for the 2018 Yale-Edinburgh Meeting

Call for Papers for the 2018 Yale-Edinburgh Meeting on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity

Date: June 28 to June 30, 2018

Location: New College, University of Edinburgh

Paper proposals with brief abstracts should be submitted via email by March 12, 2018 to the Conference Administrator, Jessie Furbara-Manuel at Please include your name, the name of your institution, and the title of your proposed paper at the top of the document.
Papers should relate in some way to the conference theme, “Scripture, Prayer and Worship in the History of Missions and World Christianity” available at:
Registration is a two-step process, which needs to be completed by March 31, 2018. Please register through the online form: and pay the registration fee through the ePay system:
Space for the conference is limited to 80 participants. If you plan to attend, please register at your earliest convenience. Queries regarding conference registration and booking accommodations should be directed to Jean Reynolds, at

Call for Papers: Chinese Christianities

By driJanuary 9th, 2018in Call for Papers
For the AAR 2018 meeting in Denver, CO, the call for papers has gone out, with a deadline of March 1. You can see the full listing of program units on their website: Certain program units may be of interest, such as the World Christianity Unit. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the Chinese Christianities Seminar, which I chair:
Statement of Purpose: 
This seminar provides a collaborative forum for scholars of different disciplines to engage in an academic discourse about the field of Chinese Christianities. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in mainland China today, and arguably the religion of choice for a growing number of diasporic Chinese. “Chinese” is an expansive term, including mainland China proper as well as a large, linguistically, and culturally diverse diaspora, and encompassing more than a fifth of the world’s population; the Han Chinese people are sometimes described as the world’s largest ethnic group. Hence, with the increasing critical mass of Chinese Christians, there has likewise been a growing academic interest in various instantiations of Chinese Christianities, as understood across geographies (e.g., mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, North America, etc.) and groupings (e.g., house and state-sanctioned churches, Catholic, Pentecostal, etc.).Chinese Christianities both transcend and hinder a number of regional, social, religious, etc. boundaries. Over the course of these five years, this seminar will offer a unique opportunity for scholars to engage and to debate the implications of the multiplicity of Chinese Christianities with regards to the boundaries they engage.
Call for Papers: 
Developing the overarching theme of “Chinese Christianities” and building on the first three years, this fourth year of the seminar will focus on various ecclesiological boundaries. We welcome papers in the following or related areas:
    • The relationship between various Chinese Christian groups (e.g., house church vs. TSPM, underground vs. CCPA, Catholic vs. Protestant).
    • The rejection and resurgence of denominational/confessional identities (e.g., the local church, the post-denominational era, cultural Christians, Chinese American churches).
    • Church unions and schisms, ecumenism and independency (e.g., Church of Christ in China, Lausanne/WCC, Sino-Vatican relations).
    • Transnational and transregional networks (e.g., Cantonese or Wenzhou networks, house church networks).

I am happy to field any informal enquiries about the Chinese Christianities Seminar. Otherwise, please submit proposals through the online system.

Kind regards,

Dr Alexander Chow
Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity
School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
New College, Mound Place
Edinburgh EH1 2LX

Call for Papers: Medical Missions and Health

Call for Papers Journal of Social History of Medicine and Health Special Issue on Medical Missions and Health

The term “Medical Missions” is most strongly associated with nineteenth and twentieth century Christian missionaries from Europe and the United States traveling to countries in Asia, Africa, or Latin America and practicing medicine, providing education leading to careers in medicine (physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, etc.) and, especially as the twentieth century progressed, conducting work in public health.  Both at the time and later, supporters of missions cited medical missions as tangible evidence of the value of missionary work, and even those critical of missionary endeavors more broadly frequently praised medical missionaries.  Scholars have also explored how medical missionaries have contributed to “modernization.” From the 1980s onward, however, scholars have explored connections between medical missions and imperialism.  This is connected to broader scholarship on the links between the spread of medical techniques and education associated with “scientific medicine” and imperialist ideologies, and can be found in scholarship on “missionaries of science” such as people associated with the Rockefeller Foundation as well as missionaries dedicated to the propagation of specific religious ideologies.  At the same time, scholarship on how local actors interpreted and adapted missionary medical programs challenged a simple model of medical imperialism.  Scholarship on medical missions has extended into the twenty-first century, studying medical missions amid growing globalization and new medical challenges.

This special issue seeks essays that contend with these issues pertaining to the study of medical missions, broadly conceived, from any time period and in any location.  The definition of “medical missions” is deliberately flexible.  If scholar can make a case that their topic fits into the category of “medical missions” the article will be considered.   To ensure consideration papers must be submitted by March 28, 2018 to .  Earlier inquiries are welcome. Essays should be between 7500 and 9500 words.

The language of the journal is Chinese, but English language submissions are welcome and will be translated into Chinese.