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 September 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

Currents, Perspectives, and Ethnographic Methodologies for World Christianity

2019 World Christianity Conference


Call for Papers
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference organized by The World Christianity & History of Religions Program (Dept. of History & Ecumenics)
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Recent decades mark a watershed in World Christianity as an emerging academic field, its development into an interdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Reflection on the complexity of Christianity as a pluricultural, global phenomenon has been robust. As was highlighted by our 2018 conference, World Christianity as a field has been shaped in large part by its distinctive historiography and diverse methodologies. In 2019, our primary focus will be ethnographic. Accordingly, a wide range of questions about the nature and relevance of ethnography to the study of World Christianity will be explored, along with the difference ethnography makes (or could make) in providing granular accounts of local Christianities around the world. Likewise, in view of the fact that ethnographic research is being increasingly incorporated into studies of World Christianity at a time when concepts of ‘culture’ are rigorously contested and the loci of research extraordinarily diverse, what are the major challenges scholars face? The conference seeks to explore and reflect on past practices and new directions, drawing on case studies representative of the currents and eddies of Christianity in the majority world and beyond. In short, the conference seeks to inquire into the state of the field and provide a common interdisciplinary space for intellectual encounter and exchange.

  • Paper or panel proposals should be submitted via email to:
  • Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2018. Include: name, institutional affiliation and status, email address, contact phone, paper/panel title, and abstract (not to exceed 250 words).
  • Notification of successful proposals will be made by October 20, 2018.
  • Conference Registration: early-bird registration begins on October 25and ends on December 31. A higher fee will be charged thereafter.
  • Conference fees: (including refreshments, lunches, and the conference banquet)
    • $155.00 – early bird / $185.00 – late registration (faculty based in USA, Canada and Europe)
    • $100.00 – early bird / $120.00 – late registration (faculty based in the Global South, graduate students/retirees) 
    • Accommodations: Limited availability (single/shared rooms) at Erdman Center on the Princeton Seminary campus. Other options for accommodation will be announced later.
  • Limited travel subsidies will be available for selected participants from the Global South with accepted paper/panel proposals.
  • Conveners: Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto, Richard F. Young

    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

    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.