AAR 2015: Chinese Christianities Seminar – Call for Papers

American Academy of Religion

American Academy of Religion, 2015 Annual Meeting
Chinese Christianities Seminar – Call for Papers
Deadline for proposals: 2 March 2015 4 March 2015

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.

Developing the overarching theme of “Chinese Christianities” and focused on various regional boundaries, in the first year of the seminar, we welcome papers in the following areas:

  • Theological and practical concerns that have resonated with or been transformed by diasporic and mainland Chinese Christianites
  • Civil engagement of Chinese Christians with cross-regional issues (e.g., Chinese Christians in the global Anglican realignment, Hong Kong-Mainland China relations and the umbrella movement, Taiwan-Mainland China relations and the sunflower movement)
  • Missions and ministries from Chinese of one region to Chinese of another region

For further details, see the AAR website.

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