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 ongoing 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 ongoing 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.
Dale T. Irvin is president and professor of world Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, in New York City. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (’81 MDiv) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (’89 PhD), he has been a member of the Seminary’s faculty since 1989. He is the author of several books, including History of the World Christian Movement, a three-volume project he has written with Scott W. Sunquist. Over the past several decades his articles have appeared in a number of journals such as Christianity Today, Christian Century, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies. He is a founding editor of The Journal of World Christianity and serves on the editorial board of The Living Pulpit. Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at a number of schools and universities, and has lectured and preached throughout the world. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.
Jacob K. Olupona is professor of African and African American studies, Harvard University, and professor of African religion, Harvard Divinity School. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several influential journals, Olupona was the president of the African Association for the Study of Religion and served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Council of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Also within the AAR, he cochaired the African Religions and Indigenous Religions Groups and chaired the International Connections Committee. Olupona was on the executive committee for the International Association for the History of Religions and the principal organizer of six international conferences. He has authored or edited fourteen books, including, The City of 201 Gods (University of California Press, 2013); In My Father’s House: The Story of An Anglican Family In Yoruba Speaking Nigeria( University Press, Ibadan, Nigeria, 2012) and African Religions [A very short introduction] (Oxford University Press, 2014). Olupona is the recipient of major awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the Japan Science Foundation and Reimar Lust Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His honors include: the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the Harvard Cabot Fellowship for distinguished scholarship, and three honorary degrees.
U.S. and Canada-based Academics
Early Bird Fee $120 (Deadline 10/30/2017)
Standard Fee $150 (After 10/30/17)
Other Nationalities, Graduate Students/Retirees
Early Bird Fee $80 (Deadline 10/30/17)
Standard Fee $95 (After 10/30/17)
Fee includes refreshments and conference dinner.
Limited availability (single/double rooms) at The Erdman Center on the Princeton Seminary campus. Limited travel subsidies will be available for participants from the Global South with accepted paper/panel proposals.
Sponsored by the Department of History and Ecumenics Program in World Christianity and the History of Religions.
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