Situating Adventist History

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Call for Papers
January 8, 2018 to January 9, 2018
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

In the last three decades, the researching and writing of Seventh-day Adventist history. has flourished to an unprecedented degree Histories that are based on archival sources and are (in the best sense) critical have appeared, transforming our understanding in many areas. One continuing weakness in Adventist historiography is that events are often written about as though occurring in a vacuum. Few studies situate Seventh-day Adventist developments in social, cultural, political, and economic contexts, or situate their work in relationship to wider historiographical trends. It is impossible, however, fully to understand crucial episodes in Adventist history, or the development of Adventist thought, institutions, attitudes and culture, in isolation from wider historical currents.

The Situating Adventist History conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9, 2018 held at Washington Adventist University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters, in Silver Spring.

The conference organizers call for proposals for 20-minute papers that critically contextualize Seventh-day Adventist history and historiography. There are no limitations on subject matter, as long as papers situate Adventist history; however, papers on Adventism in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania, and/or that relate Adventist history to colonial and post-colonial historiography, would be particularly welcome. The deadline is July 15, 2017.

Contact Info: 

Ashlee Chism, Assistant Archivist, Archives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists