Seventh-day Adventist history remains an understudied subdisicpline of church history. While critical studies, based on archival sources, have appeared in the last thirty years, few studies situate Adventist developments in social, cultural, political, and economic contexts, or explicitly 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.
This conference aims to promote the study of Seventh-day Adventist history in genuinely broad perspective, with papers that critically contextualize Seventh-day Adventist history and historiography. The program includes a particular focus on Adventism in Africa and Asia, on African-American Adventist history, and on oral historical methodologies.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Archives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians, and the Department of History and Political Studies of Washington Adventist University.
Reiko Davis, General Conference Archives