Advancing the Study of Pentecostalism:
New Directions & Future Possibilities
SPS Program: Peter Althouse 2022
The 2022 conference theme explores the ways in which new theories and methodologies support the advancements in Pentecostal inquiry. Important strides have been made in the scholarly understanding of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. However, a reticence remains in appropriating innovative theories and methods that offer a potentially more vigorous understanding of Pentecostalism, its theological and social concerns, its rituals and practices, and what the study of Pentecostalism contributes to these approaches. What advancements promote the development of Pentecostal and Charismatic scholarship? What theoretical trends could assist Pentecostal inquiry? What are the future possibilities for thinking about the experience and activity of the Spirit of God in the world? These are fruitful questions for consideration.
Papers are invited from all disciplinary fields that explore new theories and methods that expand our understanding of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity and its theological, social, cultural, and political concerns. Parallel sessions are invited to explore the relationship of Pentecostalism and theories such as postmodernism, deconstructionism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, postemotionalism, and posthumanism. We welcome the exploration of constructivist and narrative approaches as they support the production of imaginaries, and the concerns of theological construction as it attempts to contextualize the understanding of revelation. Also of interest are papers exploring Pentecostal appropriations of critical theory, race theory, intersectionality, feminist, womanist, and other critical approaches, as well as investigations of the relationship between Pentecostalism and existentialism, phenomenology, embodiment, or other theoretical frameworks.
The call for papers is now open through June 30, 2021.
For expectations regarding presentations, including format, please see the Eligibilty to Submit a Proposal.