2022 Conference Theme

Advancing the Study of Pentecostalism
New Directions & Future Possibilities


Program Chair: 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 closed for this conference.

Expectations about Presentations

To submit a proposal to the Program Committee for consideration for the 2022 Annual Meeting, you must willing to become a member of the Society prior to November 1, 2021. If you are a current member, your membership must be renewed for 2022 prior to November 1, 2021. If you need to apply or renew your members, you may do so here.

Eligibility to Appear on the SPS Program

All participants in panels, seminars, workshops and paper sessions at the Annual Meeting are required to be SPS members in good standing. Organizers of panels, seminars, and workshops must verify participants’ membership status by November 1, 2021. The membership status of individuals who submit proposals for paper sessions is verified by the Executive Director before the abstract is placed in the program. If you are not sure whether you have paid your SPS dues for the current year, you may check the membership directory on the members only page of our website.

A waiver of the membership requirement may be requested from the Program Committee by the Interest Group Leader at the time the session is submitted for review if the participant in question is a scholar in a field not ordinarily associated with Pentecostalism. A waiver of SPS membership for participation in the Annual Meeting will be granted only once for any given individual. Such waivers may not be granted to a scholar who is either submitting an individual proposal to the Program Committee or who is responding to papers within an organizer-refereed panel or affiliated group. Requests for waivers should be sent directly to the SPS Executive Director.

Annual Meeting Registration

All participants in sessions on the program, including nonmembers who have received a waiver of the membership requirement, must register for the Annual Meeting and pay the applicable fees no later than November 1, 2021.

Single Appearance Policy

The Program Committee seeks to encourage wide participation among SPS members at the Annual Meeting. The Committee therefore reminds all participants of its long-standing policy of limiting members to one appearance on the Annual Meeting Program. An appearance includes participation as a presenter or respondent in a panel, presenter of a seminar or workshop, or a parallel session. Panel organizers should ensure that participants in their proposed sessions are not appearing elsewhere at the Annual Meeting. Serving as the chair of a parallel session, presider of a meeting panel, or the leader of a roundtable discussion group is not treated as an appearance on the SPS program.

Presenters’ Writing Guide

If you have been selected to present a paper at the annual meeting of the Society, you will be required to follow some guidelines. Download this archive: Sample Paper, unzip it and use either file to guide the formatting of your paper. (The file may download after you click thi link without any further notification.)