Pre-Conference Videos #YaleEdin2021

As part of this year’s online Yale-Edinburgh conference, we are releasing a series of pre-conference videos prepared by partners from around the globe. You can subscribe and see it on our YouTube channel playlist or on our MediaHopper playlist. Here’s the first of our videos:

If you have trouble accessing the YouTube, you can also watch this on MediaHopper.

Yale-Edinburgh 2021 – Call for Papers

Oral, Print, and Digital Cultures in World Christianity and the History of Mission
On-line, from New College, University of Edinburgh, 22–24 June 2021
Proposals due: 20 March 2021 29 March 2021
Social media hashtag: #YaleEdin2021

The next meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission is to take place on-line, from New College, University of Edinburgh, from 22-24 June 2021. More information about the on-line format will be provided later.

We anticipate that the on-line format will increase the number of paper proposals that are submitted. Yet we will also be working with a condensed time schedule due to the multiple time zones we will be spanning. We will prioritise early career scholars and offer two options for paper presentations: (1) a short oral presentation in real time (15min + Q&A time) and (2) a presentation in the form of a pre-recorded 3 min video with a single slide.

When submitting an abstract please ensure that:

  • it is close to the theme of the conference,
  • you state the year you gained your PhD, or your student status
  • your preference for short oral presentation or pre-recorded 3 min video. Depending on demand, you may not be offered your first choice.

The theme of the meeting is the same as that of the cancelled 2020 conference.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted by 20th 29th March 2021 to cswc-events@ed.ac.uk. Registration is open until 15th June 2021: https://bit.ly/3erS5JQ.

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Yale-Edinburgh 2020 and 2021

You will not be surprised that we are canceling this year’s Yale-Edinburgh conference. Whilst some countries are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, others are only entering it. Travel restrictions are likely to be in place for sometime. We are very sorry that we won’t be welcoming participants to Edinburgh this year. We had a large number of fascinating abstracts.

Those who have booked for the conference and accommodation will have their money reimbursed. This may take a week or two to reach your bank accounts, so please bear with the adminstrator, Mrs Jean Reynolds, as she deals with this. Please be in touch with cswc-events@ed.ac.uk if you have any practical difficulties. 

At this stage we would already like to invite you to Yale-Edinburgh 2021! We very much hope that it will be possible to hold the conference at the end of June next year. We propose to have the same theme ‘Oral, Print and Digital Cultures‘ and we will hold it in Edinburgh. It remains particularly topical as there has been an increased move to digital forms of Christian worship during the spread of COVID-19. This move remains uneven and dynamic. We will not keep the 2020 abstracts. You may like to submit the same one next year or write a new one.

We will write again towards the end of the year with dates and more information.

In the meantime, we send our prayers for your good health.

Alexander Chow and Emma Wild-Wood

Studies in World Christianity, Issue 26.1

Diversity and Difference

It perhaps goes without saying that World Christianity is diverse. In large part, this diversity comes from the multiplicity of cultural, religious and socio-political concerns of the majority world, which have raised new questions to pre-existing theologies and practices. Such differences exist not only between North and South, East and West, but also within the same locale – across the progress of time and diversity in visions of mission. Furthermore, these differences have often manifested themselves institutionally, through the proliferation of new church movements, often formed independent of established denominational structures.

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