Situating Adventist History Conference 2018 - Call for Papers

The General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) is pleased to announce an upcoming conference, “Situating Adventist History”, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9, 2018, in Takoma Park and Silver Spring, Maryland.

This conference is jointly sponsored by ASTR, the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH), and the Department of History and Political Studies at Washington Adventist University (WAU). The conference will begin following the conclusion of the annual meetings of the American Historical Association and the American Society of Church History in Washington, D.C., and conference sessions will be held at WAU, in Takoma Park (January 8) and the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters, in Silver Spring (January 9).

Keynote speakers:

David Holland (Harvard Divinity School), author of Sacred Borders (Oxford UP, 2011)

Nicholas Miller (Andrews University), author of The Religious Roots of the First Amendment (Oxford UP, 2012)

Alec Ryrie (University of Durham), author of Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World (Penguin, 2017)

Reggie Williams (McCormick Theological Seminary), author of Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus (Baylor UP, 2014).

The last thirty years has seen tremendous growth in researching and writing Seventh-day Adventist history. Histories that are based on archival sources and are (in the best sense) critical have appeared, transforming our understanding in many areas. Yet much remains to be done, for some decades, subjects, and geographic areas remain relatively unexplored by historians. Furthermore, events in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are often written about as if they occurred 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. Even recent critical histories tend to reveal Adventist developments in greater depth and based on more evidence, rather than providing a genuinely broad perspective. 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 conference sponsors are soliciting proposals for papers that critically contextualize Seventh-day Adventist history and historiography. Proposals (no more than 500 words) should be submitted by July 5 to: archives@gc.adventist.org.

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