World Christianity Conference

March 11–14, 2020

Seo World Christianity Conference

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference organized by The World Christianity & History of Religions Program (Department of History & Ecumenics)

Recent decades mark a significant watershed in the study of world Christianity as an emerging field, its development into an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Reflection on the complexity of Christianity as a pluricultural, global phenomenon has become robust. Framed loosely in terms of the seminal insights of Dale Irvin, who conceptualizes the study of world Christianity as a crossing of three borders—borders of culture, borders of confession, and borders of religion—our first two conferences (2018 and 2019) focused on historiography and ethnography, leaving other religions as the last of three major sub-fields still to be explored. Accordingly, and based on the premise that Christianity never emerges cross-culturally from a vacuum but always reciprocally in a variety of global contexts already conditioned by pre-existing religions (whether African, Amerindian, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, or Islamic, to mention but a few of the myriad possibilities), we invite proposals for papers and panels on this multifaceted, wide-open topic from scholars in all branches of the academy. While critical reflection is encouraged on "religion" as a construct having a complex European genealogy problematizing all scholarship on Christianity in extra-European contexts, we particularly welcome proposals that address the problematics through the prism of contextualized case-studies (contemporary or historical). As before, the conference seeks to reflect on the state of the field, critique past practices, and explore innovative approaches that push the edge on world Christianity scholarship. Panels on such themes as conversion, translation, identity, missions, materiality, migration, diaspora, intercultural theology, and interreligious dialogue are only a few of the many possibilities. In short, the conference seeks to provide an interdisciplinary space for intellectual encounter and exchange.

Afe Adogame, Professor of Religion and Society
Raimundo Barreto, Assistant Professor of World Christianity
Richard F. Young, Associate Professor of the History of Religions

Conference Details


Early-bird registration ends on December 31. A higher fee will be charged thereafter.



Includes refreshments, lunches, and the conference banquet

  • $155.00 – early bird / $185.00 – late registration (faculty based in USA, Canada, and Europe)
  • $100.00 – early bird / $120.00 – late registration (faculty based in the Global South, graduate students/retirees)


Limited availability (single/shared rooms) at The Erdman Center on the Princeton Seminary campus. Other options for accommodation will be announced later.

Limited travel subsidies will be available for selected participants from the Global South with accepted paper/panel proposals.

Resources from Past Conferences

Wide Image World Christianity Conference 2018 Group Shot
Participants in the 2018 World Christianity Conference gather in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library

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