2018 ASDAH-ASTR-WAU Joint Conference
General Conference, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904 USA
Washington Adventist University, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Date: January 8-9, 2018
Theme: Situating Adventist History
CALL FOR PAPERS
A conference jointly sponsored by the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH), the General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR), and the Department of History and Political Studies at Washington Adventist University (WAU).
In the last three decades, there has been an extraordinary efflorescence 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 (although the project to create a new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists promises to fill many lacunae).
One continuing weakness in Adventist historiography is that events in the Seventh-day Adventist Church are often written about as if occurring 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 Situating Adventist History conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9, 2018 (following the conclusion of the annual meetings of the American Historical Association and the American Society of Church History in Washington, D.C.). Conference sessions will be held at WAU, in Takoma Park (January 8) and the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters, in Silver Spring (January 9).
By this call for papers, the conference sponsors solicit proposals for papers that critically contextualize Seventh-day Adventist history and historiography. Proposals (no more than 500 words) should be submitted by July 5 (suggest extension) to: