Biennial Professional Conference

Christian Historians and the Challenges of Race, Gender, and Identity

The 30th Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History

October 19-22, 2016 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Plenary Speakers

Kate Bowler (Duke Divinity School)

Thomas S. Kidd (Baylor University)

Verónica Gutiérrez (Azusa Pacific University)

Call For Papers

The General CFH Conference chair, Beth Allison Barr, has issued a call for papers for the Fall 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History at Regent University in picturesque Virginia Beach, Virginia. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016 for the General Conference (October 20-22) and April 15, 2016 for the Student Research Conference (October 19-20). The conference theme will be “Christian Historians and the Challenges of Race, Gender, and Identity,” but papers on any topic will be considered.

In today’s political and social climate, issues of race, gender, and identity continually polarize much of public discourse and historical scholarship. As Christian historians, our challenge is to address these contentious issues in ways that responsibly deal with contemporary events, with the past, and with our faith. We seek to bring our research and our faith into engagement with our culture, an often complicated and contentious pursuit. As historians, what is our responsibility in addressing current discourses and debates over race, gender, and identity? What are the ways in which our work and our theology should shape our engagement in the present? In what ways should today’s debates over race, gender, and identity shape our research and our teaching?

Here is a non-exhaustive list of ideas you may want to consider for paper and panel sessions

Christian Historians’ Responsibility to the Church concerning Gender Roles
How Christian Intellectuals Have Engaged Race and/or Gender
Engaging Issues of Race, Gender, and/or Christian Identity in Global history
Christian Historians’ Response to Issues of Race and/or Gender within the Academia
How Race and/or Gender Impact Religious History
The Role of Public Historians in Addressing the Challenges of Race, Gender, and/or Identity
How Theology Shapes Understandings of Race and/or Gender
Christian Historians’ Response to the Treatment of Women and/or the Challenges of Diversity in the Professional Academy
Teaching Women’s History and its Significance as Christian Historians
Teaching about Race as Christian Historians
Writing Gender History
Engaging Race and/or Gender in Survey Courses
Christian Historians and Engagement with Political Debates on Race, Gender, and Identity

Individual papers or the preferable complete session proposals should be sent to Beth Allison Barr ( or Josh McMullen ( Please include 300-500 word paper proposals (with titles) and contact information. Sessions will be 90 minutes each, which should allow for three papers and questions. Roundtable proposals are also encouraged. Participants can use the CFH website to connect with other panelists.