Symposium” “Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia”

I’d like to invite you to submit abstracts to the symposium Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia, which I am convening with Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University.

  • Date: 11-12 of August, 2017
  • Abstract submission date: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Submit to: Kathleen Openshaw   k.openshaw@westernsydney.edu
  • Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities (PCC) have grown significantly worldwide, particularly in the Global South. In Australia, the latest National Church Life Survey has shown they have overtaken Anglicans as the second largest religious group by attendance, behind the Catholic Church. Data also points to PCC adherents’ higher educational attainment, now higher than among Anglicans. Moreover, Australia’s location in Oceania, the ‘most Christian part of the world,’ means that many migrants from the region are Pentecostal and Charismatic.

On the other hand, Australian megachurches such as Hillsong, Planetshakers, COC and C3 have been influencing churches in many parts of the world, including the USA and even Brazil, the largest Pentecostal country in the world. In this symposium we are interested in teasing out the remarkable growth of PCC in Australia, a country considered largely secular. We are hoping to discuss the following questions: How have PCC grown from their humble origins to become such a force in Australia? What makes Australians join a PCC movement? What is the relationship between PCC and Australian politics? How do migrants and refugees negotiate identity, belonging and home-making in Australia through Pentecostal/Charismatic churches? How can we account for the remarkable rise of PCC in Australia in a post-secular world? How do PCC expand in and out of the country?

This call for papers seeks authors on topics which include the connections between Australian PCC and:

  • Historical developments
  • Australian politics
  • Media, music, Information Communication Technologies
  • Branding and marketing
  • Late modernity and global capitalism
  • Material culture
  • Aesthetics and embodied practices
  • Lived experiences
  • Social justice movements/activism
  • Chaplaincy in schools
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Migration
  • Gender and class
  • Youth and celebrity cultures

The conveners are planning to publish chapters in an edited volume after the symposium.

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University
Editor: Journal of Global Buddhism
Editor: Religion in the Americas series, Brill
http://www.uws.edu.au/religion_and_society/people/researchers/dr_cristina_rocha