The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its tenth biennial conference to be held at The Ohio State University, February 1-3, 2024 (with a banquet on February 3rd). The theme is the body and Eastern Christianity, broadly conceived to address the relationship between faith and the corporeal, particularly regarding personhood, ability/disability, and healing.
Papers are also welcome that do not explicitly address these topics. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate.
The conference will feature a keynote address on Friday, February 2. Our keynote speaker, Katherine Karam McCray, is a social ethicist who focuses on religious history and disability. Her work examines the relationship between sin and disability, teasing out theological constructions of morality around ability while showcasing alternative traditions that decouple bodily autonomy from ethics and foster more capacious theological understandings of the person. McCray holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a ThM from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. She is a PhD candidate in religious ethics at University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
Either panel proposals (three papers) or individual paper proposals can be submitted. Send paper and panel proposals with abstracts of 100-200 words for each paper, and a brief one-page curriculum vitae for each participant to Heather Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for proposals is December 11, 2023.
Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with assistance for travel expenses. For more information on the conference and its venue, contact Nadieszda Kizenko (email@example.com).