For the Winter 2013 meeting of the American Society of Church History (ASCH), I will propose a roundtable discussion of The Promise of Independent Scholarship to the History of Christianity. I invite presentations that would stimulate conversation among us on this theme and could lead to an continuing forum on it.
Potential questions we might might are . . .
* What perspectives does one's livelihood contribute to scholarship in the history of Christianity? When, if so, do independent scholars working in "day jobs" elsewhere than in academic institutions hold perspectives of interpretation different from those of teachers? When are these evident?
* Who among us that are independent scholars is content to research, write, publish, and speak on the history of Christianity without connection to the academic tasks of teaching/learning? Why?
* Who among us taught within the academy but, for whatever reason, no longer does so? How has this since enriched and/or limited us in our ongoing scholarship?
* What opportunities and partnerships are available to us independent scholars who wish to to contribute to the history of Christianity as equals with academicians? Or, what barriers to our collaboration, publishing, and speaking do we encounter when we are not affiliated with an academic institution?
. . . but any proposed question is welcomed as you may well have a better one to ask!
If accepted, this roundtable will include three or four twenty minute presentations to be followed by replies by the presenters and then a wide-ranging conversation among everyone present.
The Winter meeting of the ASCH will be held from Thursday to Sunday, January 3-6, 2013, in New Orleans in conjunction with the American Historical Associationís annual meeting. The ASCH leadership understands and appreciates the needs of independent scholars: http://www.churchhistory.org/independent-scholars/ .
Per the ASCH Call for Papers, please e-mail me "(1) a short description of your proposed presentation in less than 300 words, (2) a biographical paragraph or CV summary, and (3) your current mailing location, email address, and phone number. I must submit the proposal to the ASCH Program Committee by March 15 at the latest, so please contact me right away. And as you consider whether or not to participate in this roundtable, I will be very happy to talk you. Please e-mail me your telephone number(s) and best time(s) to call.
I await your word!
Ray F. Kibler III, Ph.D., D.Min. + firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Scholar in Church History and Ecumenical Studies
Ecumenical (Faith and Order movement) contributor
Lutheran Intentional Interim Pastor
(on continuing medical disability leave)
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