Call For Papers

Southwest Commission on Religious Studies


2018 Call for Papers


 

General Information

 

The annual meeting will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North in Irving, Texas. This year each of the member societies in SWCRS has been invited to think creatively about incorporating the theme of "Religious Experience Then and Now" into sessions of the 2018 meeting; members are encouraged to submit paper proposals around this theme. In addition, we invite proposals that are discipline-specific and make a contribute to the ongoing discussion of critical issues in the fields of archaeology, biblical studies and religious studies.

 

Proposals should be submitted to the person designated in each section. Please indicate if the proposal is being submitted to more than one section. Proposals may be submitted to more than one section, but in order to accommodate as many people as possible, papers may not be read more than once during the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for paper proposal submission is Oct. 15, 2017.


A response to your proposal will be sent within one month of the Oct. 15 deadline. If your proposal is accepted, you should confirm in writing your participation in the session with the program chair. In addition, you must register for the meeting through the Eventbrite site for SWCRS 2017. All presenters and presiders must register at least one month prior to the meeting, that is by Feb. 9, 2018.

 

Powerpoint and Other Projection Media Presentations Policy

 

Due to the prohibitive costs of hotel audio-visual rentals, SWCRS does not provide computers, projectors, or video monitors for presentations.  Those persons submitting proposals for presentation must be prepared to provide their own equipment, or to plan for printed copies of any visual elements of their presentation.  Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the relevant organization (AAR, SBL, e.g.) and/or the section coordinator (Ethics, Hebrew Bible, e.g.).




American schools of oriental research

 

ASOR invites paper proposals on ongoing excavations, archaeological theory and/or method, and other topics relating to material culture and archaeology in the Mediterranean and Ancient Near East. Proposals should include the name and university affiliation of the presenter, the title of the presentation, and an abstract of 200-300 words.

Current students who are members of ASOR in good standing are eligible to participate in the annual Eisenbrauns Student Paper Award. Proposals should be submitted in MS-Word and should include the name and university affiliation of the presenter, the title, and an abstract of 200-300 words.

Send proposals by Oct. 13, 2017 to:

            Chad Spigel (Trinity University) cspigel@trinity.edu


 


Association for the Scientific Study of Religion



The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion invites paper proposals on any topic concerning the scientific study of religion, particularly those dealing with the sociological, philosophical, economic, historical, psychological, and political considerations of religion in society. The ASSR welcomes proposals from members of other SWCRS affiliates. Proposals may be submitted to more than one SWCRS affiliate; but, in order to accommodate as many participants as possible, papers may not be read more than once during the SWCRS meeting.

 Upon acceptance of a proposal, ASSR admin will send a membership invoice; members with PayPal accounts can directly submit dues through the PayPal link on the ASSR website (http://www.assronline.org/membership). Anyone presenting a paper must be a member of ASSR and must ensure payment of dues as outlined above. Participants must also register for the annual meeting through the SWCRS website and pay the applicable cost of registration and book with the conference hotel. Important: ASSR dues are separate from and not included in any payments made in connection with the SWCRS.

 PAPER PROPOSALS   The deadline for submitting paper proposals is end of the day, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Send proposals to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas, at craverb@wbu.edu

 PAPER SUBMISSIONS   Please submit the completed paper to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas, at j-dloessin@sbcglobal.net or jonl@wcjc.edu. Your paper must be received by end of the day, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in order to be considered for inclusion in the annual Proceedings of the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and/or to be considered for the 2018 Frank P. Forwood Award.  Papers must adhere to the ASSR Style Guide for Papers located on the ASSR website.


 


American Academy of Religion

The overarching theme for this conference will be “Religious Experience Then and Now,” which may be broadly interpreted by contributors who wish to address it. You may submit any proposal that addresses this theme tailored to an individual session below, or – if your work does not seem to fit any of the extant categories – to Marc DiPaolo at dr.dipaolo@gmail.com and Katherine Downey at katherinedowney@sbcglobal.net.

  

Arts, Literature, and Religion Section

Convener: Marc DiPaulo, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

We would like to investigate artistic representations of religion as a force in everyday life, to note the expectations within these representations, and to measure the influence some understanding or performance of religion has on the perspective these works take. Papers that consider such moments in the arts or literature are welcome. So, too, are presentations or performances that wrestle with depictions of religion in one’s own art (painting, photography, music, creative writing, etc). Other high quality paper topics will be considered as space allows. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a title, a brief description, and an indication of the main arguments the presentation will make. Presentations that directly address the conference theme - "Religious Experience: Then and Now" - are particularly welcome, though not required. Please include a brief self-introduction. Send proposals to: Dr. Marc DiPaolo (marc.dipaolo@swosu.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).

 

Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion Section

Convener: Mark Dennis, Texas Christian University

The Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion section invites paper and panel proposals on aspects of Asian religious thought and practice, both historical and contemporary. We also invite participation in two roundtable discussions: one will address Dan Arnold’s Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind and the other, focused on pedagogy, will take up Jeffrey Kripal’s Comparing Religions. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a title, brief description, and indication of the main arguments of the presentation. If using a PowerPoint presentation, please bring your laptop and make your own arrangements for a data projector. Please indicate if you have any special audiovisual requests. Send proposals to: Mark Dennis (m.dennis@tcu.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).         


Ethics, Society, and Cultural Analysis Section

Conveners: Katina Harris, Prairie View A&M; and Paul Martens, Baylor University

We welcome proposals on all themes and topics that fall under the ethics, society, and cultural analysis umbrella, but we would like to particularly encourage proposals that address the following three foci: (a) religious resources for engaging race and/or immigration (with attention to our region); (b) engagements with the Christian ethics of D. Stephen Long (who has recently moved to our region); and (c) religion and the “grand challenges” or “big ideas” of our time. Proposals should not exceed 400 words and should include a title and brief abstract. Proposals that incorporate the conference theme—“Religious Experience: Then and Now”—will be prioritized. Send proposals to: Katina Harris (kharris56@pvstudent.pvamu.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).

 

History of Christianity Section

Convener: Justin Doran, Claremont McKenna College, University of Texas

(a) History and Anthropology of Christianity: We invite proposals on any topic in the history or anthropology of Christianity, especially those that deal with this year’s theme on religious experience. Marking the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. Sedition Act, we are especially interested in proposals that deal with the relationship between religious experience and conscientious objection, criticism of the government, or Christian resistance to organized violence.

(b) Religions in the Latina/o Americas: Reflecting the restructuring of programming at the national AAR, this year we invite proposals for panels or conversations on topics related to religions in the Latina/o Americas. In recognition of the 200-year anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, we invite proposals for individual papers and full panels that analyze sites of religious contact in the Latina/o Americas, including Latino USA. While we encourage presentations that deal with this year’s theme on religious experience, we will happily consider any topic on Latina/o or Latin American religions.

Proposals should not exceed 400 words and should include a title and brief abstract. Please send proposals to: Justin Michael Doran (jmdoran@utexas.eduP, Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).


Philosophy of Religion Section

Convener: Kandace Geldermeier,

Proposals are invited in all areas in philosophy of religion, including metaphysics, phenomenology, epistemology, and theodicy. Papers are especially encouraged along the theme of “Religious Experiences: Then and Now.” Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or text are welcome. Each panelist should provide an abstract for such submissions. Proposals that feature interdisciplinary or inter-institutional participation, and that promise to stimulate productive discussion, will be favored.  Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length.  Send proposals to: Kandace Geldmeier (kandace.geldermeier@gmail.com), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).

 
      

Religion and Class Section

Convener: Susanne Scholz, Southern Methodist University

We invite proposals for a panel on the intersectionality of religion, class, and reproductive rights.  As Bryce Covert observes in his opinion piece in the New York Times on April 25, 2017, “[e]conomics frequently drive women to seek an abortion in the first place.”  He also quotes Bernie Sanders as asserting: “Once you get off of the social issues — abortion, gay rights, guns — and into the economic issues, there is a lot more agreement than the pundits understand.” The intersectionality of class and reproductive rights is thus highly contested and controversial even among progressive politicians.  Scholars in religious and theological studies must further investigate how religious practices and faith principles intersect with the rhetoric and politics of reproductive rights and class.  Papers on specific historical, sociological, philosophical, textual, ethnographical, theological, or religious dimensions of this year’s broadly framed topic are welcome, as this section explores class studies in religion from multifaceted, diverse, and justice-oriented contexts. We are looking forward to your proposal of no more than 400 words. Send proposals to Dr. Susanne Scholz (sscholz@smu.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).


Religion, Gender, and Sexuality Section

Convener: Whitney Cox, University of Houston

 Contributors to this section are encouraged to consider the conference theme of "Religious Experience: Then and Now" in light of also-changing notions of gender identity, sex, and sexuality. Papers are invited that explore how individual and group experiences of gender and sexuality change, inform, and overlap with religious experiences. Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or text are also welcome. Proposals that feature interdisciplinary or inter-institutional participation, and that promise to stimulate productive discussion, will be favored.  Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length. Send proposals to: Whitney Cox (wcox23@gmail.com), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).

 

Theta Alpha Kappa Section

Convener: Jenny Veninga, St. Edwards University

Student members of Theta Alpha Kappa chapters in the Southwest Region are invited to submit their research for presentation at a TAK paper session. It should be noted that, although any TAK member is permitted to submit a paper proposal for the TAK panel, this session has traditionally been a forum for undergraduates. One session will be devoted to the best papers; open to all topics. Submissions must come from the chapter adviser and include: 1) the presenter’s name and contact information; 2) the entire paper (preferred) or an abstract of the paper (acceptable); 3) the name of the school; and 4) venue for which the paper was prepared (i.e., honors project, senior thesis, etc.). In the event that there are more proposals than can fit in one session, local chapter advisors may be asked to select the one best submission from their schools. Students whose proposals are not included in the paper session will be encouraged to submit the proposal to the SWCRS poster session and guided through that application process. Submit proposals to: Jenny Veninga (jennv@stedwards.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).


Theology Section

Convener: Natalie Carnes, Baylor University

For the first time at AAR-SW, theology will have its own section at the 2018 meeting. To mark this occasion, the Theology Section invites proposals that reflect on the question of why theology is significant today—in the academy, to the church, and for the world. Proposals may address this question systematically and explicitly, or they may choose to answer implicitly, by displaying the type of importance theology has. Proposals may address the different forms and genres theological work takes today, from the dogmatic to the ethnographic, from the historical to the experimental, from the more continentally-influenced approaches to the rise of analytic theology.

Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or publication are especially encouraged. Each panelist should provide an abstract for such submissions. Proposals that feature interdisciplinary or inter-institutional participation, and that promise to stimulate productive discussion, will be favored. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length. Send proposals to: Natalie Carnes (Natalie_Carnes@baylor.edu), Katherine Downey (katherinebrowndowney@gmail.com) and Paul Martens (Paul_Martens@baylor.edu).

 

 

SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE

 
The Society invites member scholars representing diverse intellectual traditions and social settings to submit paper proposals employing various methods of research and interpretation to the program units (see below under Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and Second Temple Judaism). Proposals relating to the annual SWCRS conference theme Religion Matters are encouraged. 

Proposals from graduate students are welcome but, in addition to the participation form, must include a draft of the paper and the name and contact information of a faculty member who knows your work.

Proposals should be submitted no later than 15 October 2017 via the Participation Form available at this link: https://tinyurl.com/ycszesj8

Technology Policy ​While we ​welcome the​ appropriate​ use of technology in presentations,​ ​ presenters should expect to ​supply  all ​audiovisual equipment and screens themselves, as the Region ​does ​not have resources available to support this.


Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals on a variety of topics related to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha. Proposals may focus on specific exegetical problems, biblical theology, biblical hermeneutics, methodological studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, race, ethnicity, gender, and pedagogy. (This list is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.)

Please address any questions to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Program Chair: Dr. James Nogalski, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (e-mail: James_Nogalski@baylor.edu).


New Testament

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of the New Testament (e.g., Paul, the Gospels and Acts, the Johannine literature, Jewish and Christian apocrypha, hermeneutics and theology, and contemporary critical and pedagogical approaches. This list is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.) 


Please address any questions to the New Testament Program Chair: Dr. Jason Maston, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas (e-mail: jmaston@hbu.edu).


 

Second Temple Judaism


Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of Second Temple Jewish ideas, texts, religious, social or political practices, or relevant issues about Judaism in the Greco-Roman world.


Please address any questions to one of the Second Temple Judaism Program Co-Chairs:

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Ms. Annelies Moeser, Brite Divinity School, TCU (e-mail: a.moeser@tcu.edu) or Dr. Ariel Feldman, Brite Divinity School, TCU (e-mail: ariel.feldman@tcu.edu).


SBL Regional Scholar Award Application

Each year the national SBL Conference of Regional Coordinators recognizes excellent papers presented at regional meetings by junior members of the Society.  Consideration for the Regional Scholars Award is open to applicants who are at least at the dissertation stage of a doctoral program and who are no more than four years past the receipt of the Ph.D. 

 

Each region can nominate one scholar annually. The national SBL Conference of Regional Coordinators selects the regional scholars from these candidates. Nomination by the region is no guarantee of selection by the national organization.  Awardees will be encouraged to revise the paper presented at the regional meeting in March 2017, with the help of a mentor, and submit the revised paper to an appropriate program unit of the SBL national meeting. They will be recognized as Regional Scholars at the national meeting. 

 Applicants for the Regional Scholar Award should submit a letter of application (indicating any experience the applicant has presenting papers at the national meeting), a curriculum vitae, and a draft of a paper accepted for presentation at the regional meeting (8-10 pages of text, with appropriate documentation) to the appropriate regional SBL program unit chair (see below) by 16 January 2018. Please indicate as requested at the bottom of the Participation Form if you intend to apply for the Regional Scholar Award.

 

 
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