Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

 

Updated 4/13/2014

Calls for Papers

All calls are now closed.

Creative Writing Section

The Novel Version of Roger’s Version

This year a highlight of our conference will be a theatrical production of John Updike’s Roger Version. To coincide with other panels related to the play, we will offer a ‘book review’ panel of the 1986 novel on which the play is based. Papers should offer a review of Roger’s Version and use the novel as a hub to discuss other themes, aspects, or works of Updike. Keep in mind elements of faith, belief, and spirituality. Also, if possible, a nod in the direction of the conference’s theme of ‘Leadership in the Academy, Religion, and Civic Life’ would be appreciated.

Email your submissions to John Struloeff, Pepperdine University at john.struloeff@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) February 18, 2014. Notification of acceptance: February 21.

Required information in your proposal:

Your name

  • Your university affiliation
  • Your paper title
  • An 85-100 word abstract of your paper.  (If you have it, please also submit a working draft or more detailed abstract/outline of the paper.)

Timed presentations only: 7-9 double-spaced pages (15-18 minute reading time).

All panelists must register with the conference in order to present their papers.  The registration fee and lodging rates are very reasonable!  (http://www.lipscomb.edu/csc/Registration)

The Spirit in Tennessee Writers

Tennessee has a rich literary tradition. While the struggles of the central characters define the plots, the stories--whether in the form of novels, stories, poetry, or plays--always have a strong spiritual core. We are seeking papers that focus on this spiritual dimension of the creative works of Tennessee authors.

Email your submissions to John Struloeff, Pepperdine University at john.struloeff@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) February 14, 2014. Notification of acceptance: February 21. Required information in your proposal: 

  • Your name
  • Your university affiliation
  • Your paper title
  • An 85-100 word abstract of your paper.  (If you have it, please also submit a working draft or more detailed abstract/outline of the paper.)

Timed presentations only: 7-9 double-spaced pages (15-18 minute reading time). All panelists must register with the conference in order to present their papers.  The registration fee and lodging rates are very reasonable!  (http://www.lipscomb.edu/csc/Registration

Patristics Section Call for Papers

The Patristics section of the Christian Scholars' Conference issues an open call for papers pertaining to the field of Patristics. Papers that address the history of reception of the fathers (ancient or modern) are particularly welcome. This open session will coincide with the inaugural Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies at the Christian Scholars' Conference. The address will be given by Elizabeth Clark. Graduate students are invited to submit complete papers of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced. Faculty members may submit proposals of 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers. All proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, which will organize one or two sessions, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.     

Please send proposals to Jeff Childers (childersj@acu.edu) no later than January 31, 2014. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author, which will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted. We will notify you whether your paper is accepted by February 15, 2014.

Civil Rights and Churches of Christ: Leadership in the Academy, Religion and Civic Life Call For Abstracts

The Churches of Christ, a largely Southern fellowship, has a tenuous history of race relations. The US Civil Rights movement served as a spotlight on the myth of unity to reveal the reality of a racially divided fellowship. This section invites paper proposals from researchers in relevant fields in the social sciences and theology that examine this history of race relations. Furthermore, this section seeks proposals that inspire discourse towards strategies for addressing contemporary issues of race relations within this fellowship specifically and throughout society broadly.

Proposals of 300-400 words will be accepted through January 31. Those submitting will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 15. Accepted proposals must be completed and submitted to the session chair by May 15. Please send proposals and queries to Tanya Brice, Benedict College, bricet@benedict.edu.  

Call for Abstracts to Business and Engineering Faculty: Leadership in the Academy, Religion and Civic Life

We face vexing problems in the world today that call for leadership. Poverty, sustainability, and social justice are just a few areas where society needs leaders to bring about significant change. Business and engineering faculty address leadership in their research efforts to advance knowledge. They also bear a heavy responsibility in educating and inspiring young people to lead in ethical and socially responsible ways. In this call for abstracts, we invite business and engineering scholars to gather June 5-6, 2014 at the Christian's Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  Topics can include but are not limited to:

Research Topics

  • Women in leadership
  • Corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line
  • Sustainable business models
  • Leadership and follow-ship
  • Spirituality and leadership--including servant leadership
  • Leading social enterprises
  • Value centered leadership
  • Next generation leadership
  • Business and religion--understanding each other
  • Leadership development
  • Engineering and business related topics (such as supply chain design)

Pedagogy

  • Leadership in engineering and business missions
  • Co-Curricular leadership activities in colleges of business
  • Teaching leadership

Please email paper abstracts (maximum 500 words) or panel proposals to Andy.Borchers@lipscomb.edu by February 14, 2014. Abstracts will undergo blind review.  We will then organize one or more sessions based on the quality of submissions.

“John Updike and Christian Thought”

Beginning with his earliest publications and continuing throughout his lengthy professional career, John Updike authored literary works that have borne a pronounced relationship to Christian intellectual concerns. Lutheran, Barthian, Puritan, Congregationalist, Reformed, and Calvinist--all these theologies, as well as other schools of Christian thought, have figured prominently in his novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.

This peer-reviewed session invites paper proposals from researchers in relevant fields of literature or theology on the varied ways in which Christian thought undergirded Updike’s literary output in plot, theme, characterization, imagery, or other aspects. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide interfacing scholarly commentary for the conference's world premier stage production of Updike’s Roger's Version.

Proposals of 300-400 words will be accepted through January 15. Those submitting will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 15. Accepted proposals must be completed and submitted to the session chair by May 15. Send proposals and queries to: Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University, weatherss@acu.edu. 

“Scientific Breakthroughs: A CSC Mini-Review Series”

The 2014 Christian Scholars' Conference will host mini-review sessions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines.  These sessions will focus on either notable new discoveries or research progress announced in the current scientific literature. The intent of these sessions will be to inform a general academic audience of the background and core principles of the discovery.  Content will be developed from the primary, peer-reviewed scientific literature and will be presented by conference attendees with appropriate academic training for the mini-review content.  Proposals will be reviewed for the scientific quality of content and the conferences capacity to provide an appropriate audience for the content. Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes for questions/discussion with the audience.

Proposals should include a 300-500 word introduction of the proposed session;defining the central themes of the mini-review, and citing published sources of information that will inform the presentation.  Please include your curriculum vitae with the submission of the proposal.  Submissions can be emailed to Jay Brewster at jay.brewster@pepperdine.edu on or before January 10, 2014. Notice of acceptance/declination of your paper will be provided by February 1, 2014. 

“Embodiment, Encounter, and Power: Theological and Mystical Frames for Subverting and Reimagining Power Structures”

The Christian Spirituality Section seeks papers that explore the mystical texts in the Christian tradition to address human relationship to power. This peer-review session will explore specific works to identify and locate particular spiritual and theological resources or frames that can subvert unjust and inequitable power structures and reimagine them in ways that are equitable and just. Special consideration will be given to those proposals that address issues of embodiment or encounter and their potential engaging of power.

This session invites submissions from both working scholars and graduate students.  Please submit a proposal of 300-500 words to Eric R. Magnusson (eric.magnusson@arbor.edu) no later than January 15, 2014. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper, a description of its aim and scope, and a brief bio of the author. Review decisions will be made by February 15, 2014.

“Grace and Law in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables”

Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is the story of redeemed thief Jean Valjean and his law-enforcement nemesis, Javart. Often called one of the most widely read and influential books ever written, this novel has never been out of print and has inspired numerous film, television, and radio adaptations as well as the long-running musical, also titled Les Misérables. The story has strong religious and social justice themes that resonate with our cultural context, especially the idea of grace and redemption versus law and justice.  In Hugo’s novel, both Valjean and Javert believe they are following God’s will although with entirely different motivations and results.

This peer-review session will consider the Christian Scholars’ Conference theme of “Leadership in the Academy, Religion, and Civic Life” in the context of Les Misérables, either the novel or dramatic adaptations, with particular emphasis on the themes of grace, law, and redemption. A peer-review committee will consider all proposals and form one or two panels depending on the proposals received. Please send 300-500 word paper proposals to Mikee Delony (mikee.delony@acu.edu) by January 15, 2014.  Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 15, 2014.  

“The Current State of PK-12 Teacher Evaluation”

This peer-reviewed session will examine the ever changing issue of teacher evaluation in PK-12 education. The Christian Scholars’ Conference is soliciting original research and reflective articles on this topic. The topic is broadly conceived to appeal to a wide variety of approaches that examine, evaluate, reflect upon, and respond to teacher evaluation models, methods, policies, and/or literature. We encourage papers that challenge current practices or systems and that promote experimentation or research (suggested, in-progress, and/or completed) in different or novel approaches to teacher evaluation. This session invites submissions from both working scholars and graduate students. 

Please submit a 300-500 word paper proposal to bbryant1@harding.edu, no later than January 21, 2014.  Those submitting papers will be notified by February 14, 2014 of the status of their submission.  Accepted proposals must be completed in final form by May 31, 2014.

“New Testament Exegesis”

The New Testament Exegesis section issues an open call for exegetical studies that deal with questions or issues pertaining to discrete texts. Papers may focus on any NT passage and will be judged on originality, clarity, and exegetical rigor. Papers that make some application to the conference topic of Leadership in the Academy, Religion, and Civic Life are welcome, but proposals need not necessarily pertain to the conference theme.

Graduate students are invited to submit complete papers of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced. Faculty members may submit proposals of 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers. All proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, which will organize one or two sessions, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.

Please send proposals to Christopher R. Hutson (crhutson@acu.edu) no later than January 15, 2014. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author, which will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted. We will notify you whether your paper is accepted by February 15, 2014.