Call for Abstracts
Justice: Meaning and Practice in the Churches of Christ
The Churches of Christ, a largely Southern fellowship, has a tenuous history of race relations. However, our quest to take the biblical text literally serves as a strong foundation towards achieving racial and social justice in the US. This section invites paper proposals from researchers in relevant fields in the social sciences and theology that examine the meaning of racial and social justice in the context of the church. Furthermore, this section seeks models of racial and social justice in practice in churches that might inform the larger Church of Christ context.
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. Please send proposals and queries to Tanya Brice, Benedict College, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctoral Students Session #1: “Theological Anthropology and Identity Construction”
This session will concern the relationship between theological anthropology and human identity formation in the history of Christian thought. Much contemporary scholarship is dedicated to elaborating and interrogating the role of Christian conceptions of the human being in processes of identity construction. We invite PhD students (at any stage) to join in that work by engaging in critical reflection upon these issues from a clear disciplinary perspective that speaks into a multi-disciplinary conversation. Papers may identify and critically evaluate implicit beliefs, practices, and values informing Christian claims about human salvation and/or flourishing, with far-reaching implications for identity formation (historically, materially, dogmatically, and so on).
Email your proposal of 300-500 words to Lauren Smelser White (email@example.com) by January 21. Students will receive word about their proposal by February 14. Three proposals will be chosen for presentation in consultation with relevant faculty (through “blind” evaluation). Final papers will be distributed in advance to the session participants 3-4 weeks before the conference; depending on the length of papers, some may be summarized in a presentation rather than read in full. The three doctoral students whose proposals are accepted will be eligible for up to $1,000 in reimbursement for travel, lodging, and registration.
Doctoral Students Session #2: “Issues in Teaching for Ministry: A Roundtable Discussion”
This panel seeks to cultivate theologically reflective conversation on the practice of teaching for ministry in undergraduate, graduate, and seminary contexts. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, diversity in the classroom, ends/objectives of theological education, the changing religious landscape, and concrete pedagogical practices. Compelling proposals will identify a problem or possibility in theological education, offer specific, informed reflection upon it, and raise a substantial question for discussing teaching for ministry in its diverse facets.
E-mail your proposal of 300-500 words to Lauren Smelser White (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 21. Three papers will be selected through blind review by a faculty panel; notifications will be sent by February 14th. Final papers will be distributed to all session participants by May 13th. In order to facilitate substantive conversation, a maximum presentation time of 15 minutes will be strictly enforced; papers must not exceed 2,000 words. The three doctoral students whose proposals are accepted will be eligible for up to $1,000 in reimbursement for travel, lodging, and registration.
Updated 21 November 2015.