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Business, Computing and Engineering Section, Call for Abstracts: "Discovery: The Challenge of Emergent Truth"

Papers, Posters and Displays

This year’s CSC Theme “Discovery, The Challenge of Emergent Truth” comes at a critical time for scholars in business, engineering and computing disciplines.  Global problems call for interdisciplinary answers to vexing problems including food security, climate change, and social unrest.  At the same time, the ethics and motivation of traditional business organizations are challenged and under attack by many.  Our challenge is to discover truths that can provide meaningful answers to these and other important questions.

In this Call for Abstracts, we invite business, computing, and engineering scholars to gather June 6-8, 2018 at the Christian's Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. We will have traditional 90-minute paper and panel sessions. Further, we plan a poster and display session to highlight Business as Mission and Humanitarian Engineering work.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  •  *** New this year *** Pecha Kucha session on Business Ethics.  A Pecha Kucha is a 6 min 40 sec presentation by a presenter who has 20 images automatically advancing at 20 second intervals behind them.
  •  *** Special Panel Session ***Emerging Spiritual Challenges in the “Gig Economy” - Technologies, legislation, cultural evolution, globalization, terrorism, and growth of the service sector are changing organizations, career paths, and jobs. Some call the new environment the “sharing economy” or the “gig economy.” How does this “new economy” affect self-identity, well-being, family life, businesses, churches, and educators? 
  •  Integrating faith and our disciplines
    • Business as Mission (BAM) - including Missional entrepreneurship
    • Faith at Work
    • Humanitarian Engineering
  •  Related Research Topics
    • Corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line
    • Sustainable business models
    • Spirituality business models
    • Spirituality and Leadership - including Servant Leadership
    • Leading social enterprises
    • Value centered leadership
    • Business and religion - understanding each other
    • Other Engineering, computing and business related topics (such as ethical supply chains)
  •  Pedagogy 
    • Engineering and Business Missions
    • Co-Curricular activities in Colleges of Business, Engineering and Computing
    • Integrating faith and business, computing and engineering courses

We plan to concentrate our sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, highlighted by a combined paper/display session on Thursday with a luncheon for all participants.

Please email paper, poster or display abstracts (maximum 500 word) by February 1, 2018 to andy.borchers@lipscomb.edu

All abstracts will undergo blind review. We will then organize one or more sessions based on these submissions.

Business and Engineering Committee:

  • Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Andy.Borchers@lipscomb.edu
  • Rob Touchstone, Lipscomb University
  • Allen W. Frazier, Harding University
  • Rich Wells, Harding University (Engineering)
  • Orneita Burton, Abilene Christian University
  • Michael Williams, Pepperdine University

 

Christianity, Literature and Language, Call for Papers:

The English Studies: Literature, Rhetoric, Composition Section Committee, chaired by Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University, invites scholarly papers/presentations on the conference theme: “Discovery  -- The Challenge of Emergent Truth,” as well as papers/presentations concerned with the works of either of the two conference plenary speakers:

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith will be a plenary speaker at the 2018 CSC. Smith was named 2017-2018 U.S. Poet Laureate last summer, having earned in 2011 a Pulitzer for Life on Mars. She is currently a professor of humanities and Director of the creative writing program at Princeton University. We invite papers (or abstract proposals) that engage any aspect of her work.

Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life and Old School, will be a plenary speaker for the 2018 CSC. The acclaimed author has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Academy Award in Literature. He is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Stanford and in 2015 received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. We invite papers (or abstract proposals) that engage any aspect of his work.

Guidelines: 

  • Email submissions only. Please send submissions to susan.blassingame@lcu.edu by midnight on January 22.
  • Timed presentations only: 7-9 double-spaced pages (15-17 minute reading time)
  • No multiple submissions.
  • Paper submissions: Full versions of conference papers are preferred, but 250 word abstracts will be considered.
  • Blind judging: all abstracts or papers MUST be submitted as a word document attachment with two cover pages: one cover page with the title, presenter’s name, academic affiliation (or independent scholar), mailing address, telephone, and email address; and a second cover page with only the title of the presentation. The abstract or paper must be titled with NO writer identification on any of its pages.

The judging panel will notify writers of the chosen papers/presentations by February 9. All others will be notified as soon as possible.  We hope to fill 2-3 panels. 

The Christianity, Literature and Language Section Committee:

  • Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University, dlt14a@acu.edu
  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University

Civil Rights Section, Call for Papers: “Discovery: The Challenge of Emergent Truth”

The Churches of Christ have a rich heritage of higher education. This is evidenced by approximately 20 Church of Christ affiliated colleges and universities in the United States. Our institutions of higher education also have a tenuous history of race relations. It is in institutions of higher education that there should be the freedom of discovery and the challenge of emergent truth. This section invites paper and panel proposals that address issues of race, equity and inclusion on the Christian campus, particularly within the context of Churches of Christ. Furthermore, this section seeks proposals that inspire discourse towards strategies for addressing these issues, and that influences our broader fellowship, specifically, and our society, broadly.

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, tanyasmithbrice@gmail.com .

The Civil Rights Section Committee:

  • Tanya Brice, Benedict College, tanyasmithbrice@gmail.com
  • Phyllis Hildreth, American Baptist College
  • Michelle Steele, Lipscomb University
  • William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University

Creative Writing Section: Call for Papers #1:

Panel Title: Emergent Truth: A Reading

This panel seeks authors to read from their own creative works on this year's conference theme: emergent truth. While the literary genres may vary among the readers (fiction, poetry, or memoir), each reader will choose work that has a core connection with the conference theme. Diversity in authorial background, specific subject matter, and writing style is welcome.

Email your submissions to John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, at John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) February 14, 2018. Notification of acceptance: February 28.

Required information in your proposal:

a) Your name

b) Your university affiliation

c) Title for your presentation

d) An 85-100 word abstract of the work you will read.  (If you have it, please also submit a working draft or more detailed abstract/outline.)

e) An 85-100 word author bio.

Timed presentations only: approx. 15-18 minute reading time

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

Creative Writing Committee:

  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu
  • Terry Engle, Harding University
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University

Creative Writing Section: Call for Papers #2:

Panel Title: The Poetry of Tracy K. Smith

Current U.S. Poet Laureate and CSC keynote speaker, Tracy K. Smith, is the author of three books of poems and a memoir. Her many awards include a Stegner Fellowship, the James Laughlin Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is currently a professor and Director of the creative writing program at Princeton University. For this panel, we are seeking a broad range of papers on Smith's poetry, but all should substantively engage the conference theme: emergent truth. Preference will be given to proposals from creative writers or scholars who also publish their creative work (poetry, fiction, etc.).

Required information in your proposal:

a) Your name

b) Your university affiliation

c) Title for your presentation

d) An 85-100 word abstract of your proposed paper. (If you have it, please also submit a working draft or more detailed abstract/outline.)

e) An 85-100 word scholarly and author bio.

Email your submissions to John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, at John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) February 14, 2018. Notification of acceptance: February 28.

Timed presentations only: approx. 15-18 minute reading time

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

Creative Writing Committee:

  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu
  • Terry Engle, Harding University
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University

Creative Writing Section: Call for Papers #3:

Panel Title: The Fiction of Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff is considered by many to be among the finest short story writers in the American literary tradition. His books include the novel, Old School, and the short story collections, Back in the World, The Night in Question, and Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. For this panel, we are seeking a broad range of papers on Wolff’s fiction, but all should substantively engage the conference theme: emergent truth. Preference will be given to proposals from creative writers or scholars who also publish their creative work (poetry, fiction, etc.).

Required information in your proposal:

a) Your name

b) Your university affiliation

c) Title for your presentation

d) An 85-100 word abstract of your proposed paper.  (If you have it, please also submit a working draft or more detailed abstract/outline.)

e) An 85-100 word scholarly and author bio.

Email your submissions to John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, at John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) February 14, 2018. Notification of acceptance: February 28.

Timed presentations only: approx. 15-18 minute reading time

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

Creative Writing Committee:

  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu
  • Terry Engle, Harding University
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University

Gender Studies Section, Call for Papers:

The Gender Studies Section, formerly known as the Women Studies Section, issues an open call for papers and panel proposals that focus on gender and religion. The organizers are particularly interested in papers and panel proposals that focus on the relationship between questions of gender and power, discrimination, justice, abuse, and/or harassment in religious contexts. Papers or panel proposals that address this year’s theme of “Discovery, The Challenge of Emergent Truth” will be given special consideration.

Please send a title and brief abstract (85 -100 words) to Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, penyal@acu.edu.  Abstracts will be accepted through February 28 and notified of acceptance by March 9.

Gender Studies Section Committee:

  • Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, penyal@acu.edu
  • Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University
  • Kristina Davis, Abilene Christian University

Early Career Scholars in Theological Disciplines, Call for Papers: “Particularity and Truth”

Religious scholars examine the idea of “truth” in relationship to particularities of social context, cultural practice, and identity. This session will take up the question of truth’s loci. Does truth ultimately transcend particularity or does particularity pervade and enable the proclamation of truth? We invite 100-word abstracts of proposed papers from early career scholars in all theological disciplines (e.g., history, ethics, theology, biblical studies, pastoral theology, homiletics, etc.) that either reflect on the relationship between particularity and truth or engage reflexively in analysis of truth from a particular context or situation. We especially welcome proposals that wrestle seriously with challenges posed by truth proclaimed from historically marginalized communities. Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment to Andrew Krinks (andrewkrinks@gmail.com) no later than January 21, 2018.

The Early Career Scholars in Theological Disciplines Section Committee:

  • Andrew Krinks, Vanderbilt University, andrewkrinks@gmail.com
  • Stanley Talbert, Union Theological Seminary
  • Laura Estes, St. Louis University
  • Angela Sims, St. Paul School of Theology, Faculty Advisor

Film Studies Section: Call for Papers #1

Peer Reviewed Session Title: “‘Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying’: The Shawshank Redemption and Theological Implications of Freedom”


The Film Studies Section invites submissions on the theological implications of The Shawshak Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont). The call explicitly seeks to examine The Shawshank Redemption from a theological perspective, especially through the notion of liberation and freedom. This examination can explore the film intertextually with related works of cinema, literature, theology, and/or visual culture. In addition, the call is also open to various disciplines that engage the film from diverse aesthetic, theoretical, and sociopolitical perspectives.

Required information in your proposal:

a) Your name
b) Your university affiliation
c) Title for your presentation
d) An 75-150 word paper abstract
e) An 75-100 word author biography

Email your submissions to Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, at Joi.Carr@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) March 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance: March 22.

Film Studies Committee:

  • Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, Joi.Carr@pepperdine.edu
  • Miranda Banks, Emerson College
  • Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University

 

Film Studies Section: Call for Papers #2

Peer Reviewed Session Title: “21st Century Identity Politics and American Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films”

Filmmakers often use science fiction and fantasy films  to explore sociopolitical and ideological issues that would otherwise alienate audiences. The proliferation of such films point to a particular 21st century zeitgeist. This panel seeks to uncover the range and complexity of the issues examined in American films between 2000-2017. For this panel we seek a broad range of critical perspectives that interrogate issues of national identity, race, class, and/or gender, through formal analysis, literary analysis, genre studies, interdisciplinary approaches, and/or  historical and  sociocultural contexts. Topics can include, but are not limited to the following films:  X-Men (2000), A.I., Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Minority Report (2002), I, Robot (2004), Wall-E (2008), District 9 (2009), Inception (2010), Ex-Machina (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and Harry Potter (2001-2011).

Required information in your proposal:

a) Your name
b) Your university affiliation
c) Title for your presentation
d) An 75-150 word paper abstract 
e) An 75-100 word author biography

Email your submissions to Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, at Joi.Carr@pepperdine.edu by 11:59 p.m. (PT) March 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance: March 22.

Film Studies Committee:

  • Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, Joi.Carr@pepperdine.edu
  • Miranda Banks, Emerson College
  • Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University

The following call for papers is now closed:

New Testament Call for Papers:

The New Testament Section issues an open call for studies from scholars and graduate students that deal with questions or issues pertaining to discrete texts, themes or backgrounds.  Special consideration will be given to those papers that relate directly to the Conference’s main theme of new discoveries in the field of New Testament.  Papers may focus on any NT passage and will be judged on originality, clarity, and exegetical rigor.

Faculty proposals should be 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers.  Graduate student proposals should be an 8-10 page paper, doubled-spaced.  All proposals should be sent to John Harrison (john.harrison@oc.edu) no later than February 14, 2018.

Proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, who will then determine the number of sessions that will be held.  Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author.  This information will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted.

You will be notified you of the status of your submission by February 28, 2018.

New Testament Section Committee:

  • John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, john.harrison@oc.edu
  • Richard Wright, Abilene Christian University
  • Kindalee Pfremmer DeLong, Pepperdine University

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible: Call for Papers:

Proposals are invited for any topic in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or closely related literatures. The organizers are particularly interested in papers on the history of biblical reception and on Old Testament theology. However, papers more closely focused on discrete exegetical, historical, or philological issues are also welcome. For consideration, please send a title and a brief abstract by February 14 to Mark Hamilton at mark.hamilton@acu.edu.

Old Testament Section Committee:

  • Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, mark.hamilton@acu.edu
  • Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University
  • Mark Sneed, Lubbock Christian University
  • Phillip Camp, Lipscomb University

The following call for papers is now closed:

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. This open session will coincide with the fifth annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies, to be given by Robin Darling Young.

We particularly encourage papers that address either 1) early Christian reception of the Old Testament, Christian-Jewish relations, and Patristic approaches to Judaism; or 2) the development of Patristic understandings of knowledge and truth, in keeping with the overall CSC 2018 theme, “Discovery: The Challenge of Emergent Truth.” However, other topics are also very welcome.

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

Please send proposals to Jeff Childers (childersj@acu.edu) no later than January 22, 2018. 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 19, 2018.

Patristics Section (Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies) Committee:

  • Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, childersj@acu.edu
  • Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University
  • Ron Heine, Northwest Christian University
  • Tera Harmon, Abilene Christian University

The following call for papers is now closed:

Philosophy and the Church, Call for Papers:

The 2018 Philosophy section seeks papers and presentations relating to Philosophy and the Church, broadly construed. Certainly, papers on philosophical theology and philosophy are welcome, as well as research related ecclesial interests to social epistemology, social ontology, philosophy and the Bible, intra-church ethics, etc.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words. The abstract should come prepared for blind review as an email attachment in docx or rtf format. The body of the email should include the following: (a) author's name, (b) university affiliation, (c) title of proposed presentation, (d) author email address. Presentations may range from 12 to 17 minutes in length.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to cashrock@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2018. Notices of acceptance will be sent by February 28, 2018.

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

Teaching, Learning and Technology: Call for Papers:

For this inaugural section of Teaching, Learning and Technology the section committee is inviting scholars in distance learning and technology-mediated/ infused learning (and teaching) to serve as panelists for one or more sessions. The overarching theme for the 2018 Christian Scholars Conference is "Discovery: The Challenge of Emergent Truth." Panelists are encouraged to look back at discoveries made in technology-mediated teaching and learning and discuss how what was once new and perhaps opposed by the status quo eventually became a new normal in teaching and learning. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Technology enabled efficiencies and quality of teaching and learning
  • Student-directed learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • The nature and measurement of learning in virtual spaces
  • Experiential learning
  • Spirituality (development and expression) in virtual and blended environments
  • Identity formation, social identities, and their expression
  • Student and instructor engagement
  • Shifting roles, responsibilities, and relationships
  • The tensions of online program management and a Christian mission

The section committee hopes that these panel sessions will develop into papers and other scholarly presentations for future CSC events. Please send an abstract, maximum of 500 words, to mlt11a@acu.edu by February 14. Notification of acceptance is on February 28. All abstracts will undergo blind review. We will then organize one or more sessions based on these submissions.

Teaching, Learning & Technology Section Committee:

  • Tim Westbrook, Harding University, twestbrook@harding.edu
  • Peter Williams, Abilene Christian University
  • Mindi Thompson, Abilene Christian University

Call for papers are created by Section Committees and their chairs:

CSC Section Committees for 2018

The following sections are formed to created both peer review and generative sessions within their respective disciplines. Section leaders (designated by an email address) and their committees typically represent a diversity of institutions and are responsible for two to three generative and peer review sessions each year. Appeals for submissions and creating generative sessions in 2018 should be routed to members of the appropriate committees.

American Religions:

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, kathypulley@missouristate.edu

Business and Engineering:

Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Andy.Borchers@lipscomb.edu

Christianity, Literature and Language:

Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University, dlt14a@acu.edu

Civil Rights:

Tanya Brice, Benedict College, tanyasmithbryce@gmail.com

Creative Writing:

John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, John.Struloeff@pepperdine.edu

Cross and Crescent: Intersections of Christianity and Islam:

Trevor Thompson, University of Chicago, trevorwthompson@gmail.com

Early Career Scholars in Theological Disciplines:

Andrew Krinks, Vanderbilt University, andrewkrinks@gmail.com

Film Studies:

Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, joi.carr@pepperdine.edu

Gender Studies Section:

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, penyal@acu.edu

Health Sciences Section:

Roger Davis, Lipscomb University, roger.davis@lipscomb.edu

Landon Saunders Section: The Human Being at the Nexus of World and Faith:

James Walters, Boston College, waltersj@bu.edu

Missional Theology and World Christianity:

Greg McKinzie, Fuller Theological Seminary, gemckinzie@gmail.com

New Testament:

John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, john.harrison@oc.edu

Old Testament (Roberts Lecture in OT Studies):

Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, mark.hamilton@acu.edu

Patristics (Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies):

Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, childersj@acu.edu