Southwest Commission on Religious Studies
2019 Call for Papers
The annual meeting will be held March 8-10, 2019 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 “Religion, Medicine and Health” into sessions of the 2019 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 per the instructions of each organization (some ask that you use a common submission form, others ask for email submissions). 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. 22, 2018.
A response to your proposal will be sent within one month of the Oct. 22 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 2019. All presenters and presiders must register at least one month prior to the meeting, that is by Feb. 8, 2019.
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, 2018 to:
David Vila, John Brown University, email@example.com
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, Monday, Oct. 25, 2018. Send proposals to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAPER SUBMISSIONS Please submit the completed paper to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your paper must be received by end of the day, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, 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 2019 Frank P. Forwood Award. Papers must adhere to the ASSR Style Guide for Papers located on the ASSR website.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION SOUTHWEST REGION
The overarching theme for this conference is “Religion, Medicine, and Health.” You may submit any proposal that addresses this theme tailored to an individual section below. Sections will also consider proposals on topics beyond the conference theme.
All proposals should be submitted online at AAR-SW.org [Click Here to Propose Today].
For questions related to a specific section, contact the convener listed below. For other questions, you may contact Tiffany Puett, email@example.com or Jennifer Hancock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts, Literature, and Religion Section
Convener: Rebecca Poe Hays, R_Hays@Baylor.edu
The Arts, Literature, and Religion section investigates the artistic representations of religion as a force in everyday life, notes the expectations within these representations, and explores the influence that these representations impress upon the surrounding world. This interdisciplinary program unit invites papers exploring any aspect of the intersection between art, literature, and religion. We additionally provide a forum for the exploration of religion and religious themes through one’s own art, and thus invite proposals for artistic presentations, performances, and galleries (e.g., painting, photography, music, creative writing, etc.). In addition to a general call for high quality presentations and papers engaging the intersection of Art, Literature, and Religion, we especially invite papers and presentations that engage this year’s conference theme, “Religion, Medicine, and Health.” 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.
Black Theology Section
Convener: Gary Green Black Theology Section, email@example.com
We are excited to invite proposals for papers and/or panels that fall under the newly established Black Theology section of SWCRS 2019. Black theology, particularly as it includes liberationist, womanist, and other key trajectories of thought, is an area with a demonstrated history of engaging race, class, gender, and sexuality in potentially revolutionary ways. An area that has not been explored as much are the ways black theology may contribute to how we think about issues of medicine and health. Contributors are encouraged to submit proposals that engage creatively with any variety of the aforementioned themes. While priority will be given to those proposals that address this year’s conference theme “Religion, Medicine, and Health,” all submissions will be seriously considered based on their potential for enriching conversations around black theology more broadly. Abstracts for papers and panels should not exceed 400 words in length.
Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion
Convener: Mark Dennis, m.dennis
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 papers related to the theme “Religion, Medicine, and Health.” 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.
Ethics, Society, and Cultural Analysis Section
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 conference theme of “Religion, Medicine, and Health.” Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to: end of life issues, aging and spirituality, pastoral care, concern for basic human rights, and informed consent. Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (comprised of no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or text are welcome. Proposals should not exceed 400 words; please include a title and brief abstract.
History of Christianity Section
Convener: Justin Doran, firstname.lastname@example.org
The History of Christianity section has an open call for any paper or panel proposal dealing substantially with contemporary or historical Christian traditions. We are, as always, particularly interested in research that deals with the Southwestern United States. This year, we encourage proposals that deal with the conference’s theme on Religion, Medicine, and Health. Specific topics that would fit this theme include Christian responses to scientific and industrialized medicine, Christian interactions with Latina/o folk medicine, histories of the Catholic Church’s global engagement with the indigent and sick, or responses to death and dying among Christian faith healing movements. Proposals for individual papers should include a paper title and an abstract of between 250 and 500 words. Panel proposals should include a panel title, individual paper titles with participants, and a 250 to 500 word description of the panel theme.
Liberation Theology Section
Convener: Joao Chaves, email@example.com
The Liberation Theology section invites papers and panel proposals that deal with all subjects and themes that fall under the broadly-defined Liberation Theology scope. However, we particularly encourage proposals that focus on: (1) Liberationist approaches to issues of public health, (2) Liberationist responses to the suffering and death in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, and (3) contributions of black liberation theology—particularly James Cone—to questions regarding the intersection of Liberation Theology and issues of religion, medicine, and health. Proposals should not exceed 400 words and should include a title and brief abstract.
Philosophy of Religion Section
Convener: Kandace Geldmeier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals are invited in all areas of philosophy of religion, including metaphysics, phenomenology, epistemology, ethics and theodicy. Papers are particularly encouraged along the 2019 theme, “Religion, Medicine and Health.” Questions surrounding embodiment have been popular across the discipline of religion in general for several decades; related to that trend, this section is interested in papers discussing the intersection of medicine and health across any area in the philosophy of religion.
For instance, how are topics such as healing, sickness and death articulated from phenomenological or epistemological perspectives? How do we define health and wellness and what do the normative implications of those definitions reveal? How can we approach questions regarding disease, medical practice and health in terms of theodicy and ethics? Are there specific medical phenomena (cancer, infertility, etc.) that thinkers within the philosophy of religion have tackled? Are there theories of health and well-being particularly angled from a philosophy of religion perspective? How might the tools in the philosophy of religion address the four cardinal principles of bioethics: beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and social justice? What are the metaphysics of medicine and health? In what ways can topics in the philosophy of religion inform ethical healthcare practices? How might the topics in the medical humanities provide insight or practical instances across the range of subject areas in the philosophy of religion?
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, are particularly attractive. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length.
Religion and Class Section
Convener: Susanne Scholz, email@example.com
We invite papers on any aspect of New Age Healing Practices as they relate to class, economics, and money. Among the New Age Healing Practices could be practices such as acupuncture, massages and other forms of bodywork, meditation and visualization, nutritional therapy, psychic healing, herbal medicine, healing using crystals, metals, music, chromotherapy, and reincarnation therapy, homeopathy, yoga, reiki, biofeedback, chiropractic, kinesiology, aromatherapy iridology, or prominent occult influences, including the work of Emanuel Swedenborg and Franz Mesmer, as well as ideas of Spiritualism, New Thought, or Theosophy.
While we strongly encourage papers and panels related to these issues, we also welcome other submissions under the heading of Healing, Religion and Class or other topics related to Religion and Class.
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality Section
Convener: Whitney Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Religion, Gender, and Sexuality Section invites paper and panel proposals on issues related to the intersections of religion with gender and/or sexuality, both historical and contemporary. Contributors to this section are encouraged to consider the conference theme of “Religion, Medicine and Healing” in through paradigms of gender identity, sex, and sexuality. Participants are invited especially to consider how both social and biological notions inform, are informed by, and trouble the intersections of science and religion suggested by the conference’s theme. 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.
The Study of Islam Section
Convener: Sajida Jalalzai, email@example.com
This section encourages individual and panel proposals related to the study of Islam. We welcome submissions dealing with the Qur’an and the Sunna, law, philosophy, theology, mysticism, ritual, gender and sexuality, modernity and globalization, teaching, religious pluralism, and other areas of general interest.
For the 2019 AAR-SW regional meeting, we are especially interested in papers related to the conference theme, “Religion, Medicine, and Health.” Some relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
- Prophetic Medicine
- Medieval Islamic Medicine and the Institution of the Hospital
- Spiritual and Philosophical Conceptions of Sickness and Healing
- Rituals of Physical or Spiritual Healing
- Possession and Exorcism
- Islamic Biomedical Ethics
- Muslims, Mental Health, and Counseling
- Muslim Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
- Islam and Disability
- Contraception, Abortion, and Sexual Health
- Islamic Dietary Laws and Health
Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (of no more than three participants) focused on a single topic are welcome. Each panelist should provide their own abstract for submission. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length.
This year, the Theology Section invites proposals that treat either this year’s conference theme of religion and healing or its own theme of creation. For the latter, proposals might treat different models of creation in contemporary theological discussion, the significance of the doctrine of creation to theological thought, or some other aspect of creation theology. Proposals that are theological and constructive, rather than simply historical, are welcomed–even if they do not bear directly on religion and healing or creation.
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.
Theta Alpha Kappa Section
Convener: Jennifer Veninga, firstname.lastname@example.org
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; while we particularly encourage papers related to this year’s conference theme, “Religion, Medicine, and Health,” we invite submissions on 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.
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 22 October 2018 via the Participation Form [Available Here].
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. Ryan Stokes, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (email: email@example.com).
Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of the New Testament
or other Jewish and Christian literature from Greco-Roman antiquity. Paper proposals may also treat such subjects as pedagogy or reception history. Particularly welcome are proposals that include critical reflection on traditional canonical categories and/or that approach the material with new critical approaches (e.g., feminist, liberationist, post-colonial).
Please address any questions to the New Testament Program Chair: Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton, University of Oklahoma (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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 2019, 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 above) by 15 January 2019. Please indicate as requested at the bottom of the Participation Form if you intend to apply for the Regional Scholar Award.