Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

2022 Call for Papers


The annual meeting will be held on March 4-6, 2022 at the Marriott Dallas Las Colinas. Proposals should be submitted per the instructions of each organization. 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 Nov 5, 2021.

A response to your proposal will be sent within one month of the 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. All presenters and presiders must register at least one month prior to the meeting.



This year’s conference theme is Religion and the Public Sphere. 

Through a pandemic and political polarization, we have seen religion pervade our public spaces and institutions in a multitude of ways. Religion both shapes and is shaped by historical and contemporary cultural, political, social and philosophical debates and movements. It is an important aspect of national and international politics. We see its presence in spaces such as the media, education, the economy, law, public health, and the public recognition or participation of minoritized groups. 

For the 2022 conference, we want to explore how religion manifests in public spaces, shapes our political discourse and behavior, and fosters social movements. We want to ponder the role that religion plays–or should play–not only in planting the seeds of change across societies but also in shaping public lives and priorities today. 

We invite proposals for papers or panels/roundtables that address this theme in any way. 

We also welcome proposals for presentations or panels on pedagogy, issues related to the profession of the academic study of religion and theology, public scholarship, and reviews of recently published academic monographs

All proposals should be submitted through this submission link, where you will be required to choose the appropriate section for submission.

For questions, you may contact AAR-SW Regional Coordinator Tiffany Puett, or Program Coordinator Kathy Downey,



The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion invites paper proposals on any topic concerning the scientific study of religion, to include topics 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. All ASSR presenters must be members 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   Send proposals to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas. The deadline for submitting proposals is end of the day, Friday, November 5, 2021.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS   Please submit the completed paper to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas. Your paper must be received by end of the day, Friday, February 11, 2022, 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 Frank P. Forwood Award. Graduate and Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Accepted proposals will be eligible to compete for the Harry Hale Prize for graduate and undergraduate research with an honorarium for selected papers. All papers must adhere to the ASSR Style Guide for Paper Submissions located on the ASSR website.


SBL-SW Call for Papers


A new model for our meeting will feature panels and themed sessions that members propose and organize.  Nationally, themed sessions and panels have gained prominence in recent years, and going forward they are being more fully incorporated into SBL-SW programming. While individual paper presentations will remain a part of the program and are welcome, we also encourage and look forward to receiving your fully-planned panel proposals to consider for the 2022 program. Themed panels may be proposed that fit within any of the three major program units of the SBL (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Second Temple and Late Antique Judaism; New Testament and Early Christianity); or that take up issues that run across, and/or stretch the boundaries of one or more program units.


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, pedagogy, and reception history. These approaches include cultural studies, film studies, and other media studies. This list is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.

Please direct all proposals and questions to chairs Rebecca Poe Hays ( and Mark Sneed (


New Testament and Early Christianity:

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of the New Testament or early Christianity in its diversity of forms. Paper proposals may also treat such subjects as pedagogy or reception history. Particularly welcome are proposals that include critical reflection on traditional topics in New Testament studies (e.g., biblical theology, biblical hermeneutics) and/or that approach the material with new critical methodologies (e.g., feminist, liberationist, post-colonial). These approaches include, for example, cultural studies, film studies, and other media studies.

Please direct all proposals and questions to chairs Lidija Novakovic ( and Richard Wright (


Second Temple and Late Antique Judaism:

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of early Jewish ideas, texts, religious, social or political practices, or of Judaism in the Greco-Roman world and beyond. We encourage methodological diversity and are open to any scholarly approach to these topics.

Please direct all proposals and questions to chairs Joseph McDonald (  Kelley Coblentz Bautch (


Korean Biblical Colloquium-SW:

Currently, there are about 1.9 million Korean/Korean Americans in the U.S.(1.6%). With an increasing number of second and third-generation Korean Americans, the Korean Biblical Colloquium Southwest (KBC SW) continues to explore and expand on generational consciousness. This year, we invite papers on the markers of Korean American identity and their implications toward biblical interpretation. In other words, how is a Korean American biblical interpretation different from an exclusively Korean one? What unique features offer nuanced insights? Does the experience of being a Korean American – first, 1.5, second, or third-generation – contribute toward a refined understanding? And how might “second and third generation” Korean American-ness help biblical scholarship’s struggle to better understand “second “and “third” generation biblical texts? We invite papers from a wide range of methods that intersect with culture, economics, and identity politics.

Please direct all proposals and questions to chair Jin Young Kim (