Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

2021 Call for Papers


The annual meeting will be held virtually this year on March 6, 2021. 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 16, 2020.

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.


The AAR-SW invites proposals for conversation partners for two 90 minute roundtables. Each roundtable may include up to four panelists, who will each offer very brief (5 – 7 minutes) remarks on the topic, followed by a discussion with panelists and audience members.

The two roundtables are:

  • “The Academy in Crisis”: In these current times, universities are facing an unprecedented crisis that has led to budget cuts, institutional restructuring, and other changes. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss how these material conditions have affected the discipline of religious studies. What do they mean for our guild? Our scholarship? Our teaching? Our students? Where do we go from here?
  • “Equity in the Pandemic”: The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges that have not been distributed equitably across our society. It has also brought to light long-standing issues of inequality for marginalized groups in this country. In this roundtable, we’ll consider how the inequities of the pandemic have affected and been addressed by religious communities. We’ll also consider how the pandemic has disproportionately burdened women and scholars of color in religious studies and other disciplines. What new opportunities for equity are arising?

If you would like to be a panelist, please email a brief description (150 – 200 words) of your work or interest in this topic as well as a brief bio (100 words) to and


The ASSR invites panel proposals for the SWCRS virtual meeting related to the Role of Religion in Radical Change Environments.  Please submit your panel proposal to Dr. Ben D. Craver @ by October 15, 2020.  Panel sessions will be chosen and organized after a review of all proposals.


The SBL Hebrew Bible and New Testament sections of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies have joined to host a virtual session that reviews the recently published (2019) Women and the Society of Biblical Literature (Biblical Scholarship in North America; edited by Nicole Tilford). Several of the contributors to this volume will participate, as well as others. The volume traces the history of female members of the SBL from the earliest members, whose careers were largely tied to the careers of their fathers or spouses and to institutions concerned with the education of young women, to the latest members, who now serve on editorial boards, present papers, publish books/articles, and mentor students. Over 30 leading female biblical scholars contributed to the volume.


SBL-SW (Hellenistic Judaism Panel): Invited panel discussing Caryn Tamber-Rosenau’s Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature (Gorgias, 2018). Tamber-Rosenau will reply prior to an open discussion period among panel and audience.

The panelists are:

Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

David Schones, Austin College

Meredith Stone, Independent Scholar


The Korean Biblical Colloquium (KBC-SW) will host a panel of papers addressing the theme of “Generational Consciousness” from sociological and biblical perspectives.