Category: Conferences

European Academy of Religion – Annual Conference & Call for Papers

It is with great pleasure that the European Academy of Religion announces its fourth Annual Conference, which will take place in Münster (Germany) between Monday, August 30th and Thursday, September 2nd, 2021. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster will be the organizing institution. As in previous years, the scientific program will be composed of working sessions (panels and book presentations) and keynote lectures that will focus on the overarching topic Religion and Change. (click link for details)

The call for proposals is open: proponents will be able to submit their panels and AMC sessions until Monday, March 1st, 2021 (23:59, GMT+1). (click link for details)

Due to the COVID-19 related emergency, the conference will be moved online in case the sanitary measures should not allow to host it in presence. Conference cancellation will be announced in due time, with further information on how to run the sessions online.


While registrations to the conference will open in early 2021, important dates for proposal submissions are
as follows:


~ Opening of the resubmission of 2020 panels Friday, December 4th, 2020
~ Opening of the call for panels and AMC proposals Friday, December 4th, 2020
~ Deadline for the resubmission of 2020 panels Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
~ Opening of the call for papers (within accepted panels) Monday, February 1st, 2021
~ Deadline for panel and AMC submissions Monday, March 1st, 2021
~ Deadline for paper proposal submissions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
~ Deadline for sending the final details of all accepted sessions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
~ Deadline for requesting changes regarding the scheduling of all sessions included in the conference program Wednesday, June 6th, 2021

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2021 Evangelical Theological Society Northeast Region Annual Meeting

Date and Location

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (near Boston)
130 Essex Street
South Hamilton, MA 01982

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“Are We Living in a ‘Secular Age'”?

What: Two plenary sessions by Dr. Horton, with a Q&A session, and 3 sessions of paper presentations by ETS members.

When: Saturday, April 10th — 9:30 AM through 4:30 PM

Where: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 130 Essex Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982

Who: ETS Members, students & the general public all welcome.

COVID: Safety protocols (masks, spacing, occupancy, etc.) will be followed. Refunds will be issued for COVID cancellations.

Cost: Registration [includes lunch] is $45.00* / Students only $20.00*
*Deduct $5.00 if you register before March 15, 2021.

REGISTER ONLINEwww.etsnortheast.org

Download Flyer With Mail-in Registration Form and Online Registration link

Follow the links below for additional information, including paper proposals, for the 2021 Northeast Regional Meeting

Important Update for: “Women and God” Call for Papers (Logia Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference)

PLEASE NOTE TWO UPDATES FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:
(a) Call for Papers deadline has been extended to Jan 31, 2021
(b) The corrected email to send papers to is logiatheology @gmail.com


Conference date: Thursday 27th, May 2021
(See conclusion of of posting for submission deadlines and other dates)

Call for Papers

We invite short paper submissions on the theme of “Women and God”. Any student currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme is welcome to apply by submitting a 100-250 word abstract. Topics might include, but are not limited to: Feminist philosophy of religion and theology; Feminist hermeneutics; The life or thought of women in relation to spirituality; Close engagement with female theologians or philosophers; Theological depictions of women in the arts; Questions of religious authority and female bodies; Female-images of the divine or other feminine religious symbols (e.g. the church as the ‘bride of Christ’, Gaia, Uzza, or The Morrίgan); Discussions of religious devotion that have been historically associated with women’s spirituality; The role of women in religious movements.

Call for Respondents

We are also looking for volunteers from female postgraduate students, post-doctorates, or University faculty to be respondents to papers and chair sessions. Respondents can approach us in connection with a prospective author or independently. Those who are submitting papers may volunteer to be a respondent also.

Registration for this conference is free of charge and open to everyone. All inquiries, abstract submissions or volunteer respondents should email: logiatheology at gmail.com

Keynote speakers

Prof Kate Kirkpatrick is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism – especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her books include, Sartre and Theology, The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought, and most recently Becoming Beauvoir: A Life.

Prof Sabine Hyland is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. Her research involves both 400-year old Spanish manuscripts and travel to remote mountain villages in Central and Southern Peru to meet with native community leaders, local healers and diviners. Her books include, The Chankas and The Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru, God of the Andres: An Early Jesuit Account of Inca Religion and Andean Christianity and many more. Prof Sabine also features on the History Channels recent documentary Mankind – The Story of All of Us.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 31st, 2020
Notification of Accepted Papers: February 14th, 2021
Papers to be pre-circulated to Respondents: May 8th, 2021
Conference Date: May 27th, 2021

Logia is an organisation within the St Mary’s Divinity School at the University of St Andrews that seeks to support and promote female scholars. https://logos.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/logia/
Many thanks go to the St Leonards Postgraduate Fund (University of St Andrews) for their generous support of this conference. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/stleonards/

Call For Papers – Negotiating Good Life in Times of Crisis: Voices of Theology and Religious Studies


Call For Papers

PThU International Conference warmly invites you to submit a paper proposal, to participate in this international conference, and to reflect with us on good life from various contexts, in times of crisis and beyond.

We invite paper and panel proposals on, but not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. Historical perspectives on negotiating good life in times of crisis.
  2. Discussions of texts and religious sources that relate to crisis.
  3. Christian understanding and practices as a source for the good life.
  4. Reflections on the relationship between various types and levels of crisis (ecological, health, economical, global and local disparity) and religion.
  5. The critical role of academic theology and/or religious studies when reflecting on crisis, good life and lived religion.
  6. Case studies of empirical practices in past and present through which the good life is negotiated and furthered.
  7. The role of interreligious dialogue and cooperation in negotiating responses to crises and establishing criteria for good life.
  8. Philosophical reflections, such as on the ontology and epistemology of the good life.

Guidelines for submitting proposals – Determine which type of proposal you wish to submit. You can either submit an individual paper proposal or a panel session proposal.

Paper proposal – A paper written by you (and possibly a co-author) that you will present in response to the conference theme. The timeslot for a paper presentation is 20 minutes.  Please submit the title of your proposal, and an abstract of 300 – 400 words describing the content of the proposed paper on the website ( https://www.pthu.nl/en/news-and-events/events/2021/10/pthu-international-conference-negotiating-good-life-in-times-of-crisis-voices-of-theology-and-religious-studies/ )

Proposals must include one’s name, email-address, and current affiliation and position, if any.

Panel proposal – A proposal of a complete session of 3 or 4 different papers on a common theme related to the conference theme, complete with its own description, title, a presider, paper presentations, and (optionally) a respondent. Presenters in a panel session must submit their proposals (each also with a title and abstract of 300-400 words) to the panel session organiser, who in turn is responsible for submitting the entire proposal.

Timeslot for a panel is 60 or 90 minutes, with each paper presentation lasting no longer than 15 minutes. The proposal should include for all participants one’s name and current affiliation or position, if any.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 March, 2021.


Conference

Dates of the conference: 25-28 October, 2021
Venue: De Thomas, Prinses Irenestraat 36, 1077 WX Amsterdam
Theme: Negotiating Good Life in Times of Crisis: Voices of Theology and Religious Studies

Keynote lectures by
Dr. Cynthia Rigby, USA
Dr. Allan Boesak, South-Africa
Dr. Aruna Gnanadason, India
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands

Young theologians’ panel with
Thandi Soko-de Jong
Ruben van Zwieten
Almatine Leene o.v.
Martijn Stoutjesdijk

Conference Overview

Theologians and scholars in religious studies are called to reflect on good life. This international conference seeks to create a platform for reflecting together on good life in the face of the interrelated crises of today’s world. The conference aims to explore what constitutes a ‘good life’ and in what way ‘good life’ is envisioned and promoted in religion. We will inquire sources as well as beliefs and practices, in both historical and contemporary perspective. How do Christians and others negotiate ‘good’ life in times of crisis?

Crisis situations have an enormous impact on people’s lives. Natural disasters, illness, conflict or violence: they all affect people’s health, mind and social wellbeing. It’s during such times that people reconsider what it means to live a ‘good’ life. How can they flourish when they’re confronted with economic or environmental collapse? How do they give meaning to their lives when their job is on the line? And what makes their lives worth living when they’ve contracted a fatal illness?

Theologians and religious scholars ask questions like:

  • Which sources do we use to define what good (and bad) life is? How do people implement those sources?
  • What makes a source or an activity that furthers good life in times of crisis ‘religious’?
  • What does a Christian understanding and how do Christian practices contribute to good life?
  • How do competing views and practices of good life relate and interact?
  • Can various ways of looking at what good is and how it is obtained, exist side by side?
  • Can we learn from takes on good life that differ from ours?
  • And, importantly, is good life in times of crisis for one compatible with good life for another? Can good life for humans also be good for animals and nature – and the other way around?

Good life is about meaning: Good life is often connected to living a meaningful life: a life worth living, that contributes to flourishing. It can be applied in many other contexts, as well: when coping with crises, vulnerability, fragility, hardships and suffering or in context of care and ageing, communities that deal with disaster and in response to ecological challenges.

Good life from a religious perspective: Viewed from a religious perspective, good life typically relates to a transcendent and ultimate reality. It is, for example, characterised by being created in the image of God, by a covenant, good deeds, salvation, reconciliation, liberation, grace, discipleship, love, service, responsibility, compassion, community and, what has been called, eschatological imagination.

Christian theologians may refer to divine presence and intervention, to God, revelation in the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, cultural and religious experience. Other religions may call upon different sources. Religious studies scholars don’t necessarily identify with the various religious phenomena and sources they study. This may, in fact, also be the case with theologians when they refer to sources, beliefs and practices from the past. Those were once authoritative and inspiring, but are now challenged by new developments. This hermeneutical challenge also holds for developing views on what is good life in religious perspective in times of crisis.

Renegotiating visions of a good life: Visions of good life need to be negotiated time and again, within a person, within a religion, and between persons, religions, and different contexts and situations. They may coincide or collide with other forces and ideals: political, economic, national, ecological, religious, cultural and many more. This is not only a phenomenon of our time. Throughout history and across the globe, cultural and religious traditions have interacted and often clashed, triggered by processes of globalisation,  human mobility, and economic disparity. Aspects of religions that were long taken for granted are challenged by religious diversity, sexual diversity, awareness of gender, racism and ecology.

Shifting visions on good life during a crisis: In times of crisis, religious identities react and shift. For example, the ecological crisis fundamentally calls into question the anthropocentric worldview of Western Christianity. The current racial struggles challenge the way we read and interpret our religious sources. Health crises involve negotiating moral views on life and death. All these factors challenge existing views of what is good.

Globalisation and good life: Globalisation is an ambivalent process, from many perspectives, including a religious one. On the one hand, a global world triggers world-wide solidarity by religious communities. A multi-cultural and (digital) network society bears the possibility for mutual enrichment of religions. It enables inter-religious dialogue. On the other hand, unchained globalisation may cause wars, excessive migration, poverty, and global natural, economic and health crises, which also bear local and personal effects. In today’s world, the individual, local, regional, national and global levels are inextricably connected. In turn, such crises may bring out the good in people. They learn to appreciate their local communities and environment and display solidarity and care for each other. They take a break from the rat race and may even decide to change their lifestyle drastically.

Religious sources for negotiating good life in times of crisis: History has known other periods with extensive globalisation, such as the periods of Persian, Greek and Roman dominion. The Mediterranean world in this period is the cradle of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the classical rabbinic literature, and the Koran were consolidated or written in this period. These sources bear witness to similar crises and responses to crises in different periods. Yet many of them are considered authoritative or inspiring to the present day. Throughout history, theological reflections on, additions to, and interpretations of these sources have been produced continuously, and they do until the present day. These reflections and interpretations, including those of people from the margins, have led to new practices and rituals. Asian religions such as Buddhism are currently gaining followers far away from their places of origin. Together with new religious forms, they offer sources for, and ways of dealing with good life and crisis.

Dates of the conference: 25-28 October, 2021

Venue: De Thomas, Prinses Irenestraat 36, 1077 WX Amsterdam

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: conference2021 @ pthu.nl

Organising Committee

Prof. dr. Henk de Roest
Prof. dr. Heleen Zorgdrager
Dr. Lieve Teugels
Shingi Masunda, MA
Drs. Albert Nijboer, International Officer
Esther van Beem, Communication Advisor

Protestant Theological University

The PThU is a specialised university for the study of Christian theology, whose proud history stretches back over 150 years. Its renowned predecessors from Kampen, Leiden and Utrecht joined forces in 2007 to form the Protestant Theological University. Since 2012 the PThU has had its campuses in Groningen and Amsterdam. https://www.pthu.nl/en/

Research

Scientific research at the PThU is divided into two research groups. In the Moving Identities research programme, we ask about the influence of global processes on the identity formation of people and communities. Our research programme Mediating Good Life focuses on the question: what is a ‘good life’? https://www.pthu.nl/en/research/

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2021 Postgraduate Conference – Cities of God: Politics, Theology and Ethics

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2021 Postgraduate Conference will run from
9am-5pm on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Event Description – This year’s postgraduate conference explores how Christianity informs political realities. We welcome submissions from postgraduate students interested in Christian ethics as well as related disciplines such as moral, historical and practical theology, biblical and religious studies, and doctrine.

Our keynotes speakers are Prof Joshua Hordern (University of Oxford) and Prof Wai-luen Kwok (Hong
Kong Baptist University).

Call For Papers

We will consider several different approaches within theological ethics including, but not limited to:

  • How do the affections, worship and desire shape our political life?
  • How might Christianity shape our understanding of the public sphere, suffering, justice, protest and/or civil disobedience?
  • How does moral philosophy intersect with political theology?
  • What role does the Bible have in our political theologies?
  • In what ways can patristic tradition inform political theology today?
  • How does the doctrine of God and Christology inform our political and ethical lives?
  • How do scripture and doctrine critically engage or undergird political visions?
  • Case studies on how Christianity has shaped the ethical outlooks of particular communities.
  • How does Christian Ethics interact with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • Papers related to: economies, feminisms, ecologies and climate issues, gender and sexualities, racialisations, citizenship, migration, place and displacement colonialisms, critical and queer theory, disability studies, medical ethics, technologies and artificial intelligence, fictions and poetics, public scholarship and creative pedagogies.

Details

This year SSCE is partnering with the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society. Attached to the
submission, please indicate in a short sentence whether you would be willing to have your paper
considered for publication in a special edition of the journal.

The deadline for submission is 11 January 2021. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. To submit
a proposal, please email a 200-300 word abstract to pg-convener @ ssce.org.uk. The conference will run from
9am-5pm on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Registration details: https://www.ssce.org.uk/pg-forums.

Three Virtual Sessions on Science-Engaged Theology; Hosted by (NViTA) New Visions in Theological Anthropology.


New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA), an initiative in science-engaged theology 

The NViTA team are excited to announce we will be running three virtual sessions examining topics in science-engaged theology around the AAR and SBL Virtual Meetings. As a member of the emerging science-engaged theology community we would like to invite you to take part in these sessions. You are welcome to attend all or just one of the sessions. 

1.        Teaching science-engaged theology. – Tuesday 1st December 2020  

2.       Puzzles in science-engaged theology. – Tuesday 8th December 2020  

3.       Science-engaged theologies: variations on a common theme? – Thursday 10th December 2020 

For full details including descriptions, a list of presenters and how to register please go to https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/virtual-sessions/

The NViTA team 

John Perry, Joanna Leidenhag, Sarah Lane Ritchie, Mikael Leidenhag, Kevin Nordby

Important Updates for: “Women and God” Call for Papers (Logia Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference)

PLEASE NOTE THE TWO UPDATES FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:

(a) CFP deadline has been extended to Jan 31, 2021
(b) The corrected email to send papers to is logiatheology @gmail.com


Conference date: Thursday 27th, May 2021
(See conclusion of of posting for submission deadlines and other dates)

Call for Papers

We invite short paper submissions on the theme of “Women and God”. Any student currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme is welcome to apply by submitting a 100-250 word abstract. Topics might include, but are not limited to: Feminist philosophy of religion and theology; Feminist hermeneutics; The life or thought of women in relation to spirituality; Close engagement with female theologians or philosophers; Theological depictions of women in the arts; Questions of religious authority and female bodies; Female-images of the divine or other feminine religious symbols (e.g. the church as the ‘bride of Christ’, Gaia, Uzza, or The Morrίgan); Discussions of religious devotion that have been historically associated with women’s spirituality; The role of women in religious movements.

Call for Respondents

We are also looking for volunteers from female postgraduate students, post-doctorates, or University faculty to be respondents to papers and chair sessions. Respondents can approach us in connection with a prospective author or independently. Those who are submitting papers may volunteer to be a respondent also.

Registration for this conference is free of charge and open to everyone. All inquiries, abstract submissions or volunteer respondents should email: logiatheology at gmail.com

Keynote speakers

Prof Kate Kirkpatrick is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism – especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her books include, Sartre and Theology, The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought, and most recently Becoming Beauvoir: A Life.

Prof Sabine Hyland is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. Her research involves both 400-year old Spanish manuscripts and travel to remote mountain villages in Central and Southern Peru to meet with native community leaders, local healers and diviners. Her books include, The Chankas and The Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru, God of the Andres: An Early Jesuit Account of Inca Religion and Andean Christianity and many more. Prof Sabine also features on the History Channels recent documentary Mankind – The Story of All of Us.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 31st, 2020
Notification of Accepted Papers: February 14th, 2021
Papers to be pre-circulated to Respondents: May 8th, 2021
Conference Date: May 27th, 2021

Logia is an organisation within the St Mary’s Divinity School at the University of St Andrews that seeks to support and promote female scholars. https://logos.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/logia/
Many thanks go to the St Leonards Postgraduate Fund (University of St Andrews) for their generous support of this conference. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/stleonards/

The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility

What is the link between creation and redemption? What responsibility do we as humans have in creation, and what practical actions we should take now to glorify Christ and advance his kingdom?


The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture is proud to announce The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility — a Faith + Culture Forum designed to address these important questions.
In conjunction with this conference, we invite submissions of abstracts on topics relevant to the conference’s theme.


To be considered, please submit a title, abstract (no longer than 250 words), and a CV to CFC@sebts.edu by Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Judges will review abstracts and invite full paper submissions by Thursday, October 15, 2020. If your full manuscript is invited, please submit it by Friday, January 1, 2021. Judges will announce three winning papers on Friday, January 15, 2021.


The winning paper will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of the Southeastern Theological Review. The authors of the top three papers will also win cash prizes ($500, $300, and $200, respectively) and receive an invitation to present their papers at the conference (30-35 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q & A).


We invite submissions from current faculty at universities, PhD students and PhD graduates, and current ThM students or those who have graduated with a ThM.

Angels – The Andrew Fuller Virtual Conference

Among the fascinations of western culture in the early twenty-first century are angels and extra-terrestrial beings. Yet the church, which has a rich history of reflecting on such beings, especially angels, is virtually silent about the subject. This is especially true of those people who prize the Bible, namely, Evangelicals, who have largely ceded this subject to Western culture. This conference is nothing less than an opening exercise in the retrieval and recovery of a biblical angelology from some of the great Christian thinkers of the past–Augustine, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards–as well as a study of how popular Christian culture has shaped thinking about angels. Come and join us for a day of intellectual feasting and delight!

SCHEDULE

Friday, September 25, 2020 

9:00 AM Augustine & the Patristic Tradition  | Corneliu C. Simuţ

10:45 AM John Calvin | Herman J. Selderhuis

12:00 PM Lunch

1:30 PM    Jonathan Edwards & Evangelical Tradition | Dustin Benge

3:15 PM    Isaac Ambrose & the Puritan Tradition | Tom Schwanda 

4:30 PM Dinner

6:30 PM    Charles H. Spurgeon & the Baptist Tradition | Tom Nettles

8:15 PM    C.S. Lewis & Billy Graham | Michael J. Plato

REGISTRATION

COST | $35REGISTER

Hope and Death: Christian Responses (Aquinas Center Conference)

Conference at Ave Maria University. Plenary speakers include Romanus Cessario, Michael Dauphinais, Scott Hahn, Matthew Levering, and many more.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has accelerated anxiety about the meaning of death and life and so also the need for thoughtful consideration of the realities of Christian hope. Drawing primarily upon the witness of biblical revelation and its reception and formulation in the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, the conference responds to contemporary questions related to suffering, death, and hope for eternal life. 

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and doctoral students to submit proposals for a 20-minute presentation on topics such as:  biblical and/or Thomistic eschatology; the meaning of suffering and/or death; death and resurrection; hope for eternal life; the virtue of hope in Aquinas; and other themes related to contemporary concerns insider and outside the Church.  Proposals may draw from across the wide range of the Catholic theological tradition with priority given to those engaging Thomas Aquinas and biblical theology. 

The conference will have a hybrid format, including both in-person and virtual components for speakers or attendees who may or may not be able to travel to the campus of Ave Maria University. Proposals should include a presentation title, 150-300-word abstract, a current C.V., and whether you expect to participate in the conference in an in-person or virtual mode.

Proposals are due October 1, 2020; Notification of acceptance will be given by November 1, 2020.

CFP: Wesleyan Theological Society 2021

The 56th Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society will be held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA on March 12-13, 2021. The theme for the meeting is: ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today’s World. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Joel B. Green and the Presidential Address by Dr. Joy J. Moore, Luther Seminary, will offer our two plenary addresses. The Wesleyan Philosophical Society, The Wesleyan Historical Society, and The Wesleyan Liturgical Society will all hold pre-conference meetings. Please make plans to join us for the conference.

Read the full Call for Papers here. Paper proposals are due Oct 1, 2020.

CFP: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice

The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union’s (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021.

The AAR/WR and GTU are excited to organize a robust event, which will include an array of keynote speeches, paper presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions revolving around AAR/WR’s 2021 Conference Theme: “Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice.” The event will also include unique social and networking events for the AAR/WR community.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. For complete information and a full list of the AAR/WR’s 2021 Call for Papers and unit chair contact information, please see this page: https://www.aarwr.com/annual-meetings.html

The AAR/WR is a highly inclusive and diverse region of the American Academy of Religion. The region currently supports twenty-five individual units of the academic study of religion, including: Asian American Religious Studies; Buddhist Studies; Catholic Studies; Christianity; Ecology and Religion; Education and Pedagogy; Ethics; Goddess Studies; Graduate Student Professional Development; Indigenous Religions; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latinx Religions and Spiritualities; Pagan Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology, Culture, and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion and Social Sciences; Religion and the Arts; Religion in America; Religion, Literature, and Film; Religion, Science and Technology; Religions of Asia; Womanist/Pan-African Religions; and Women and Religion.

The AAR/WR furthermore holds three caucus events at its Annual Conference: the Black Caucus, the Queer Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.

Please distribute our Virtual Conference information widely. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing members, new and old, at our March 2021 event with the Graduate Theological Union!

We also understand that this is an uncertain and unprecedented time in our world. We wish everyone healthy and community in these difficult moments.

Best regards,
Executive Committee, American Academy of Religion, Western Region

Bavinck Centenary Conference – July 5-6, 2021 – Brisbane School of Theology.

To mark the centenary of the death of Dutch theologian and statesman, Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), Brisbane School of Theology will be convening a two-day conference. Five plenary sessions will examine the contours of Bavinck’s theology, two roundtables will consider Bavinck’s relevance for contemporary Christianity, and short papers will address various aspects of Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy.

PLENARY SESSIONS

  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Use of Scripture’ Koert van Bekkum, Kampen Theological University
  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Appropriation of Reformed Sources’ Henk van den Belt, Free University of Amsterdam
  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Use of Philosophy’ Oliver Crisp, University of St Andrews
  • ‘Herman Bavinck as a Trinitarian Theologian’ Graham Cole, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • ‘Herman Bavinck as a Politician’ James Eglinton, University of Edinburgh

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline: 7 December, 2020 – Brisbane School of Theology invites proposals for short papers (30 minutes) addressing any aspect of Herman Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy. Please send an abstract of 500 words to the email address below, indicating institutional affiliation.

Rev Dr Bruce Pass, Lecturer in Christian Thought and History
& Director of Postgraduate Studies
Brisbane School of Theology

bpass@bst.qld.edu.au

REGISTRATION (Closes 18 June, 2021)

  • Earlybird registrationCost: $200 – (before 7 February 2021) includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Full ticket priceCost: $250 – includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Full-time StudentCost: $100 – includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Closing Dinner (Optional Extra)Cost: $50 – With Plenary Speakers on 6 July.

See website for registration links.

ACCOMMODATION – Click here for official conference webpage and accommodation links.

[This posting was reduplicated from from the official posting – here on the BST website. ]

ETS 2020 Annual in Person Meeting Cancelled – Virtual Meeting Scheduled.

From the ETSJets.org Website: “Due to COVID–19 restrictions concerning large public gatherings, the ETS Annual Meeting scheduled for November 17-19 in Providence, R.I., will not be held in person. We regret that we will not be able to meet in person but are pleased that we will be able to hold the full 2020 Annual Meeting in a virtual platform. This will include presentations, discussions, and a virtual exhibit hall allowing attendees to examine publications and meet with publishers. In addition, we are hopeful that the virtual meeting will benefit those who would not otherwise be able to participate in person. Although there is a challenge with time zones to consider, we look forward to the opportunity to bring the ETS Annual Meeting to scholars around the world.Over the next few weeks we will be in touch with each of the session chairs and presenters to work through the details regarding the schedule and the format for each session. We look forward to working with each of you to create a virtual environment that fosters the level of scholarly exchange the Annual Meeting is known for.” Read More…

2020 AAR in Person Annual Meeting Cancelled – Online Meeting to Be Held Instead.

From the AAR website: “In the interest of the health, safety, and well-being of our members, in light of the challenges brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, and in order to uphold our organizational mission, provide opportunities for, and meet our obligations to, our members, the AAR Board of Directors has cancelled the in-person Annual Meeting scheduled for Boston, MA, November 21-24, 2020, and will hold an online Annual Meeting in late November or early December.” This online AAR Annual Meeting is not intended to replicate our typical in-person meeting but will provide registrants with venues for scholarly engagement and networking. We are excited about the opportunities this meeting may open for members who would not have been able to attend the Boston meeting and look forward to learning from the experience.” Read More …

CFP: Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2020 Conference

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SSCE Committee has decided that the ‘Bible and Christian Ethics’ conference due to take place in
September 2020 will be postponed until 8-10 September, 2022. It is intended that the 2021 Conference will run as planned. Please see
the 2021 Conference page and 2022 Conference page for more information on these future events.

In lieu of the postponed full conference, we are pleased to announce that SSCE 2020 will comprise a single-day series of online seminars
and an online AGM on Friday 11th September 2020. Please see the Conference Information page for further information as it appears,
and the Call for Papers page for details of the seminar themes and how to propose a short paper presentation.

  

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  The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics:

  • holds an annual conference which attracts leading scholars and practitioners from academia, politics, the church and society
    throughout the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and the United States;
  • sponsors the leading scholarly journal Studies in Christian Ethics, published quarterly;
  • sponsors a postgraduate forum with regular conferences and support for PhD students;
  • and maintains a database of members and their interests, enabling others to identify colleagues who are working in areas
    similar to their own.

  The objectives of the Society:

  • to encourage and further the study of Christian ethics in its practical and theoretical aspects;
  • to strengthen the teaching and learning of ethics as an academic discipline;
  • to encourage serious ethical thinking and discussion in the life of churches;
  • to foster the exercise of Christian social responsibility;
  • to hold a Conference and at least one General Meeting of the Society in each calendar year

  Membership

  • We welcome the participation of those who are share these objectives. Join the society and become a member to be kept
    informed of our news and events, or attend the annual conference. The full constitution of the Society is also available.
  • By becoming a member of the society, you will also receive an online account, which will enable you to use a number of
    members-only sections of our website: to submit a conference paper proposal and to register for our conferences.
  • If you have already created an account for use on this system, you can login by clicking on the “Login” button above.
    If you think you may need an account for our site without becoming a member, please contact the SSCE Honorary Secretary.

Southeastern Symposium – April 16 & 17

From the Southeastern Symposium:

The Southeastern Symposium is an online event showcasing scholarly work by the SEBTS faculty, alumni, and students. We are proud to be able to bring you a virtual event that represents several different areas of study.

The event will take place on April 16-17. A formal schedule of plenaries and seminars will be released shortly. The symposium will start at 1pm on April 16 and conclude on the evening of April 17. During the smaller breakouts, we will allow participants to post questions to the presenter. Exciting resources and opportunities may also be presented from our partners.

April 16

Opening Session 1:00pm – 5:30pm

April 17

Morning Session – 9:00am – 1:20pm
Afternoon Session – 1:30pm – 6:45pm

Register at: https://apply.sebts.edu/register/southeasternsymposium

Please click here for a Schedule of the Sessions for the Southeastern Symposium.