Call for Papers 2018

Call for Papers 2018

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

  • Step 1: Complete the Individual-Proposal-Participant-Form-for-Submissions (click on the title to open) for any proposal submitted. Carefully note any audiovisual equipment you require before you submit your proposal.
  • Step 2: E-mail with Attachments: Submit your proposal via email attachment to the Program Unit Chair/Co-Chairs no later than Friday, January 19th, 2018.  Any deadline extension that might be required should be cleared with chairs.
  • Step 3: Notification of your proposal acceptance status for the Annual Regional Meeting program will be sent by Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

General Participation Requirements at the Regional Meeting 

  • Membership to AAR, SBL or ASOR is not required to submit a proposal in response to the Call for Papers.
  • However all participants must be members in order to present, and all participants accepted to the program must be registered for the Regional Meeting by Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 11:59pm. 
  • You must make your own travel and housing arrangements to present at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. See below for more details on discounted housing arrangements.

Registration and Housing (Information will be updated soon)

  • PNW Registration Link coming soon!
  • Hotel registration (Information coming soon)
  • Saturday Banquet registration (information coming soon)

PNWAAR/ASOR/SBL
Call for papers 2018
Submit proposals electronically to section chairs by Jan 19th, 2018
Paper proposals should be 400-500 words.
Papers should be no longer than 17-20 minutes in length.

All accepted presenters MUST register by Thursday, March 29th, 2018 or their presentation will be cancelled and omitted from online program. 


Membership is not required to submit a proposal, but membership IS REQUIRED to present at the conference. A small number of partial scholarships to assist with membership fees for currently enrolled students are available. 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS are due to program chairs by JANUARY 19, 2018 by 11:59pm

2018 PNWAAR/SBL/ASOR CALL FOR PAPERS

Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Regional of the American Academy of Religion

Pacific Lutheran University, May 11-13, 2018

THE AMERICAN SCHOOLS OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (ASOR)

The mission of ASOR is to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times.

Call for Papers
We invite abstracts detailing original research, archaeological excavations, and studies of all aspects related to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean art, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern languages. Undergraduate and graduate students and independent scholars are welcome to present papers.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Chair: Gloria London, glondon18@gmail.com

Joint Session with New Testament and the World of Early Christianity
Archaeology and the First Century CE.  We are seeking proposals to collaborate with the New Testament and the World of Early Christianity for work concerning this period of history.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Anne Moore, University of Calgary, amoore@ucalgary.ca and Gloria London, glondon18@gmail.com

ARTS AND RELIGION 
The Arts and Religion section provides a space for interdisciplinary exploration of religion through the arts (in broad contexts). We invite multiple perspectives, embodied passionate scholarship, and rich discussion of the vital role arts have played and continue to play in attempts to create meaning of the human condition, and to address the enduring questions posed by the world’s religions and spiritual traditions.

Call for Papers
As co-chairs of the “Arts and Religion” section of the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion (PNW-AAR) we welcome your proposals. Whether you are a student-scholar, a faculty member, or an independent scholar no longer in formal schooling, you may wish to revisit some of your work from the last year or so, and think about submitting a proposal as you continue with your scholarly work this fall. The Pacific Northwest AAR/SBL is a generally open and friendly crowd, and a great place to share your ideas and get more presentation experience!

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Marion Dumont mariondumont@gmail.com and Karen Villanueva knvillaneuva@yahoo.com

ASIAN AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES
To promote scholarship in non-Western areas of religion and theology and to assess various comparative methods of investigation.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Chair: Nick Gier, University of Idaho, ngier@uidaho.edu

GENDER, RELIGION, SEXUALITY, AND POWER
Call for Papers
The GRSP unit announces its inaugural call for papers exploring all aspects of Religion and Gender or Sexuality for the May 2018 Regional Conference at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. We are open to all papers which explore the intersection of religion and any aspect of gender or sexuality and social power. We are particularly looking for papers in 2018 which explore issues of the public performance of gender or sexuality in religious terms such as in speculative fiction, for example the meditations on the soul of the transgendered android robot at heart of David Weber’s bestselling Safehold series, or in media discourse as a whole, for example the construction of American religious normativity in media coverage of the “gay marriage” issue. Other areas which might be explored are those of the technological image of the human or the thinning of discourse. Papers exploring specific religious perspectives of sexuality, such as Islam or Christianity are welcome. An apt topic area in the current year may be the oppositional use of sexuality as a Democratic or a Republican wedge electoral tool. Interested scholars may propose a full panel in any related area. We are also open to papers from advanced undergraduate or Master’s students, papers which would also be considered for the annual student paper prize (please identify your status with your proposal submission).

Please submit all abstracts or proposals to the co-chairs and Coordinator, Bruce Hiebert, brucehiebert@shaw.ca and student coordinator, Jennifer Newman, Jennifer.Elizabeth.Newman@gmail.com

HEBREW BIBLE 
Since the Biblical Hebrew texts are part of the larger category of ‘biblical texts’, the rationale for the Hebrew Bible session falls naturally within the mandate of the SBL, the central purpose of which is “…advancing the academic study of biblical texts and their contexts as well as of the traditions and contexts of biblical interpretation.”

The primary goal of the Hebrew Bible session is to foster study and interaction in the field, more specifically:

  • To promote academic dialogue between scholars in the Pacific Northwest Region.
  • To showcase and promote research in the Hebrew Bible.
  • To advance the quality of research and writing in the area of Hebrew Bible by mentoring and recommending work for publication.
  • To provide mentoring and opportunities for graduate students to present their work to the Hebrew Bible session, thus incorporating new scholars into the greater goals of the SBL.

Call for Papers
General Call
We welcome papers on any topic related to Hebrew Bible, with priority given to papers that deal with language and linguistics, wisdom literature, and prophetic literature. Early proposals are especially welcome with the goal of organizing a panel discussion for a regional scholar’s recent work and/or organizing a thematic topic session. Graduate students are required to send full copies of their papers for consideration.

Research Group on Clothing 2017-2020

The Hebrew Bible unit announces the creation of second research group on the topic of clothing in the Hebrew Bible. The work of the research group on this topic, in close to publication. The goal of this group is going to be the sustained examination of the multivalent importance of clothing in ancient Israel. This group will work closely over the course of three years in the manner of a think tank. Each member of the group will undertake the investigation of a topic that s/he will select. Each member will share her/his research with the rest of the group for peer review, brainstorming and feedback. The members of this group will meet during the Pacific Northwest SBL AAR ASOR meeting. The minimum commitment time to this research group is two years.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the chair: Antonios Finitsis, finitsak@plu.edu

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY AND NORTH AMERICAN RELIGIONS
This program unit invites both historians of Christianity and scholars studying North American religions to present their research and engage in collegial discussion of their work. Review panels of selected new works in these fields are also included in the sessions. The section seeks to develop an ongoing dialog and network among participants.

Call for Papers
Papers are welcome in any area of the History of Christianity and North American Religions. Proposals are especially invited on the following themes:

  1. Papers reflecting current research in the history of Christianity (any era).
  2. Papers related to the history and practice of North American religions and its expressions in the public square.
  3. Papers related to religious understandings of World War I and its repercussions.
  4. Papers related to churches and religious organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Proposals should be submitted directly to Jon Kershner, jon.kershner@gmail.com and Timothy Burdick, Edmonds Community College, timothy.burdick2@gmail.com

STUDY OF ISLAM 
The Study of Islam program unit fosters intellectual exchange and collaboration among regional scholars working in any area of Islamic Studies. In addition to research panels, we host an annual roundtable devoted to a topic of current pedagogical concern, and we have launched an annual film series. We welcome papers from academics at any career stage.

Call for Papers
We encourage proposals for individual papers or full panels investigating any aspect of historical or contemporary Islam, including but not limited to Islamic texts, practices, law, history, and theology. We especially welcome papers that address the general theme of “Muslims as Migrants and Minorities.”

Pedagogy Panel: We also seek participants for our annual pedagogy roundtable, this year on the same theme mentioned above, “Muslims as Migrants and Minorities.” We will explore ways to approach these topics in stand-alone classes or (more likely) as discreet sections or general themes in a variety of courses on Islamic topics. Anyone interested in participating in our relatively informal discussion—and we very much welcome non-Islamicists.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the chair: Paul Powers, Lewis & Clark College, ppowers@lclark.edu

MORMON STUDIES
Mormon Studies promotes the exploration of a wide range of topics relating to Mormonism. This section seeks to provide scholarly inquiry into Mormon history, culture, belief and practice, theology, scripture, and the role of Mormonism in contemporary politics. This section encourages the study of Mormonism from multiple disciplines and methodologies. This section will better equip those in the academy to teach on the subject of Mormonism and actively promotes opportunities for interfaith dialogue.

Papers are welcome in any area of Mormon Studies. We encourage papers from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives and especially invite proposals on the following themes:

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Kirk Caudle Independent Scholar, mixlom@msn.com and Susanna Morrill Lewis & Clark College, smorrill@lclark.edu

NEW TESTAMENT AND THE WORLD OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY 
This program unit provides an opportunity to discuss topics in New Testament and related interdisciplinary studies, such as Hebrew Bible and Early Christianity, as well as topics relating to Hellenistic Religions and related literature. While the name of the program unit has recently changed (from New Testament and Hellenistic Religions), the focus of the unit has not, as we strive to be inclusive of a wide range of topics of interest to the study of early Christian writings and the world in which they developed.

Call for Papers
We welcome papers reflecting the research endeavors especially of Pacific Northwest scholars in the fields of New Testament and the World of Early Christianity. This year our Program Unit will host several different sessions.

  • Greco-Roman Environment and Early Christian Movements(Coordinator: Anne Moore, amoore@ucalgary.ca). We invite papers on the influence of Greco-Roman culture on various forms of early Christianity and their writings (including non-canonical texts), as well as on the reception of early Christian texts in Greco-Roman circles. In particular, we are seeking presentations in the area of material culture and/or archaeology.
  • Wealth and Poverty within the World of Early Christianity. We are seeking presentations concerning this area of the ancient Greco/Roman/Christian world including research concerning social stratification; for discussion, panel presentations, or book reviews.
  • Joint Sessions
    • Theology and Philosophy of Religion. We are also seeking proposals to be presented in a joint session with this section under the theme: “What is Actually ‘The Gospel’ ?” This combined session invites papers discussing the different definitions or understandings of a defined or core ‘Gospel’ along with the theological implications of these diverse definitions.
  • Open session. All topics relevant to the Program Unit are invited.

Book panel(s). We are interested in conducting a book review panel for one or more books published in the past year by participants in our region. If you will/have had a relevant book published by the time of the 2018 regional meeting, send suggestions directly to the chairpersons.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Anne Moore, University of Calgary, amoore@ucalgary.ca and Ron Clark, Portland Seminary, rclark@georgefox.edu

Joint Session with the American Schools of Oriental Research

Archaeology and the First Century CE.  We are seeking proposals to collaborate with the American Schools of Oriental Research for work concerning this period of history.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Anne Moore, University of Calgary, amoore@ucalgary.ca and Gloria London, glondon18@gmail.com

Joint Session with Theology and Philosophy of Religion

We are also seeking proposals to be presented in a joint session with this section under the theme: “What is actually ‘The Gospel’?”  This combined session invites papers discussing the different definitions or understandings of a defined or core ‘Gospel’ along with the theological implications of these diverse definitions.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Anne Moore, University of Calgary, amoore@ucalgary.ca and Sarah Gallant, smgallant@hotmail.com  

RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Our section welcomes all papers related to ethics, contemporary social issues or events, and social scientific perspectives on religion. Recurring themes in our discussions include neuroscience, psychology of religious experience, demographic and cultural transitions, war and violence, science, and Speculative Fiction (SF).

Call for Papers
The Religion and Society Unit invites interdisciplinary perspectives that address topics across religion and society.  Of particular interest are papers that address various forms of societal conflict such as racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and xenoracism.  The goal of this call for papers is to help religious and community leaders to understand various forms of societal conflict, through religious and social scientific methods of analysis, and develop tools and resources that will equip religious and community leaders to address societal conflict.  Papers may address the method(s) and the role(s) of forgiveness, religious ethics, social justice, and leadership studies to enter into conversations of conflict resolution.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Joseph Paxton, Claremont School of Theology, joseph.paxton@cst.edu and Jenna Ferrey, University of Calgary, jennaferrey@gmail.com

Joint Session with the Religion and Society group
Exploring ‘Evil’” 

This joint session invites papers that explore philosophical, theological, and social scientific perspectives of evil.  Broadly, papers may address a historical and/or contemporary perspectives of evil.  Topics may include: the evolution of evil, free will evolved for morality and culture, the role of intent and harm in defining evil, evil among the well-intentioned – bias without awareness, media and evil, the process and pathway of dehumanization, false moral superiority and evil, when good people do bad things, and the bystander effect.  The goal of this call is to generate a greater understanding of “what” constitutes evil, “when” people may be more or less likely to do evil acts, and “how” a good person can do evil deeds.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Sarah Gallant, smgallant@hotmail.com and Joseph Kim Paxton joseph.paxton@cst.edu

THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
The Theology and Philosophy of Religion Section exists to provide a forum for scholars to critically examine politics, scriptures, ethics, history, art, literature and/or culture from explicitly philosophical and theological perspectives. We welcome diverse perspectives, and encourage the collegiality of frank and open dialogue between and among disciplinary areas.

Call for Papers
The Theology and Philosophy of Religion Section welcomes proposals for papers or panels concerning any aspect of theology and/or the philosophy of religion.

In addition to our regular open call for papers, this year we are also seeking proposals to be presented during two special joint sessions. These joint session are opportunities to discuss specific topics with our colleagues from other groups.  Please send your proposals for these special sessions directly to the session organizers.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Sarah Gallant, smgallant@hotmail.com, and Norman Metzler, npjmetzler@gmail.com.

Please note in your proposal if you would prefer to avoid a particular presentation time due to religious observance (e.g. Friday night or Sunday morning).  We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Joint Session with the New Testament and the World of Early Christianity
“What is Actually ‘The Gospel’?”

This combined session invites papers discussing the different definitions or understandings of a defined or core ‘Gospel’ along with the theological implications of these diverse definitions.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Anne Moore, University of Calgary amoore@ucalgary.ca and Ron Clark, Portland Seminary, rclark@georgefox.edu

Joint Session with the Religion and Society group
Exploring ‘Evil’” 

This joint session invites papers that explore philosophical, theological, and social scientific perspectives of evil.  Broadly, papers may address a historical and/or contemporary perspectives of evil.  Topics may include: the evolution of evil, free will evolved for morality and culture, the role of intent and harm in defining evil, evil among the well-intentioned – bias without awareness, media and evil, the process and pathway of dehumanization, false moral superiority and evil, when good people do bad things, and the bystander effect.  The goal of this call is to generate a greater understanding of “what” constitutes evil, “when” people may be more or less likely to do evil acts, and “how” a good person can do evil deeds.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the session organizers: Sarah Gallant, smgallant@hotmail.com and Joseph Kim Paxton joseph.paxton@cst.edu

WOMEN IN RELIGION

This section explores the lives of women in religion from antiquity to the modern era. It is a forum for the inquiry into literary and material culture of the activity and presence of women in religion and the history of interpretation. It is also a forum for how female and gender related issues are portrayed in sacred texts.

Call for Papers
The Women and Religion section invites papers related to any aspect of our field. Our sessions offer opportunities for thoughtful conversations between presenters and listeners as we create a community of scholars engaged with one another’s work. We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as for themed panels. Given the unforgettable political events that have occurred since we last met, we encourage, as always, reflections on social, gender, and racial justice.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the co-chairs: Elizabeth Goldstein, Gonzaga University, goldstein@gonzaga.edu and Valerie Ziegler, DePauw University, vziegler@depauw.edu