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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Until 11:59 PM Friday, July 1st, 2016 there is an open call for proposals for a theopoetics working group meeting during the November 19-22 meetings of the 2016 joint conferences for the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature in San Antonio, Texas. In keeping with the often times non-standard perspective of theopoetic thought, both the selection process and the meeting itself with be in formats notably different from traditional academic conference engagement.

Intent and Theme

This meeting will continue to address the impact of employing embodied, non-propositional poetics in the exploration of theological practice and scholarship. Papers from the previous meetings can be referenced as examples of this trajectory. Additionally however, in our 2016 meeting there is a desire to focus particularly on theopoetics and faith communities. Particularly welcome are proposals that offer insights on how theopoetics contribute to innovations in teaching, preaching, spiritual growth, worship, activism, and or pastoral care. Proposals can be theoretical and propose new practices or work that is qualitative in nature and reports on theopoetic expressions that have been studied/ experienced. Proposals could be from within any religious worldview, not limited to Christian practice. This gathering should provide an opportunity for mutual engagement for those whose studies and/or practices falling in the intersection of theological thought, poetics, faith, religion, and methodologies which emphasize embodiment within faith communities.

Submission and Selection

Proposals should consist of an abstract – no longer than 500 words – detailing the nature and content of your proposed offering. Of particular interest are the field(s)/discipline(s) from which your perspective originates and specific authors/artists/poets/etc. that you will engage. Proposals concerning themselves with popular culture should address which aspects of popular culture are to be addressed, and those focused on applied theopoetics should mention the specific contexts in which theopoetic insight might be concretely employed.

Once all proposals are received they will be uniformly formatted without names and made available to everyone who submitted: submitters will themselves be the jury of peers by which proposals will be evaluated. Each person who submits will select the three other proposals that most interest them, and the four proposals generating the most interest among the group will be the panel. The intent here is to allow for a more equitable and egalitarian selection process.  For the sake of planning and travel confirmation, all submissions must be received by midnight of July 1st.

Submit Proposals via email with proposal attached: submissions@theopoetics.net

Proposals accepted need not be limited to academic theology papers:sociological research, creative non-fiction, films, etc. could all be feasible as well, however all proposals should be A) substantially grounded in an engagement with the role of the poetic in faith communities, B) be able to be shared in advance with the panel, and C) be written for considered inclusion in an issue of the journal THEOPOETICS (authors maintain copyright and have an opportunity to revise after the meeting). Panelists and all interested panel attenders will be provided with access to the accepted pieces at least three weeks prior to the event.


We will meet for two hours, during which time a panel of four individuals will be each be given 15 minutes to highlight key topics from their papers/projects. At the close of their presentations the panel will be opened up to a dialogue format in which panelists and attenders are encouraged to engage in conversation emerging from ideas presented. At the participants’ discretion, the meeting may be recorded for archival on theopoetics.net, thus making it accessible to those for whom traveling to the conference is not feasible.


Contact Callid Keefe-Perry and/or Lakisha R. Lockhart here.