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Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Unit

Call for Proposals

The “Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis” Group invites paper proposals on themes related to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, theology and legacy.

As 2020 represents the eightieth anniversary of the crucial year 1940, we invite proposals related to any of Bonhoeffer’s writings or activities of that year, including the closing of the “collective pastorates,” the publication of Psalms: The Prayerbook of the Bible, (for a possible co-sponsored session with the SBL's Book of Psalms Section), his residence at the Benedictine monastery at Ettal, and his work on Ethics.

We also invite papers or panels on truth-telling, Bonhoeffer as resistor, and teaching Bonhoeffer in turbulent times. Other topics will be considered as well.

Please indicate your willingness to engage in interactive sessions or panels by (for example) submitting a manuscript in advance, delivering a paper summary, and engaging in extended Q&A, using high-engagement pedagogical strategies to present material to the audience, and/or, incorporating visual aids (AV and/or hand-outs) in your presentation.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to explore the historical and contemporary interface between theology and public life within the context of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s legacy in theology. Together with professional societies affiliated in the study of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, the Unit has explored a variety of topics from medical ethics to political life in a global context.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members