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Hagiology Seminar

Call for Proposals

We invite proposals on Teaching the “Saints”: Hagiology as Pedagogy

What are “best practices” for introducing hagiographical material and questions into the classroom? What sorts of methods and assignments are particularly generative for hagiological analysis? What do we want students to learn from their encounter with “saints” and how do we assess it?


Inspired by these questions, we are interested in papers that address the teaching of hagiology. Work that engages the following topics is particular welcome:


• Application of pedagogical theories

• Comparative and/or transdisciplinary methods

• Non-Western/Non-Christian media and approaches

• Critiques of conceptional underpinnings – e.g., “saint,” “sanctity,” “hagiography”

• Innovative assignments (including assessment)

• Collaboration in course design and/or teaching


The session will be exploratory and collaborative in nature, as it seeks to practice a style of conference preparation and presentation that utilizes comparative practices and innovates along those lines. Presenters will share their "papers" with fellow panelists prior to the conference date and collaborate with one another. We hope to produce a digital collection of resources from our collective work this year. To this end, “papers” can take the form of pedagogical tools, methodologies, syllabi, and other useful artifacts.

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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