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Karl Barth Society of North America

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

The Karl Barth Society of North America invites proposals for papers that engage the topics of nationalism, politics, and Christian witness. While proposals should directly reckon with the work of Karl Barth, the topics may be engaged in diverse ways. Scholars might consider Barth’s work in its own context (including but not limited to Barth’s relationship to various forms of socialism, Barth’s work during the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era, and Barth’s writing and political activity during the Cold War); equally, scholars might put Barth’s work in critical/constructive conversation with ongoing discussions in Christian thought, religious ethics, political theology (broadly construed), political theory, Black Studies, feminist/womanist studies, border studies, post- and decolonial thought, etc.  Proposals that connect the topics of nationalism, politics, and Christian witness to the doctrine of providence—the focus of another session held by the KBSNA in November—are welcome.

Statement of Purpose

Founded in 1972, the Karl Barth Society of North America (KBSNA) exists to encourage exploration of—and critical and constructive engagement with—the theological legacy of Karl Barth, one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth century Christian theology. The Society typically hosts two public sessions during the AAR/SBL meeting each year, with the first often scheduled on the Friday afternoon before the official start of the annual meeting. In addition, the Society works in close collaboration with the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary to foster engagement with Karl Barth’s life and work. Membership is open to all those interested in and supportive of the Society’s aims and is secured by an inexpensive annual subscription; a discounted student rate is available. Enquiries can be directed to the Society’s general secretary, Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen,


Steering Committee Members


Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times