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Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit

Call for Proposals

For 2023, the unit Sacred Texts, Theory and Theological Construction will be offering two themed and one “open” session. The first themed session will be an invited panel of scholars exploring Deleuze and Islam. This session is currently closed to submission.


STTTC will have two opportunities for general proposals. The first is a co-sponsored panel with the Society of Biblical Literature’s Reading, Theory and the Bible section, “Climate Fiction in/and the Anthropocene: Literary Form and the End of the World as We Know It.” We are especially interested submissions that engage the work of Louise Erdrich (Future Home of the Living God) or Joy Williams (Harrow) or that focus on non-White writers (e.g.: Nnedi Okorafor, Vandana Singh, Octavia Butler).


For our third, and final panel, we invite the submission of any papers (or even entire panels) which resonate with the general interests and mandate of STTTC. For 2023, we particularly encourage projects treating the concept of “Wilderness” or “Wild Space,” especially those projects which would intersect with the work of the late Delores Williams. As always, Sacred Texts, Theory and Theological Construction is keenly interested in presenting innovative and exploratory work that engages Critical Theory (broadly defined) and Continental Philosophy intersecting with either Sacred Text (including, but by no means limited to Jewish and Christian writings) and Theology (ideally projects that touch on all these elements).

Statement of Purpose

This Unit works with the unique intersection of sacred texts, contemporary theory, and theological construction. We call for papers engaged in contemporary constructive theology that think in innovative ways with sacred texts and contemporary biblical studies. We encourage dialogue between constructive theologians and biblical scholars from AAR and SBL, dealing with themes of interest to both academic disciplines in the wake of postmodernity. Topics range from theological hermeneutics to the value of theology, interrogations of our new theoretical contexts to constructive theological proposals, and from the use of sacred texts by contemporary theorists to the use of those contemporary theorists in constructive theology. This unit encourages and is receptive to creative proposals that work at the intersection of biblical studies, contemporary philosophy, theory, and theology.


Steering Committee Members


Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection