January 29 2020

2015 Southwest Region Call for Papers

map of the AAR Southwest Region

2015 Southwest Regional Meeting

Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North
Irving, Texas
March 13–15, 2015

General Information

The annual meeting will be held March 13–15, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North in Irving, Texas.

The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies invites members of constituent organizations to submit paper proposals for the 2015 regional meeting. Proposals should be submitted to the person designated in each section. Please indicate if the proposal is being submitted to more than one section. Proposals may be submitted to more than one section, but in order to accommodate as many people as possible, papers must not be read more than once during the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for paper proposal submission is October 15, 2014.

A response to your proposal will be sent within one month. If your proposal is accepted, you should confirm your participation in the session with the program chair. In addition, you must register for the meeting. All presenters are expected to register at least one month prior to the meeting, that is by February 13, 2015.

Powerpoint and Other Projection Media Presentations Policy

Due to the prohibitive costs of hotel audio-visual rentals, the SWCRS does not provide computers, projectors, or video monitors for presentations. Those persons submitting proposals for presentation must be prepared to provide their own equipment, or to plan for printed copies of any visual elements of their presentation. Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the relevant organization (AAR, SBL, e.g.) and/or the section coordinator (Ethics, Hebrew Bible, e.g.).

American Schools of Oriental Research

The American Schools of Oriental Research invite paper proposals on any topic related to biblical archaeology and the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Excavation reports are encouraged and student papers are welcome. Student proposals must include a letter of reference from a sponsoring professor. Current students who are members of ASOR in good standing are eligible to participate in the annual Eisenbrauns Student Paper Award. Please submit your proposals by October 12, 2014.

Contact Tom Davis (below) for more information.  Please send your proposals in MS-Word format to:

Tom Davis
Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
E-mail: tdavis@swbts.edu

Association for the Scientific Study of Religion

The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion invites paper proposals on any topic concerning the scientific study of religion, particularly those dealing with the sociological, philosophical, economic, historical, psychological, and political considerations of religion in society. The ASSR also welcomes papers from other affiliates of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies. Selected papers submitted to the ASSR are published in the Proceedings of the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Upon request for membership and/or an accepted proposal, a membership invoice will be sent; members with PayPal accounts can directly submit their dues through the PayPal link on the ASSR website. All persons interested in participating in the conference are expected to be members of ASSR and must ensure payment of dues as outlined above. Additionally, participants are expected to register for the meeting through the SWCRS website and pay the cost of registration that applies to them.

PAPER PROPOSALS: The deadline for submitting paper proposals is October 17, 2014. Proposals should be sent to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas, at craverb@wbu.edu

PAPER SUBMISSIONS: Paper submissions should be sent to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas, at  j-dloessin@sbcglobal.net or jonl@wcjc.edu. Papers must be received by February 13, 2015, to be included in the Proceedings or to be considered for the 2014 Frank P. Forwood Award. The ASSR Style Guide for Papers may be found on the ASSR website.

American Academy of Religion

Arts, Literature, and Religion

Religion regards poverty somewhat paradoxically: on the one hand, it is a condition to be corrected; on the other, it is a situation to be embraced. We would like to investigate artistic representations of poverty, to note the expectations within these representations, and to measure the influence some understanding or performance of religion has on the perspective these works take. Papers that consider such moments in the arts or literature are welcome. So, too, are presentations or performances that wrestle with depictions of poverty in one’s own art (painting, photography, music, creative writing, etc).  Other high quality paper topics will be considered as space allows. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a title, a brief description, and an indication of the main arguments the presentation will make. Please include a brief self-introduction. Send proposals to:

Allen H. Redmon
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion

The Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion Section invites paper proposals on the aftermath of the Arab Spring; socially engaged Buddhism, especially its interactions with capitalism; food and religion; teaching Asian religions in an introductory course; and contemplative studies. Papers on topics concerning other aspects of Asian religious practice and thought, both historical and contemporary, will also be considered. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a title, brief description, and indication of the main arguments of the presentation. If using a PowerPoint presentation, please bring your laptop and make your own arrangements for a data projector. Please indicate if you have any special audiovisual requests. Send proposals to:

Claire Villarreal
Rice University

Ethics, Society and Cultural Analysis

The Ethics, Society, and Cultural Analysis Section seeks proposals for individual papers or panels on the following themes: (1) medical ethics, (2) architecture and religion, (3) responses to Rebecca Todd Peters's Solidarity Ethics (Fortress, 2014), and (4) other topics related to ethics, society, and cultural analysis. Proposals should be 200 to 300 words in length. If you are submitting a panel proposal, please submit individual abstracts for each presenter as well as an abstract of the panel as a whole. Submit proposals to:

Paul Martens at Paul_Martens@baylor.edu and Sarah Fredericks at sfrederi@unt.edu.

History of Christianity

In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, the History of Christianity Section invites proposals that address the effects of immigration patterns on Christianity. Specific topics that would fit this theme include immigration and world Christianity, global Pentecostalism, modern transnational Christian networks, premodern transregional Christian communities, and immigrant Christianity in the US Southwest. Additionally, we are interested in papers that deal with the interaction between African and African American Christianity, Christianity among colonized indigenous peoples, and other contemporary and historical Christian traditions. Proposals for individual papers should include a paper title and an abstract of between 250 and 500 words. Panel proposals should include a panel title, individual paper titles with participants, and a 250 to 500 word description of the panel theme. Please email proposals to:

Justin Michael Doran
The University of Texas at Austin

Philosophy of Religion and Theology

In 1915 the world was at war, chemical warfare was becoming common, and there were outbreaks of disease such as typhus. Nevertheless, optimistic theologies and philosophies were also arising. Proposals are invited that address the theme of the 2015 centennial of this bleak time in world history. Papers explicating the work of thinkers who developed such bodies of work are particularly welcome. Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or publication are especially encouraged. Each panelist should provide an abstract for such submissions. Proposals that feature interdisciplinary or inter-institutional participation, and that promise to stimulate productive discussion, will be favored. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words in length. Send proposals to:

Rebecca Huskey

Theta Alpha Kappa

Student members of Theta Alpha Kappa chapters in the Southwest Region are invited to submit papers for presentation at the regional meeting. 

Although any TAK member is permitted to submit a paper proposal, this session is traditionally a forum for undergraduates. There will be one session devoted to the best papers; open to all topics. Submissions must come from the chapter adviser and include: 1) the presenter’s name and contact information; 2) the entire paper (preferred) or an abstract of the paper (acceptable); 3) the name of the school; and 4) venue for which the paper was prepared (i.e., honors project, senior thesis, etc.). In the event that there are more proposals than can fit in one session, local chapter advisers may be asked to select the one best submission from their schools. Submit proposals to:

Derek Dodson

Society of Biblical Literature

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on a variety of topics (see below under Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Second Temple Judaism respectively).  Proposals should include a title, an abstract of 200–300 words, and the Participation Form below, attached separately from the abstract. Proposals should be mailed to the program chairs (see below) by October 15, 2014. 

Proposals from graduate students are welcome but, in addition to the participation form, should include a draft of the paper and the name and contact information of a faculty member who knows your work.

Technology Policy: SBL welcomes the use of technology in presentations, but presenters should expect to provide all projection or sound equipment and screens for themselves, as the Region is unable to provide them owing to cost factors.

SBL Participation Form



Paper Proposal Title: ____________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone:________________________ Email:_________________________________


Institution:_______________________________________________________  SBL ID#________________________________


Highest earned degree:_______________________


Check if you plan to apply for the Regional Scholar Award (see below): ________


Status: Please check one of the following:

Faculty ____   Doctoral Student ____    Master's Student _____   Other ____  Specify (Church professional, etc.): ______________________________ 

For proposals by students only, a faculty person who knows your work                                                                                                                          

Name: __________________________________________________                                                                                                                    


Institution: _________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________________ E-Mail:_________________


SBL Regional Scholar Award

Each year the national SBL Conference of Regional Coordinators recognizes excellent papers presented at regional meetings by junior members of the society. Consideration for the Regional Scholars Award is open to applicants who are at least at the dissertation stage of a doctoral program and who are no more than four years past the receipt of the PhD. 

Each region can nominate one scholar annually. The national SBL Conference of Regional Coordinators selects the regional scholars from these candidates. Nomination by the region is no guarantee of selection by the national organization. Awardees will be encouraged to revise the paper presented at the regional meeting in March 2015, with the help of a mentor, and submit the revised paper to an appropriate program unit of the SBL national meeting. They will be recognized as Regional Scholars at the national meeting. 

Applicants for the Regional Scholar Award should submit a letter of application (indicating any experience the applicant has presenting papers at the national meeting), a curriculum vitae, and a draft of a paper accepted for presentation at the regional meeting (8–10 pages of text, with appropriate documentation) to the appropriate regional SBL program unit chair (Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Second Temple Judaism; see below) by January 10, 2015. Also, please indicate on the Participation Form that you intend to apply for the Regional Scholar Award.

Hebrew Bible

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for a variety of topics related to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha, including proposals on specific exegetical problems on all parts of the canon, biblical theology, biblical hermeneutics and methodological papers, the Dead Sea Scrolls, race, ethnicity and gender, and academic teaching. This list is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive. Submission by e-mail is strongly encouraged. Please send all Hebrew Bible proposals to:

Professor Mark Sneed
Lubbock Christian University
Christian Development Center, Room 110J
Lubbock, TX 79407
E-mail: mark.sneed@lcu.edu

New Testament

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of the New Testament: e.g., Paul, the Gospels and Acts, the Johannine literature, Jewish and Christian apocrypha, hermeneutics and theology, and contemporary critical and pedagogical approaches (this list is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive).  Submission by e-mail is encouraged. Please send all New Testament proposals to:    

Professor Richard Wright
Box 11000
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma City, OK 73136   
E-mail: richard.wright@oc.edu

Second Temple Judaism

Members of the society are invited to submit proposals for papers on any topic related to the study of Second Temple Jewish ideas, texts, religious, social or political practices, or relevant issues about Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. Methods of study may vary widely as appropriate to the field. Submission by email is encouraged. Please send all Second Temple Judaism proposals to:

Annelies Moeser
Brite Divinity School, TCU
E-mail: a.moeser@tcu.edu


Ariel Feldman
Brite Divinity School, TCU
TCU Box 298130
Fort Worth, TX 76129
E-mail: ariel.feldman@tcu.edu