Southwest Region

2014 Southwest Regional Meeting

March 7–9, 2014
Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North
Irving, Texas

Call for Papers

General Information

The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies invites members of constituent organizations to submit paper proposals for the 2014 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, 2013.

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—by February 7, 2014.

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.).

Section Calls

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 Oct. 12, 2013.

Contact Lourdes Rincon (below) for more information.  Please send your proposals in MS-Word format to:
Lourdes Y. Rincon
Xavier University of Louisiana

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.

The Association is now known only as ASSR—The Association for the Scientific Study of Religion—and the new website is: Beginning with the 2013–2014 year, ASSR has implemented annual dues of $10. 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.

Paper Proposals: The deadline for submitting paper proposals is October 15, 2013. Proposals should be sent to: Dr. Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas (

Paper Submissions: Paper submissions should be sent to Dr. Jon Loessin, Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas ( or Papers must be received by February 17, 2014, 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

The Arts, Literature, and Religion Section invites proposals for papers or panels of papers, on any topic concerning the intersection of the arts, literature, and religion. Of particular interest this year are papers or presentations that cast such intersections as instances of Kairos, opportune or appointed moments where truth is delivered or realized. Papers that consider such moments in the arts or literature or that describe the ways in which the classroom or a conference can create such moments are especially welcome. So, too, are presentations or performances that discuss moments of Kairos in one’s own art (painting, photography, music, creative writing, etc). 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. A succinct self-introduction would also be helpful.  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 topics concerning all aspects of Asian religious practice and thought, both historical and contemporary. However, papers and panels are particularly solicited in the areas of pedagogy (contemplative or otherwise); gender, violence, and religion; the Arab Spring; traditional Chinese religions; broad cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia such as the Silk Road; and religion and the state. Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a title, brief description, and an 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 audio-visual requests.

Send proposals to Claire Villarreal, Rice University (

Ethics, Society and Cultural Analysis

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the SWCRS, the Ethics, Society, and Cultural Analysis Section seeks proposals for individual papers or panels on the following themes:

  • Ethicists who work in or have made a particular contribution to the Southwest Region
  • Ethical issues of special importance in the Southwest Region (either historic or contemporary importance).

We also invite proposals pertaining to the ethics of religion and development and other themes related to ethics, society, and cultural analysis.

Submit proposals to Paul Martens ( and Sarah Fredericks (

History of Christianity

The History of Christianity Section has an open call for papers. All submissions in the field will be considered, but papers that deal historically with the following themes are of special interest:

  • Colonial encounters
  • Religion and violence
  • Religion in the Americas
  • Formations of the self in medieval or early modern Christianity
  • Teaching religious studies in public universities
  • Religious beliefs and practices among college students.

Individual paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 200 words or less, and a brief description of 500 words or less. Paper session proposals should include a title, abstract and brief description of the panel, a list of participants, and a title and abstract for each paper.

Send proposals to Chad Seales (

Philosophy of Religion and Theology

Proposals are invited in all areas in philosophy of religion or in theology. Proposals relating to these domains are especially encouraged:

  • Catholic theology
  • Pope Francis I
  • The teaching of philosophy of religion and theology

Proposals involving multiple presentations or panel discussions (no more than three participants) focused upon a single topic, figure, or publication will be especially welcomed. Each panelist should provide an abstract (preferred) or supply his or her credentials. Proposals that feature interdisciplinary or interinstitutional participation, and that promise to stimulate productive discussion, will be favored. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 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. One session will be devoted to the best papers; open to all topics. Submissions must come from the chapter adviser and include:

  • the presenter’s name and contact information.
  • the entire paper (preferred) or an abstract of the paper (acceptable).
  • the name of the school.
  • 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 advisors 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. Proposals from graduate students are welcome but, in addition to the participation form, should include a draft of the paper and the name and address of a faculty member who knows your work. Proposals are due to the program chairs (see below) by October 15, 2013.

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: ___________________________________________________



Telephone:________________________ Email:_________________________________

Institution:________________________  SBL ID#________________________

Highest earned degree:_______________________

Status: Please check one of the following:

Faculty __             Graduate Student __             Other __  __________________

Faculty person who knows your work           Explain “Other” (Church professional, etc.)  
(for proposals by students only)

Name: __________________________________________________                                                                                                                    

Address: _________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________ E-Mail:_________________

SBL Regional Scholar Award

Each year the national SBL’s Conference of Regional Coordinators identifies excellent papers presented at regional meetings by junior members of the Society. To qualify for the Regional Scholars Program, applicants should be at least ABD and no more than four years past the receipt of their PhD.

Each region can nominate one paper, and the national SBL’s Conference of Regional Coordinators will select the regional scholars from these candidates. Nomination by the region is no guarantee of selection by the national organization. These awardees will be encouraged to revise the paper presented at the regional meeting in March 2014, with the help of a mentor, and submit it to an appropriate program unit of the SBL national meeting. They will be recognized as Regional Scholars at the meeting.

To be considered for an award, papers should be 10–15 pages of text to be read aloud. In addition to the text to be read aloud, it is desirable for some footnotes to be included. Paper proposals from those wishing to be considered for the Regional Scholar award should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a draft of the paper. The letter should indicate what experience, if any, the applicant has had in presenting papers at the national meeting. Send applications to the appropriate regional SBL program unit chair (Hebrew Bible or New Testament) by January 10, 2014.

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

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, Luke-Acts, the Johannine literature, non-canonical texts such as the Gnostic gospels, hermeneutics and theology, feminist interpretation, and modern literary criticism.  (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    

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 ( or
Ariel Feldman
Brite Divinity School, TCU
TCU Box 298130
Fort Worth, TX 76129