Upper Midwest Region

2014 Upper Midwest Regional Meeting

April 4–5, 2014
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minnesota


Call for Papers

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL: This year, we are using Oxford Abstracts Registration Program.  You may submit your proposal here: https://aareligion.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=3700&language=en-uk.

The submission deadline is December 15, 2013.

All presenters at the regional meeting (excluding undergraduate students) should be a member (whether student or full) of one of the three participating societies (AAR, SBL, ASOR).

For Master’s Students: The region encourages MA students to present outstanding papers. Paper proposals from MA students must be accompanied by the nomination of a faculty advisor: Please include the name and contact information of the faculty advisor in your submission.

For Undergraduates: The Upper Midwest regional meeting includes undergraduate papers, reflecting the preponderance of undergraduate institutions in the region. The region welcomes the full scholarly participation of undergraduate members in the meeting. We request that undergraduates submit paper proposals for the Undergraduate Research Sessions only.  Faculty members should nominate student papers, with a limit of two submissions per institution.  Undergraduate students should complete the online submission form in the Oxford Abstracts registration program. Include the name and email address of the faculty sponsor at the end of the paper abstract. The Undergraduate Research Sessions are convened by Bruce Forbes, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA.

Joint AAR/SBL Sessions

Asian/Asian American Theology and Religious Studies Group

This section welcomes any papers relating to Asian/Asian American perspectives on religious studies, theology, ethics, history, and biblical studies.

Sharon Tan, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Bernon Lee, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN

Multicultural Perspectives on Theology, Religion, and Biblical Interpretation

This section seeks papers that address theology, religion, or the Bible from diverse racial, ethnic, and demographic perspectives in conversation with analysis of other forms of difference.

Jim Carlson, Carroll University, Milwaukee, WI

Teaching Religion, Theology, and the Bible

This section welcomes proposals on topics that explore pedagogical issues specific to the teaching of religion, theology, and the Bible in undergraduate, graduate, or seminary settings. Analyses of educational theory, teaching practices, and the ways values affect teaching and learning are encouraged.  In addition to papers, presentations may include opportunities to engage participants in activities or discussion.

Suzanne Hequet, Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN

Women, Religion, and Sacred Texts

This section is open to a wide range of topics but particularly encourages proposals that engage in a feminist, womanist, or mujerista perspective. For example, papers may deal with feminist perspectives on history or scripture but also with teaching challenges for women in the Upper Midwest region. Different forms of presentation are welcome, including performance.

Susan Myers, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Martin Luther Study Group

The Martin Luther Study Group invites investigations of Luther's biblical exegesis, with particular attention to how his understanding of the Bible both influenced and was influenced by other religious groups/traditions. The group welcomes papers with a historical focus, as well as papers that connect Luther's exegesis and understanding of "the other," with contemporary interreligious and intercultural issues.

Bill Russell, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

AAR Sessions


This section welcomes papers from both practical and analytical perspectives on the effect of faith in the lives of individuals (agent ethics) and the impact of religion on the common good (social ethics).

Vanessa Williams, Bethel Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

Historical Perspectives on Religion

This section seeks papers dealing with the theological, cultural, intellectual, and institutional history of all religious traditions. Submissions using traditional historical or interdisciplinary methods are equally welcome.

Jim Kroemer, Concordia University, Mequon, WI

Religions in North America

This section seeks proposals analyzing religious traditions, practices, and communities in North America from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Murphy Pizza, St. Catherine University/Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Religion and Science

This section welcomes papers that analyze the various ways that science and religion intersect. Topics may include (but are not limited to) historical analyses, theological/religious reflection on the implications of scientific theories and methods, scientific theories of religion, and examinations of social and political forces that shape the intersection of science and religion in contemporary culture.

George Tsakiridis, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Religion and Ecology

Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the study of religion and ecology, including issues related to politics, globalization, environmentally related legal decisions, and religious responses to natural disasters. Submissions on the historical treatment of the environment by religious persons and/or groups are especially encouraged.

Nate Van Yperen, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

Religion, Art, and Culture

Submissions are welcome on all topics examining the relationships between religion and cultural ideas, including, but not limited to, music, literature, and all forms of art, as well as the ways in which religion shapes and is shaped by culture.

Kim Vrudny, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Submissions are welcome on all topics that explore the intersections between religious ideas and constructions of gender and/or sexuality. This section consolidates the Women and Religion and Religion and Sexuality Sections.

C. Neal Keye, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Philosophy of Religion/Systematic Theology

This section invites papers that examine the interface between philosophy and religion, including both philosophical positions within religion and philosophy of religion more generally, as well as constructive theological work in dialogue with both historical traditions and aspects of the contemporary context.

Courtney Wilder, Midland University, Fremont, NE

World Religions

Submissions are welcome on any topics related to religious traditions other than Judaism and Christianity, or topics that involve comparative reflection on more than one religious tradition.  

Michael Baltutis, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

New Religions

This section seeks papers relating to religious movements less than 150 years old as well as recent sects and movements emerging from historical traditions, worldwide, from a wide range of disciplinary approaches.

Murphy Pizza, St. Catherine University/Minneapolis College of Art and Design

SBL Sessions

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Exegetical studies of specific texts, theological or thematic examinations, and methodological proposals are welcome.

Bernon Lee, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN
Blake Couey, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

New Testament

Exegetical studies of specific texts, theological or thematic examinations, and methodological proposals are welcome.

Daniel Scholz, Cardinal Stritch University, Wauwatosa, WI

Early Christianity

This section welcomes papers on any topic dealing with the history, literature, thought, and practices of early Christianity, broadly conceived, from the first century through the post-Nicene era.

Mark DelCogliano, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Religion in the Ancient World

This section welcomes general or specific studies of the practice of religion in Mediterranean and Near Eastern antiquity.

Glen Menzies, North Central University, Minneapolis, MN

Early Judasim and Judaic Studies

The Early Judaism and Judaic Studies Section concerns itself with the literature, histories, and cultures of ancient Judaism. The breadth of the section's description is intentional, an invitation to those in collateral fields to join in interdisciplinary interaction and scholarship regarding virtually any aspect of ancient Judaism.

Joshua Burns, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Archaeology and Excavation Reports

All topics pertaining to the archaeology of the ancient Near East including excavation updates and summaries of work in progress. Sessions cosponsored by ASOR.

Mark Schuler, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

Multiple Submissions

Scholars may submit only one paper proposal to one session of the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

Questions and Other Topics

Questions about the upcoming meeting or the appropriate section for proposals should be directed to Amy Marga, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN  (amarga@luthersem.edu). Proposals for papers or topics not listed in the Call for Papers are to be brought to her attention.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students

The Upper Midwest region is pleased to announce the availability of travel scholarships in the amount of $100 and $250 for graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation at the regional meeting. A limited number of these scholarships are available and they will be awarded on a competitive basis. Please send a request for details on the travel scholarships to Karoline Lewis (klewis001@luthersem.edu) after you have submitted your proposal.

SBL Members: Regional Scholars Program

This year the Upper Midwest Region will again participate in the Regional Scholar Program of the Society of Biblical Literature. Beginning scholars (less than four years from receiving a terminal degree) may request information on this program by emailing Karoline Lewis (klewis001@luthersem.edu).

Upper Midwest Regional Officers

Regional Coordinator: Karoline Lewis, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN (klewis001@luthersem.edu)
President: Philip Sellew, University of MN, Twin Cities, MN
Vice President: Maggie Odell, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Program Committee: Eric Baretto, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

Regional Coordinator: Amy Marga, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN (amarga@luthersem.edu)
President: William Russell, Collegeville Institute, Collegeville, MN
Vice President: Courtney Wilder, Midland University, Fremont, NE
Program Committee:  Joshua Miller, Augsburg College, Saint Paul, MN
Student Representative: Daniel Cochran, University of Wisconsin, Madison