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The Graduate Theological Conference

The 8th Graduate Theological Conference
Influencing the Political: Religious & Theological Thought in Political Spheres

April 13, 2018 | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The Graduate Theological Conference was founded and is managed by students at Garrett-Evangelical. It aims to create a collegial atmosphere where graduate students of religion and graduate seminarians will have the opportunity to gain experience sharing their work with one another, collaborating, offering feedback, and networking with one another.

Please explore the sliders on this site to learn more about the conference and ways you can participate. Please contact Ms. Krista McNeil, staff coordinator at 847.866.3903 or co-coordinators, Mrs. Elyssa E. Salinas-Lazarski and Mr. Bryson White at gtc@garrett.edu with questions or concerns. 

Call for Papers | OPEN

The eighth graduate student conference at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is seeking papers for a conference that will be held on April 13, 2018.

Influencing the Political: Religious & Theological Thought in Political Spheres explores ways theological and religious discourse invigorates political forces to produce public life rife with domination and exclusion.

It invites analysis of the dependence of political ideas, activity, and policies upon theological ideas, religious histories and language. Here, the influence of theology and religion on political discourse is drawn from Emilie Townes’ claim in Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil that, “[...]deeply religious and/or theological underpinnings of our basic attitudes concerning the nature of peoples and the kind of public policies we must respond with remains unacknowledged or unconscious.” Potential approaches to the topic might include (but are not limited to):

  • What new perspectives are emerging on the interconnectedness of race, theology, and politics?
  • In what ways are Christian theologies and movements implicated in constructing and maintaining politics that produce and sanction vulnerable communities?
  • What sacred texts, symbols, and rituals can untangle and redirect Christian theologies to creating political life that leads toward human flourishing?
  • In what way(s) does faith-based community organizing redirect religious communities toward affirming a public life where human flourishing is the central component?
  • This includes analyzing Christianity’s interconnectedness in domestic and global perspectives.

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives (biblical studies, church history, practical and pastoral ministry, and theology and ethics). The Graduate Theological Conference was founded and is managed by students at Garrett-Evangelical. It aims to create a collegial atmosphere where graduate (master’s and doctoral) students of religion and graduate seminarians have the opportunity to gain experience sharing their work, collaborating, offering feedback, and networking with one another.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Papers are due January 30, 2018. Papers should be no longer than 2500 words, double spaced, follow the writing style appropriate to the field/area (i.e, Turabian, APA, SBL), and include a bibliography. Papers should be accompanied by a 250 word abstract, stating the thesis and summarizing the paper. The abstract should include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and degree program.

Papers will be reviewed by the student editorial board. Invitations to present at the conference will be extended by February 14, 2018. Final papers are due February 28, 2018. Final papers will be reviewed by Garrett-Evangelical faculty members and/or students, who will offer a brief scholarly response.

CONTACT

Papers and abstracts should be sent to gtc@garrett.edu. Please direct questions or concerns to co-coordinators: Mrs. Elyssa E. Salinas-Lazarski and Mr. Bryson White at gtc@garrett.edu. Or contact the staff coordinator, Ms. Krista McNeil at 847.866.3903

Important Dates

Important Dates

January 30, 2018                      Papers and abstracts due

February 14, 2018                     Invitations to present at the conference will be sent

February 28, 2018                     Final papers due

April 13, 2018                            Day of the conference

Schedule

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Student Paper Presentations

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Keynote Lecture

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Coordinators

Mrs. Elyssa E.Salinas-Lazarkski
Co-coordinator

Mr. Bryson White
Co-coordinator

Ms. Krista McNeil, administrator for academic affairs
Staff Coordinator