SNU to host SW Conference on Christianity & Literature

The English Department at Southern Nazarene University will host the Southwest regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Thursday and Friday, September 30 to October 1, 2004.

Centered around the theme “Reaching Out, Without Dumbing Down: The Clash of Tradition and Innovation in Literary and Theological Studies,” this academic event will bring together scholars in the fields of literature, film studies, theology, worship, music and art to discuss the ways in which the challenges of twenty-first century worship parallel those of twenty-first century scholarship, particularly in [once] text-driven disciplines like the humanities.

The conference aims to elicit a variety of approaches – theoretical, practical, and pedagogical – and to provide a forum for discussion across disciplines.

Keynote speakers will include:

MARVA J. DAWN, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Marva Dawn is the author of numerous theological and devotional books including the influential Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time.

BRYAN P. STONE, E. Stanley Professor of Evangelism at Boston University School of Theology. Bryan Stone is the author of the practical, interdisciplinary book Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema.

The conference will combine plenary sessions with a number of concurrent panels assembled through a national call-for-papers and a peer-review process. Several student sessions and sessions for creative works (or works in progress) are being planned.

Contributions might address any of the following:

• Reading/Teaching Digital Text
• Words and Images and the 21st Century Student
• The “Worship Wars” and the Christian University
• Technology in the Literature Classroom
• Hypertext Theory and Fiction
• Film Theory
• The Graphic Novel
• Digital Media and the Literary Curriculum

While we are especially interested in the above topics, we welcome other perspectives that might lead to new insights. We also encourage proposals for presenting creative works: digital/hypertext/graphic as well as traditional poetry or prose.

Paper or panel proposals with at least a one page abstract should be submitted to Pamela Bracken, Program Chair (pbracken@snu.edu) by March 20, 2004. The deadline for completed papers, to fill no longer than twenty minutes of reading time, is August 15, 2004.

For further details (submission guidelines, important deadlines), contact our web site link from www.snu.edu/swccl. Bookmark this page for updates to the conference program and registration information.