I have been working on two paper proposals for spring conferences: the regional American Academy of Religion and College Theology Society. Both have sections on Theology and the Arts. If you are a follower of my blog I have been working on ideas of the New Topographics group and their relevance for today. This project I am proposing will bring their work into conversation with my work on sacred space/place. I think it will be a fascinating and fruitful study if it gets accepted.
The Calls For Papers -
AAR (Upper Midwest Region): "Religion, Art, and Culture
Submissions are welcome on all topics that examine 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."
CTS: "This section welcomes all papers examining religious art (meaning either the visual or performing arts) or religious literature. We are especially interested in papers that relate religious art and literature to the conference theme "God, Grace, and Creation." Particular subtopics of interest include artistic or literary depictions of God and God's redemptive activity. In addition, as part of a proposed joint session with the Theology, Ecology and Natural Science section, we are also soliciting proposals treating the subject of nature and the environment in fiction with religious themes."