Call for Papers

How do creative people—scholars, teachers, writers—begin and sustain work that transforms self and others for the common good? People of faith seeking understanding are admonished to “spur one another on to love and good deeds” in pursuit of God’s redemptive purposes for all people and the renewal of all creation. What does that look like between writers and their literary mentors? How does it occur between teachers and students reading a common text or collaborating on a creative project, research presentation, or scholarly article? Where can we see it happening among scholars across disciplinary boundaries and/or writers in community? Finally, how do scholars and authors intentionally or unconsciously collaborate with the divine in their work, and what can we learn from their experiences that might encourage and inspire Christian writers, teachers, and scholars as they work for the common good?

We welcome papers that provoke scholarly conversation, collaboration, and camaraderie based on some aspect of the conference theme. The following list is not exhaustive but should give some idea of the kinds of papers we hope to receive:

  • Creativity, the creative process
  • Reading a common text
  • Writing in community
  • Pedagogies of assent and dissent
  • Literary friendships
  • Literary criticism for the common good
  • Tradition and individual talents
  • Literary influence: forefathers, foremothers
  • Divine inspiration, partnering with God
  • Transformational reading
  • Literary circles, movements, groups
  • Literary collaboration/adaptation: film, art, music
  • Literature that promotes cross-cultural dialogue
  • Stories that redeem, heal, renew
  • Best practices: writing retreats
  • Best practices: faculty/student collaboration

Email your one-paragraph abstracts and session proposals by
January 31, 2013, to Patricia Andujo, Ph.D., at Undergraduate students must submit their entire paper for consideration. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for the CCL grant.