ΘeoCon: Where Theology Meets Popular Culture #CFP

I apologize for sharing this call for papers on such short notice, but I only just became aware of it. The details in the images above and in the text below can also be found on the conference website. Despite what it says, I understand that the deadline has been extended until May 15th – which is today! But if you really want to present, I am sure you can come up with something before the end of the day…

 

ΘeoCon: Where Theology Meets Popular Culture

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: May 1st, 2018

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Virginia Theological Seminary

 

Popular culture is all around us—in the advertisements we see, the books we read, and in the movies we watch. It is impossible to avoide deadline has  hearing about the next big TV series or superhero film as we walk around in the world. How does popular culture intersect with beliefs we hold about life, death, and our search for meaning? Where does popular culture speak to our religious or faith experiences (or not)? What do novels, films, comic books, graphic novels, television shows have to say about God? How do our beliefs inform the choices we make when we consume new media?

ΘeoCon welcomes paper submissions exploring the intersections of theology and popular culture. Discussed mediums may include, but are not limited to, novels and literature, film, television, comic books, transmedia narratives, graphic novels, adaptations, and/or games and gaming. Possible themes to explore in relation to theology and morality include community, healing, racism and race relations, grief, justice, gender identities, ethics, reconciliation, forgiveness, and/or alternative abilities.

We are excited to offer sessions that mirror a traditional academic presentation format, as well as opportunities for innovative and collaborative panels. Interested in recording a live podcast? Staging a reading of a graphic novel? Either way, the proposal abstract should give us a sense of your topic, format, and what you hope to achieve through your participation in ΘeoCon.

Papers may be submitted by students, scholars, and enthusiasts of all levels. Please use the form below, and attach an abstract of no more than 300 words. Individual and panel proposals are welcome. All proposals must be emailed by May 1st, 2018 to abourne@vts.edu, with Θ(Theo)Con in the subject line. Questions? Email Amanda at abourne@vts.edu.

 

 

 

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  • John MacDonald

    It might be fun to compare the portrait of Paul in the 2018 movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” with the critical-scholarly approach to Paul in books such as Fredriksen’s “Paul: Apostle to the Pagans, 2017.” A critical approach to Paul reveals Paul thought the end of the age had begun, and so calls Jesus the “first fruits (1 Cor 15:23)” of the general resurrection harvest of all the souls at the end of the age. Paul thought the end had begun with Jesus’ resurrection, and the general resurrection of the rest of the souls was to follow shortly. On the imminence of the end for Paul, also see 1 Thes 4.15-18; Philippians 4.5; 1 Cor 7.29; 1 Cor 10.11; 1 Cor 15.51-52; 2 Cor 6.2; Rom 13.11-12.