#CFP Divine Bodies

#CFP Divine Bodies October 18, 2020

Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow is delighted to be hosting an online, one-day interdisciplinary conference on the broad theme of Divine Bodies in relation to the Bible and the biblical world. This conference seeks to bring together a range of perspectives on topics including ethnicity, disability, class, gender, sex and other identity markers in relation to the body, the Bible, and the divine. In a world that is increasingly politically polarised and that endangers the lives and bodies of those who seek to disrupt the status quo, we recognise there is an urgent need to confront these issues in an academic setting in a virtual environment. We welcome proposals for papers (max. 20 mins) on the broad topic of Divine Bodies in relation to the Bible and the biblical world including historical, contemporary and reception-based approaches. Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the topics are especially welcome. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Postcolonial and ethnically diverse bodies
  • Representations of God and divine beings
  • Protesting bodies, rebelling bodies and dissenting bodies
  • The body of the Church
  • LGBTQ+ perspectives on biblical and/or religious bodies
  • Fertility, infertility, childbirth and parenthood
  • Childhood and adolescence
  • Disease, illness and the body
  • Embodiment, the land and earth
  • Socioeconomically marginalised bodies, and impoverished bodies
  • Disability, mental health and able-bodiedness
  • Intersections of gender theory and/or queer theory and the Bible
  • Religion, trauma and the body
  • Representations of biblical bodies and divine bodies in art, literature and modern cultural products

Please send abstracts (maximum 300 words) and a short bio to: and by November 30th, 2020. For more information, please contact the organisers.

Follow the conference on Twitter @TRS4112

Visit the website “Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World” connected with the course offered at the University of Glasgow,  Theology & Religious Studies, from which the conference emerges.


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