Here is a CFP that Chris Willerton asked me to post for the upcoming Christian Scholars Conference (June 3-5, 2015). Proposals are due by January 15th.
CALL FOR PAPERS: “Remapping Culture with Detective Fiction”
How can detective fiction aid in the task of remapping culture? This panel will explore possibilities for scholars interested in both theology and culture. Crime stories are more than commodities. The unexpected popularity of Nordic Noir, The Silence of the Lambs, and re-imaginings of Sherlock Holmes, for example, are clues to culture that demand interpretation. How might Christian scholars, for example, situate such works and their cultures theologically? Does a given detective story have something to say about sin, eschatology, redemption, and other religious issues in the culture it represents? How might the issues differ for scholars from Buddhist, Muslim, or other religious contexts? See the Thursday65 blog (http://thursday65.wordpress.com/) for sample topics and other details.
The venue is the Christian Scholars Conference (June 3-5, 2015, at Abilene Christian University). Aimed mainly at scholars from the Churches of Christ, the conference welcomes anyone who supports the conference’s aims. The 2015 plenary speakers include Tavis Smiley and Christian Wiman. See program details at http://www.lipscomb.edu/csc. Proposals (300-400 words) should bear a title, author’s name, email address, and bio note including academic affiliation. Acceptances go out by February 15. Completed papers are due May 15. Readings are limited to 15-18 minutes (think 7-9 double-spaced pages). Readers must register with the conference to present their papers.