CFP Deadline: Feb. 27, Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference, Australia

February 14, 2015toFebruary 27, 2015

Call for papers and presentations
The Grounding the Sacred conference invites papers and presentations from artists, writers, musicians, academics and religious who are interested in the interplay between the arts and the sacred.

‘The sacred’ is a term we often use when we want to talk about God, about worship, and about the mystery that defies naming but which has the power to transform our understanding of life.

The Grounding the Sacred conference asks how literature and the arts can make the sacred tangible: do they enable us to touch the sacred? Do they offer a way of structuring our experiences of the sacred? Do they provide a common ground for people of different faiths – or none – to explore the ineffable? And where does creativity sit in relation to religion and the search for meaning? Are a sense of the sacred and the means to express it essential for human flourishing?

What to send:
Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20 minute papers and presentations that address the conference theme. They may be from creators talking about their work as it expresses the sacred; from researchers seeking to explain the relationship between creativity, religion and well-being; and from interpreters bringing to light the sacred dimensions of pre-existing creative works. Submissions should include the author’s name, affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract, and a short biography.
Potential presenters who wish to have their work considered for inclusion in a special Australian issue of Literature and Theology should forward full papers.

Where and when to send:
Abstracts should be sent to Elaine Lindsay at slaconferenceATacu.edu.au by 27 February 2015. Full papers intended for Literature and Theology are due by 13 March 2015.

About the conference:
Grounding the Sacred will be held from 23-26 July 2015 at Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia. The conference is part of ACU’s 25th anniversary celebrations. For further details, visit http://www.acu.edu.au/660851.  Inquiries can be made of the conveners, <michael.griffithATacu.edu.au> or <elaine.lindsayATacu.edu.au>. The conference is not in a position to assist with the costs of conference travel, accommodation or subsistence.

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