Call for Papers
Christ, Culture and the Academy Conference
International Institute for Christian Studies
and Christian Studies International of Canada
Airport Hilton, Kansas City, Missouri
July 15-17, 2010
You are invited to submit a 300-word abstract for a paper to be presented at the Christ, Culture and the Academy Conference. Christine Schirrmacher and Dean Trulear will be the plenary speakers.
More than 60 papers and workshops on topics related to Christ, culture and the academy will be presented. Papers will examine topics in four key areas:
1) What is the relationship of Christ to the culture and to the academy?
2) How can or should Christian scholars make a difference in the academy?
3) What role should the Christian academician play in seeking to evangelize students and other faculty?
4) How does or should a Christian worldview relate to the various academic disciplines?
Tracks will be planned in the following categories:
Formal Sciences (computer sciences, logic, mathematics, statistics)
Professions and Applied Sciences (agriculture, architecture, business, law, education, engineering, journalism, medicine and health sciences)
Engagement with the conference theme is welcome from either a disciplinary or an interdisciplinary perspective.
1. The Relationship of Christ to the Culture and the Academy
What is the relationship of Christ to the culture and to the academy? How does/should Christ make a difference on culture and the academy? In what ways has the influence of a biblical worldview increased or decreased during particular eras of history? If Christís will was done in the academy, how would it be different than it is currently? How does the sovereignty of God work in the present fallen world, e.g. how divine sovereignty affect the culture or the academy? Which of Niebuhrís classic categories on Christ and culture seem to be most accurate and biblical? In what ways could his typology be applied more specifically to the academy?
2. Christian Scholars Influencing the Academy and Beyond
Why are the tasks of research and teaching holy and worthy vocations for a believer? In a world of immediacy and relevance, why is research and scholarship critically important both to the Church and the larger world? What is the biblical or theological basis for a comprehensive Christian worldview? How does a Christian worldview differ from other approaches to reality? How can scholars help others outside the academic community develop a Christian worldview? How does a Christian worldview relate to the global mission of the Church? How has dualism affected our ability to develop and live a full-orbed Christian worldview? What is the relationship between a Christian worldview and personal spiritual formation? How does/should a worldview shape a Christianís teaching?
3. Christian Academician and Evangelism on Campus
What is the proper attitude of Christian academicians toward evangelism, particularly of students and faculty on their campus? In what ways do evangelistic efforts help or hinder a professorís academic credibility and should this matter? What are effective means of evangelism available to a Christian academician? Are most Christian academics engaged in evangelism?
4. The Role And Impact Of A Christian Worldview In Specific Disciplines
How should a Christian worldview relate to and influence particular disciplines? What scholars in particular fields have developed a robust Christian worldview in that discipline? How does a Christian worldview relate to specific social, economic, political and environmental issues in our world today? What are ways in which the local church can more faithfully and rigorously apply a Christian worldview to its own life and to social and cultural issues? We are interested in this discussion as it relates to all disciplines--the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, law, education, business and the arts.
To submit an abstract, please email the following items to email@example.com:
1. A 300-word abstract of your paper describing the content and relationship to the theme of the conference. Please indicate which of the 4 categories listed above your submission falls under.
2. Your curriculum vita, including complete contact information.
Deadline for proposal submission: May 17, 2010
Submissions must be sent by email and acknowledgment will be made by email. Accepted presenters will be notified by email after May 24, 2010. The actual conference paper presentations will be 30 minutes followed by ten minutes for discussion. If accepted for presentation, presenters must submit an electronic copy of their full paper to IICS by July 14, 2010.
Presenters will be responsible for their travel, lodging and registration expenses. Thank you for your participation and interest.
Contact Katie Eicholtz, Conference Administrator
Phone: 1-800-776-4427 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information may be found at www.iics.com.
International Institute for Christian Studies
PO Box 12147
Overland Park, KS 66282-2147
Phone: 913-962-4422; 1800-776-4427
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