Society for the Study of Theology

Call for seminar papers—not currently open

Each year, proposals for seminar papers not on the conference theme are invited from members and non-members attending the conference. The seminars focus on particular areas or subdisciplines of theology and continue over a number of years. Papers should be delivered in a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes' discussion, and should be no more than 2000 words in length.


The Society is committed to increasing its own inclusivity and diversity and that of the theological academy. We welcome paper submissions which bring the conference theme into conversation with issues such as gender, sexuality, ability and disability, ethnicity and race. We also welcome submissions from postgraduate students, early career researchers, independent scholars, and those working outside the academy.



The seminars and their convenors are:

Christology and Trinity:Jenny Daggers (e-mail daggerj@hope.ac.uk)
The necessary interconnection between the key doctrines of Christology and Trinity is emphasized by combining them within a single seminar, though individual papers with either a Christological or a Trinitarian focus are also welcome. Submissions which investigate Christology and/or the Trinity in relation to issues of power and diversity in human life are encouraged as one area of concern in the life of the seminar.

Church, Theology and Ministry:Julie Gittoes (e-mail julie@guildford-cathedral.org)
The Church, Theology and Ministry seminar seeks to engage with ecclesiology from a rich variety of perspectives. We welcome papers which examine the nature of the church in context, tradition and doctrine; this seminar offers space for papers which explore theologically questions relating to ministry, worship, witness, ecumenism and mission.

Philosophy and Theology:Marika Rose (e-mail marika.rose@winchester.ac.uk)
This seminar focuses on the intersection of philosophy and theology: philosophical approaches to theology, theological engagements with philosophy, and explorations of the ways in which theology and philosophy have shaped and continue to shape one another. This year, and in light of current events, we especially welcome submissions which critically engage the role of white supremacy, Eurocentrism and colonialism in forming the Western philosophical and Christian theological traditions.

Sacramentality, Liturgy and Theology:James Steven (e-mail jsteven@sarum.ac.uk)
The seminar on Sacramentality, Liturgy and Theology focuses on a range of issues located at the intersection of theology, worship and praxis, particularly on theological engagements with Christian sacramental and liturgical practices. We welcome descriptive, critical and constructive papers addressing any aspect of theological work on sacrament and liturgy.

Theological Anthropology:Alistair McFadyen (e-mail a.i.mcfadyen@leeds.ac.uk)
The Theological Anthropology seminar seeks papers on the Christian understanding of humanity. We have a preference for papers that do not consider Christian doctrine or biblical material in isolation from secular thought, practice or that engage in theoretical considerations disengaged from lived human experience and reality. Our intention is to gather papers that consider human life and experience in its concreteness, or as theorised in secular disciplines reflecting on human reality or guiding practice and, on that basis, consider how theological anthropology might be challenged by exposure to situations of human reality, and how they might in turn be illuminated by Christian understanding of the human.

Theological Ethics:David Clough (e-mail d.clough@chester.ac.uk)
The Theological Ethics seminar provides a space for participants to reflect on the interface between theology and ethics. We welcome papers addressing any aspect of this interface, including theoretically oriented discussions and papers addressing specific ethical issues from a theological perspective.

Theology and Science:Mark Harris (e-mail mark.harris@ed.ac.uk)
The natural sciences have changed the religious landscape of the modern world dramatically and irreversibly, and theology is often seen to be fighting a rearguard action in the face of the widespread perception that science and religion are irreconcilably at odds. Over the past few decades a flourishing academic discipline (often referred to simply as 'science and religion') has grown up, seeking to engage theology more positively with scientific advances. The Theology and Science seminar exists to promote this positive dialogue with science. Proposals for papers which explore any angle of the dialogue between theology and science are most welcome.

Theology and the Arts:Ben Quash (e-mail ben.quash@kcl.ac.uk)
The Theology and the Arts seminar welcomes paper proposals from, and participation by, anyone with an interest in exploring the intersections of theology and the arts, regardless of period, geography or tradition. Our focus on the arts is broad, and not limited to the visual arts alone. We look at questions of architecture and urban space as well as literature, music, film, dance and theatre, aiming to foster as rich an interdisciplinary set of engagements as possible.

The convenor will notify you by e-mail (to the address from which you applied) whether your proposal has been accepted by 27 February. This is in order to give you time to book and pay before the early booking rate deadline if your conference attendance depends on your proposal being accepted.


Proposals for short papers on the conference theme are also invited. More slots are available for these papers than for seminar papers.


Only one paper proposal may be submitted, either to one seminar or for a short paper. In the event of a shortage of good proposals to a seminar, proposals submitted to other seminars or for a short paper will be considered for that seminar.


We operate a mentoring scheme for those submitting papers for the first time or after a long break. If you would like feedback on a draft proposal before the final submission date, please contact one of our mentors.

In the event that your proposal is unsuccessful and you would like feedback, please contact the appropriate seminar convenor.