Society for the Study of Theology

Call for conference short papers—now closed

Proposals for short papers on the conference theme of 'Peace' are invited from members and non-members attending the conference. Papers for this major stream may consider, but are not restricted to, the following questions: How is biblical peace to be understood and lived out? How might theological insight and the role of the arts in building peace relate to the work of peace scholars and peace-builders? What can we learn from recent historical investigations of peace movements and practices within churches? 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.

Running alongside the conference theme there will also be a small number of short papers dedicated to celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Entitled ‘The Reformation and Its Legacy’, this stream is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Protestant Reformation for contemporary theology. It is particularly keen to foster constructive conversation by hearing from a mix of voices. Proposals are especially welcome in the following areas: Protestantism and modernity; justification by faith after five hundred years; 'the nature of Protestantism'; the Reformation and ecumenism; the theological legacy of particular Reformers; the future of protestant theology. These papers should also be delivered in a maximum of 20 minutes, will be 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.

To propose a short paper, please complete this form. If you have difficulties accessing the form, please contact one of the short paper coordinators: Frances Clemson ( or Ben Fulford (