Short Papers in Theological Streams

Alongside the plenary papers and short papers on the conference theme, SST2020 will also include a range of short papers in theological streams. These are conversations around particular theological areas that continue each year at the SST conference. You will find calls for short papers in these theological areas below. Papers must be delivered in person and cannot be presented via video link. Proposals for these papers should be emailed directly to the convenors and include:

  • Your name.
  • Your institution (if any).
  • Title of your proposal (100 characters max)
  • Abstract of your proposed paper (200 words max)
  • Indicate whether you require Audio/Visual equipment to deliver this paper.

Unless informed otherwise by the seminar convenors, seminar papers should be no more than 20 mins long. Delegates are not permitted to give more than one paper at each SST conference.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 31st Jan 2020.

The Theological Streams and their conveners are:

New for 2020! Political Theology and the Hong Kong Protests: Deborah Casewell ( and King-Ho Leung (
In light of this year’s SST conference theme, this seminar welcomes proposals that engage with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong from a theological perspective. As a former British colony now under Chinese sovereignty, Hong Kong is uniquely situated as a ‘border’ or liminal space between China and the West, both culturally and politically. We welcome papers from contextual, political, as well as philosophical approaches that seek to explore the tensions and ambiguities that these protests have raised. Topics could include the protesters’ understanding and affirmation of Western as well as Christian values; their frequent use of colonial history and imagery as a form of resistance; and whether the Hong Kong movement challenges post-colonial narratives and an anti-imperial normative position found in contemporary Anglo-American theological scholarship.

Black Theology: Dulcie McKenzie (
This seminar provides a space for participants to critique how race and power affects theological thought and practice. Historical and contemporary experiences of Black people will be a priority, in order to explore how historical, social, political, and cultural factors influence theological motifs. Submissions committed to the methodologies of Black Theology and Womanist Theology for interpretation are especially welcome.

Christology and Trinity: Jenny Daggers ( and Emily Kempson (
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 (
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 ( and Elizabeth Pyne (
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. We especially welcome papers which engage with philosophy and theology around issues such as race, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability.

Sacramentality, Liturgy and Theology: James Steven (
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 ( and Stephan van Erp (
The Theological Anthropology seminar seeks papers on the Christian understanding of humanity. We encourage papers that engage with the diversity of lived humanity, including diversity as shaped by categories of race, gender, class, and disability. Our intention is to gather papers that consider human life and experience in its concreteness and particularity, or as theorised in secular disciplines reflecting on human reality or guiding practice. We are interested in 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. We have a preference for papers that do not consider Christian doctrine or biblical material in isolation from secular thought or practice or lived human experience and reality.

Theological Ethics: Esther McIntosh ( and Margaret Adam (
The Theological Ethics short paper stream 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 through contemporary, medieval or patristic theology. We especially welcome papers engaging, for example, issues of ethical significance from the perspectives of feminism, post-colonialism, race and ethnicity, queer theology, disability studies, gender and sexuality, refugees and asylum, medical ethics, global health, animal welfare, climate change and the environment, socio-economic issues, borders and identity, criminality, detention, substance use, populism, social justice and equality, autonomy and agency, international development, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence and many more. Papers may include but are not limited to any of the above areas of investigation; any theological and ethical issue of political and social significance is ripe for exploration in this short paper stream.

Theology and Science: Mark Harris ( and Sarah Lane Ritchie (
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 ( and Devon Abts (
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.

Theology and Pop Culture: Clive Marsh ( and Carlton Turner (
SST again welcomes a number of Short Papers on Theology and Popular Culture. Papers are invited on any branch of popular culture or media which enable fresh theological thinking to be undertaken in relation to resources or practices associated with TV, film, radio, popular music, video-gaming, sport, social media. Researchers and practitioners working in disciplines other than theology or religious studies, and outside of Western contexts, are welcome to offer proposals, and are encouraged to signal how their findings enable theological reflection to be undertaken within the group. Can popular culture resources do any more than illustrate what theology already knows? To what extent do they also contribute to new theological ideas? Is there a distinct theological aesthetics of popular culture? Methodological and theoretical papers are all welcomed.