CFP: North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy

Art Remillard

At last year's North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy (see pictures here), Matt Sayersa friend from my FSU daysbrought along a van full of students and faculty from Lebanon Valley College. Somewhere between the outstanding student papers and soaking in the brilliance of Randall Stephens's keynote address, I asked Matt to co-host the conference with me. To my good fortune, Matt agreed, even though I'm sure he's busy promoting his new book published with Oxford, Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India. From the looks of the CFP, he's going to knock this year's conference out of the park.  Take a look for yourself, and please pass this along to any interested students and colleagues.

Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, 2014


We cordially invite undergraduates to submit proposals for the seventh annual North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy. Submissions are encouraged from students majoring in all academic disciplines.

While all papers related to religion and philosophy will be considered, priority will be given to those addressing this year’s theme, "Revolution: Religious Transformations and Philosophies of Change."  We intend to have a conversation about revolution in all of its manifestations, past, present, and future.  Possible inquiries might include: How does a particular religious idea change through history? In what ways do religious institutions understand historical change? How do theologians or philosophers understand the relationship between continuity and change? How do religions develop differently in different cultural settings? How has pluralism impacted religious claims to eternal truth? How have theories of religion changed over time? What "revolutions" in religious thought are currently underway? How do we understand the relationship between contemporary religious movements and their historical origins? How do philosophers help us understand the development of intellect, knowledge, reason, or truth individually and over time?

Paper abstracts (roughly 250 words) are due by February 21, 2014. Please include your full name, paper title, institution, e-mail, phone number, and the name and contact information of your paper's advisor. Presenters must submit a full paper by March 09, 2014 to be considered for conference prizes. Proposals and final papers should be sent as an attached document file to Dr. Matthew Sayers.

The keynote address will be given on Friday evening by Rev. Monica A. Coleman, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology.  A student-led discussion will follow the address.

Student presentations will take place during a short session on Friday evening, as well as all day on Saturday.  Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes to speak, with a brief question and answer session to follow.  At the conclusion of the conference, a panel of judges will award the top three papers with $150, $100, and $50 respectively.

This conference is open to the public and free for presenters and non-presenters. For more information, directions, contacts, scheduling, etc., please visit our website or join our Facebook group. This conference is sponsored by Lebanon Valley College with support from LVC's Department of Philosophy and Religion and Saint Francis University's Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies.