CFP: The Meaning and Power of Negativity (Aug 31, 2016)

CFP: The Meaning and Power of Negativity (Aug 31, 2016)

Attention AAR-SW Doctoral Students and Recent PhDs,

Claremont Graduate University has announced the theme of their 38th Philosophy of Religion Conference to be hosted in Claremont, California, on February 17-18, 2017: The Meaning and Power of Negativity. In addition to an impressive host of speakers, which may be viewed in the conference announcement, the Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PHDs (not earlier than 2012) to present papers at the conference. Five papers will then be selected for publication. For the full CFP, see below or visit the posted CFP.


Each year the Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference brings together thinkers from different religions, traditions, and academic disciplines to discuss one particular theme in the fields of Religion, Theology and Philosophy of Religion. The theme of the 38th conference will be The Meaning and Power of Negativity. The conference will be held at Clare­mont Graduate University, Claremont, California, on February 17-18, 2017. Speakers will include: Emil Angehrn (Basel); Stephen Davis (Claremont); Andrew Hass (Stirling); Thomas Schmidt (Frankfurt); Willemien Otten (Chicago); Nancy van Deusen (Claremont); Elizabeth Pritchard (Bowdoin); Halla Kim (University of Nebraska Omaha).

The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PHDs (not earlier than 2012) to participate in the conference. The grant is meant to cover all expenses. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend the conference on Friday and Saturday and to present a paper (15 double-spaced pages) on the topic of the conference. To create space for the discussion of their contributions, a pre-conference seminar will be held on Thursday, February 16, on the same topic as the main conference. All grant recipients will be expected to participate in this seminar and introduce not their own but one of the other papers for discussion. Five papers will be chosen for publication along with the conference contributions in the Claremont Studies of Philosophy of Religion (Mohr Siebeck Tübingen).

We invite doctoral students and recent PhDs to submit a one page CV and a 5 page abstract of their proposed paper on the topic of ‘The Meaning and Power of Negativity’ (word, double-spaced, anonymous for blind review). For a more detailed description of the conference topic see http://www.cgu.edu/pofrconference. Applications should be sent by email to

Prof. Dr. Ingolf U. Dalferth (ingolf.dalferth@cgu.edu)
Department of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
831 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

by August 31, 2016 (midnight Pacific time). Please also cc your application to block.marlene@gmail.com. Applications will be blind reviewed by an international committee of scholars. Recipients will be notified in October. Drafts of the papers are due by January 15, 2017.

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