Margins and the City of God: Locating Christianity and Literature (SECCL-affiliated panel at SAMLA 2018)

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature at SAMLA
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CFP for SAMLA 90, November 2-4, Birmingham, AL

Margins and the City of God: Locating Christianity and Literature

Affiliate Group: Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature

Christians have long struggled with what citizenship in the City of God (to use Augustine’s term) means for participation in the earthly city. What geographical terms do Christians, whose ultimate allegiance is not to the state, use to describe their temporal location: enclave, margins, polis, public sphere, etc.? From which spaces do critique and change of the state’s injustices come? This panel, sponsored by the Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, welcomes papers discussing literature, of any period and any geographical region, that deals with Christianity’s positioning with regard to the earthly city. Please send a 250-word proposal, a CV, and any A/V requests to Dr. Carissa Turner Smith, Charleston Southern University, csmith@csuniv.edu. Creative writing submissions addressing the panel theme are also welcome (in this case, please submit the full work to be read and not an abstract). All abstracts or creative writing submissions are due May 31.