Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA | May 16-18, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
Conference on Christianity and Literature
contact email: 

The Company of Others: Literary Collaboration & the Common Good

Call for Papers

How do creative people—scholars, teachers, writers—begin and sustain work that transforms self and others for the common good? People of faith seeking understanding are admonished to "spur one another on to love and good deeds" in pursuit of God's redemptive purposes for all people and the renewal of all creation. What does that look like between writers and their literary mentors? How does it occur between teachers and students reading a common text or collaborating on a creative project, research presentation, or scholarly article? Where can we see it happening among scholars across disciplinary boundaries and/or writers in community? Finally, how do scholars and authors intentionally or unconsciously collaborate with the divine in their work, and what can we learn from their experiences that might encourage and inspire Christian writers, teachers, and scholars as they work for the common good?

We welcome papers that provoke scholarly conversation, collaboration, and camaraderie based on some aspect of the conference theme. The following list is not exhaustive but should give some idea of the kinds of papers we hope to receive.
-- creativity, the creative process reading a common text
-- writing in community pedagogies of assent and dissent
literary friendships literary criticism for the common good
-- tradition and individual talents literary influence: forefathers, foremothers
divine inspiration, partnering with God transformational reading
-- literary circles, movements, groups literary collaboration/adaptation: film, art, music
-- literature that promotes cross-cultural dialogue stories that redeem, heal, renew
-- best practices: writing retreats best practices: faculty/student collaboration

E-mail your one-paragraph abstracts and session proposals by December 21, 2012 to Dr. Patricia Andujo at pandujo@apu.edu. Undergraduate students must submit their entire paper for consideration.


Diane Glancy
Azusa Pacific University

Author of The Dream of a Broken Field (2011) and Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears (2009)

Joseph Bentz
Azusa Pacific University
Author of Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God (2012) and A Son Comes Home (2007)

Diana Glyer
Azusa Pacific University
Author of Clay in the Potter's Hand (2011) and The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (2007).