Conference on Sermon Studies

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Center for Sermon Studies, Marshall university
contact email: 

Deadline extended to July 1, 2017!

The Center for Sermon Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia announces its inaugural conference, to be held October 19-22, 2017. The theme is “Sermon: Text and Performance”; the goals of the conference include

  • Surveying the emerging field of sermon studies across its various disciplines - textual criticism, performance, history, theology, religious studies, etc.
  • Engaging the local and international community in the study of the sermon as literature, historical document, and a source of social, political, and religious discourse, past and present
  • Convening, for the first time, an international community of interdisciplinary scholars contributing specifically to the emerging field of sermon studies


The organizers invite proposals for individual papers and complete panels that address the preaching of any religious tradition from specific disciplinary perspectives as well as interdisciplinary standpoints. Additionally, they invite proposals for roundtables and workshops that address the sermon from academic and professional perspectives, serving performance studies scholars, performers, and clergy.

All proposals must be submitted online at Please provide the following information:

  • For individual papers: Title, abstract (150-250 words), contact information, and a 1-2 sentence biographical sketch.

  • For complete panels: A session abstract (150-250 words), abstracts for each paper (also 150-250 words), and biographical and contact information for each participant.

  • For roundtables, and workshops: A session abstract (150-250 words), along with biographical and contact information for each participant.


Participants are encouraged to contribute their papers to the conference archive for open access through Marshall Digital Scholar, the university’s institutional repository. Expanded/revised papers may also be submitted to Sermon Studies, a peer-reviewed open access journal.


Please direct all inquiries to Robert Ellison,