Literature as Vocation

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Patricia Brown/ Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature
contact email: 


Why do we do what we do in the field of literary studies? Why does it matter? To whom? What redemptive or transformative work does literature do? When? Where? How? We invite reflection and conversation about the different kinds of work literature does to and through writers, readers, teachers, thinkers, and scholars. Our topic is intentionally broad as we seek to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the creation, interpretation, and appreciation of literature from any historical period and any genre. Our format is inclusive with panels for professors, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as scholars from multiple disciplines including English, Modern Languages, Theology, Education, Psychology, Science, and Humanities.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • the work of re-enchantment: magical realism, refreshment, joy, delight
  • the work of transformation: secular/post-secular accounts of religious experience, narratives of conversion and de-conversion, spiritual autobiography
  • the work of empathy: emotion and affect, caregiving, accounts of suffering, grief, and illness
  • the work of social justice: remembrance, rediscovery, lament, protest, reconciliation, peace
  • the work of stewardship: ecology, creation care, apocalypse

E-mail a one-paragraph abstract for an individual presentation or a one-paragraph abstract for a group panel session by December 1, 2022 to Dr. Patricia Brown at Undergraduate students must submit their entire paper for consideration