CFP: Kuyper Conference 2018 at Calvin College & Seminary (4/30-5/1)

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2018 to May 1, 2018
Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, African History / Studies, Intellectual History, Humanities

CALL FOR PAPERS: Kuyper Conference 2018
April 30-May 1, 2018 Calvin College and Seminary Grand Rapids, Michigan

Calvin College and Seminary will host the 2018 Kuyper Conference at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). The theme for the plenary sessions is "The Future of African Public Theology."

The purpose of the conference is to pursue a conversation between African public theologians from a variety of perspectives and Reformed Christian scholars from several continents about the state of African public theology, the need for it, and the promise it holds for informing Christian thinking and practice on the African continent and beyond.

This conference is part of a multi-year series of conferences that have promoted a broad exploration, engagement, and development of the legacy of the Dutch Reformed theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), and the tradition he helped form (commonly known as “neocalvinism”), for theology and public life today across the globe. At this meeting, we will discuss the relevance of Kuyper’s thinking about Christian witness in public affairs for missional and public theologizing in Africa.

In addition to the advancement of scholarship, this conference aims to foster personal and professional networks of scholars, pastors, ministry professionals, civic leaders, and practitioners with interests in Kuyper and neocalvinism.

Proposals for concurrent sessions are also welcome on any topics that engage with aspects of the work of Abraham Kuyper, neocalvinism more broadly, and public theology and public life. Papers from historical as well as interdisciplinary, ecumenical, critical, practical, missional, pastoral, and constructive perspectives are welcome. Proposals for short paper sessions (3-4 presenters), roundtables (3-5 discussants), and from graduate students are especially encouraged.

One-page proposals should include a proposed paper title or roundtable theme, a brief description of the focus of the presentation (one to three paragraphs), the presenter’s institutional affiliation and contact information, including email address. Proposals received after the March 23 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Individual paper and/or complete session proposals, as well as questions about the event, may be sent to:

Dr. Jordan J. Ballor Kuyper Conference Coordinator

Notice of decisions and acceptance will be sent promptly.
Additional information and registration information available at:

Contact Info: 

Dr. Jordan J. Ballor
Kuyper Conference Coordinator