EXTENDED submission date: Call for book chapters: "LOST" and Theology

June-Ann Greeley PhD's picture
Call for Papers
September 1, 2021
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, Cultural History / Studies

---> Extended date for submissions of abstrtacts for edited collection (under contract) on the TV series "Lost" and Theology. We particularly welcome submissions that incoroprate faith traditions other than western Christianity, notably faith/spiritual traditions of Asia.  In addition, the editor invites arange of theological perspectives, including (but not limited to): systematic theology; historical theology; feminist theology; eco/ eco-feminist theology; spirituality; ethics and moral theology, Biblical (and other sacred texts, such as Qu'ranic) theology and pratical theology.

ORIGINAL CALL for <Theology and LOST: World(s) without End>

Probably no commercial television series in recent memory has had such a lasting impact as the series “Lost” which aired 2004-2010. The series, now over a decade old, is still available on streaming services and its themes—which are robustly and densely theological—still resonate today. In fact, the themes are timeless.

Introduced in the pilot as simply a “mystery/ action” series that begins with a plane crash in the South Pacific (it seems), “Lost” very quickly pivoted to a complex but engaging mediation on some of the most basic questions of the human condition as well as theological discouse: faith or reason (Shepherd v. Locke)? science or religion? Is there an afterlife? multiple afterlives? what is time? Is there redemption? Does the arc of the universe bend toward justice? is there meaning in existence or is it a random assortment of actions and reactions?  Order or chaos? Is there a God/ are there gods/ is there an eternal reality?

The series also offers sequential reflections on certain theological/ epistemological/ philosophical tropes, including: the hero; enlightenment; sacrifice; the ethics of care; ways of ‘knowing’(e.g., revelation and intuition/ analysis and calculation); the meanking of human suffering/ suffering; nature/ creation and ecological understanding.

Please send an abstract of no less than 250 wordsas well as a current academic cvby September 1, 2021 to greeleyj@sacredheart.edu.  The volume is laredy under contract with an anticipated 2022 publication date. All submissions will be considered andwe welcome submissions from a range of modalities and disciplinary methodologies and as well as proposals from independent and newly-minted scholars. 


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June-Ann Greeley, PhD

Associate Professor

Dept. of Languages and Literatures

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT 

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