Extended call for book chapters for edited collection: <Theology and "LOST": World(s) without End>

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Call for Papers
September 15, 2021 to September 30, 2021
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Area Studies

Extended date for submissions of abstracts for edited collection (under contract) on the TV series "Lost" and Theology. Abstract due date: Septemner 30, 2021.

We particularly welcome submissions that incorporate faith traditions other than western Christianity, notably faith/spiritual traditions of Asia.  In addition, we welcome proposals from a range 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 practical 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 discourse: 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 meaning of human suffering/ suffering; nature/ creation and ecological understanding.

Please send an abstract of no less than 250 words as well as a current academic cv by September 30, 2021 to greeleyj@sacredheart.edu .  The volume is already under contract with an anticipated 2022 publication date. All submissions will be considered and we invite submissions from a range of modalities and disciplinary methodologies and as well as proposals from independent and newly-minted scholars. 

Contact Info: 

June-Ann Greeley, PhD

Dept. of Languages and Literature

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield CT 06825


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