Call for Papers


March 9-10, 2020 (Monday-Tuesday)
Princeton Theological Seminary
64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803 

Proposal Deadline: December 16, 2019

Registration for the 2020 Conference is open! Please register online.

God, Flourishing, and Brokenness

The theme for the 2020 conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion (MAR-AAR) is “God, Flourishing, and Brokenness.” The 2020 MAR-AAR conference encourages theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, and scholars of religion to examine and reinterpret historical formulations of God; explore the nature of religious belief and practice; and identify theologies and spiritualities that contribute to human flourishing and address human brokenness. We hope this conference will foster intellectual humility and inspire dialogue to imagine pathways for cultivating a meaningful public understanding of God, spirituality, and religion.

Both local issues (mass shootings, immigration debates, healthcare, suicides, and mental disorders, etc.) and global issues (climate change, violence, government corruption, security, hunger, substance abuse, terrorism, etc.) have the potential to redefine the identities and core values of religious communities and academic inquiry. These issues challenge us to interrogate religious texts and history to highlight what has historically contributed to human flourishing, as well as to account for what has been harmful. They also challenge the academic community to seek creative pathways to prevent shameful historical events from repeating themselves. The 2020 MAR-AAR conference will be a place in which to challenge conventional assumptions and to collaborate with leaders in various academic fields in order to examine key contributing factors to human flourishing.

The Executive Committee of the MAR-AAR invites submissions of paper proposals as well as proposals for new program units and wild card sessions that deal with this theme for the 2020 annual conference. We encourage reflections on strengthening love and service that do not lead to bigotry, fanaticism, or marginalization; but rather promote inclusion and diversity, mutual understanding, and collective learning. We encourage multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, intergenerational engagement, and practical spiritualities so that our identity as public theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, and scholars of religion can point to a hopeful pathway forward.

Paper Proposal Submission 

Submissions should include the following information, and should be sent to the section chair. You can find a list of the Section Chairs here on the MAR-AAR/SBL website.

  • Name

  • Institutional Affiliation, if applicable

  • E-mail Address

  • 150-word Abstract, with title

  • 500-word Proposal 

Submit by email attachment to the Chair and Co-Chairs identified in the section to which you are submitting. Members may only submit one paper proposal to a section and two proposals overall. The submission deadline is December 16, 2019.  You will receive notification regarding the status of your proposal by January 6, 2020

If you have questions about which section to submit to or need additional information about submitting a proposal, please contact