SATS invites papers from all theological sub-disciplines that explore theology for and from the Global South and its dialogue with text, context, and mission. The prevalence and influence of Christianity within the Global South is accelerating, giving rise to the opportunity to consider how the biblical text is engaged with and lived out within diverse contexts, including missions at micro- (local congregation), meso- (broader community and or national), and macro-levels (global). How has the Global South engaged theologically with Covid-19 and how does the church in Africa move forward during and post the pandemic? What is the Global South offering in terms of theological trends and research methodologies? What form does mission take in the Global South with particular reference to a current- and post-pandemic world and how is the diaspora participating in the Missio Dei? What changes in ecclesiology are taking place in the Global South, both in-person and online? Papers that focus on Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, and Studies in Church and Society are most welcome.
Possible areas to explore include:
- Scripture and context in conversation
- Theology of and from Africa
- Theological reflections on Covid-19
- Global South debates in Systematic Theology
- Research methodologies for and from the Global South
- The African church post Covid-19
- Contextual expressions of the Missio Dei
- Cross-contextual theology and the African diaspora
- Mission from the margins
- Digital ecclesiology (online, social media, and other virtual platforms for ministry)
- Children and youth in the African church
All submissions will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The decision of the Selection Committee is final, and the Committee is not obligated to provide any explanation for their ruling. Papers presented will be considered for publication in Conspectus, the journal of the South African Theological Seminary (see here).
The conference will also feature select student papers. These sessions will showcase emerging researchers at Master’s and Doctoral levels, including recent PhD graduates. Post-graduate students and recent graduates are therefore encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.
Abstracts are to be submitted electronically on or before the 21st of January 2022. Click the button to the left to apply. In addition, prospective participants will need to provide:
- a provisional title
- an abstract of 250–300 words
- relevant keywords
- a short Curriculum Vitae (a link to a profile on Researchgate.net, Academia.edu, or Orcid.org is preferred)
- a bio of 150 words.