Call for Papers 2016

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The Arts and Religion in Latin America and the Southwest, 1492 to the present

November 19, 2016
San Antonio, Texas (SARTS is an affiliated scholarly organization of the AAR)
Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS) invites papers that address the reality of Hispanic and/or indigenous peoples in the area historically considered “Latin America” (including California, Florida and the Southwest) from the colonial period to the present moment.

We seek presentations that address the use of the arts in the processes of religious conversion, evangelism, worship, devotion, education, or outreach. This may include—but is not limited to—the visual, musical, poetic, literary, liturgical and performative arts as employed by Christians, Jews, Muslims, indigenous, or other religious traditions in the aforementioned geographical area. Questions for consideration might include:

  1. Which art forms have proven to be more successful and under what circumstances?
  2. Which arts have allowed for a dialogue with “foreign” religious expressions or which have resisted cultural appropriation?
  3. Which arts are specific to a particular locale or time period, and which operate across chronological, cultural or denominational lines?
  4. How have the arts in religion responded in times of secularization, migration or persecution?

Papers will be limited to twenty minutes so as to allow ample time for questions and conversation. Kindly submit a title, the presenter’s academic or institutional affiliation (if any), and a description of the topic in no more than 250 words via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31, 2016. Those submitting papers will be notified of the status of their proposals in late spring.