Pray Without Ceasing: Perspectives in Spirituality Studies

Bi-annual International Conference of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS)

28-29 June 2017

Kappel, Switzerland

Announcing its third biannual conference, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) warmly welcomes its members to a meeting in Kappel, Switzerland, organized together with the Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality of the University of Zurich (CSCS).

The Society invites submissions on any topic of current interest to its members, but especially of proposals for papers, panels, and workshops on topics related to the specific theme of prayer. The SSCS strongly encourages papers from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives that also reflect the diversity– e.g., racial/ethnic, gender, denominational, and generational–of scholars and practitioners in the field. Emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Kindly submit a 350-word abstract and short biography (four to six sentences) to Anita Houck, SSCS Secretary (ahouck [at] saintmarys [dot] edu) and copy Rebecca Giselbrecht, CSCS conference host (rebecca [dot] giselbrecht [at] theol [dot] uzh [dot] ch) by 1 November 2016. We will inform you whether your proposal has been accepted by 15 December 2016. Except for some keynote and plenary presentations, papers will be read in 20-minute time slots. The program for the SSCS conference will be finalized and published on 1 February 2017. Those presenting papers must be members of the SSCS or an affiliated society for the study of spirituality.

Limited funding will be available to assist with conference fees on a case-by-case basis, particularly to enable scholars from less-represented regions to participate in the conference. The SSCS conference follows an ecumenical pre-conference hosted by the CSCS on June 26-27, 2017. The program for that conference will be available at Members of the SSCS are invited to attend. Presentations will be in German and English; simultaneous translation of the keynotes will be available in German and English.
The beautiful conference facilities are located in Kappel, approximately 70 kilometers from the Zurich Airport. The Center will offer transportation to and from the airport just before the pre-conference, just before the SSCS conference, and at the conclusion of the SSCS conference. Meals and housing will be provided by the Center; details regarding meal and housing fees will be posted on the SSCS website.

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