Call for Papers - PThU and Stellenbosch consultation 29-30 October 2019

31 July 2019

This fall the Stellenbosch Univerity organizes a conference in collaboration with the PThU. It will take place on 29 and 30 October 2019, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. You are invited to submit a proposal for a paper at the consultation, on a topic within the range of the theme: Building home, changing homes, evaluating home: A critical engagement with theological methodologies.


This Call for Papers has a strong focus on methodology. By choosing such a focus we hope to provide you with the possibility to present your actual (current) research beyond the thematic focus on the concept of ‘home’ from our previous meeting in Groningen.

The intention is to allow each presenter to present her or his own research and reveal the complex issues of her/his own methodology related to a particular research question. This follows one of the basic principles of our consultations, namely to engage, enliven, question, and challenge each other’s way (method) of engaging in theological research.

Space for reflection

Placing methodology at the centre of our consultation will also provide space for reflection on questions such as:

  • How does a particular person’s research relate to the more general research programs of our universities?
  • How do our universities set theology as a public concern on the agenda of their research programs?
  • What kind of larger theoretical frameworks inform research at our universities/faculty?
  • What kind of research is going on at our universities?

These and similar questions could further deepen our consultations and cooperation, we believe. 

Description: Each of us engages in the tasks of theology from particular disciplinary and theoretical perspectives - what one might call a theological ‘home’. Like all notions of home, there are sometimes subtle, sometimes significant, differences that shape what constitutes our notions of methodological ‘home'. We sought to deal with aspects of the complex reality of notions of ‘home’ in our 2018 meetings at the PThU.

‘Between homes’

In this upcoming gathering we want to shift from theological content to a focus on theological method. Some may feel ‘at home’ in their disciplines, and the methods and histories associated with their discipline, while others may not feel entirely 'at home', wishing to change, or renew methods and approaches associated with their discipline. Moreover, there may be some who work ‘between homes’, choosing to use multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary, approaches in their theological work. Our institutions, contexts, and the concerns of our Universities and nations could also play a role in these discussions.

As a result, we are inviting reflections and presentations upon aspects of your current research with a focus upon the theological methods, theoretical informants, contextual challenges, and approaches to the task of theology that inform and underpin your current work. For example, in South African theological scholarship, at present, there is a great deal of research on the decolonisation of ’traditional’ theological disciplines and approaches to theology. The Dutch context may also be facing changes, challenges, and opportunities for the renewal of theological methods and approaches.

Deadline: 10 September 2019

Please send the title of your proposal, and a short abstract of 200 - 400 words describing the content of the proposed paper to Dorottya Nagy via or Dion Foster via


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