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October 5, 2018

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to draw your attention to a call for submission from the interdisciplinary journal Literature and Theology, which is currently seeking articles for a special issue on “theopoetics,” with themes including theopoetics in relation to politics, the environment, material culture, and contemporary theory, among others. Given Literature and Theology’s commitment as a journal to engagement between religion and culture, articles that engage with literary and other forms of artistic expression are particularly welcome.

Dr Anna Fisk (, the special issue editor, is now accepting abstracts (500 words) until 31st October 2018. Submission date for selected articles (5500-8000 words including references) will be March 31st 2019. Publication date is anticipated to be 4th September 2019.

For more Details please refer to here.

(published by Oxford University Press)


New Book on the Textual History of the Early Christian Gospels

September 2, 2018
Gospel Before the Book cover

by kind permission of the publisher

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are all enjoying a relaxing and rewarding summer. As the new academic year begins, we would like to introduce a new book of interest: Matthew D. C. Larsen’s Gospels before the Book, published by Oxford University Press. Larsen’s study interrogates longstanding assumptions about the Christian gospels by considering them within their historical context—namely, by posing the key question: “What does it look like to read the texts we now call the gospels like first- and second-century readers?” and by pointing out that “there is no evidence of anyone regarding the gospel as a book published by an author until the end of the second century.” Larsen’s study thereby challenges the retroactive and often anachronistic understandings of the gospels based on later concepts of a book and its authorship, citing important but under-appreciated elements such as unfinished texts, accidental publication, post-publication revision, and the existence of multiple authorized versions of the same work. Framing the gospels as a fluid collection of notes, Larsen’s book should be of great interest for scholars working on diverse topics from book history and textual scholarship to theology and the history of Christianity.

More information can be found here.

Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief

August 6, 2018

Dear All,
We would like to recommend to you a recent contribution to the field of the studies on religion and literature, Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief, by Michael Hurley. In this book, Hurley explores how five famous writers – William Blake, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and T. S. Eliot – engaged their religious faith in poetry, with a view to asking why they chose that literary form in the first place. Faith in Poetry is part of the series New Directions in Religion and Literature, published by Bloomsbury Academic.

To read more, click here.

Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC)

July 6, 2018

August 8-11, 2018
University of Colorado Boulder

Dear Colleagues,
We are delighted to inform you about the 11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC), which will explore the relationship between media, religion and public scholarship. The conference will be held by the Center for Media, Religion and Culture and the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder  and will bring together international scholars from various disciplines including media studies, journalism, politics, religious studies, the anthropology and sociology of religion, history, the study of literature and public policy. 

For more information on the event, click here.

Talk at FU Berlin on Su Shi’s Poetry and Buddhism

May 15, 2018

May 17, 2018
12:15 pm
Neubau “Holzlaube”, Room 2.2051

Speaker: Bai Lanling (Beijing, Berlin)
Talk: The Relationship between Su Shi’s Poetry and Buddhism: Focusing on the Poems of Mt. Lu

Su Shi (1037-1101)is the representative of “Song Tune“ in the history of ancient Chinese poetry. His Poems of Mt. Lu (1084)have always attracted attention and cause continuous controversy. However, scholars often ignore their internal connections. Through text analysis, we can see that this group of poems written in Lushan has a rich Buddhist color. The Buddhist viewpoints, images, discourse patterns and the traditional model of Chinese poetry writing form a wonderful fusion. On the other hand, the contents and expressions of these poems are quite different. From this, we find that the influence of Buddhism on Su Shi is very complicated. Through the case study, we will also get a new understanding of “Song Tune“.

Bai Lanling is Professor and Read more…

Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture

April 23, 2018
Uppsala Cathedral, Winter Morning

by Andrew Friberg

We are delighted to share with you the news about an upcoming event. The 19th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, co-hosted by Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, will take place from 28 to 30 September 2018. With “The Place of Truth” as its theme, this year’s program focuses on the nature of truth from an interdisciplinary perspective involving the study of religion, literature and culture. A variety of panels—including but not limited to ecotheologies, material religion, postcolonial studies, theological humanism, and gender and feminism—
promise to offer a diverse range of methodological and theoretical approaches.



Winter Break

February 16, 2018

HolyLit is taking a winter break. We will occasionally answer emails but the full normal service will not be resumed until 15 March 2018.


(by A.B.Renger)