THE CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. Organized formally in 1956, CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious traditions from the United States, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries.
In balloting that concluded on October 17, 2015, Darryl Tippens (Abilene Christian University) was elected as the next President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature; Mitchell Harris (Augustana College, South Dakota) was re-elected as Treasurer; Claire Costley King'oo (University of Connecticut) was selected as an at large member of the CCL board; and Gregor Thuswaldner (Gordon College) was re-elected as the representative for the Northeast region.
Christianity and Literature
After a six-month search, which included final interviews at the MLA Convention in Vancouver, the Board of Christianity and Literature has selected Mark Eaton, Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, to be the new editor of Christianity and Literature, our flagship journal.
Mark assumed his duties officially on June 1, 2015, when he took over the reins of the journal from Paul Contino and Maire Mullins, who served superbly as co-editors for more than a decade.
Mark recently sat down for an extensive interview in which he describes his interests in the subject of Christianity and literature and his vision for Christianity and Literature in the coming years. For the interview click here.
LAWRENCE BUELL and
MLA 2016, Austin, Texas
At the Austin MLA Convention in January, 2016, CCL will be privileged to honor two remarkable scholars as the recipients of CCL's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lawrence Buell (Harvard University), photo left, is our 2014 LAA recipient, and Stephen Prickett (University of Kent), photo below, will receive the LAA award for 2015.
Both have had long and unusually distinguished careers — Professor Buell as one of the foremost scholars of the religious, social, and ethical dimensions of the literature of the United States and Professor Prickett as a creative interpreter of the history of romanticism and its myriad connections to modern Christian thought and practice.
To see (and hear from) the long line of outstanding artists and critics who have received the Lifetime Achievement Award over the past quarter-century,
CCL at MLA 2015 | Vancouver
CCL at MLA 2014 | Chicago
Partnership with SAGE
After a lengthy process involving research, discussion, and the consideration of competing proposals, the CCL Board voted earlier this year to enter into a partnership with SAGE Publications for the production, distribution, and electronic archiving of our flagship journal, Christianity and Literature. Under this agreement, editorial control of the journal will remain entirely with the editors and the board of CCL.
By teaming up with SAGE, we seek to bring the journal into the global arena of scholarly research and exchange. In addition, for the first time, a CCL membership will provide not only a print subscription to Christianity and Literature but also electronic access to more than six decades of journal issues dating back to 1950.
The official announcement of the new partnership came in a press release from SAGE on September 18, 2014:
SAGE and The Conference on Christianity and Literature today announced a new agreement to publish Christianity and Literature from December 2014.
Christianity and Literature, edited by Paul Contino and Maire Mullins, is an award winning peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the academic exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience and practice. The journal presupposes no particular theological orientation but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as a historically defined faith. The journal accepts submissions taking a critical approach in addressing significant issues of literary history, interpretation, and theory.
Speaking of the new partnership, Karen Phillips, Editorial Director at SAGE commented: “We are growing a strong portfolio in Theology and Biblical studies, and to have been selected by The Conference on Christianity and Literature to publish their prestigious journal is a credit to the strengths SAGE has developed working closely with academics within this field. Christianity and Literature publishes authoritative, high quality material to guide, support and inform the academic community. In an increasingly competitive journals environment, we will ensure the Journal continues to build its readership, exposure and impact.”
President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Roger Lundin further commented: “The Conference on Christianity and Literature and the editors of Christianity and Literature are pleased to join in a partnership with SAGE to expand the breadth and extend the reach of the journal. The team at SAGE has a well-deserved reputation for promoting scholarship of the highest order. In our work with them, we will build on Christianity and Literature’s established strengths even as we seek to secure an international audience for the journal.”
The first SAGE issue will publish in December 2014. The new website will be http://cal.sagepub.com
We are pleased to announce the reinstitution of CCL's travel grant program to support the work of scholars and writers. For the calendar year 2015, the deadline for applications for this competitive award program is November 15, 2015. For detailed information concerning the grant program and application process, please click here.
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◼ Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature brings together a collection of poets who merge faith, literature, and art as a form of worship and inspiration.
The editor of the volume, Jill Baumgaertner, is an accomplished poet in her own right and served with distinction as the President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature from 1999-2003.
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