Call for Papers

The theme of the Society's conference in 2018 is: ‘Remembrance of things past, present and future’


The theme has been defined in a deliberately broad way and is intended to permit a wide-ranging exploration of the concept of remembrance.

We are delighted that our Keynote Speaker, the Reverend Professor Bryan Spinks will give a paper on the subject of: ‘Selective liturgical anamnesis. Authenticating the present with an imagined past’ which will address historical method and memory; our selection of things to either affirm or question the present.

Our 2014 Conference took the theme of ‘Liturgy and History’, with a focus around the anniversary of the start of the First World War. In 2018, we intend to look more broadly at the concept of remembrance, memory and anamnesis in the context of liturgy and worship.  This may include a eucharistic context, commemorative events, as well as pastoral liturgy, the re-membering of the future, the creation of sacred spaces, and symbolic and ritual elements of remembrance.  Questions around the nature of memory, the selection of memories, may be asked in relation to liturgical creativity and revision, or could relate to the transformation or healing of memories in the context of e.g. pastoral offices.

The present Conference marks the 40th anniversary of the Society for Liturgical Study. We may also consider the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and its liturgical commemorations, alongside consideration of the role of memory in relation to the end of the First World War, both in the immediate aftermath and in more recent commemorations.  Questions around the perpetuation or generation of memories in, and for, worship, together with their purpose may also be addressed.

Call for Papers

With these considerations in mind, we invite presentations from a wide variety of perspectives. The programme will have room for a limited number of long papers (45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions) and for a larger number of short papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions).

Proposals with the paper title and an abstract of about 250 words should be submitted no later than Friday 11 May 2018 by e-mail, to: .  Those whose papers have been accepted will be notified at the beginning of June.

Please note that submitting a proposal does not automatically reserve a room at the conference, those submitting proposals for papers also need to book.

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