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Durham University

Centre for Digital Theology

GoNeDigiTal Conference 2021

Gone Digital: How Digitality Disrupts Theology

Call for Papers

Online, 14-16 July 2021, Proposals due: 15 April

As the impact of digitalization is felt in all spheres of life, the need for deliberate and sustained theological reflection on digital culture is becoming more urgent. This conference, hosted by the Global Network for Digital Theology, seeks to further this field of study by exploring the impact of digitality on theology itself. We welcome abstracts for papers within the following three broad areas.

1. How digital theology alters/augments theology

Digital technology is today a major cultural force which has significant bearings on human societies and identities. Theological thought and reflection is always historically situated, inevitably shaped by socio-political and even technological dynamics. Thus, how does digitality change the cultural conditions in which theological thought and texts are constructed, and what are the implications for the content of these?

2. The future of seminaries and theology departments and of theological dissemination

Beyond such contextual consideration, the impact of digital technology on theological dissemination is already being felt. Digital technology not only changes the way that theology is taught and disseminated, it impacts where theological conversations take place and who can participate in them. What effect does this have on traditional theological institutions such as seminaries, theology departments and publishers, and how can they accommodate these changes?

3. Digitality and theological method

At a minimum, the very fact that most theologians write on laptops or desktops evidence the impact of digital technology on theological method. Beyond this, digital technology provides new tools for biblical interpretation, and for the analysis of church and world. How does digitality change the methods of theological enquiry?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted by 15 April 2021 to digitaltheology.network@durham.ac.uk