The Sydney College of Divinity invites scholars, doctoral candidates, and others working in the theological and wider academic community to propose a paper related to the topic, Theologising in the Shadow of the Pandemic, by Friday, 3 December 2021.

Papers are invited for concurrent sessions of the conference, addressing different aspects of the topic. Preference will be given to specifically theological engagement with the topic—systematic, political, liberation, feminist, liturgical, ethical, pastoral, biblical, patristic, etc.

Possible issues:

  • How has the pandemic shaped our experience of being church?
  • Where is God to be found in suffering?
  • How does the pandemic affect our understanding of divine providence?
  • Who are those most affected and how should we respond?
  • What possibilities does the pandemic create for people of faith?
  • What voice can theologians find to speak to a secular audience in relation to the pandemic?

Presenters will be given a 30-minute slot; 20 minutes for the paper and 10 minutes for discussion. All proposals will be considered by the conference organisers for inclusion in the conference schedule.

Guidelines for Paper Proposals

  1. The title of the proposed presentation, with an abstract of 300 words or less, should be emailed to Professor Neil Ormerod at [email protected], by 3 December 2021. Submissions should be accompanied by contact details: name, institutional affiliation, postal address, phone number and email address.
  2. The title of the paper and its abstract must articulate clearly the line of argument that the paper will take, indicating its contribution to research in the chosen area.


  1. Assoc Prof Doru Costache, Sy Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
  2. Dr Xavier Lakshmanan, Australian College of Christian Studies
  3. Assoc Prof Peter Laughlin, Australian College of Ministries
  4. Prof Neil Ormerod, SCD Research Office