Welcome to SUNFLOWER, CSSR's new online paper submission system!

Please carefully read the instructions and notes below to ensure your proposal is successfully submitted.

Submission Guidelines:
  • We accept Individual Paper, Panel, Roundtable and Workshop proposals from paid CSSR members. Abstracts are no longer than 150 words.
  • All proposals are to be submitted through our new online submission system, SUNFLOWER (click to access).
  • All presenters must be paid members in good standing for the year that they wish to present. Membership fees for each presenter in a Panel, Workshop or Roundtable are strictly due by December 1st or the proposal will be disqualified. Please allow some time for your payment to be processed.
  • To submit an Individual Paper (Special or Regular Papers):
  • Log onto the CSSR website. You may create your online profile here if you have not already done so:
  • Access SUNFLOWER and follow the instructions for submitting your paper.
  • For Panels, Roundtable and Workshop Sessions:
  • Only one proposal may be submitted for a given Panel, Roundtable or Workshop Session. Please choose a Panel, Roundtable or Workshop Session Organizer, who will submit the proposal on behalf of the group.
  • Each of the presenters in the Panel, Roundtable or Workshop must already have an online profile on the CSSR website. Please make sure each of the presenters in your group has already created a profile online before submitting the proposal, otherwise SUNFLOWER will not allow proposal submission. Each presenter may create their online profiles here if they have not already done so:
  • Session Organizers can submit the group’s proposal by first logging into the CSSR website, accessing SUNFLOWER and following the instructions for submitting the proposal.
  • Submitters are responsible for ensuring that their proposals have been successfully submitted on SUNFLOWER. Once your proposal has been submitted you may view, edit and download a printable PDF summary of the proposal.

Important Notes and Eligibility Requirements:
  • All submissions must be by paid current members. No exceptions. All individual, panel, roundtable, and workshop presenters must be paid current members.
  • Requests to present on specific dates MUST accompany the initial proposal. Date changes cannot be made to the program once it has been circulated.
  • Joint proposals (two societies combining their efforts) should be given to both societies for approval at the time of submission.
  • Acceptance of proposals will be done via e-mail, and Panel/Roundtable/Workshop organizers will be responsible for informing their presenters. Members who require a ‘hard copy’ acceptance of their proposal for funding purposes may request one from the Program Chair.
  • A participant is permitted to present one regular paper/panel presentation and one roundtable or workshop presentation.
  • Individuals may only present one paper in a panel, and be a discussant in one roundtable or workshop.
  • Panelists must be from different institutions.
  • Chaired sessions are an integral part of an effective program. Please indicate if you would be willing to chair a session at the annual meeting.
  • Note: our Program Co-Chairs are Dr. David Feltmate ( and Dr. Marybeth White (

Submissions for the CSSR Annual Meeting may be of six types:

a. Special Papers
In order to effect a more full discussion of complete studies by Society members, blocks of time may be set aside for the presentation of, responses to, and discussion of “special” or “major” papers. A special paper may be grounded in a special field, but it should address matters important to all students of religion. In order to be considered, a complete version of the paper together with an abstract is to be submitted by the CFP deadline.

La conférence

Afin de permettre un débat plus en profondeur concernant des recherches d’envergure réalisées par nos membres, des périodes peuvent être réservées à la présentation de communications plus longues avec répondants et discussion. Bien qu’appuyé sur une expertise précise, ce type de communication devrait éviter une trop grande spécialisation et déboucher sur des questions générales susceptibles d’intéresser un plus grand public. Pour qu’une telle conférence puisse être organisée, il faut que le texte complet de la conférence nous soit soumis avant le 1 décembre 2016, de même qu’un résumé de cette conférence.

When you are logged in and submitting your special paper proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option:


b. Regular Papers
The Committee invites proposals for presentations of works in progress and shorter scholarly papers for presentation. Normally, the time for delivery in a three-paper panel is twenty minutes, with ten minutes for questions and discussion. A 150-word abstract should be submitted by the CFP deadline. Abstracts should include some background to the topic you are proposing, a statement of methodology and an indication of your argument. If possible, please try to relate it to this year's theme.

La communication ordinaire 

Le comité vous invite à proposer une brève communication faisant état de travaux en voie de réalisation ou portant sur tout autre sujet spécialisé. L’exposé est normalement de vingt minutes, et est suivi de dix minutes de questions et discussions. Il faut à cet effet soumettre un résumé de 150 mots (maximum) avant le 1 décembre 2016. Ce résumé doit préciser le thème abordé, inclure des éléments de méthodologie, et donner une première idée de votre argumentation.

When you are logged in and submitting your regular paper proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option:


c. Panels
The organizer is responsible for setting the topic and involving the participants in a maximum three hour block of time (two sessions of an hour and a half each). Panels consist of three presenters. An abstract(s) as above, together with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, audio-visual needs, and the name of a Chair (who should not be making a presentation) is to be submitted by the CFP deadline. Panel organizers should submit both the panel abstract and the individual paper abstracts as one package. Panel organizers are expected to coordinate communication between members of the panel(s) and the Program Chair.

L'organisateur est responsable de l'établissement du sujet et en impliquant les participants dans un bloc maximal de trois heures de temps (deux sessions d'une heure et demie chacun). Un résumé (s) comme ci-dessus, ainsi que les noms et les affiliations institutionnelles des participants, les besoins en audio-visuel, et le nom d'un président (qui ne devrait pas faire une présentation) doit être soumis avant le 1er décembre 2016. Panel les organisateurs doivent présenter à la fois le résumé panneau et les résumés des communications individuelles comme un seul paquet. Les organisateurs de panels devraient coordonner la communication entre les membres du groupe (s) et le président du programme.

When you are logged in and submitting your panel proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option:


d. Roundtables
The Roundtable format usually focuses on a particular issue, book, or the body of work of an individual. It consists of three or four short presentations followed by discussion, both with the Roundtable members and audience members. As with the panel, the organizer is responsible for submitting an abstract for the Roundtable, which includes the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, equipment needs, and the name of the Chair (who may also be a participant).

La table ronde 

Le format de table ronde est habituellement réservé à une question particulière, à un livre ou à l’œuvre d’un auteur. Il consiste en quatre présentations (ou davantage), suivies de discussions entre les membres de la table ronde autant qu’avec l’audience. Comme pour le séminaire, c’est à l’organisateur ou à l’organisatrice de soumettre un résumé de cette activité, y compris le nom, l’affiliation institutionnelle, les besoins audio-visuels des participants, ainsi que le nom d’un président ou d’une présidente (qui peut lui-même ou elle-même participer à la table ronde).

When you are logged in and submitting your roundtable session proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option:


e. Workshops
Workshops may be organized as discussions of new books, debates within academia, or around proposed themes. Each workshop may involve one workshop facilitator/participant and up to seven additional workshop participants. Each participant in the workshop must submit an abstract of not more than 150 words. Workshop papers must be circulated among the members of the workshop by email two weeks in advance of Congress. In order to facilitate discussion and interaction, circulated workshop papers are to be at least 15 double-spaced pages in length, though presentation copies will be much shorter. Workshop participants are required to familiarize themselves with the long version of workshop papers before Congress. While other Congress participants are welcome to attend and listen to workshop presentations, only those workshop participants who have circulated papers may comment on them. Workshops with four participants will have one time-slot of 1.5 hours. Workshops with eight participants will have two time-slots. Each participant in the workshop will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present their paper. This will allow for discussion and participant interaction.

Le séminaire ou l’atelier
Le comité encourage des propositions de séminaires, d’ateliers, etc. À de telles activités, on alloue au maximum trois heures, soit deux sessions d’une heure et demie. C’est à l’organisateur ou à l’organisatrice de tels séminaires de choisir son thème, et de choisir et de contacter ceux ou celles qui y participeront. C’est à lui ou elle à soumettre avant le 1 décembre 2016 un résumé de cette activité, y compris le nom, l’affiliation institutionnelle, les besoins audio-visuels de chacun des participants, ainsi que le nom d’un président ou d’une présidente (qui ne devrait pas normalement faire de communication). La personne qui organise cette activité doit soumettre ensemble le résumé global et les résumés provenant de chacun et chacune des membres du groupe. C’est à cette personne d’assurer la coordination entre les membres du séminaire et la présidente du comité du programme.

When you are logged in and submitting your workshop proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option:


f. Special Sessions (international online sessions)
A special session of international presenters who are unable to travel to Congress due to financial constraints may be organized as an online presentation session. The program co-chairs will review these submissions to ensure that the justification for the use of online presentation platforms is sufficiently warranted. The sessions must adhere to the length, topic and guidelines as outlined in this CFP.

Session extraordinaire (sessions internationales en ligne)
Une session extraordinaire de chercheuses et chercheurs internationaux qui sont incapables de se rendre au Congrès en raison de contraintes matérielles et financières peut être organisée en ligne. Les co-présidents du programme examineront ces propositions pour s’assurer qu’une présentation en ligne est suffisamment justifiée. Les séances doivent se conformer à la longueur, le sujet, et les lignes directrices énoncées dans le présent appel.

When you are logged in and submitting your special session proposal using SUNFLOWER, please choose this option: