The Emerging Scholar Workshop is designed as an intimate group of CIVA members virtually gathering to share their latest project concerning faith and art. This is an opportunity for emerging scholars to practice presenting their research to a group of fellow scholars. The online session is moderated by a CIVA academic. The session is FREE and open to current CIVA members but is limited to four participants.

The Emerging Scholar gathering will be on the RingCentral Meeting platform and is a 90-minute session that will include:

  • Moderator Introduction
  • Four presentations limited to 15 minutes per presenter
  • 30 minutes of discussion of all four papers

Submission Guideline for Presentations

Presentation can include the traditional reading of a paper, or a video or slide presentation. In order to allow room for the great diversity of research that represents CIVA, there is no set theme for the workshop papers. However, we are thrilled to receive presentations that concern the CIVA conference theme TRANSCEND (beauty as a transcendental attribute of God). We are interested in interdisciplinary projects that visually engage with diverse world views, but not exclusively. We welcome scholarly research that would inspire artistic responses for possible future CIVA collaborations. 

Turabian/Chicago Documentation Style is preferred but not required.

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Event Date: Friday, November 13 at 3:00 PM CT

  • Please apply for space by submitting your name, title and type of presentation, and a short abstract (approx. 150 words)
  • Selected presenters will be notified by October 16, 2020. 
  • Upon selection participants will submit a 50-word bio along with their paper/presentation by Friday, November 6.


Maria Fee is a CIVA board member, artist, theologian and educator. As an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, she delves into theology and art topics through courses like Visual Arts and the Christian and Capstone Theology and Art. Maria has also contributed her expertise and energies to the Brehm Center’s Visual Faith initiative.

Taylor Worley is a CIVA board member, serves as Associate Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries as well as Associate Professor of Christian Thought at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. in the areas of contemporary art and theological aesthetics in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews.

Questions should be directed to Maria Fee at