Dear Colleagues,

As we move into the holiday season and towards the New Year, I would like to extend to greetings to you and thanks for your continuing support.

The conference in Uppsala was a resounding success, thanks in very large part to the immense amount of work done by the organizing committee in Uppsala University. Thanks also to those of you who came, read papers and participated in the deliberations. Plans are being made to publish a selection of the papers in one (or even possibly two) issues of the journal Literature and Theology, and already a number of you have been in touch with me about that. If you have not, however, and are interested, please let either myself or one of the Uppsala committee know, and ideally send an electronic copy of your paper for consideration. The current UK Editor of the journal is Dr Andrew Hass (, and he also would be pleased to hear from you.

If you are interested in reviewing for Literature and Theology (or have any books to suggest for review), please contact Dr Alison Jasper (, the journal’s reviews editor.

The committee of the Society will be meeting in Glasgow in February 2005 to discuss future plans, publishing matters and other items. If there is anything you would like to suggest for discussion or consideration, please let me know by the end of January. At the moment we are on the brink of releasing our new website, now based in Glasgow, and when this is available it will be much easier to keep in touch and keep you informed of events. We will also be setting up links with a number of other related sites.

At the moment we anticipate that the next big conference will take place in the University of Stirling, Scotland, in the autumn of 2006, with the broad theme of ‘Sacred Space’. We will be discussing this over the next few months, but if you wish to include any comments on this now, please let me know and I will ensure that they are discussed by the Committee.

The Universities of Glasgow and Stirling are well advanced wtih plans for a jointly taught Masters programme in Literature, Theology and the Arts. If you are involved in, or know of, other degrees in this field that you would like better advertized, please let me know.

With every best,

David Jasper

Professor of Literature and Theology
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 4405