CALL FOR PAPERS: A Life in Black Liberation Theology


Festschrift to honour Allan Aubrey Boesak

A Life in Black Liberation Theology

Deadline for papers/work: 30 September  2015

To be published late in 2015

 You are  hereby cordially invited  to contribute to a book in recognition of the life and works of Prof  Allan Aubrey Boesak (born 23 February 1946  ] in Kakamas, Northern Cape), formerly a  Dutch Reformed Missioin Church and Uniting Reformed Church cleric and politician and anti-apartheid activist.   Amongst others Allan Boesak had been the  President, World Alliance of Reformed Churches , Moderator Dutch Reformed Mission Church , Founder member, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, Advisor, Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to South Africa 1986 , Advisor to the Apartheid Commission of the UN – 1980s   Member, International Commission on the Future of the United Nations, chaired by Sir Shridrath Ramphal and Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlson, (1990-1993).

Allan Aubrey Boesak as theologian  played a pivotal role  in  the  struggle for the liberation of the people of  South Africa.  He will turn 70 in February 2016.  His work as archivist, scholar, theologian  is acclaimed  globally.  Amongst others, Allan Boesak received The Black Congressional Caucus Human Rights Award, USA, The Human Rights Award of the Liberty Hill Foundation, California USA, The Honour Award from the Harvard University Foundation , NAACP Image Awards: The Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award , The Martin Luther King Jr. International Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Foundation, The Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, SCLC, California , Award in Recognition of Contributions to the Struggle for Equal education, Academic Freedom and Justice, University of the District of Columbia, The Thomas Merton Award from the Thomas Merton Society, The Georg Fritze Prize, the Evangelical Church in Germany,  The Kaj Munk Award, the Church of Denmark.

We  are preparing a publication which will address and evaluate the state of the fields he has not only contributed to, but shaped. We welcome contributions in any area of Allan Aubrey Boesak  contributions. We  want to offer this book to him, Lord willing, on his 70th   birthday celebration in 2016.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following categories:

Allan Boesak as

  • Theologian: His approach in doing theology ,
  • Cleric:  His ministry as local minister in Paarl and  Piiketberg, student chaplain at University of the Western Cape ,
  • Activist:  his role in the public sphere during the heydays of apartheid and post-apartheid

Submission instructions:

Please submit for consideration abstracts of at least 250 words to  Prof. Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, University Stellenbosch,   by 1 March   2015. Submitted abstracts should include the following in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 6 key words

Finished articles of 4,000-7000 words must be received by 30 September 2015. These contributions could be in the form of narratives, poetry, photo-journals, or other archival information that reflect Alan’s early and continued involvement in the developing ideas, application, and elaboration of unity, justice and reconciliation; his activism; teaching; and related/relevant contributions.  This Festschrift   honoring and celebrating Boesak seek a balanced mix between the different contributions Allan Boesak made the past 5 decades. 

Second call of papers will be on 1 May 2015. 

Last call of papers will be on 1 July 2015. 

Format for submissions Please use Harvard Referencing style, 11 font,   New Roman Times

Apart from numerous articles on theology and politics Allan Boesak is the author of 17 books, editor of one, and co-editor of three.

  • Coming in Out of the Wilderness – A Comparative Study of the ethics of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Kampen: Kok:1974
  • Om het zwart te zeggen, een bundel opstellen over centrale themas in de zwarte theologie. (Ed.) Kampen: Kok,1974
  • Farewell to Innocence – A Socio-ethical Study of Black Theology and Black Power, Kampen: Kok,1976, Maryknoll New York: Orbis Books, 1977; Dutch translation, Afscheid van de Onschuld, Kampen: Kok, 1977; German translation, Unschuld die Schuldig Macht, Eine socialethische Studie über Schwarze Theologie und Schwarze Macht: Hamburg: Luther Verlag, 1977
  • The Finger of God – Sermons on Faith and Socio-political Responsibility, 1978, with US and German editions in 1979, 1980, and Chinese edition, 1984
  •  Walking on Thorns – The Call to Christian Obedience. Sermons, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, and Geneva: WCC Publishers, 1984. Translated into Swedish and Italian.
  • Black and Reformed – Apartheid, Liberation and the Calvinist Tradition, Maryk.Orbis, 1984.
  • Als dit verraad is, ben ik schuldig, Baarn: Ten Have, 1986; English version: If this is Treason, I am Guilty, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986; London: SPCK, 1987.
  • With Charles Villa-Vicencio (Eds.) When Prayer Makes News, reflections on the call for a day of prayer for the end to unjust rule, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986.
  • Machtigen heeft hij van de troon gestoten. Sermons in Dutch, 1989.
  • Gerechtigkeit erhöht ein Volk. Texte aus dem Widerstand. Sermons and speeches in German, 1985.
  • Livet Vaerd. Speeches and sermons in Danish, 1986.
  • Comfort and Protest, The Apocalypse of John from a South African Perspective, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1987; with German translation, 1988
  • Shadows of the Light – biblical reflections in a time of trial, Pretoria: Van Schaik, 1996. Also translated into Afrikaans: Skadu’s van die Lig, Bybelse oorwegings in ‘n tyd van aanvegting, Pretoria: Van Schaik, 1996.
  • Tot sterwens toe, Gedigte. Poems in Afrikaans, 2002.
  • The Fire Within – Sermons from the Edge of Exile, Cape Town: The New World Foundation, 2004; UK edition, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 2006.
  •  Die Vlug van Gods Verbeelding – Bybelverhale van die Onderkant. Stellenbosch: Sun, 2005
  •  The Tenderness of Conscience – African Renaissance and the Spirituality of Politics, Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2005; UK edition, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 2007
  •  Running with Horses, Reflections of an Accidental Politician, Cape Town: JoHo Publ, 2009.
  •  Globalisation: The Politics of Empire, Justice and the Life of the Earth, (Edited with Len Hansen), Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2009
  •  Globalisation II – Global Crisis, Global Challenge, Global Faith, (Edited with Len Hansen), Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2010
  •  Dreaming a Different World: Globalisation and Justice for Humanity and the Earth, The Challenge of the Accra Confession for the Churches, (Edited with Charles Amjad-Ali and Johann Weusmann), final report of the Globalisation Project, Stellenbosch, 2010.


Prof  Mary Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel Ecclesiology  &     Church Polity     Ekklesiologie &     Kerkreg
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