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Sixty-Ninth Annual Convention 2023

June 1-4, 2023

Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Connecticut)

“Theology and Media(tion): Rendering the Absent Present”

Stephen Okey (Saint Leo University) and Katherine Schmidt (Molloy University), Volume Editors

From its earliest days, the Christian tradition has wrestled with the question of mediation. At its heart, mediation is about the dynamic between that which is present and that which is absent, a dynamic at the heart of so many religious traditions as they encounter the divine. Gospel narratives of Mary Magdalene and the Gardener or the Road to Emmaus point to the challenge of how to navigate the relationship between presence and absence. Mediation has in fact been a consistent and underlying concern of Christian theology, through Christ, the Church, liturgy, scripture, tradition, ethics, and pedagogy.  These questions have been amplified in new ways through the rise of digital technology and culture, posing challenges to traditional perspectives on embodiment, ritual, sociality, and aesthetics.  More recently, the global pandemic of 2020-2022 has shown many ways that the relationship of presence and absence underlie our relationships within families, religious communities, universities, and more.  

The plenary speakers for the 2023 convention will be:

  • Robert Orsi (Northwestern University)

  • Hanna Reichel (Princeton Theological Seminary)

  • Joseph Flipper (University of Dayton)

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Scholars who are invited to present their work at a national convention of the College Theology Society must be current members of the CTS in order to appear in the program.  No person may submit more than one proposal for consideration nor will submissions to multiple sections be considered.  Failure to observe these policies may result in the scholar's disqualification to present a paper at the Annual Convention.

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion will once again be joining us this year.

Further questions about our 2023 Annual Convention can be submitted by email to Dan Rober.

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