The College Theology Society

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2021 Call for Papers

Ramon Luzarraga, Benedictine University (AZ)

Kari-Shane Davis-Zimmerman, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University (MN)

This year’s convention theme, “The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Re-Examining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications,” offers opportunities for a wide range of explorations and applications of theological ethics and moral theology. The Ethics Section calls for paper proposals that thoughtfully and creatively engage this theme and for high quality proposals in any other area of theological ethics and moral theology. Proposals which centrally engage the convention themes will receive primary consideration.

As the convention’s theme notes, there is “abundant evidence that we live in a dehumanizing world: Colonialism. Inadequate access to healthcare. Exploitative capitalism. White supremacy. Cisnormativity. Xenophobia. Ecological devastation. Sexism. Political and ecclesial corruption. Disproportionate access to vital natural resources. Heteronormativity. Glorified individualism. The violence of war. The violence of our homes, our workplaces, and our church. Sexual assault. Sexual harassment. Sexual abuse. Mental health stigma. Sizeism. Ableism. The systemic neglect of the poor and other vulnerable populations. Now more than ever, we are inundated with local and international reminders of how these and other cultures and structures compromise the flourishing of human life. Recognizing these multiple and intersecting realities that belie the will of God, Christians are called to resist them in word and deed. As mediators between local realities and the Church Universal, theologians are positioned to offer a contribution to the response of the Christian community.”

The Ethics section seeks papers that engage the above-mentioned crises in creative and faithful ways. At the same time, the Ethics section invites proposals that attend to the interdisciplinary, ecumenical, or interreligious context of a contemporary ethical inquiry into this theme, particularly in collaboration with scholars of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Submission Requirement:

  •  Conference presenters must be members of the College Theology Society, and Ph.D. candidates must be ABD in order to submit a proposal.

Submission Information Details:

  • Please submit a proposal of 300 words and a brief list of the 3-5 most centrally significant sources for this paper in the body of an e-mail message directed to both conveners. 
  • Please also include your institutional affiliation (if any), contact information, and current status (Assistant, Associate, PhD. Candidate) along with your proposal
  • Proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2021

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