The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Justice and Peace

2021 Call for Papers

Linda Land-Closson, Regis University (CO)

Brian Stiltner, Sacred Heart University (CT)


Human abilities to perceive, explicate, and respond to injustices repeatedly show themselves to be partial, iterative, often era-dependent, and too often inadequate. These abilities stand seemingly in contrast to teachings and doctrines from religious traditions that extol universal human dignity and call humans to encounter one another (and the natural world) justly and with compassion so that all may flourish. The ground between our religious traditions and the ways in which we do and do not live these traditions to promote flourishing offers rich territory for the Justice and Peace section.  


Accordingly, while the Justice and Peace section invites proposals within the topics of justice and peace more generally speaking, we specifically welcome proposals aligned with the 2021 convention theme, “The Human in a Dehumanizing World.” In particular, we invite proposals in the following areas: 


  • Analyses of and responses to the rise of economic inequality, either domestic or global, over the past four decades, with attention to understandings of the human person that drive policies exacerbating inequality and/or to the relevance of theological anthropology for envisioning economic reforms. 
  • Analyses of and responses to the vigorous demands for racial justice since late May, 2020. Why does it remain difficult for some elements of church and society to affirm the full humanity of people of color? What strategies for promoting racial justice, in church and society, have proved to be most promising over the past year? How should we critically assess the anthropology and the strategies for racial justice proposed in Open Wide Our Hearts or in other statements by Church leaders? How should we critically assess the response of various U.S. Church leaders and groups to the Black Lives Matter movement? 
  • Examinations of the implications for social justice and human dignity of the COVID-19 pandemic, in areas such as health care, jobs, and childcare, particularly as these implications reveal systemic injustices perpetuating racism, heteronormativity, economic inequality, anti-immigrant agendas, etc. 

  • For the past four years, the U.S. President has directed dehumanizing rhetoric and policies toward people from other countries and people with marginalized identities. In this first year after the U.S. national election, regardless of the outcome, what will be necessary for repairing relationships of mutual respect and cooperation nationally and/or globally? What role can Catholicism play? 


Please email your proposal (including your name, position, institutional affiliation, and CTS membership status) to both conveners by January 15, 2021. We are happy to field any questions or concerns you might have about this process or your proposal. 

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