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Sexuality, Relationships, Marriage, and Family Life

2022 Call for Papers

Mary-Beth Yount, Neumann University (PA)

Mary Gratton, Villa Maria Academy Lower School (PA)

This year’s convention theme-- “‘Why We Can’t Wait’: Racism and the Church”--calls us to
center marginalized racial and ethnic voices, confront privilege, and revitalize our engagement
with embodiment.
The Sexuality, Relationships, Marriage, and Family Life section warmly invites papers,
panel proposals,and workshop proposals in order to shed light on some aspects of these
question(s). Preference will be shown to proposals that explicitly engage the conference
theme. Potential topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
● Maternal death rate among black women
● How white families can be anti-racist, particularly in how they educate their children
● Cultural conceptions of relationships, families, and sexuality
● The sexualization of bodies, particularly young black or AAPI bodies
● Black Catholics and the Church
● Migration and/or anti-incarceration policies & impacts on families and relationships
in the wake of global movements and/or a global pandemic
● Effects on families and communities of border separation
● Bodily movement in specific cultures, or across cultures, in liturgy or other contexts
● The impact of embodiment on experiences in various social locations
● Intersectional and/or contextual approaches to theology or aspects of theology that
center those who are racially or ethnically marginalized
Proposals should be 250-500 words in length and include one’s current institutional
affiliation and position. Proposals should be emailed to both conveners by December 15,
2022. Scholars will be notified of the status of their proposals by mid-January.

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