Sexuality, Relationships, Marriage, and Family Life

Jacob Kohlhaas, Loras College (Iowa), jacob.kohlhaas@loras.edu

Megan McCabe, Gonzaga University, mccabem@gonzaga.edu


The Sexuality, Relationships, Marriage and Family section welcomes both paper and panel proposals from across theological disciplines related to the study of sexuality, relationships, courtship, marriage, family, parenting, children, single life, and other topics associated with intimate human relationships and/or family units. Preference will be shown to proposals that reflect the conference theme: “You Say You Want a Revolution? 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective” However, all proposals relevant to the interests of the section are welcome.


Potential topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of theology in responding to and/or shaping patterns of sexual expression and relationships since the sexual revolution.
  • The circumstances, impact, and reception of Humanae Vitae on the eve of the encyclical’s 50th anniversary.
  • The role of Stonewall and LGBT advocacy or feminisms in shaping new or shifting conceptions of relationships, families, and sexuality.
  • The shaping and reshaping of American families and the role of the Church in relation to changing demographics, attitudes, and practices.
  • The denials and affirmations of life and love within secular and ecclesial culture.
  • Developments in Catholic Magisterial teaching from Humanae Vitae to Familiaris Consortio to Amoris Laetitia.
  • Interdisciplinary considerations of courtship, marriage, families, childrearing in the US in the last half-century.
  • Trends or transitions in American or Catholic conceptions on singleness, relationships, or parenthood in the last half-century.
  • The historical significance of recent events within the Catholic Church, including the synods on the family and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetita.
  • The impacts of race and culture on American family life in 1968 and today, particularly in relation to political and racial ideologies.
  • The impact of science and/or technology on human sexuality, relationships, reproduction, and families. Including the rise of personal computers and the internet, advances in medical technologies, etc.


Please submit proposals to both conveners at the email addresses listed above.


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