The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954


2021 Call for Papers

B. Kevin Brown, Gonzaga University (WA)

Daniel Horan, OFM, Catholic Theological Union (Illinois)


In keeping with this year’s conference theme—“The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Re-Examining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications”—the Spirituality section of the College Theology Society is seeking paper and panel proposals that explore the intersection of theological anthropology, resistance to dehumanizing patterns of being, and spirituality or spiritual practices. Such themes include, but are in no way limited to:


  • Explorations of the spirituality or spiritualities that ground and inform movements that resist dehumanizing ideologies and systems of oppression;
  • Liberation, feminist, eco, anawim, and/or anti-racist spiritualities;
  • The relationship between spirituality and justice, particularly as it informs efforts to respond to the myriad dehumanizing trends that mark our contemporary contexts;
  • The relationship between Christian spirituality and major doctrinal themes of theological anthropology (e.g., human dignity and the imago dei, creation, sin, grace);
  • Consideration of how the human person is understood in various spiritualities.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Spanish publication of A Theology of Liberation and the 35th anniversary of the original Spanish publication of On Job, we also welcome proposals on the spirituality of Gustavo GutiƩrrez, especially as it relates to the conference theme.


We also welcome other proposals on topics related to spirituality more generally, while giving priority to those that engage the conference theme.


Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, should include the scholar’s name, position, and institution, as well as any AV needs anticipated, and be emailed to the spirituality section conveners ( and by January 15, 2021. You must be a CTS member in good standing to present at the conference. Proposals will be reviewed and scholars will be notified of the status of their proposal by mid-February.




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