Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Anthropology Topic Session

Administrative Team:
     Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College SMT (Convener)
     Vincent J. Miller, University of Dayton
     Elizabeth Antus, University of Notre Dame

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
The Theological Anthropology Topic Session’s administrative team invites proposals for papers reflecting on the convention’s theme of “Sensus Fidelium.” This theme is of particular importance to our topic session in light of the International Theological Commission’s recent release of the document “Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church” (2014). Specifically, we welcome responses to any of the following questions: How do the faithful give voice to the sensus fidelium in light of the multiple factors that condition “the faithful” such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, particular religious beliefs, (dis)ability, etc.? What are the different voices that comprise the sensus fidelium? How can we attend to these different voices through the use of intersectionality? Intersectionality is a theory that focuses on the intersection of multiple factors that co-constitute human identity. Lastly, in various ways, how can we understand these voices as participating in the prophetic office of Christ, especially for the future of the church?

We are especially eager to receive proposals that promise constructive theological work with implications for concrete action. For example:

  • How do our religious symbols and narratives help foster unity within the sensus fidelium and/or express its rich diversity?
  • How does situating the voices of the faithful within the context of the natural order, creation, and the cosmos reframe and/or enhance our conceptions of the sensus fidelium?
  • How does a constructive examination of the sensus fidelium affect discussions of the ecclesiological negotiations of power and authority within the Catholic Church? How might we chart and/or map the expression of these voice/s from below theologically? Sociologically?
  • What does the sensus fidelium reveal about what it means to be persons in relation?
  • Other related questions.

While we will give preference to proposals addressing this topic, we will consider others, especially those focusing on embodiment and/or the convention theme.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal should be not more than 250 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Include full name and contact information of all participants, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether your presenters will be requiring A/V equipment. 
  • CTSA guidelines require that those making proposals ordinarily be associate or full members in good standing with their dues paid up.  Anyone with an associate or full membership application on file can also submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming June convention. 
  • No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention, with the exception of members of under-represented groups.

Deadline: September 1, 2014. Please submit proposals to: Nancy Pineda-Madrid at The proposals will be selected by the administrative team. You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.