Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Comparative Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Rita George-Tvrtković (Convener)
Thomas Cattoi
Bede Bidlack

Convention Theme: Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation

Session Description:
The Comparative Theology Group invites papers on the 2014 conference theme “Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation.” We are especially interested in proposals on the following topics:

  1. Examples of how other religious traditions express and/or manage unity and fragmentation within.

  2. What difference does difference make? (or, how does an awareness of difference act as a catalyst for better appropriation of one's own identity and specificity?)

  3. Relationships between ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.

  4. Failed attempts to achieve unity (within other religions, not Christianity).

While papers on interreligious dialogue topics will be considered, preference will be given to proposals that are truly comparative.

Information to be Included in Your Proposal:

  • Your paper 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.
  • Please provide your name and institution and contact information, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether you will be requiring A/V equipment.

Eligibility for Submitting Paper Proposals

  • 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. An exception is made for members of under-represented groups. Presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology are included in this rubric.

Deadline: September 1, 2013.  Please submit proposals to:
Rita George-Tvrtković,

You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2013.