Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Creation/Eschatology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Brian Robinette, Boston College (Convener)
Mary Doak, University of San Diego
Steve Rodenborn, St. Edward’s University

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
The Creation/Eschatology Topic Session invites paper proposals on the convention theme “Sensus Fidelium.” In particular, the session invites papers engaging current Catholic perceptions of creation/eschatology, especially in light of intellectual, scientific, and political movements that have greatly expanded and/or deeply complicated our sense of creation and its future. Some of the questions that papers might address include: How might we assess and analyze the challenges and opportunities that recent perspectives upon the universe (and our place within it) present Catholics today? How do current scientific views of our universe complicate, modify, and/or deepen our sense of the world as created, especially for Catholics who encounter such views in educational settings, public discourse, and popular media? How does public discussion and debate over climate change influence (or not) Catholic perceptions of creation’s future, including traditional eschatological themes (e.g., resurrection of the body, judgment, communion of the saints, etc.)? What role might the laity have in shaping ecclesial responses to climate change, and vice versa? Relatedly, are there ways that the church and the broader theological community can invite greater diversity in its eschatology and theologies of creation? What other, less represented resources, whether in distinctive cultural contexts or theological traditions, might challenge and/or expand standard frameworks for addressing such issues?

A connection to the theme is not a requirement for paper proposals. Papers treating creation and/or eschatology more generally are entirely welcome.

Papers must be 25 minutes (maximum) so that there is ample time for discussion.

Submission Guidelines:

Your proposal should include the following:

  • 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:  Brian Robinette at
You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.