Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Creation/Eschatology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Ernesto Valiente (Convener)
Brian Robinette
Mary Doak

Convention Theme: "Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation."

Session Description:

The Creation/Eschatology Topic Session invites paper proposals on the convention theme “Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation.” This theme offers many fruitful avenues of inquiry regarding creation and eschatology. Challenged by a conflicted and fragmented creation, Christian hope for a common destiny interrogates the present human condition and illuminates its direction. So, too, creation’s rich diversity elicits new ways of conceiving our historical and transcendent communion. Some questions that papers might address include: How does the exuberant diversity of creation inform our eschatological imagination and our understanding of God’s reign as a unity in difference? In what ways does the social fragmentation that ensues from ethnic, religious, and political enmity shape our current discussion of eschatology? How do we prevent our eschatological articulations from serving ideologies that exclude others and suppress the diversity of creation? What resources do creation theology and eschatology offer for a deeper understanding of the unity of creation that honors its diversity?

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 20-25 minutes (maximum) so that there is ample time for discussion.

Information to be Included in Your Proposal

Your proposal should include the following:

  • 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 email.
  • 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:  Ernesto Valiente, at
You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2013.