Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Historical Studies Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Shawn Colberg
Marian Maskulak, CPS
Daria Spezzano

Convention Theme: “Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation”

Session Description and Invitation:
The Historical Studies/Historical Theology Session welcomes proposals for papers drawing from the Christian theological tradition related to the Convention theme. While union with God and with each other has always been the goal of Christian life, theological discourse aimed at developing identity and constructive discourse for uniting the Christian community has often been strained by differing theological perspectives, resulting in “fragmentation” of one kind or another. As Christian doctrine undergoes development, it frequently confronts the tension between identity and difference, particularly as it is expressed in diverse historical contexts; indeed, experiences of unity and fragmentation have followed historical and concrete theological engagements with the identity of Christ, the Trinity, the nature of the Church, grace, sacraments, and theological anthropology.

The Session invites proposals that explore points in Christian thought which have challenged Christian unity while also promoting the development of Christian doctrine. Such points might engage moments of “heresy” (e.g., Gnosticism, Arianism, Donatism, etc.) or moments of diversity among Christian positions (e.g., variety in Christian lifestyles, religious movements, reform movements, etc.). The Session welcomes papers from the Patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern periods, even as it particularly encourages papers that attend to Patristic and medieval developments in Christian doctrine.

Please submit your proposal electronically to Shawn Colberg, ( as convener of this year’s sessions. Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1, 2013. Proposals should be 200-500 words in length and must include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and audio-visual needs. Members whose proposals are accepted will be notified via e-mail by September 14, 2013; they will be asked to submit a 100-word précis for the online program to be posted on the CTSA website.

Eligibility for Submitting Proposals:  CTSA guidelines require that those making proposals ordinarily be associate or full members in good standing and current in society dues.  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.