Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Historical Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Daria Spezzano (Convener)
Rita George-Tvrtković
Scott Moringiello

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
The Historical Theology Session invites papers which explore the notions of justice and mercy in the historical context of the Christian tradition. Topics might include theological considerations of justice and mercy as divine attributes or as moral virtues, wealth and poverty, war and peace, sin, penance and atonement, justification, the connection of justice and liturgy, and the development of Catholic social teaching, among others. Papers might also attend to such questions as: Are there historical contexts and/or particular theologians in which the significance of the theme of justice and mercy emerges with particular clarity? To what extent has the Church’s teaching on social justice been historically conditioned, and has it developed in significant ways? How have scriptural texts about justice and mercy grounded or challenged Christian doctrine and practice? How have theologians in different eras understood the role of religious fear? Have there been different perspectives on the extent to which mercy should “temper” justice?

Proposals focusing on any historical period are welcome. Contact any member of the Administrative Team—Daria Spezzano (dspezzan@providence.edu), or Rita George-Tvrtković (RGeorge-Tvrtkovic@ben.edu) or Scott Moringiello (smoringi@depaul.edu) —with questions.

Please submit your proposal electronically to Daria Spezzano, (dspezzan@providence.edu) as convener of this year’s sessions. Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1, 2015. Proposals should be 200-500 words in length and must include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and AV needs. Members whose proposals are accepted will be notified via e-mail by September 14, 2015; 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. Those with an associate or full membership application on file may submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming convention. One should not present a paper in more than two out of three years (this applies to the entire convention), and no member may present or respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention. An exception is made to both of these restrictions for members of under-represented groups. The latter do not include the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology.