Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Liturgy/Sacraments Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Jonathan Tan, Australian Catholic University (Convener)
Judith Kubicki, Fordham University
Katharine Harmon, Catholic University of America

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
The Liturgy/Sacraments Topic Session invites proposals for the 2015 CTSA Convention that explore the impact and implications of the convention theme of sensus fidelium on Christian liturgical and sacramental experience and practice. We are especially interested in proposals that discuss the opportunities and challenges of sensus fidelium on sacramental and liturgical life and practice, including:

  1. historical or systematic discussions of the role of sensus fidelium in shaping sacramental and liturgical theology and practices;

  2. the significance of racial-ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, minoritized, subaltern, or other hybridized experiences of sensus fidelium on sacramental practice and liturgical celebrations;

  3. ecumenical or interchurch developments in sacramental and liturgical understanding, especially in the context of marriage or funerary celebrations involving interchurch or interfaith families;

  4. historical or contemporary explorations of the opportunities and challenges of popular piety and devotion for shaping or nourishing sacramental and liturgical life; or

  5. the implications of globalization, migration, or other transnational encounters between communities of peoples for shaping sacramental and liturgical experience and practice.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal should be between 200 and 500 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: Jonathan Tan at, with a copy to You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.