Call For Papers
Theological Antrhopology Topic Session
Administrative Team: Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Convener), Karen Teel,
The Theological Anthropology Topic session invites proposals for papers reflecting on the convention’s theme of “Conversion.” Papers might address the following general questions and provide a constructive theological response: What constitutes an adequate conversion with regard to how humans relate to the environment and how can theological anthropology promote such conversion? What emphases, developments, or changes in theological anthropology are needed for Christians to call one another to conversion, and to a more authentic way of being in relation to the cosmos? In what ways does the notion of the common good apply, particularly when ecological devastation has been primarily caused by (or on behalf of) the privileged and at the expense of the poor? Finally, what conversions in our understandings of sin, grace, embodiment, or other elements of theological anthropology are demanded in the face of the various ecological crises we now confront, or ignore at our peril?
Proposals which take into account the intersection of ecological theology with race, class, or other issues of privilege are preferred, but those falling outside these parameters will also be considered, especially those that feature interdisciplinary approaches and/or methodologies conducive to constructive theological understandings of personhood. Proposals should be between 200-500 words; state participant’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information; clearly articulate any audio-visual needs; and incorporate a 100-word précis to be posted in the convention program on the CTSA website. All proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2012 to Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Natalia.Lee@manhattan.edu), with notification sent on or before September 21, 2012. These will be evaluated by all members of the Theological Anthropology topic session administrative team, including Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Manhattan College), Karen Teel (University of San Diego), and Nancy Pineda-Madrid (Boston College). Please be advised that only one speaking role at the convention is permitted to encourage broader participation across the society and that those who present should ordinarily be CTSA members in good standing.