Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Women's Consultation on Construction Theology

Co-Conveners: Rosemary P. Carbine, Whittier College; Paulette Skiba, Clarke University

Steering Committee Members: Rose M. Beal (Treasurer), St. Marys University of Minnesota; Rhodora E. Beaton, Saint Catherine University; Julia Brumbaugh, Regis University; Colleen Mary Carpenter, Saint Catherine University; Rebecca Berru Davis, Graduate Theological Union; Katharine E. Harmon, The Catholic University of America; Phyllis H. Kaminski, Saint Mary’s College; Margaret Mary Moore, Theology and Life Institute; Jane Russell (Secretary), Belmont Abbey College; Elisabeth Vasko, Duquesne University

The Women’s Consultation in Constructive Theology invites individual paper proposals (max. 250 words) and full panel proposals (max. 500 words) related to the convention theme of Conversion. Honoring the 30th anniversary of Sexism and God-talk: Toward a Feminist Theology (Beacon Press, 1983) in which Rosemary Radford Ruether engendered journeys of conversion from sexism into soul-making, proposals are encouraged that address the following topics:

  • metanoia and the materiality of sin
    that is, the consciousness and transformation of persistent sinful behaviors and structures as manifested in racism, sexism, educational, economic, and ecological inequities and injustices, heterosexism, ableism, militarism, religious triumphalism, political exceptionalism, and so on
  • experiences of deconversion and gender or deconversion and sexual orientation
  • new ways of thinking and living in light of pre- and post-conciliar forms of religious life and religious orders, which especially pertained to and opened up new possibilities for women.

Proposals should include how conversion goes beyond a personal change of heart and mind to inspire a social ethics and/or praxis of responsibility for our scotosis, that is our blindness or outright obliviousness, to sins of commission and omission related to privilege and power.

Each proposal must:

  • state the name, institution, and contact information of the author
  • give the name, institution, and contact information of all participants
  • adhere to the above specified word limits
  • provide a 100 word précis to be used in the online program posted on CTSA website
  • and, clearly articulate any A.V. needs.

Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1, 2012 to Rosemary P. Carbine, Whittier College (rcarbine@whittier.edu). Notification about proposals will take place by September 21.