The Catholic University of America

Calls for Papers

Engaging Particularities XI: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology

March 22-24, 2013

Boston College

In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus’ initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and the Boston College Theology Department announce their ninth annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology. This conference is open to graduate students at Jesuit institutions and other schools of higher education. Undergraduates whose work comes highly recommended by faculty advisors will also be considered.

We   are   currently   accepting   proposals   on   themes   from   various   disciplinary   perspectives   (ethics,   systematics, history,   scripture,   philosophy,   etc.)   in   the   four   areas   of   comparative   theology,  interreligious  dialogue, theology of  religions,  and  missiology.    Proposals  may  be   submitted   for   presenting   individual   papers   or   group   panels—consisting   of   the   panel’s   topic,  list  of  presenters,  and  the  papers’  themes.     


To   submit   a   proposal,   please   email   an   abstract   of   no   more   than   250   words   to   Timothy   Carey   at   <>   by   December   10,   2012.   Please   include   your   contact   information,   your   institution   and   program,   and   the   category   into   which   you   are   submitting   your   proposal   (comparative   theology,   interreligious   dialogue,   theology   of   religions,   or   missiology).   Some   funds   are   available   for   participants   to   help   supplement   travel  expenses.

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity

June 23-25, 2013

Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Nazareth College of Rochester

At a time of division and hostility, do Jews, Christians, and Muslims interpret their religious traditions - in particular their sacred texts - in ways that intensify or reduce hostility and division?

The conference, to be housed at Nazareth College, just outside Rochester, will bring together scholars from the United States and Canada to explore this question. The interested public will be invited to be part of this discussion. We expect the theme of the symposium to be examined in diverse ways by diverse disciplines.

We look forward to your proposals for papers or panel presentation. Proposals should be sent to: The deadline for all proposals is January 31, 2013. You will be informed of acceptance within a month. Select papers will be published.

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The Hizmet Movement and Peacebuilding: Global Cases

October 24-26, 2013

Washington, DC

The symposium will address the peacebuilding efforts/impact of the Hizmet (Gülen) Movement institutions worldwide. Peacebuilding, broadly defined, include activities like education, inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue, advocacy, conflict resolution, and peace education which can create trust and cooperation over ethnic, religious and other divisions. The Hizmet Movement established hundreds of educational and communal organizations and institutions in over 140 countries, most of which suffer from internal conflicts and communal divisions, such as Sudan, Philippines, Kosovo, Northern Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tajikistan, South Africa, and Nigeria. These organizations and institutions engage in various peacebuilding initiatives that foster inclusiveness, build capacity, and create shared spaces. The symposium will assess the societal impact of these initiatives under thematic and regional categories.

The symposium seeks to engage the societal impact of the Hizmet Movement and invites contributions from across the social sciences, humanities, and fields of professional and community practice that critically explore the intersection of the movement and peacebuilding. We encourage paper proposals in these two broad topic areas:

(1) Regional focus: Peacebuilding initiatives of Hizmet organizations and institutions in different parts of the world such as Turkey, the Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, North America, Australiasia, and comparison of such initiatives across regions

(2) Thematic focus: The Hizmet movement’s approach to peacebuilding as it compares and contrasts with other secular and faith-based, ethnic and non-ethnic, global and regional, and governmental and non-governmental initiatives around the world

Proposals should include the title of the paper, biographies of the authors, and an abstract not to exceed 300 words in length, which describes the substance of the paper and relation to symposium theme. All proposals should be sent to the program committee ( by March 1, 2013. Accepted authors should submit complete papers by September 1, 2013. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Further information can be found here.