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January 2011

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Call for Proposals

This Group seeks to engage in the investigation of topics of contention and polarization in the Roman Catholic Church with tools of academic research. Papers that raise such issues and engage them from diverse perspectives and methods are especially solicited. Additionally, papers that represent the ethnic, cultural, geographical, and generational diversity of Catholicism are encouraged. We invite submissions for sessions on the following topics:

  • “Catholic” and its borders — geographical, imaginative, comparative, social, authority/dissent, etc.
  • Catholic social teaching and the fiftieth anniversary of Mater et Magistra (1961, encyclical written by Pope John XXIII on the topic of Christianity and social progress)
  • The Catholic imaginary
  • Changes in the Church
  • For authors of recent books on topics related to Catholic studies — the presentation or overview of your work for a session on recent volumes in Catholic studies
  • Papers related to San Francisco or the Mediterranean


This Group provides a scholarly forum to study the global Roman Catholic community. Consequently, we welcome critical studies, cultural, ethical, historical, and theological perspectives. We seek to mirror the subject community’s diversity in pursuing equally diverse methods to study that community.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members until after final acceptance or rejection.


Jeannine Hill Fletcher
Fordham University
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Amy Koehlinger
Florida State University
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Method of Submission


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