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January 2012

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Call for Proposals

This Group seeks to engage in scholarly investigation of topics related to the Catholic tradition in its many forms using the tools of academic research. Papers are sought that address how the field of Catholic Studies is defined, constituted, and contested or that explore methods for the study of Catholicism, engaging these topics from diverse perspectives and approaches. Additionally, papers that represent the ethnic, cultural, geographic, philosophical, and generational diversity of Catholicism are encouraged. The Group invites submissions for the following topics:

  • Catholic social teaching at the crossroad of the current global economic crisis
  • Catholic poetics and the Catholic imaginary
  • Women and development in a global context
  • Catholic masculinities, especially of priests and the religious
  • Power, empowerment, and resistance

We encourage the submission of proposals for complete panels, especially those that place various methodologies of Catholic studies (history, theology, sociology, cultural studies) in conversation by interrogating a specific text, issue, development, or phenomena in Roman Catholicism using diverse scholarly approaches. Submissions connecting with the anniversary of the opening of Vatican II are especially timely. Please feel free to contact the Chairs to discuss and develop possible panel ideas.


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 during review, but visible to Chairs prior to 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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