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History of Christian Life and Thought

2024 Call for Papers

Sara Hulse Kirby, DeSales University (PA)

Jens Mueller, Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD)

The section on The History of Christian Life and Thought invites proposals that address the conference theme, “Vulnerability & Flourishing,” in historical perspective. We welcome proposals that explore one of the many historical expressions of this theme in religious contexts and theology.

Consistent with the theme, some topics that would be especially welcome include:

  • Historical reflections on vulnerability and resilience
  • Historical encounters with the vulnerable and suffering
  • The historical development of the preferential option for the poor
  • Historical examples of personal and communal healing in various religious, cultural, and political contexts
  •  Historical reflections on the recovery and healing of personal and communal agency
  • The ways in which race, sex, gender, and ability-disability have been historically associated with vulnerability and flourishing
  • Any historical topic, theologian, or theological figure relevant to the topics of vulnerability and flourishing

Proposals of approximately 250-300 words should include the scholar’s name, position, institution, and CTS membership status, and should be emailed by December 15, 2023 to:
Sara Hulse Kirby (Co-Convener)
Assistant Professor of the Theology
DeSales University

Jens Mueller (Co-Convener)
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Notre Dame of Maryland University



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