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Systematic Theology

2024 Call for Papers


Kristi Haas, University of Notre Dame (IN)

Hector Varela-Rios, Villanova University (PA)

David Dawson Vázquez

In accordance with the Convention theme, the Systematic Theology Section invites proposals that consider the relationship between vulnerability and flourishing throughout the history of the Christian theological endeavor. Said otherwise, we seek to explore what that relationship has meant for theologians, be them academic and/or lived, since the dawn of Christianity up to today. While all proposals are welcome, we will likely preference those that are particularly invested in the conference theme.


Topics could include (but are not limited to):


  • Trinitarian theology as integral to the understanding of vulnerability and flourishing, or vice versa
  • Critical and constructive analysis of historical and contemporary sources on the theme of vulnerability as it pertains to traditional theological topics (on, for example, Christ, the Church, grace, suffering, providence, prayer, or salvation), and/or to newly developing theological loci or methods (for example, trauma theology).
  • The entanglements of the human and the rest of creation (broadly construed); for example, attention to climate change and eco-theologies, with a view to insights on theological anthropology, Christology, ecclesiology, pneumatology, etc..
  • Categories from Church doctrine and tradition (for one, preferential option “for the poor” or “for the vulnerable”), perhaps as applied to the current moment (e.g., IDPs, refugees, Israel-Palestine, synodality).
  • ·Critical retrieval of historical, biblical, and liturgical sources with a view to dialogue with contemporary philosophical (or other discipline-based) approaches to vulnerability and flourishing
  • Textual and/or ethnographic studies of vulnerability and flourishing in Christian communities, from the Church in Acts to today’s local churches.
  • The political theologies of vulnerability and flourishing, for instance, in the colonial endeavor of the sixteenth century or in the current ‘warm’ wars amongst global powers.
  • Popular devotion: does it work for flourishing and against vulnerability, or vice versa?
  • Role of cultural constructs, such as sex/gender, body, (dis)ability, race, and law enforcement, in the day-to-day contests between vulnerability and flourishing.
  • Approaches within art and other media, such as painting, sculpture, movies, or documentaries.


Proposals should be 250-300 words in length and include the proposer’s current institutional affiliation and position. Proposals should be emailed by December 15, 2023 to Kristi Haas (, Héctor M. Varela Rios (, and David Dawson Vázquez ( Scholars will be notified of their proposal status by mid-January.


Please see the Convention Call for Papers and the CTS website for more details and other sections’ call for papers:


Scholars who are invited to present their work at a national convention of the College Theology Society must be current members of the CTS in order to appear in the program.  No person may submit more than one proposal for consideration nor will submissions to multiple sections be considered.  Failure to observe these policies may result in the scholar's disqualification to present a paper at the Annual Convention.


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