About the special theme: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, we invite proposals that explore the otherness or difference that is encountered when a religious tradition seeks to understand itself. Do we need an other in order to define ourselves? What is the place of the other in a tradition’s own development? What is the “middle space” between religious traditions, and how do we negotiate it? Does a theological impulse toward openness in oneself lead to positive or negative ends? Must a tradition inevitably have to suppress the other in order to include the other? How important is it to keep the other as other? We encourage proposals that explore the kinds of questions articulated here.
April 3rd and 4th, 2015, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA