The Engaging Particularities 2019 Conference will take place on April 7-8th, 2019 at the Alumni House, 825 Center Street, Newton.
Call for Papers: Engaging Particularities 2019 Conference
In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus’ initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and the Boston College Theology Department announce their 17th annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology. This conference is open to graduate students both at Jesuit institutions and at other schools of higher education. Undergraduates whose work comes highly recommended by faculty advisors will also be considered.
Special Theme 2019: Perspectives on Personhood: Comparative Insights into Self, Community, and Cosmos: What does it mean to be a person? Whether it is as a body or from within a body, as a Self or a self, as an essence or a social construction, or as a marriage of multiple constituents, it is from a perspective of personhood that our engagement with the world begins. How do we define, imagine, discover, or construct our sense of what it means to exist in relationship? How do religious conceptions of divine personhood, embodiment–or the rejection of these categories for the divine–reﬂect and impact the perception of human personhood and embodiment? How are religious texts, rituals, and traditions altered or reinterpreted in the light of shifting notions of self in modernity? We invite scholars working in the fields of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, religious studies, and missiology, to submit proposals that engage the matter of personhood in a comparative context, paying particular attention to the person in relationship with both immediate community and existence broadly conceived.
General Call: We also invite proposals on critical issues and themes from various disciplinary perspectives (such as but not limited to ethics, systematics, historical studies, biblical studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, etc.) in four areas: comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology.
Public Keynote Lecture: You are cordially welcomed to attend our public keynote lecture by Michelle Voss Roberts at the Alumni House (the same location as the main conference). More information will be available soon!