2017 Conference: “Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities”

The fifteenth annual Engaging Particularities conference on comparative theology at Boston College will occur on April 2-3. This year’s theme is “Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities.” The majority of the conference will be housed in Hovey House. Please see the schedule for all information regarding the presenters, their presentations, panels, and location. Our keynote speaker, Christopher Conway, will give his lecture on Sunday evening (see March 17, 2017 blogpost). You are most welcome to join us.

Keynote – Chris Conway, “Meeting at the Margins: Cokhāmelā, Community, and Comparative Theology”

This year’s keynote speaker is Christopher Conway, assistant professor of College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, who will be considering marginality in his presentation of the Cokhāmelā, a figure of the bakti tradition who was regarded as “untouchable.” This lecture addresses the special topic of the upcoming conference, “Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities.”

Join us Sunday, April 2, at 6:00pm for this keynote event, in the Shea Room of Conte Forum.

2017 Call for Papers

We invite proposals for the upcoming Engaging Particularities XV, April 2–3, 2017. The submission deadline is December 31st, 2016.

In addition to welcoming various disciplinary perspectives for a general call in the sub-disciplines and areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology, this conference will focus on the special theme of “Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities.” For the formal call and the specific instructions for submission, please see the pdf linked in this post above.

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.

Submission guidelines: To submit a proposal, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to epbcsubmissions@gmail.com by December 31st, 2016. Please indicate whether you are submitting for the special focus or general call, and include your contact information, institution, and program.

2016 Call for Papers

Engaging Particularities XIV – “Otherness of the Self: Exploring the Boundaries between Religious Traditions”

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

2015 Call for Papers

Engaging Particularities XIII — “Suffering and Mortality”

Special focus: The conference will dedicate a part of its program to specifically examining the universal themes of suffering and mortality from comparative theological perspectives. We encourage proposals that explore these themes in light of contemporary issues, especially the climate crisis; war, terrorism, and religious conflict; AIDS, Ebola, and other international health issues; international migration and refugee crisis; and growing global economic inequality and instability.