Call for Papers: Spring 2024 Conference

Call for Papers: “Sustaining Shared Futures”

The Executive of the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) welcomes
proposals for papers to be presented at our Annual Meeting to be held on June 15,
2024. The conference will be held at McGill University, Montreal but it will be possible
for some presenters to present remotely.

This year, the CATA conference will be offered as a stand-alone conference, separate
from the Canadian Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, but offered at the same time and location. Consequently, enrolling in the CATA conference does not
require enrollment in Congress.

CATA encourages submission of high-quality papers on any topic of theological
relevance to the church. Graduate students, post-docs, independent scholars, and pre-
tenured faculty are invited to submit papers for the CATA Student and Early Career
Paper Competition.

Special consideration will be given to papers that deal with the theme “Sustaining
Shared Futures.” However, topics that fall outside of the specific theme will also
be given strong consideration. The main theme, “Sustaining Shared Futures,” lends
itself to several possible sub-themes, such as the following:

  •  Theological reflection addressing the climate crisis / ecological concerns and
  • Theological reflection addressing cultural and political division and polarization
  • Theological reflection on the changing demographics of Canada (immigration,
    multiculturalism) impacting our shared future
  • Theological reflection on the changing religious composition of Canada (and the
    twin trends of secularization and religious pluralism via immigration)
  • Theological reflection on science-faith dialogue and integration

Papers for the CATA meeting should be scholarly but not highly specialized
presentations of 20–25 minutes, aimed at an audience of scholars from across the
spectrum of theological disciplines. We are interpreting “theological reflection” to
include: biblical studies; theological readings of Scripture; historical, systematic,
philosophical, moral, and pastoral theology; and theology that engages culture, the
church, and other academic disciplines. Proposals from graduate students are
enthusiastically welcomed.

Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length. Please prepare them for blind
review and submit as an email attachment, accompanied by a short CV in a separate
file. To facilitate anonymous review of proposals, please include your name, institutional
affiliation, contact information, and the title of your proposal in the body of your email.

In addition, graduate students, post-docs, independent scholars, and pre-tenured faculty are invited to indicate “Submission for Paper Competition” in their email. Of these, submissions that are accepted for presentation at the conference (according to the same criteria by which all papers are accepted) will be concurrently considered for the competition.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by January 31, 2024 to the address
below in Word or PDF format. Please entitle your email “CATA 2024 Paper Proposal.”
Papers chosen for participation will be notified by the end of March. The winning paper
will be published in CATA’s journal, the Canadian-American Theological Review, and its
author will receive a congratulatory monetary gift.

Email conference paper proposals to:
Dr. Patrick Franklin
President, Canadian-American Theological Association