In his ground-breaking new publication, Reframing Theological Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016), Joseph Selling offers an ethical method that reorients Catholic understandings of theological ethics. Catholic moral theology, he says, has been based on an approach which over-emphasises the role of normative ethics, thus confining moral responsibility to questions about whether a person is following or disobeying moral rules.
This important conference offers Catholic theological ethicists an opportunity to engage with Professor Selling’s work through such themes as ‘human motivation’, ‘intention’ and ‘virtue’, and also through Thomistic and New Testament approaches. We are delighted to have such distinguished speakers as Joseph Selling himself, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Edward Vacek, SJ, Nicholas Austin SJ, and Mathew Illathuparampil.
Call for Papers
We welcome short papers from theological ethicists as well as (post)graduate students in theological ethics or moral theology who have some familiarity with the issues being discussed in Prof. Selling’s book. The papers should suggest how the basic approach outlined in the book might be applied to current areas of ethical praxis. Suggested topics could include ‘sexuality, parenthood, and family’, ‘migration and immigration’, ‘environmental change and sustainability’, but may involve other specific areas of research. The principle aim is to apply the book’s basic approach to particular topics.
Paper proposals (maximum 500 words) should be submitted to Dr Anna Abram ( firstname.lastname@example.org) before 31 October 2016. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by 15 November. These authors should prepare a presentation for the conference (maximum 20 min.) and have their final, full text (3.000-4.000 words) ready when they attend the Conference. Conference presenters are invited to publish their papers in a special issue of 'Religions' (an international, open access scholarly journal, publishing peer reviewed studies of religious thought and practice). Click here for further details.
Conference Fee (including lunch and refreshment)
Standard: £ 25
Students: £ 5
Unwaged: £ 10
Heythrop Students and Staff: free
More details about the conference including the programme will be available online from September 2016
The coming conference will focus on Christian Hebraism as a tool and vehicle of inter-religious interaction between Christians and the Jews in East and Central Europe, i.e. in the Germanies, the Habsburg Empire, Poland-Lithuania, Russia, and more. These interactions varied from friendly inspiration, to academic debates, and religious polemics, up to missionary activities and antisemitic propaganda. They also greatly varied in time, from early, mediaeval assaults to post-Holocaust rapprochements. While many of these have been the subject of scholarly scrutiny, the topic seems to be suffering from an inadequate consolidation and systematic reflection. The Wrocław conference aims to bring together scholars who study those and related issues in order to discuss shared interests, sources and methodological challenges, the current state of research, achievements and shortcomings. Therefore, we encourage papers probing one of these and related aspects:
The conference will be held jointly by the University of Wrocław and the Papal Faculty of Theology, Wrocław, 27–29 April 2017. The language of the proceedings will be English.
Applicants should submit a short abstract for a paper of 20 minutes in length by 30 August 2016. Participants will be notified by 1 October 2016. The conference organizers shall provide accommodation, meals, and cultural activities for the duration of the conference. If needed, selected participants might be assisted in covering their travel expenses. (If you require such assistance, please indicate this in your application.)
If you have any questions related to the conference please get in touch with the organizers: Rajmund Pietkiewicz (email@example.com), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński (firstname.lastname@example.org), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.