Call for Papers: St. Nicholas of Myra Conference

1st Annual St. Nicholas of Myra Conference on Catholic Social Thought

Providence College, Providence, RI.
5 - 7 December 2014
Catholic Social Thought:  Relevance Reconsidered

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Catholic social thought is Catholicism’s best kept secret—a secret about the seamless garment of Catholic thought that extends throughout Catholic history and which unites thinking on poverty, unions, abortion, just war, and property.  Central to this thought are the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, the common good, personalism, and integral humanism.  The last 122 years have witnessed a number of papal social encyclicals, documents written by bishops and cardinals, and treatises from theologians, philosophers, economists, and social theorists, yet, as Pope Francis tells us, the world continues to follow the “god of money.”  Further, the average parishioner knows little about the principles of Catholic social thought.  The conveners of this conference, then, ask, what relevance, if any, does Catholic social thought have?  Are Catholic social documents mere paper to fill the bottom of the bird cage, or does Catholic social thought have something to contribute to the world, and if so, what?

Important Dates:
   • 1 May 2014: 500-word Abstract and CV due
   • 4 October 2014: Complete Papers due
   • 5-7 December 2014: Conference
   • 1 March 2015: Revised Papers due

We encourage scholars to submit papers that consider this topic from a variety of perspectives, disciplines and fields of work.  Accepted papers will be distributed in advance of the conference, and members will be expected to have read the material for the conference.  The conference will focus on conversation and developing the individual strengths of the papers, while re-committing ourselves to the Catholic social thought tradition and invigorating the introduction of Catholic social thought in classrooms across the country.  Conference organizers expect papers to be published after revision from the conference.

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Possible Topics:
   • Is CST capable of addressing globalization or the finance industry?
   • Can CST speak to a postmodern, post-national world?
   • Is Natural Law theory dead?
   • Does CST have anything to inspire to act in the face of imminent environmental catastrophe?
   • Is CST divisive of Christian unity within the Catholic Church or within Christianity in general?
   • What steps can academics, priests, bishops, and activists take to reveal Catholicism’s best kept secret?
   • How can CST be free from the confines of the dung-heap of cultural artifacts?
   • Is CST possible in a post-Marxist world?
   • Is CST inherently sexist?
   • Has CST made its peace with capitalism?
   • What role reason in future Catholic action?
   • Is there room for Catholic Worker houses and how can we promote the Catholic Worker on campuses?
   • Will the trend to Augustinianism or Pentecostalism make CST impossible?
   • Will the death of the humanities spell the death of Catholic social thought and action?
   • What are most pressing issues and challenges facing CST?
   • What role can CST have in business schools without losing its radical challenge to dominant market forces?
   • Is there any need or place for unions anymore?

Co-Sponsored by: Providence College Philosophy Department; Providence College Public and Community Service Studies Department and by the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry

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