Call for Papers: St. Anselm of Aosta, Bec and Canterbury

Please see the flyer here for details.

St. Anselm of Aosta, Bec and Canterbury: Theologian, Statesman, Administrator, Teacher

May 4 and 5, 2018, University of Houston

Keynote Speakers:

Samu Niskanen, University of Helsinki
Eileen Sweeney, Boston College

We invite Anselm scholars to submit abstracts for papers on any aspect of St. Anselm: his theology, correspondence, monasticism, career, teaching, prayers, governance of Bec and/or Canterbury, friendships, friends and associates, or legacy for presentation to the Conference in shorter papers. Proposals for twenty-minute papers for the Conference of about 250 words may be sent by February 1, 2018, to Sally N. Vaughn, snvaughn[at]

The Conference is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Anselm Studies, the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas, Houston.

Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship (Society of Christian Philosophers)

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2018. The program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $30,000, plus $2,000 for the home institution's overhead costs and an additional research fund for the applicant of $2,000. For more details and application instructions, please visit Funding is provided by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Call for Abstracts: Third Symposium Thomisticum

The third Symposium Thomisticum will take place in Athens,  Greece, 7 – 9 June 2018, kindly co-hosted by the University of Athens and Athens Academy.

Details are available at (google Symposium Thomisticum).

The theme of the Symposium is Aquinas and the Greeks

Speakers will include: Therese Cory, Lambros Coulobaritsis, John A Demetracopoulos, John Dillon, Gregory Doolan, Kevin Flannery, Lloyd Gerson, Athanasia Glycofrydi-Leontsini, John Haldane, Yannis Kalogerakos, Thomas Leinkauf, Eleni Leontsini, Patrick Masterson, Evanghelos Moutsopoulos, Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Turner Nevitt, Fran O’Rourke, Eric D Perl, Eleni Procopiou, Andrea Robiglio, Carlos Steel, Georgios Steiris, Richard Taylor, Rudi te Velde, David Twetten, Kevin White, John Wippel, Markus Wörner, John Zizoulas.

Papers are invited for a number of supplementary parallel sessions. The overall number of participants will be limited to sixty; priority will be given to those presenting papers. In order to avoid overlap of topics, initial proposals should be sent by email to Fran O’Rourke (

The deadline for abstracts is 1 December, and for completed papers 1 May 2018. Papers will be circulated in advance; summaries will be presented at the symposium: papers will be discusssed rather than read.

Participation fee will be €125, to include refreshments and the conference banquet.

Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation.

Inquiries to Fran O’Rourke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin (

Call for Abstracts: 4th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts

4th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts 

What is the Imagination? 

Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts 

University of Dallas, Irving, TX 

January 26-27, 2018 

Keynote Speaker: Eva Brann, St. John’s College 

Plenary Speaker: Dennis Sepper, University of Dallas 

The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the fourth annual Braniff Graduate Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference aims to explore the nature of the imagination as it has been discussed in the Western tradition. We welcome papers in liberal arts disciplines including—but not limited to—philosophy, literature, politics, theology, history, and psychology, and drawing from the classical, medieval, modern, or contemporary period. 

Relevant topics include but are not limited to: 

- What is the imagination? 

- Imagination as it functions in art: artist, artifact, and audience. 

- Imagination and self-fashioning; imagination and identity. 

- Literary depictions and explorations of the imagination 

- The imagination as a political battleground: propaganda, advertisement, rhetoric, etc. 

- Philosophic inquiry and the imagination 

- Imagination and child development; imagination and education. 

- The image and the word: imagination in the context of language and language arts. 

- Imagination and psychology. 

- Ethics and imagination. 

- Imagination and dystopian literature/post-apocalyptic film. 

- Imagination and the real. 

We invite scholars working in the liberal arts to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words that consider the theme of imagination from the perspective of their discipline, a particular author, or through an interdisciplinary approach. Preference will be given to papers conversant with the great texts of the Western tradition. The conference committee will invite select authors to publish their essays in a special edition of Ramify: The Journal of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Submit abstracts to Abstracts should be prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover letter with your name, paper title, email address, and institutional affiliation. 

Abstracts are due no later than November 3, 2017. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by Tuesday, November 21 and will be asked to submit their full papers, suitable for a 15 minute presentation (no more than 2500 words), by December 31, 2017.

CFP: Quaestiones Disputatae

Call For Papers

Faith, Reason, and the Splendor of Truth:

Reading Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio Together

Two of St.  John Paul II’s most important encyclicals share an anniversary year in 2018: Veritatis Splendor celebrates 25 years and Fides et Ratio turns 20.  Quaestiones Disputatae, a journal of Franciscan University of Steubenville, is marking this joint milestone by dedicating an issue to the connections among the themes of these two encyclicals. 

St.  John Paul himself suggested that these two encyclicals constitute one integral investigation.  He wrote in Fides et Ratio, “In my Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, I drew attention to ‘certain fundamental truths of Catholic doctrine which, in the present circumstances, risk being distorted or denied.’  In the present letter, I wish to pursue that reflection by concentrating on the theme of truth itself and on its foundation in relation to faith” (n.  6). For St.  John Paul, attempts to understand our moral life lead us on to inquiry into truth; and those who genuinely “search for the truth” are ultimately “search[ing] for a person to whom they might entrust themselves,” a quest that finds its fulfillment in the imitation of Christ (FR, n.  33; VS, n.  119). 

More broadly, these encyclicals explore the transcendentals of goodness and truth in relation to the intellectual and moral powers of the human person, setting these inquiries in the contexts of beauty and faith, as well as of human nature and community.  Quaestiones Disputatae welcomes papers engaging both these encyclicals in light of any of their themes and from a range of disciplinary perspectives, such as philosophy, theology, patristics, literature, and history.  Papers might address such topics as the following, though many more are possible:

  • Truth, goodness, and the meaning of life
  • Community and tradition in moral and speculative inquiry
  • John Paul’s themes in relation to the thought of some other significant figure, such as St.  Augustine, St.  Thomas Aquinas, St.  Bonaventure, Bl.  John Duns Scotus, Francisco Suarez, Kierkegaard, Bl.  John Henry Newman, Michael Polanyi, Alasdair MacIntyre, etc.
  • Truth, goodness, and contemporary moral or political crises
  • Narrative approaches to self-knowledge or moral and speculative inquiry
  • Literary explorations of truth and goodness
  • Interaction of faith and reason, or Scripture and natural law, in moral or speculative inquiry
  • The relations among the moral and intellectual virtues
  • Speculative and moral wisdom
  • Beauty in the contemplative and active lives
  • Truth, goodness, and beauty in philosophical anthropology
  • The moral life as vocation or dialogue in response to truth
  • Conscience and truth
  • Freedom’s relation to reason

Papers up to 10,000 words are invited, though longer papers may also be considered.  Format, with footnotes, according to Chicago Style.  The deadline is June 11, 2018, with anticipated publication in November, 2018.  Please address inquiries and papers (the latter as email attachments in Microsoft Word) to the Guest Editor, Dr.  Randall Colton, at

Find the journal at  

CFP: "What is Candian Philosophy?"

“What is Canadian Philosophy? Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Confederation”

*Conference Announcement
*Call For Papers for Graduate Student/Recent Ph.D. Panel
*Announcement of Charles Taylor Prize for best essay by a Graduate Student/Recent Ph.D.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University will host, at Fredericton, New Brunswick, the first international conference dedicated to exploring the meanings of a uniquely Canadian philosophy. The November 23-25, 2017 conference, “What is Canadian Philosophy? Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Confederation,” in collaboration with interdisciplinary scholars from departments of Catholic Studies, English, Humanities, Native Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science, will result in a book that will be the first collection to explore, from a diversity of perspectives, the meanings of Canadian philosophy. The conference and volume will include contributions on the sense in which there can be said to be distinctively Canadian philosophy, on influential Canadian philosophers, on underrepresented tendencies in Canadian philosophy, and on world philosophical movements that have found unique expression in Canada. This event will help to rectify a significant lacuna in scholarship: while intellectuals now have a clear idea of central figures and themes involved in various national philosophical traditions-- for instance, of American pragmatic philosophy, German philosophy from Kant to phenomenology and Critical Theory, of French philosophy from Descartes to Derrida and Foucault, and of British empiricism -- Canadian philosophy has not yet entered into a broadly shared intellectual understanding. Now there is an important moment in which there is an intense international and national interest in the Canadian intellectual landscape, in which scholars and an interested public are intensely curious in Canadian intellectual life both in itself and as a bridge between North American and European thought. This conference will thus make important grounding contributions to the understanding of the meaning of Canadian philosophy, of value for contemporary and future scholars of Canadian and world philosophy, and to the broad public appreciation of a unique philosophy shaped by the combination of Aboriginal, Catholic, English, French, and other sources of philosophical inquiry.

We are pleased to announce a graduate student/recent Ph.D. section at this conference (Ph.D. granted 2014 or later). The Charles Taylor Prize, a prize of $500, will be awarded for the best paper on any area of Canadian philosophy presented by a doctoral student or recent Ph.D. The prize will be awarded at the conference; it will be based on both the text of the paper and its presentation. Please submit papers or abstracts for this panel/prize by October 1, 2017, to the conference organizer, Jason Bell, Ph.D., by either email (, or by post at: Jason Bell, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, 19 Macaulay Lane, Carleton Hall Room 209, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3. Please prepare papers/abstracts for blind review. Papers will be 25-30 minutes reading time (approximately 3,000-4,000 words), with additional time for discussion. Announcements of acceptance will be made by October 15.

Conference registration fees (which include receptions, two lunches, and three dinners) is $270; this fee is waived for presenters. 

Questions about the conference may be directed to Jason Bell (, or to Matthew Dinan, Ph.D., conference co-organizer, at

Call for Papers: Educating for Modern Democracy

Educating for Modern Democracy: 
An Exploration of Philosophical and Religious Resources

A Conference sponsored by
Boston College and the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie

November 7-10, 2017
Boston College

With plenary lectures by:

David Campbell (University of Notre Dame)

Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)

Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia)

Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University)

Charles Taylor (em. McGill University)

Candace Vogler (University of Chicago)

George Yancy (Emory University)


The nature and process of the democratic form of government has come under increased pressure in recent times.  The many causes include features or implications of pluralism, secularism, competing claims among religions, economic inequality, racial and gender disparities, and partisanship.  Solutions are elusive, and the possible bases for them unclear. We invite papers on any topic broadly connected to the current crises facing democracy that explicitly brings the questions of religion, race or gender, and social justice generally, into contact with the intellectual resources in the philosophical and Catholic traditions. We have a particular interest in work that either attempts to not only understand the contemporary situation, but also reflects on the task of educating students and the public at large in ways that strengthen civic engagement and democratic institutions.

The program will include multiple sessions comprised of shorter papers. We invite papers of 20-25 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to the following email address by September 15, 2017:

For further detail that includes suggested topics, please see the conference website:

CFP: The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century

Call for Papers: The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century

The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

March 15-18, 2018

What is the “idea,” the essence, of the Catholic university today? And how might we envision it continuing to serve a vital institutional role in 21st century society? Our conference asks scholars from all corners of the university—the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools—to think carefully, critically, and clearly about what makes Catholic colleges and universities distinctive. That is to say, in what respects should Catholic colleges and universities differ and in way respects should they not differ from other institutions, whether large state-sponsored schools or non-Catholic liberal arts colleges? And how should these distinctive characteristics of shape the missions, goals, research, curricula, and programs of the Catholic university in the 21st century?

  • How does the Catholic university embrace, support, and encourage the flourishing of students and faculty, including students and faculty from different faith traditions and those with no faith tradition (whether “spiritual but not religious,” agnostic, or atheist)?
  • How do Catholic universities creatively serve their missions to “serve faith” and “promote justice” in a religiously pluralistic context?
  • How should the Catholic university engage contemporary social issues such as inter-religious dialogue, globalization, immigration, the changing ethnic makeup of the Church, strained race relations, changing views on human gender and sexuality, economic inequality, and environmental justice?
  • What is the nature of the commitment to the liberal arts and the humanities that has characterized Catholic universities, especially in an environment in which the humanities are under siege? Conversely, in what way do professional schools (e.g., education, business, etc.) contribute to the distinctiveness of Catholic colleges and universities?
  • How should Catholic colleges and universities navigate the rising costs of undergraduate education, which often prices out or burdens with onerous debt the very poor and immigrant children these institutions were founded to serve?
  • How should Catholic colleges and universities navigate the tension between their commitment to Catholicism and the ideal of universities as sites of free and open inquiry and discourse, especially in a larger society that is not Catholic and an environment in which many faculty, staff, and students are not themselves Catholic?
  • What is distinctive about the community at a Catholic university? About the education it offers? The curriculum it requires? The research undertaken by its scholars?

We invite scholars from all disciplines, all perspectives, and all faiths (including those of no religious faith) to submit proposals for papers that address, interrogate, or question the role of the Catholic university in the 21st century. The organizers hope and intend to produce an edited volume drawing on the best contributions to the conference. Therefore we request that all submissions consist of original work suitable for inclusion, if selected, for the volume, and request the right of first refusal for publication.

Proposals should consist of 250-500 words and be formatted for blind review.  Submit proposals to by November 15, 2017. Include identifying details and contact information in the body of the email submission.

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