Gender(Studies) in der Theologie? Warum und wozu? Internationale Fachtagung 28-29.11.2019

Die Arbeitsstelle für Theologische Genderforschung an der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster setzt ihre Arbeit unter neuer Leitung, mit neuem Namen und einem veränderten Konzept fort. Als Auftakt laden wir Expert*innen und junge Wissenschaftler*innen im Bereich der theologischen Genderforschung sowie Theolog*innen mit einer kritisch-konstruktiven Außenperspektive ein, mit uns Potentiale und Desiderate theologischer Genderforschung auszuloten und sich auf neue Forschungsfragen auszurichten. Warum und zu welchem Zweck sollten gendersensible Perspektiven und Ansätze expliziter Genderforschung in der Theologie berücksichtigt werden. Für weitere Informationen, klicken sie bitte hier

CFP Conciencia y autoridad

The editor of the journal Estudios Eclesiásticos anounced a special call of papers on “Conscience and Authority”, envisioning both all types of the abuse in the Church and the authority of the personal conscience in regard to official moral discipline, in touch with Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII. More information:

CFP Visions et prophéties au cinéma. L’instant de la révélation, Louvain-la-Neuve, 12-13 Décembre 2019

Le groupe de recherche Cinespi de l’Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) organise une journée d’études du 12 au 13 décembre 2019 sur le thème des visions et prophéties au cinéma. Plus d’information se trouve dans l’appel à propositions. 

Post graduate scholarship opportunities, PhD and MPhil, at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

I would like to draw people’s attention to a Ph.D. scholarship which will fully cover Trinity universities fees (Europe and International), plus an annual award of 12,000 euro for maintenance, for a period of three years.

Possible research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • A theological vision of human freedom;
  • The writings of Rowan Williams as a source of a theology for the secular;
  • Church and media in contemporary societies;
  • Fake news, post-truth and the pursuit of truth;
  • The Gospel and social media;
  • The Catholic Church as a corporate citizen within pluralist or secular societies;
  • The Church and engagement with contemporary political culture;
  • The revival of interest in natural law;
  • A theological vision of redeemed reality that includes the economic, social, and political.

The scholarship is being made available thanks to generous private funding. We currently have an ad at

We also have other scholarship opportunities at M.Phil. and Doctoral level please see scholarship page here.

Two vacancies at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at Tübingen University

The Faculty of Catholic Theology at Tübingen University invites applications for the position of

Ecclesia und Synagoga im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert

Liebe ET-Mitglieder/dear members of ET
mit angehängtem Flyer möchte ich auf eine Buchpublikation aufmerksam machen, die Sie und Euch interessieren könnte/ by the flyer forwarded I wish to inform you about a book publication which might interest you: Marie-Theres Wacker, Ecclesia und Synagoga im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Historische Sondierungen in theologischem Interesse. Franz-Delitzsch-Vorlesung 2017, Münster 2018, 
ISBN 978-3-947760-00-8 (100 Seiten, zahlreiche Abb., durchgehend farbig).

Es geht, wie der Titel sagt, um Ecclesia-Synagoga-Darstellungen an und in Kirchen aus einem Zeitraum, der bis anhin nicht systematisch erforscht ist. The book is about representations of Ecclesia and Snygoga in and at churches from a period with no research about it hitherto.

Ich habe 30 Bildwerke zwischen 1860 und 1933 dokumentiert, z.T. mit ausführlichen historischen Einbettungen, und dazu tabellarisch weitere 16 aus der Zeit nach 1945. I found and give pictorial and historicaldocumention of 30 representations from the period 1860-1933 (mainly German Kaiserreich) and list further 16 from the time after 1945 (Germany and Austria)

Das Heft ist über das Institutum Iudaicum der WWU Münster zu beziehen, die Bankverbindung betrifft die Franz-Delitzsch-Gesellschaft. Ordering address is IJD Muenster, bank account is with Franz-Delitzsch-Gesellschaft (see flyer)

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/with kind regards

Marie-Theres Wacker 

Ausschreibung Graduiertenkolleg

Im Rahmen des Graduiertenkollegs zum Thema „Religiöse Differenzen gestalten. Pluralismusbildung in Christentum und Islam“ sind an den Instituten für evangelische, islamische und katholische Theologie des Fachbereichs Erziehungs- und Kulturwissenschaften der Universität Osnabrück zum 01.10.2018

5 Promotionsstellen (E 13 TV-L, 65 v. H.) und 1 PostdoktorandInnenstelle (E 13 TV-L, 100 v. H.)

befristet für die Dauer von jeweils drei Jahren zu besetzen. More information: click here

Reading Paul Today: Grace and Gift for Protestant and Catholic Theology

A Research Symposium in Conversation with John M. G. Barclay’s Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans, 2015)
Friday 22 June 2018, 10am-6pm in the Senate Suite, Castle, Durham

In his book, Paul and the Gift, John Barclay presents a fresh reading of grace in Paul’s theology, studying it in view of ancient notions of “gift” and shining new light on Paul’s relationship to Second Temple Judaism. Paul and the Gift centres on divine gift-giving, which for Paul, Barclay says, is focused and fulfilled in the gift of Christ. Barclay offers a new appraisal of Paul’s theology of the Christ-event as gift as it comes to expression in Galatians and Romans, and he presents a nuanced and detailed discussion of the history of reception of Paul.

This symposium will be an opportunity for academics, postgraduate students, and other interested parties from New Testament, historical, and systematic theology from across the UK, Europe and further afield to gather in Durham for a day of intensive discussion of this book and its wider significance.

Speakers will include Lewis Ayres, John Barclay, Dorothea Bertschmann, Nathan Eubank, Karen Kilby, Jonathan Linebaugh, Grant Macaskill, Paul D. Murray, Francis Watson, and Simeon Zahl.

The cost of the symposium, to include refreshments, a buffet lunch and a closing reception is £40 (reduced fee of £30 for unwaged participants).
There is no charge for postgraduate students and staff in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University to attend, but online registration is essential. More information and registration can be found on the following website: Reading Paul Today.

Resilience in a troubled world

2018 International Theological Conference, University of Malta, Faculty of Theology, 7-9 November 2018 (CFP Deadline May 31, 2018)

Are ‘radiant tomorrows’ possible to imagine? Which future can one embrace in a divided world? Are faith and action enough to respond to the immediate challenges?
People come to realise that a troubled world is a common enemy that requires a collective response. Beyond personal beliefs, religions and ordinary values, humans need to pick up the pieces and go bravely together into the unimaginable.
Although predicting the future is a risky and a daunting task, in front of a troubled world, human arms must never grow slack. Resilience becomes a virtue that changes humans from ‘guilty bystanders’ to ‘catalysts for change’. Resilience equips humans with ordinary virtues to lead extraordinary lives, making them contemplatives in action.

The Department of Fundamental & Dogmatic Theology is organising an international conference that seeks to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of three great theologians and spiritual writers: Romano Guardini, Karl Barth and Thomas Merton.
The conference shall first explore the troubled context and times in which the mentioned thinkers lived and wrote. Guardini faced the transition of late modernity; Karl Barth resisted Nazism, while Merton reacted to the changing socio-political scenario of America in the sixties.
Secondly, the conference shall analyse the types of resilience shown in face of adversity and examine how this could enlighten us as to how to confront today’s situations. The different epochs characterised by the different authors (Guardini and Barth in between the two great wars and Merton in post-war years) are somehow echoed in today’s realities. There are things in common more than one could imagine.
Lastly, the conference shall explore how theology reaches out and seeks to dialogue with a troubled world. In this last part, a special emphasis shall be placed on theological anthropology, that is, realising that people across the globe need healing, grace and spirituality.
Resilience in a troubled world is, then, key to healing, believing, reconciliation, and solidarity on a personal and a communitarian dimension.


Those intending to present a paper should submit

  • a provisional title,
  • 5 to 8 keywords,
  • an outline of between 400-500 words making clear the relevance of the paper to the theme of the conference

You should also include: 
full name, academic position and e-mail addresses.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 June 2018
Submission of full papers: 1 October 2018
Submission of PowerPoint presentations: 31 October 2018

Quidam enim dicunt: Mendicant Theologies before Aquinas and Bonaventure


The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University, New York, July 15 – 17, 2019.

birth of Bonaventure succeeded in highlighting the depth and breadth of his theological project that developed in Paris by the mid-1200s. This conference intends to illuminate the innovative theological currents at work in Paris and elsewhere throughout Europe among the friars that often provided the fertile matrix for many of the later developments manifested in the two iconic pillars of 13th century theology, Thomas of Aquinas and Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

Established scholars, emerging scholars and graduate students are invited to save the date for this important scholarly conference and begin thinking of possible papers and presentations.

Further details to follow.

For further information, contact:
David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap., St. Bonaventure University
Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, Flagler College

Empowering Women in Conflict: Ecumenical Engagement for Peace and Justice

Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukrain, August 28th – 31st, 2018 – (CFP deadline March 20, 2018)

UNWLA’s Lectureship in Women’s Studies in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Ukrainian Catholic University invites you to join the 11th International Conference of ESWTR entitled “EMPOWERING WOMEN IN CONFLICT: ECUMENICAL ENGAGEMENT FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE” that will take place on August 28th – 31st, 2018 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Khutorivka St., 35-A, Lviv 79077, Ukraine).

In the last years (2014-2017) Ukraine has witnessed to a growth of civil society on various levels, including gender equality and participation. In fact, participation in the Maidan protests increased civic and political awareness and agency among women. Almost in equal numbers men and women participated in the Maidan movement. The roles of women were manifold: some of them were engaged in supportive tasks like kitchen work and cleaning; sorting donated clothes, food, and medication; coordinating logistics; and writing press reports. Significantly, women were also active in riskier situations such as on-site doctors and nurses, on-the-scene journalists and photographers, and lawyers for arrested protesters. When the protests turned more violent, women were excluded from the barricades. Nevertheless, some female protesters still joined the clashes and prepared Molotov cocktails and even threw them themselves. Furthermore, three Zhinocha Sotnias (Women’s Squads) were organized on Maidan. In April of 2014 when began a military Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the East of Ukraine this fact sharpened the controversial yet prominent role of women in military actions. Ukrainian Military Law limits women’s access to a variety of military specialties. However, this recent military violent conflict led to an inclusion of women in the military services, previously restricted for various reasons. More than a thousand women joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces as well as volunteer battalions as of October 2015. Hundreds of women have left their daily duties and began to volunteer as well as to serve as paramedics and doctors in the zone of armed conflict, risking their lives to ensure efficiency and combat readiness of military units. Importantly to note, in military conflicts civilians, especially women, have become targets of violence and ethnic cleansings. At the same time, women have become active negotiators of brining the conflict to an end, facilitators of overcoming societal prejudices and active players in establishing peace.

We invite women in theological and religious research to discuss the multiplicity of women’s experience in situations of war and violence and to learn from these experiences; to analyze why women become victims of violence; to look for insights from personal stories; to challenge the notion that war and peacemaking is men’s domain; to debate how to promote women’s role in peacebuilding processes and how to empower women to become equal partners in peace processes; to reframe our understanding of modern warfare and women’s roles in it.

Furthermore, we ask to what religious and spiritual resources do women refer regarding warfare and peacebuilding? Which hermeneutical questions in reading the Bible/Quran and/or Church tradition are being raised? How can a theology of peacebuilding draw constructively on women’s experiences? What are essential elements for a theology of peacebuilding? Which religious and spiritual practices (rituals, devotions, prayers, pilgrimages etc) have emerged or have been rediscovered and transformed as women’s responses to warfare and post conflict suffering? What facilitates and what hinders peacebuilding initiatives of women across confessional and religious borders? How do women’s (often more grassroots) initiatives of peacebuilding relate to institutional policies of Church and State?

More information can be found by clicking on the German or English Call for Papers. 

Recovering a Sense of Coherence: Salutogenesis and Meaningfulness

University College Cork, Ireland, November 2-3, 2018 (CFP deadline March 30, 2018)

Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization explores the nature of contemporary malaises, diseases, illnesses and syndromes in their relation to cultural pathologies of the social and bodies politic. Usually these conditions –depression, anxiety, suicide & self harm, disorders of consumption, stress related illness, to name just a few- are interpreted clinically in terms of individualized symptoms, framed epidemiologically. They are represented and responded to discretely, as though for the most part unrelated to each other; each having their own professional discourses of etiology, diagnostics, therapeutics, as well as their task forces developing public health strategies and interventions. However, these diseases also have a social and cultural profile, one that transcends the particularity of their symptomology and their discrete etiologies. These pathologies are diseases related to disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society.

The methods and mind-sets of Modernity are fully implicated in the malaises of our times, from existential threats of climate breakdown & species extinction to the insidious and pervasive dissolution of traditions, values, ideals, and holistic mythopoetic consciousness as sources of meaningfulness and models to emulate. The modern Faustian bargain comes at the price of disenchantment, fragmentation, a dearth of good models and loss of sense of coherence that are essential to health, well-being and human flourishing. In The Future Public Health (2011) Hanlon et al say that we are confronted with ‘a yawning gulf between the problems we face and our capacity to think up workable solutions’, a gulf that has recently been dubbed the ‘myth gap’.

Hölderlin’s famous line “where danger is, grows the saving power also” suggests that well-springs of recovery & salutogenesis may lie close to hand, nearby the sources of the pathogenic currents of contemporary civilization, in accordance with an ancient cosmology wherein the river of life and the river Styx, Anna Livia Plurabelle and Proteus, the old man of the sea, all flow into one another in a continuous cycle of eternal recurrence; and the spring of Lethe –forgetfulness, senility, and death is close beside the spring of Mnemosyne, source of the muses’ inspiration, creativity and regeneration.

In this context, we are looking for practices, methodologies & theories that could speak across levels ranging from the moral foundations of economy & society, to transcendent ideas of the good life, to our urgent practical needs for future public health:
• Pathogenesis, and salutogenesis;
• De-mentia, and presence-of-mind;
• Absurdity, and meaningfulness;
• Well-being and the Good Life;
• Work, precarity, and welfare;
• Anxiety, foreboding, and epiphany;
• Chaos, and mythopoiesis;
• Speech & Language, Art, Music, Occupational, and Logo-therapies
• Human flourishing, and fantasies of ‘transhumanism’;
• Pneumapathology, pleonexia, and diseases of the spirit;
• Schizmogenesis, and holism;
• De-symbolization and mutations of subjectivity;
• Chronopathologies of acceleration, desynchronization, dysrhythmia;
• The ‘myth gap’, and future public health education;
• Envy, imitation, and good models;
• Resilience and social suffering;
• Recovering resonance between grounds and limits;
• Social pathologies of the digital age: social media disorders; human implications of an economy & society increasingly steered by automated systems of A.I. algorithms; and the future of social cohesion in a post state-regulated techno-utopian economy;
• End-of-life, and the ends of Life;
• Beauty, joy, and hopefulness;
• Rites of passage towards recovery, and towards after-life;
• Care, ‘caras’ and ‘midwives of the soul’;
We invite contributions offering analyses, discussions and perspectives of the overall theme (and related themes) from faculty, students and researchers in public health, in social thought, art, and literature; in medicine and the caring professions, health sciences & therapeutic practices that explore, represent and seek to transcend these antinomies, for ‘to find a form that accommodates the mess – that is the task of Art [and Science] now’ (Samuel Beckett).

Abstracts, please, by March 30th 2018, to

 Zwischen Progression und Regression 
Die katholische Kirche in postfaktischen Zeiten

Freiburg i. Br. 13.-15. Dezember 2018 – (CFP deadline: 1 Juli 2018)

Eine merkwürdig gegenläufige Tendenz kennzeichnet die mentalen und realen Verhältnisse nicht nur der hochentwickelten Gesellschaften, sondern der globalisierten Welt überhaupt. Einerseits nimmt die Dynamik der beschleunigten Veränderung weiterhin rasant zu. Andererseits steigt das Bedürfnis nach zeitloser Identität und kontinuierlicher Tradition. Die Tagung nimmt vier verschiedene, aber miteinander verbundene Komplexe in den Blick.

1. „Post-Faktizität und Geltung“. Ist Wahrheit auffindbar, kommunikabel und praktikabel? Kann Wahrheit auch veränderlich sein?

2. „Frauen. Rollen. Ämter“. Muss die umfassende soziale Gleichberechtigung von Frauen auch ihr Pendant im kirchlichen Horizont finden? Wie verhält sich dazu der anhaltende und theologisch hochaufgeladene Ausschluss von Frauen von Weiheämtern?

3. „Sex. Macht. Geschichte“. Der Streit um das päpstliche Schreiben „Amoris laetitia“ hat eine breite Diskussion um Verständnis und Transformation moralischer Ansprüche ausgelöst. Kann, was gestern als wahr und verbindlich galt, heute seine Geltung verlieren?

4. „Synodalität. Partizipation. Responsivität“. Schließlich geht es um die Frage nach den Strukturen der Teilhabe. Darf die Kirche demokratischer werden? Braucht es neue synodale Strukturen?

Keynote speakers: Präsidentin der ET, Marie-Jo Thiel aus Strasbourg, Frankreich; Sr. Teresa Forcades i Vila, aus Barcelona, Katalonien; Fred Lawrence aus Boston, USA. 
Wir laden nun Theologinnen und Theologen aller Disziplinen dazu ein, Vorschläge und Thesen zu präsentieren, wie Theologie auf die skizzierten Herausforderungen antworten kann. Zugleich richtet sich dieser Call for papers ausdrücklich auch an den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs.

Weitere Information:
Wir bitten um die Einsendung der Abstracts bis zum 1. Juli 2018 an

Der Vorstand der deutschen Sektion der ET Katholische Akademie Freiburg
Karlheinz Ruhstorfer, Patrick Becker, Karsten Kreutzer, Martin Kirschner, Hilary Mooney