Call for Papers

Dialogue: New Horizons for Embracing Difference

Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College

February 7, 2014

In today’s increasingly open and accessible world, it is imperative that individuals recognize and negotiate the multi-dimensional reality of ‘difference.’ In response to this contemporary demand, the Dominican Institute of Toronto and the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College are co-sponsoring a one-day symposium entitled ‘Dialogue: New Horizons for Embracing Difference.’ We invite both students and established scholars to submit proposals that explore the challenges and promises of ‘dialogue’ and the broader recognition of difference from a variety of theological perspectives. The symposium will culminate in a keynote address by Claudio Monge, OP, this year’s Aquinas Visiting-Scholar at the University of St. Michael’s College and a specialist in theologies of dialogue, hospitality and interreligious practice.


Theologically-informed proposals that grapple with the reality of difference and dialogue from a variety of philosophical, historical, and/or contextual perspectives are welcome (e.g., papers may explore the philosophical/theological foundations of dialogue; historical instances of encounter and dialogue; and/or contextual issues relating to the  negotiation of difference in the contemporary world).

Presenters will have twenty minutes to offer their research with a question and answer period to follow.

Those interested should submit a proposal that includes:

  • Title of presentation
  • A paper abstract approximately 250-300 words in length, which includes the problem your scholarship engages, and the contribution you plan to make.
  • Requests for audio-visual equipment (A/V equipment will be available only if it is requested in the proposal)
  • On a separate page, please include:
  • Presenter’s name, institution or professional affiliation, and contact information

Selection Criteria

In selecting proposals for presentations, the committee will consider:

  • The clarity and significance of the proposal
  • The quality of the contribution to scholarship
  • The relationship of the presentation to the thematic focus of the symposium
  • The contribution of the presentation to a diversity of perspectives and approaches
  • The potential for inspiring discussion among its communities of concern

All proposals should be submitted in a Word, .rtf, or .pdf file by email attachment by November 15, 2013 to We will confirm receipt of all proposals submitted by email and alert potential participants of the committee’s decision by December 1st, 2013.

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