Call for Papers: Canadian Theological Society 2012 Annual Meeting

May 28-30, 2012

Waterloo, Ontario

The theme of this Congress—Crossroads:  Scholarship for an Uncertain World—invites us to reflect on uncertain changes in the disciplines in humanities and social sciences, as well as the need to generate scholarship that addresses challenges facing our uncertain world.  Theologians are often practiced in engaging the uncertainties that surround our religious communities, our vocation, as well as the chronic uncertainties that well up in human life.  Therefore, the theme seems one to which our members may be responsive in diverse ways.

In order to offer a cohesive program, we invite proposals on the theme of Theological Responses to an Uncertain World.  We will also consider proposals on any topic in theology.  We invite submissions in two formats:

1. 20/20 Presentations

We will again follow the 20/20 format that we used for the 2011 Congress, inviting presentations of 20 minutes with 20 minutes discussion to follow.  Typically the presentation will be an account of a larger research project.  Since members work in a variety of fields and specializations, attention should be given to presenting advanced work in an accessible way.


Submit a proposal that includes:

  • Presenter’s name, institution, and contact information
  • Title of presentation
  • Proposal of 250-300 words which includes an abstract, 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)

2. Panels

We invite panels on issues that are relevant to members, especially as related to the theme of the annual meeting.  Panel proposals should be developed to foster dialogue among the panelists and with those attending in the audience.  Thus, we discourage panels which consist of the reading of several papers.


Submit a proposal that includes:

  • Convener’s name, institution, and contact information.  The convener will be the link between the panel and the CTS.
  • Names, institutions and contact information of all members of the panel
  • Either the name and contact information of the moderator, or a request that CTS provide a moderator
  • Title of panel
  • Length of panel (40 or 80 minutes)
  • Proposal of 300-400 words which includes an abstract, the problem your scholarship engages, the contribution you plan to make, and how you plan to foster dialogue among panelists and audience (e.g., use and allotment of time)
  • Requests for audio-visual equipment (A/V equipment will be available only if it is requested in the proposal)


All proposals should be submitted in a Word or .rtf file by email attachment by January 15, 2012 to:

Jeremy Bergen, CTS Program Chair

We will confirm receipt of all proposals submitted by email.  If you do not receive such an email confirmation within 3 days of submitting your proposal, call Jeremy Bergen at 519-885-0220 ext 24234.

Selection Criteria

In selecting proposals for 20/20 presentations or for panels, 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 annual meeting
  • The contribution of the presentation to a diversity of perspectives and approaches
  • The potential for inspiring discussion and engagement among the members

Our goal as a Society is to foster collegial discussion of members’ work and of the work of other Canadian theologians.  All presenters and attendees are encouraged to participate in as much of the program as possible.  We welcome all members, students, and other interested persons to join us this year at the annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario.