Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
St. Thomas More College
contact email: 

 

St. Thomas More College

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Treaty Six Territory and Homeland of the Métis

Public Keynote Featuring Ilia Delio, OSF, March 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

Main Conference and Closing Banquet (for Registered Attendees) March 23, 2018

 

St. Thomas More College welcomes abstract submissions for our upcoming conference examining issues at the intersections of Catholic traditions, science, sustainability, and social justice. This conference will draw an interdisciplinary group of scholars. We are interested in research focused on documenting and comprehending integral ecology according to a broad understanding of the term, seeking to understand how "everything is interconnected" (Laudato Si’, #138). We welcome contributions from scholars working in areas such as physics, sociology, chemistry, history, soil science, philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, health sciences, economics, biology, theology, English, environmental science, and political studies.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ treatment of integral ecology in Laudato Si’, we are seeking papers that advance thinking in the following areas, particularly as they relate to the natural, empirical, theoretical, and health sciences:

 

Environmental, Economic and Social Ecology

Cultural Ecology

Ecology of Daily Life

 The Principle of the Common Good

 Justice between the Generations

 Other Innovative Topics at Intersections among Catholic Traditions, Science, Sustainability, and Social Justice

 

 

Examples for the six areas include (but are not limited to): science fiction, sustainability, and justice; climate justice and scientific models; the role of science in interfaith collaboration in response to ecological derogation; integral ecology, Indigenous ways of knowing, and science; reception of Pope Francis’ teachings on integral ecology in a particular scientific community; Catholic liberationist or ecofeminist perspectives on issues at the junction of sustainability, justice, and science.

 

 

Sessions

 

Depending on the quality of submissions there will be 4-8 concurrent sessions devoted to the above thematic areas. All presenters will be limited to twenty (20) minutes to present the highlights of their paper.

 

Submission Requests

 

Please send us a 250-300 word abstract that clearly outlines your proposed topic and demonstrates its relationship to the conference theme. Include a one-paragraph biography and also append a current CV to your e-mail.

 

Please send your abstract and CV to: mmuller@stmcollege.ca by September 15, 2017.

 

Those selected to attend the conference will be notified in advance of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2017.

 

Plans for Papers

 

We ask that full papers (6,000 - 8,000 words) be submitted by January 7, 2018. They will be peer-reviewed, and the reviews will be sent back to the authors by early March to allow authors to integrate reviewer comments in their conference presentations. The final versions of the papers will be due by April 15, 2018. They will then be peer reviewed through an external press.

 

Inquiries about the conference should be addressed to chrynkow@stmcollege.ca.