2015 Conference - Canberra, Australia

Explorations in Practical Theology:

Faith and the Political in a Post-Secular Age

University House, Australian National University, Canberra

26-29 November 2015

Call for Papers

Colleagues from theological universities and colleges, along with higher degree research students, are invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented as part of the 2015 Association of Practical Theology in Oceania Conference. Proposals are particularly welcome that directly address the conference theme from various disciplines and perspectives and that contribute to the broader work of practical theology. Papers of interest will draw upon theological and political issues within the context of Oceania, including questions relating to indigenous cultures and spirituality, the rise of radical atheism, juxtapositioned with religious fundamentalism and the increasing discourse on post-secularity. Relevant subjects also include issues relating to dialogue between ecclesiology and the social sciences, together with questions on environmental ethics, political theology, economics, and the theology of liberation.

Abstracts to be sent by email to secretary@apto.asn.au by COB Wednesday, 21 October 2015 (you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt email once your proposal has been successfully received). Abstracts will be considered by the programme committee during the week commencing Monday, 26 October 2015, and successful proposals will be notified by email during the week commencing Monday, 2 November 2015.

Successful presenters will be allocated a 45 minute slot in the symposium programme to present a paper (30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for questions). It is expected that presenters will attend the entire conference and registration and payment of fees is due by Friday, 13 November 2015, otherwise you will forfeit your place in the conference programme.

The following information must be included in your proposal (please only submit .doc, .docx or .pdf files).

  1. Proposer’s name, title and institutional affiliation.
  2. Mailing address, email address and phone number.
  3. Working title of paper.
  4. A brief abstract (maximum of 500 words).
  5. A brief biography (maximum 200 words).

Please direct any questions to Zachariah Duke, Secretary, Association of Practical Theology in Oceania, via email secretary@apto.asn.au.

Accommodation Options

University House, Australian National University

John XXIII College

Conference Sponors/Partners

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Australian Catholic University
The LMent
The Broken Bay Institute
Vaughan Publishing
ATF Press
Canberra Interfaith Forum Inc.
Charles Sturt University
Centre for Public and Contextual Theology
St Mark's National Theological Centre