This conference is inviting contributions from all disciplinary fields exploring the possibilities of a transversal social ethics in the sense of Laudato si’ and social ecological transformation, and aiming at investigating the relevance of this text for thinking about alternatives to the current anthropological and socio-ecological crisis.
The conference will take place at the Sophia University Institute - Incisa Valdarno (Florence, Italy) on 11-13 January 2024.
Please find below a presentation of the conference and its topics as well as how to submit your proposal.
Integral call for submissions on the left / below (smartphones) in "Documents" (PDF).
Christianity and socialism have historically been at odds with each other, yet both have played a significant role in shaping the world we live in today. However, something has changed since the days of intransigent atheism and militant anticlericalism on the one hand and excommunication under the banner of irreconcilable anti-Marxism on the other.
The project of a transversal social ethic (promoted by the Sophia University Institute and DIALOP) aims to bring these two communities together constructively and positively, despite the sufferings and challenges of yesterday and today.
The importance of dialogue cannot be underestimated, especially in the face of global threats such as nuclear confrontation, the devastating impact of globalisation, wars, exploitation of resources, climate emergency and environmental degradation, policies to close doors to refugee and migrant flows, and much more.
Despite these challenges, humanity has always produced and can still produce credible proposals to address the fundamental problems that our changing world is facing.
In this context, Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si' has become one of the fundamental texts for understanding and navigating the current anthropological and ecological-social crisis. Rather than simply denying it, treating it with indifference or comfortable resignation, or thinking it can be solved by blind faith in technical solutions, it needs to be faced starting from a "new universal solidarity" (LS §14) founded - as we propose - in a transversal social ethic that requires the participation and involvement of each and everyone: individuals and institutions and governments, at the local and international levels.
This call for papers aims to explore what can be recognised as shared principles for a common social ethics of socialist-inspired social critique and Christian social ethics, with the aim of generating proposals for change and transformation in a wide range of fields, starting from the proposal outlined in Laudato si' and left-wing alternatives. How can we realise an economy of life, a community of care, a politics of transformation in solidarity, a future of ecological peace?
Some lines, fields, and objectives of a transversal social ethics have already been outlined in a Position Paper on perspectives common to socialists/Marxists and Christian scholars which can be consulted here: dialop.eu/press/press-material/position-paper .
This conference is inviting contributions that explore these possibilities of a transversal social ethics between different starting points in the sense of Laudato si’ and social ecological transformation, welcoming proposals from all disciplinary fields, aimed at exploring the relevance of this text for thinking about alternatives to the current anthropological and socio-ecological crisis.
For more detailed information, please read the complete call for proposals in PDF format on the left / below (smartphones) in the "Documents" section on this web page.