• 30 September 2023
  • Deadline extended: 30 September 2023
  • Call for Papers for a Social Ecological Transformation

  • Dialop, a transversal dialogue project between Socialists/Marxists and Christians, Sophia University Institute in Florence, Italy and transform! europe are seeking young researchers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, and theology.

    Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclicals we are undertaking now a broader tender with a call for papers for doctorate and post-doc academicians to write on issues of a social ecological transformation in the transversal ethical debate between Christians and Socialists/Marxists (see the call).

    The aim of this call for papers is 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?

    An international conference "For a social ecological transformation: Transversal dialogue starting from Laudato Si’" at the Sophia University Institute 11-13 January 2024 will present the best of the forwarded papers.

    Call for abstracts

    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 socialecological 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.

    Abstracts of proposals may include, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

    • The socio-economic roots of the ecological crisis: the relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet;
    • the critique of the technocratic paradigm and forms of power derived from technology;
    • techno-scientific development and social-ecological crisis;
    • integral ecology: environment, social relations, spiritual life;
    • new ways of understanding economics and alternatives to the progress paradigm;
    • the responsibility of national and international politics in the face of the global socio-ecological crisis;
    • waste culture, new alternative ways of life;
    • ecological conversion and community conversion: achieving shared solutions through the “differentiated consensus and qualified dissent” method (see here);
    • theology and philosophy at the service of a new ecological and social paradigm.

    The conference will be held with physical attendance. We accept individual paper proposals (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces) or panel proposals comprising three paper presentations on the same topic (max. 6000 characters incl. spaces). Proposals can be written in Italian or English.

    All proposals must be sent no later than 30 September 2023 using the following online google form.

    The response will be communicated by 16 October 2023 and the author will have 5 days to confirm his/her attendance at the conference.

    Detailed information on the Call for Abstracts (as well as pdf files in EN and IT) can be found here.

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