Anthropology, Psychology and Religion

Jessica Coblentz, Boston College (Massachusetts),
Matthew Sherman, Marian University (Indiana),

For this year’s Anthropology, Psychology, and Religion section, we are especially interested in papers which grapple with the conference theme of “American Catholicism in the 21st Century: Crossroads, Crisis, or Renewal?”  Suggested areas of inquiry include

  • freedom as a significant theme in American identity, human psychology, and theological anthropology: are there generative similarities and differences across these discourses?;
  • the relationship between religious liberty and human psychology;
  • the status of the American sex abuse crisis: ecclesial, legal, or theological perspectives;
  • social trauma in U.S. society, past and present, and models of (in)adequate response.

Presentations are by no means bound by these topics, and we welcome papers on a wide array of issues related to mind, body, American society, and the American Church.  Proposals submitted to this section may also be considered for presentation in a joint three-section panel on “Theology and the American Dream” arranged among the following sections: 1. Sexuality, Relationships, Marriage and Family; 2. Anthropology, Psychology, and Religion; and 3. Feminisms, Gender, and Theology.

Please submit proposals to both conveners using the email addresses above. 


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