Society of Christian Ethics 2022 Annual Meeting

Future Scholars Interest Group

Call for Proposals: Places of Learning: Pedagogy and Ethics
Session: Saturday, January 8, 2022 - 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Proposal Submission Deadline: Paper proposals must be received by 11:59 pm EST on July 16, 2021

The theme of the 2022 Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting is a timely one: examining the ethics of our institutions. Recent scandals both in our academic institutions and churches have shown that these scandals are not always outlier instances, but often are revelatory of deeply concerning systemic issues. In his statement regarding this year’s conference theme, President James Keenan S.J. encourages “wrestling” with these scandals through critical, extended engagement of the ethics of these institutions. While our interest group is composed of student members from many different institutions with many different interests, we hope to gather together as both future scholars and current students to collectively wrestle with the ethics of the institutions we are all currently dedicated to as learners.

The academy is a place for learning. Contemporary critical pedagogical work has shown how  important it is to reflect on ethical principles and practices in teaching and learning. For example, the work presented in the series “Theological Education Between the Times” recently published by Eerdmans shows how necessary it is to reflect on pedagogy and ethics from the perspectives of many different contexts and commitments. Failing to do so has resulted in unethical practices within our universities that undermine both learners and learning. The conversation about ethics and pedagogy well predates the contemporary period. Nearly every time period has considered this question: Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant, John Henry Newman and Soren Kierkegaard, Michael Oakeshott and Luigi Guissani, Ivan Illich and Jacques Maritain, Paulo Freire and Katie Cannon, Diane Ravitch and Gary Becker have all wrestled with this question. 

We invite paper submissions that are also willing to wrestle with the ethics needed for the academy to be a setting in which learners are valued and led to effective learning. Paper submissions ought to reflect on the ethics of pedagogy in ways that are relevant for the ethical renewal of the academy as a place of learning. There are many different components of the ethics of the university and its systems regarding learning that could be examined: pedagogical practices, learning philosophies, emancipatory and decolonial efforts, racial equity, etc. Submissions that consider a variety of thinkers and ideas are encouraged, but must engage with our contemporary setting of learning. This call for papers opens wide its invitation to future scholars with their many different perspectives, experiences, contexts, and commitments to offer their own ideas for ethical renewal of our places of learning. 

Three 20 minute papers will be accepted from student members. Presentation of the papers will be followed by a response from Jennifer Herdt, followed by larger conversation among the interest group.

Submission Guidelines:

By the time of the conference, eligible students will be enrolled in a doctoral program of study, will have applied for/renewed student membership with the Society of Christian Ethics for 2022, and will have paid the registration fees for the 2022 Annual Meeting in Costa Mesa, CA. (Please note that those who do not attain/renew membership and register on time will forfeit their spot on the panel.) Preference will be given to those who have not completed their comprehensive exams (i.e., those who are not qualified to submit papers to the regular sessions at the SCE conference) and those who did not present papers at last year’s Future Scholars session.

Please send your name, school, progress in your program of study, title of your paper, and a 250-word abstract via email to the conveners of the student caucus. Please put the words “Future Scholars Request for Proposals” in the subject line of your email.

Email your proposal to both of your student caucus representatives:

Mary Nickel: [email protected]
Catherine Yanko: [email protected]

Due Date: Paper proposals must be received by 11:59 pm EST on July 16, 2021

Note: Final papers must be submitted by December 6, 2021 in order to allow time for the moderator to prepare a response. Late papers may be withdrawn from the panel.