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In: Philosophia Reformata
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  • 1 The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge, , United Kingdom
  • | 2 Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, , The Netherlands
  • | 3 Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida, , United States
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This call for papers is organized against the backdrop of tectonic shifts in worldwide Christianity. Churches and related institutions in the Global South are thriving and seeing unprecedented growth while in the Western world, numbers of active church members are in decline and Christian organizations are confronted with the eroding effects of secularization. These shifts have impacted Reformational philosophy (or philosophy in the Reformed tradition), a strand of Christian thought initiated by Herman Dooyeweerd and Dirk H. Th. Vollenhoven. Some of Reformational philosophy’s traditional strongholds have lost their position in academia. At the same time, new, sometimes private initiatives were

This call for papers is organized against the backdrop of tectonic shifts in worldwide Christianity. Churches and related institutions in the Global South are thriving and seeing unprecedented growth while in the Western world, numbers of active church members are in decline and Christian organizations are confronted with the eroding effects of secularization. These shifts have impacted Reformational philosophy (or philosophy in the Reformed tradition), a strand of Christian thought initiated by Herman Dooyeweerd and Dirk H. Th. Vollenhoven. Some of Reformational philosophy’s traditional strongholds have lost their position in academia. At the same time, new, sometimes private initiatives were taken in the past decades, offering platforms for discussion and opportunities for funding, training, and scholarship. Many of these initiatives were successful in terms of academic standing and public outreach. In the meantime, even more students and young scholars in the Global South are standing up and long for a fresh and deeper understanding of the Reformed tradition and its meaning for philosophy, theology, and other disciplines.

The Association for Reformational Philosophy, the All of Life Redeemed (AoLR) platform, and the Abraham Kuyper Center organize an international conference in order to make the rich resources of the Reformational movement more widely available, especially for the new audiences in the Global South. We also aim to create a context for dialogue between Reformational philosophers and representatives of other streams of thought within the broader Christian tradition. More specifically, we want

  1. to exhibit the results and achievements of a century of Reformational-philosophical thinking, especially with respect to the challenges of our age (e.g., sustainability, ethics of technology, food production and consumption, professionalism and vocation, international relations);
  2. to identify and explore new ways to address the unresolved issues;
  3. to encourage students, young scholars, and professionals to engage with philosophical thinking in the Reformed tradition; and
  4. to offer students, young scholars, and professionals (especially in the South) a platform where they can present their initial steps in the field.

Junior and senior scholars are invited to submit papers on all topics and fields currently pursued within or in relation to Reformational philosophy, including—but not limited to—the (philosophy of the) physical and social sciences, the applied sciences (engineering, medicine, technology), the humanities, ethics, law, and theology.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2021.

Submissions should include an abstract (max 500 words), a brief bio (max 200 words), and a picture of yourself. Please submit this via email at rpc2021@reformationalphilosophy.org. Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent within two weeks after submission (on 14 November 2021 at the latest).

The All of Life Redeemed (AoLR) Junior Scholars Workshop

This conference also offers a venue for junior scholars to sharpen academic skills through a workshop in which senior scholars will dedicate time to the former’s draft papers or works in progress to bring their academic work to a better (or publishable) shape. Junior scholars are postgraduate students, PhD students, holders of a doctoral degree until five years after graduation, early career researchers or independents scholars, nontenured academics, and young professionals. Junior scholars who wish to be considered for the AoLR junior scholars workshop should clearly indicate this in the email’s subject when submitting the abstract, as follows: “Abstract submission for the AoLR Junior Scholars Workshop.”

The workshop celebrates the All of Life Redeemed website established by Steve Bishop (United Kingdom), which now marks its 16th year. The website has come to serve as the most comprehensive online and open-source repository of the works of scholars, thinkers, and practitioners of Reformational philosophy from various parts of the world.

Only for junior scholars: you are asked to submit a full paper (max 3,000 words) before 24 November 2021. These papers will be reviewed and commented upon by senior scholars in the AoLR junior scholars workshop, after your brief presentation. The Academic Committee of the Conference reserves the right to assign submissions for this junior scholars workshop to the parallel panels for senior or established scholars, where appropriate.

Registration deadline: 1 December 2021 (please note that the earlier you register, the greater your chances of having the session scheduled in a time zone that suits you). Junior and senior scholars whose proposed abstracts or papers were not accepted for presentation in the workshop or parallel panels will nevertheless be automatically registered for the conference.

Fee: there is no registration fee.

Proceedings: there will be no proceedings, but promising papers will be invited for publication in Philosophia Reformata or Findings, the new online journal established by the AoLR International Seminars Series. Abstracts will be made available. All full papers presented during the conference will be made available for registered participants (with permission of the authors).

Contact: rpc2021@reformationalphilosophy.org.

Website: www.reformationalphilosophy.org/rpc2021.

Organizing committee: Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken, chair (Australia), Romel Bagares (Philippines), Lay Hendra Wijaya (Indonesia), Gerrit Glas (The Netherlands).

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