This information comes from the International Bonhoeffer Society website.
Call for Papers for the X.
International Bonhoeffer Congress in Prague,
July 22-27, 2008
The planning committee of the X. International Bonhoeffer Congress, to be held July 22-27, 2008, in Prague cordially invites you to propose papers.
The theme of the Congress will be:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology in Today’s World.
A Way between Fundamentalism and Secularism?
The Conference will especially concentrate on Bonhoeffer’s prison theology, even though it does not want to exclude his other writings. It wants to find answers to the question: How can Bonhoeffer’s prison theology be helpful in a world confronted by fundamentalism as well as by secularism. How does it prevent the church from being a fundamentalist one or from becoming totally secular?
The three working days will have main speakers in the morning and seminar sessions in the afternoon. The three working days of the conference will have the following topics:
Wednesday, July 23rd
Topic of the day: Fundamentalism and Secularism
In the morning we will have speakers who will analyse the current phenomena of religious fundamentalism and secularism (the latter especially in Eastern Europe). In the afternoon we will have seminar session for which we invite proposals (see below).
Friday, July 25th
Topic of the day: The church – “in the middle of the village” ? (30.4.1944)
- The shape of the church, the church’s liturgy and worship
- Education and teaching in today’s schools, churches, and universities
- Social justice
Saturday, July 26th
Topic of the day: The church – in “the open air of intellectual discussion” (3.8.1944)
- Political discussions
- Interreligious dialogue
- Peace Ethics
In regard to the first topic (Fundamentalism and Secularism), we ask for proposals dealing with the question: How could Bonhoeffer’s theology generally help to guide a path in the current situation of fundamentalism and secularism.
In regard to the second topic (The church – “in the middle of the village”?), we ask for papers that deal with the consequences of Bonhoeffer’s prison theology for the concrete life and work of the church in a society confronted both by fundamentalism and secularism (including the named subthemes: The shape of the church, the church’s liturgy and worship; Education and teaching in today’s schools, churches, and universities; Mission, Social Justice; Spirituality).
In regard to the third topic (The church – in “the open air of intellectual discussion”), we ask for papers that deal with the consequences of Bonhoeffer’s prison theology for how and with which contents the church should participate in the current discussions of our different societies which are confronted by fundamentalism and secularism (including the named subthemes: Political discussions, Intereligious dialogue, Bioethics, Ecoethics, Peace Ethics).
Proposals to topics not named above or related to other writings of Bonhoeffer are also welcome.
We especially invite younger scholars, e.g. PhD students, to propose papers. The proposals, which should explain topic, main arguments and conclusions of the paper, should have no more than 500 words. They can be written in German or English. The presentation at the conference can be held in Czech, English or German.
The proposals have to be submitted by June 30th, 2007, to firstname.lastname@example.org, whom you could also contact for further questions.
The decisions, taken by a small committee, as to which proposals are accepted will be communicated via Email by end of August 2007. The afternoon where the accepted papers will be placed is not necessarily connected to the topic of the day.
For the planning group:
PD Dr. Christiane Tietz,
Liebermeisterstr. 12, 72076
I have found out from my sources that the conference is being held at the Agricultural University in Sukhdol. It is being co-sponsored by the International Baptist Theological Seminary and the Hussite Faculty of Charles University