Merton Symposium : Call for papers

Merton Symposium : Call for papers 2017-12-05T11:14:29+00:00
Call for papers
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Rmus Gregory J. Polan OSB
Abbot Primate
Benedictine Confederation

Rmus Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori
Abbot General
Cistercian Order

Associazione Thomas Merton Italia
Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University
Pontificia Accademia per la Vita
Studia Monastica de l'Abadia de Montserrat

Call for papers

Proposals   :   250 words with a biography of 1-2 sentences
Submitted to   :
By deadline date   :   30 November 2017   EXTENDED TO : 20 December 2017

The international symposium “Thomas Merton: Prophecy and Renewal” will focus particularly on the way in which Merton engaged the prophetic elements of monasticism. He believed that this witness could make a major contribution to a renewal of human and Christian life. In this spirit, this inaugural symposium is an invitation to participate in wide-open and interdisciplinary dialogues on Merton and his ideas.

Papers should relate to the conference theme under the headings of “prophecy” and “renewal” as follows below.


  • Tradition : the Desert Fathers, the Fathers of the Church, authority
  • Vision : Christianity, monasticism, interreligious and intermonastic dialogue
  • Performance : art, biography, letters, dialogue with Jean Leclercq


  • Monasticism : prayer, life, community
  • Church : theology, spirituality, liturgy
  • Society : culture, politics, nonviolence

Session formats may include

  • Scholarly papers designed for presentation in 20 minutes, i.e., 8-10 double-spaced pages, maximum
  • Workshops designed to involve interactive participation, incorporating adult learning strategies and/or small group discussion
  • Creative / Dramatic presentations using music, poetry, dance or other media to provide insight into aspects of Merton’s life or work
  • Guided meditation / Prayer sessions, particularly those using Merton’s own writings as a framework for prayer and meditative reflection

Proposals of no more than 250 words, and a short biographical statement of 1-2 sentences should be submitted by 30 November 2017, by e-mail to:
Responses to submitted proposals will be sent by 15 January 2018.