The brilliant Interface Conference for young theologians held at Maynooth College is being held again in the spring of 2011. You can find the call for papers here.

Interface Call For Papers

My home college, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, is hosting this second international conference entitled Interface: Being a Young Theologian in the World. It happens next March, 4th-5th. The conference is aimed at young theologians (young in terms of experience rather than age-we have no minimum or maximum age requirement!) and has two objectives – to explore the role of the young theologian and to explore the role of theology in contemporary society. I expect you all to submit papers. Actually, no wait! I want my paper to be accepted so submit after I get in, right? Deadly.

The good folk who are organising it, including the magnificent Máire Byrne, are calling for papers in English of 20 minutes in length, which address the themes of the conference (exploring the role of the young theologian and the role of theology in contemporary society). Since the papers are intended to foster discussion and help students in their current research, papers which are ‘works in progress’ are welcomed. Submissions will be evaluated and if selected will be grouped with papers on similar topics from similar disciplines where appropriate. Papers will be strictly capped at 20 minutes to facilitate discussion. Electronic and AV facilities will be available. Participants should clearly state what equipment they require in their submission. If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by no later than 31st January 2011 to along with the applicant’s educational standing (Institution, course, year). They let me in last time around, so their historic standards are low. But the quality of the conference was somehow super-high, with brilliant contributions from Oliver Crisp, Michael Paul Gallagher and Katharine Moody (although I am not smart enough to fully follow Katharine), amongst many others.

So, get writing.

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