Call for Papers: „Borders and Boundaries“ – IARPT Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2023 · Katholische Akademie Berlin Borders and Boundaries

The Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought (IARPT) is pleased to announce its 2023 international meeting, which will be held at the Katholische Akademie in Berlin on June 12-15 2023. The theme of the meeting is borders and boundaries. Keynote and plenary speakers include Sigurd Bergmann, Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, Terrence Deacon, John Thatamanil, Robert Yelle, Marcia Pally, Matthew Bagger, and Randall Auxier.

As sites of power manifested, borders and boundaries characterize some of the prevailing
developments of our time, encompassing families separated, hope and hopelessness, and the limits of civil and political order. Christian Parenti has written that “the border becomes a text from which to read the future—or a version of it” (2011). This conference theme finds inspiration in Parenti’s metaphor, both by recognizing a radical openness to the present situation and insisting on the capacity of theology, philosophy, ethics, and other associated disciplines to rewrite better outcomes and mitigate those that are catastrophic.

For more information on the theme of the meeting and potential topics, please see the Call for Papers.

Proposals should contain a descriptive title and a brief (no more than 500 words) but informative and readable description of the paper to be presented. Proposals should also include a brief (150-word) biographical sketch of their authors. Proposals should envision paper readings of approximately twenty minutes followed by moderated questions from the audience. All proposals should be sent in Word/PDF format to the program chairs: Gary Slater ( and Lisa Landoe Hedrick ( The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2023. Potential funding for travel and lodging is available in the form of the W. Creighton Peden Scholarship; please visit for more information, and please indicate your interest in this option upon the submission of your proposal. Responses to paper proposals can be expected by March 15, 2023.