Call for papers: Progressive Catholicism in Latin America and Europe (1950s–1980s)

KADOC-KU Leuven, Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society

Centre for Liberation Theologies, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven

Department of History at Sciences Po (Paris)

Power in History, Antwerp University

Call for papers

This conference on progressive Catholicism in Latin America and Europe, organized on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, intends to investigate and cast new light on the transnational transfer of ideas and encounters between religious and secular progressive movements on both sides of the Atlantic during the period ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s. Critically, it wants to assess the role of progressive Catholicism in the broader context of expanding social and cultural relations between Latin America and Europe, and to stress its relevance to other burgeoning research fields, such as the history of “1968”, human rights, transnational activism, and the Cold War.

The question of transcontinental interaction and crossover is the main focus of this conference.


Please send your paper proposal to before 1 June 2017.

It should be submitted as a PDF document and contain:

– a clear title of the envisaged paper

– a summary (max. 500 words), outlining the paper’s goals, methodology and sources

– CV of author(s), with contact information, position and institutional affiliation

You should receive confirmation of receipt of your proposal within 48 hours.

The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Scientific Committee based on topic relevance, innovativeness and the degree to which the proposal answers the call.

The organizers will also strive towards a good geographical balance.

Notification of acceptance will occur no later than 15 September 2017.


Call for Papers: February 2017

Deadline for proposal submission: 1 June 2017

Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2017

Deadline for Papers: 15 April 2018

Workshop: 27-29 May 2018

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