CALL FOR PAPERS
Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students’ Association (TGSA) Conference
Traversing Schemas of Normativity: Methodological Concerns in Theology
Friday, June 10th, 2022
Discussions on the effectiveness and potential limitations of critical theories in theological discourse have begun to receive an increasing amount of attention. These theories, which may seek to recontextualize, supplant, or dispel normative and archaic structures of thought, present new motivations, possibilities, and potential conclusions to the theological project. Normative claims can be defined as a specified judgment of value that acts as a controlling standard in a larger structure of thought typically enforced as a hegemonic ideal. “Traversing Schemas of Normativity: Methodological Concerns in Theology” seeks to be a forum where graduate researchers can present their work regarding the use and reception of normativizing and hegemonic claims regarding scripture, spirituality, and/or theological understanding. Presentations may demonstrate the pragmatic need for normative schemas or illustrate their cognitive and affective limitations. Normative schemas are laden in all forms of knowing; however, what we wish to ask is, how can recognition and critical engagement with normative structures/claims in the theological context inspire new methods for theological contemplation? The conference will also set out to examine how emerging critical perspectives (decolonial, feminist, contextualist, ecological, et al.) can engage with and recontextualize normative claims.