May 07, 8:00 AM EDT
Toronto School of Theology

Call for Papers

What is value? How do we come to value what we value? At multiple moments in any given day, individual and collective action are influenced by the mechanisms of valuing, even when – or perhaps especially when – those mechanisms are invisible to us.

For this conference we invite papers and panel proposals that move beyond simple descriptions of values and instead address: (1) how value is made and maintained in both contemporary and in other historical moments or (2) the effects and implications of these value systems upon society, culture, philosophy, and/or theology.

We especially invite attention to the means of valuation in the following spheres: The environment, human beings, economic structures and consumption, Moral Foundations Theory, and the social and political mechanisms that impinge on value. Paper and/or panel proposals may highlight a neglected mechanism of valuing, offer original critiques of those that are accepted, or explore means of generating value in new ways.

We invite proposals for both individual papers and full panel presentations. Papers will be allotted 30 minutes (of which 5-10 should be reserved for questions). Panels will be allotted 2 hours and may take a variety of formats.

All paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract with your name, institution, and contact information. Panel Proposals should provide the names of all participants and a 300-word description of the panel’s overall theme and format.

The deadline for proposals is February 21 2020. Proposals should be submitted to

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Patrick Nolin, Conference Coordinator



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Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity

@ Yale University

Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined how the the history of religion is constituted by the history of popular culture and the emergence of corporations. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) uses the example of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia productions to evaluate the material strategies of contemporary spirituality. Her second book, Consuming Religion (2017) offers a profile of religion and its relationship to consumption through a series of case studies including the family Kardashian and the Goldman Sachs Group. Recent essays have described the problem of religion in America history, the role of religion in documentary film, and the gospel minstrelsy of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

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Professor of Theology

@ Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary

Daniel K. Finn is Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics. He led a successful affordable housing campaign among five cities in central Minnesota and has lectured widely in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.



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