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13 June 2022 - 13 June 2022

9:30AM - 6:30PM

St Chad’s College, Durham

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The 2022 Early Career Conference is a chance for postgraduate students and other early career researchers to meet in person and to present their research in a collegial environment.

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Call for Papers

Postgraduate students and other early career researchers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers on any area relevant to Catholic theology/Catholic studies, including:

  • Constructive, historical, practical, pastoral, or political theology
  • Catholic Social Thought and Practice
  • The history of Catholicism
  • Lived Catholicism
  • Catholicism, literature, and the arts.

Please submit 80- to 150-word paper proposals using our online submission form by Wednesday 27 April.


9.30am Registration and refreshments
10.10am Welcome and orientation
10.30am Parallel papers
12.10pm Lunch
1.15pm Parallel papers
2.20pm Break with refreshments
2.50pm Parallel papers
4pm Plenary and drinks reception
5pm Keynote lecture and discussion
6.45pm Optional dinner at a local restaurant

Parallel paper sessions will be chaired by Chris Insole, Gerard Loughlin, Paul D. Murray, Marcus Pound, Anna Rowlands, and Rik Van Nieuwenhove, among others.

The keynote lecture is entitled Rewilding the Church: Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Disruptive Synodality - by Dr Gregory Ryan (Durham University).


Durham University students and staff: free of charge.

Others: £15 (subsidised, includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and the 4pm drinks reception)

Please register at Eventbrite. Registration deadline: 8 May.

Thanks to the generous support of the Congregation of Jesus, a limited number of hardship travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students and unwaged early career scholars presenting papers who have already sought assistance from their home institution and all other relevant sources open to them. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the Early Career Conference Travel Bursary Application Form 2022 and email it to by Wednesday 27 April. 

While registering you will be asked if you would like to join the optional dinner at a local restaurant (subsidised, £16 payable on the day).

About Us

This conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, with generous support by the Congregation of Jesus and the Catholic Record Society.



Durham University students and staff: free of charge. Others: £15 (subsidised).

The registration fee of £15 paid through Eventbrite includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and the 4pm drinks reception (subsidised). The optional dinner is an extra £16 (subsidised), to be paid in cash on the day. 

Where and when

18 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RH, UK.

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