CFP: The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: The Debate about the Non-Comparable

Submission deadline: August 31, 2017

Conference date(s):
February 22, 2018 - February 24, 2018

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Conference Venue:

School of Arts and Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, United States

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Each year the Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference brings together thinkers from different religions, traditions, and academic disciplines to discuss one particular theme in the fields of Religion, Theology and Philosophy of Religion. The theme of the 39th conference will be The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: The Debate about the Non-Comparable. The conference will be held at Clare­mont Graduate University, Claremont, California, on February 23-24, 2018. Speakers will include: Ahmed Alwishah (Claremont), Richard Cross (Notre Dame); Vincent Delecroix (Paris); Miguel Garcia-Lopez (Madrid); Elisabeth Gräb-Schmidt (Tübingen), Hans-Peter Grosshans (Münster); Thomas Lewis (Brown); Jacqueline Mariña (Purdue); Peter Ochs (Virginia); Hartmut von Sass (Zürich).

The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided 10 conference grants ($2,200 each) to enable doctoral students and new PhDs (not earlier than 2013) to participate in the conference. The grant is meant to cover all expenses. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend the conference on Friday and Saturday and to present a paper (15 double-spaced pages) on the topic of the conference. To create space for the discussion of their contributions, a Forum Humanum seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, on the same topic as the main conference. All grant recipients will be expected to participate in this seminar and introduce not their own but one of the other papers for discussion. Five papers will be chosen for publication along with the conference contributions in the Claremont Studies of Philosophy of Religion (Mohr Siebeck Tübingen).

We invite doctoral students and recent PhDs to submit a one-page CV and a five-page abstract of their proposed paper on the topic of “The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: The Debate about the Non-Comparable” (Microsoft Word, double-spaced, anonymous for blind review). For a more detailed description of the conference topic, see Applications should be sent by email to

Ingolf U. Dalferth
Department of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

by August 31, 2017 (midnight Pacific time). Please also cc your application to Applications will be blind reviewed by an international committee of scholars. Recipients will be notified in October. Drafts of the papers are due by January 15, 2018.

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