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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Educating for Modern Democracy

an exploration of philosophical and religious resources

November 7–10, 2017
Boston College

A Conference sponsored by
Boston College and the Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie


Call for Papers:

The nature and process of the democratic form of government has come under increased pressure in recent times.  The many causes include features or implications of pluralism, secularism, competing claims among religions, economic inequality, racial and gender disparities, and partisanship.  Solutions are elusive, and the possible bases for them unclear. We invite papers on any topic broadly connected to the current crises facing democracy, with particular interest in work that explicitly brings the questions of religion, race and / or gender into contact with the intellectual resources in the philosophical and Catholic traditions both to understand the contemporary situation and to educate students and the public at large in ways that strengthen reflective civic engagement and democratic institutions.

The program will include multiple sessions comprised of shorter papers. We invite papers of 20-25 minutes in length. For more information, check our brief list of sample topics. Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to by September 15, 2017.



Plenary lectures by:

  • David Campbell (University of Notre Dame)
  • Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)
  • Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia)
  • Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Charles Taylor (em. McGill University)
  • Candace Vogler (University of Chicago)
  • George Yancy (Emory University)