Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology conference: The Letter and the Spirit: On the Forgotten Documents of Vatican II

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From October 26 – 29, 2015, The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven will convene the 10th biennial meeting of the Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology (LEST X) conference, titled:

The Letter and the Spirit: On the Forgotten Documents of Vatican II

The conference will explore the reception of the Second Vatican Council in our time and the history of its effects. Specialists from the domains of fundamental and systematic theology, mission and religion, journalism and education, including Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (Archbishop of Manila), will discuss the programme of the Council and the degree to which it has been realized. The conference will also feature a special discussion panel comprised of media experts and reporters.

A Call For Papers has been announced for those who wish to submit presentation proposals related to the conference subject. Scholars are welcome to deliver papers of 20 minutes on all topics related to the theme of the conference. All contributors are invited to make a special effort to relate their insights to the way in which the Second Vatican Council, especially by its less prominent documents, has had and is still having an impact on the life of the Church from a theological viewpoint. A whole day will be reserved for doctorandi and recent PhDs on Monday, October 26, 2015. In addition, doctoral students and recent PhDs whose topics are directly related to the conference theme will be given the chance to speak in a special parallel paper session reserved for junior scholars during the senior scholars’ papers sessions. The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2015.

The working language of the conference is English but papers can be presented in French and German as well. Scholars who are planning to present in French or German should also send an abstract in English.

The full Conference Statement and Call For Papers form can be found at To request further information, contact



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