Call for Papers: Art and Faith

T H E  A M E R I C A N   M A R I T A I N   A S S O C I A T I O N

Announces Its

36th Annual International Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, October 11-13, 2012 – PHILADELPHIA, PA.



AMA president: John G. Trapani, Jr.

Program Committee: Cornelia Tsakiridou (Local Chair), Gavin Colvert (Program Chair), Bill Haggerty, John Hittinger, and John G. Trapani, Jr.

The American Maritain Association issues a “Call for Papers” for its 36th annual international conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA.  Thursday, October 11 – Saturday, October 13, 2012.

This year’s conference theme is “Art and Faith,” a reference to Jacques Maritain’s book of the same name (English translation edition, 1948; originally published in 1926).  This little book is a treasury of insights on the broad and interrelated topics of art and faith revealed in the correspondence of letters between Jacques Maritain and Jean Cocteau.  About these two topics Maritain writes, “We merely claim that these two can love each other and remain free.”  Well, be free then … and check out this rich little volume – the letters are stimulating, and they suggest a variety of topics and themes for very provocative papers and discussions.  Submitted abstracts/papers on any topic of philosophical merit are most welcome.

Paper presentations at the conference should be limited to 25 minutes reading time, with 15 minutes for discussion.  To submit an electronic proposal abstract of approximately 500 words, please visit:  In order to receive full consideration, proposals should be completed online by no later than Friday, July 6th 2012. Questions regarding the submission of proposals should be directed to the Program Chair: Dr. Gavin Colvert, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.  His email address is:  In addition, the AMA extends an invitation to societies or individuals interested in organizing a satellite session for the 2012 conference.  Complete details regarding the submission of satellite session proposals are available at the web address indicated above.

A special invitation is extended to graduate students.  A stipend of $250.00 will be awarded to the outstanding graduate student paper selected by the Program Committee.  In order to be considered for this award, please indicate your interest when you submit your completed paper.  The award recipient must be present at the conference; the stipend will be awarded at the AMA Awards Banquet.

The conference location is in Philadelphia, PA., and at LaSalle University.  We have very comfortable and convenient accommodations at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel.  Philadelphia, PA is accessible from numerous highways and at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  Full conference details, including our special conference registration price, hotel information, and details of our exciting line-up of Plenary Speakers, will be announced in the summer.  In the meantime, mark your calendar now!