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Schreiter Institute Symposium on Trauma, Culture, and Spirituality

May 12, 2023 @ 9:00 AM CT - May 13, 2023 @ 2:30 PM CT

Presented by the Schreiter Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality

Schreiter Institute Symposium on Trauma, Culture, and Spirituality

The Robert J Schreiter, CPPS, Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union invites contributions to a symposium focused on a praxis of reconciliation, rooted in Schreiter’s groundbreaking work, that examines reconciliation through the lenses of trauma, culture, and spirituality.


Our symposium, A Praxis of Reconciliation: Trauma, Culture, & Spirituality, will explore opportunities and challenges for interculturally recognizing, narrating, and healing various manifestations of trauma in praxes of reconciliation and restorative justice.  Schreiter’s work balanced scholarly rigor with practical effectiveness and spiritual guidance and this symposium will continue in that pathway.  Each panel will be composed of one established scholar, one artist or practitioner, and one graduate student or young scholar, each of whom will do a presentation on their understanding of their session’s topic through their own work and then a facilitator will bring everyone into mutually constructive dialogue. 


The symposium will convene a conversation about “naming, understanding, and healing ‘trauma’ through intercultural perspectives and spiritualities.”  The hoped-for outcomes include robust dialogue, mutual learning, community building, and envisioning how panelists and attendees might be of mutual assistance in the variety of roles played in praxes of reconciliation and restorative justice. 



The event will take place at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago on May 12-13, 2023.  Keynote remarks will be offered on the night of May 12 by Dr. Susan Abraham. May 12 will bring a daylong conversation among symposium participants and May 13 will bring a half-day conversation and a site visit.  That conversation will be organized into four topical seminar-style sessions.


We invite papers from current graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients (5 years or less) in theology, philosophy, peace studies, psychology, humanities, the arts, ethics, politics, sociology, or any allied field. Proposals must be submitted no later than November 15, 2022. All papers should be conversant with Schreiter’s work on Reconciliation and seek to engage in mutually-informative and mutually-critical dialogue for the purpose of better understanding and assisting in the work of healing the wounds of trauma. Authors selected for participation will be notified no later than December 15th, 2022. Draft papers should be submitted no later than March 31st, 2023.


For consideration, paper proposals must be submitted to schreiterinstitute@ctu.edu no later than November 15, 2022 containing the following information:

  • Author(s) name(s) and contact information
  • Year of Ph.D. or graduate student status
  • Title and an abstract no longer than 250 words


Catholic Theological Union, Room 210

5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615 

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