Postgraduate students and other early career researchers are warmly invited to the Centre for Catholic Studies’ Early Career Conference 2022, taking place on 13 June in person in Durham. It’s a great event – friendly and fascinating in equal measure! If you are a PG student or other early career researcher, we hope you will consider submitting a paper proposal. If you know of early career researchers who would benefit from this opportunity, please do pass this invitation along to them. The deadline for proposals is 27 April 2022.


Early Career Conference in Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies

Monday 13 June 2022

In person at St Chad’s College, Durham, UK


This day conference is a chance for postgraduate students and other early career researchers to meet and to present their research in a collegial environment.

Sessions chaired by Chris Insole, Gerard Loughlin, Paul D. Murray, Marcus Pound, Anna Rowlands, and Rik Van Nieuwenhove among others.


Call for Papers

Postgraduate students and other early career researchers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers on any area relevant to Catholic theology/Catholic studies, including:

  • Constructive, historical, practical, pastoral, or political theology
  • Catholic Social Thought and Practice
  • The history of Catholicism
  • Lived Catholicism
  • Catholicism, literature, and the arts.

Please submit 80- to 150-word abstracts online at by Wednesday 27 April.



9.30am Registration and refreshments
10.10am Welcome and orientation
10.30am Parallel papers
12.10pm Lunch
1.15pm Parallel papers
2.20pm Break with refreshments
2.50pm Parallel papers
4pm Plenary and drinks reception funded by the Catholic Record Society
5pm Keynote lecture and discussion: Rewilding the Church: Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Disruptive Synodality by Dr Gregory Ryan (Durham University).
6.45pm Optional dinner at a local restaurant





  • Durham University students and staff: free of charge (promo code and instructions already sent by email).
  • Others: £15 (subsidised, includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and the 4pm drinks reception).
  • Please register via the conference’s Eventbrite page by 8 May.
  • While registering you will be asked if you would like to join the optional dinner at a local restaurant (subsidised, £16 payable on the day).
  • Thanks to the generous support of the Congregation of Jesus, a limited number of hardship travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students and unwaged early career scholars presenting papers who have already sought assistance from their home institution and all other relevant sources open to them. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email for an application form by Wednesday 20 April in order to submit an application by Wednesday 27 April.


The poster is attached and full details are available on the conference webpage. Please do circulate within your networks/institutions – many thanks for your support.