Publication/CfP - Liberation Theology in Latin America–Assessing Research 50 Years after Medellin, Iberoamericana. América Latina-España-Portugal

Publish Date: May 19, 2017

Deadline: Sep 15, 2017

Open Call for Articles for the Dossier

Liberation Theology in Latin America –  Assessing Research 50 Years after Medellin

In 1968, the Second General Conference of the Latin American Episcopacy in Medellin inaugurated a new era in the history of the Church and the relationship between religion and society in Latin America. The emergence of liberation theology was not only the result of a reform process within the universal Catholic Church initiated by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), but also the expression of a profound political, social and cultural transformation that took place throughout Latin America and the world during the 1960s and 1970s.

There now exists a large body of literature on liberation theology, and a significant percentage of these publications are dedicated to the analysis of both the theological debates and disputes provoked by the Episcopal Conferences of Medellin and Puebla (1974) and the publications of key figures like Gustavo Gutierrez (Peru) or Leonardo Boff (Brazil). Additionally, we also find many biographies of eminent representatives of liberation theology, as well as studies of basic ecclesial communities. Nonetheless, more research is required on the impact of liberation theology on different spheres of society: for example, regarding the entanglements between ecclesiastical and secular discourses and actors, or between ecclesiastical institutions and social movements. In addition, the concrete political, social, and cultural contexts in which liberation theology has emerged and developed as a plural and heterogeneous phenomenon must be highlighted.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Second General Conference of the Latin American Episcopacy in Medellin, the journal Iberoamericana. América Latina - España - Portugal will undertake the publication of a dossier on the repercussions that liberation theology has had on Latin American societies within a global context, which will be published in volume XVIII (2018).

By way of example, topics of interest for the dossier are:

  • Liberation theology and social / indigenous / Afro-American movements
  • The participation of clerical women and laywomen in liberation theology
  • Liberation theology and revolutionary / reform / authoritarian politics
  • Liberation theology and Protestantism: between competition and collaboration
  • Transnational and global entanglements of liberation theology

Submission Guide and Selection Process

The selection process for submitted articles will take place in two stages. In the first stage, the academic coordinator of the Dossier will perform a pre-selection of the submissions, paying particular attention to three criteria: the article’s pertinence to the themes of the call, the profile of the journal, and the article’s adherence to the journal’s editorial norms. In the second stage, the pre-selected articles will be submitted to an evaluation process wherein mostly external experts will assess the works following the double-blind peer review system.

Iberoamericana only accepts original, unpublished articles in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Works that have been published, whether in whole or in part, by other mediums or works that are being evaluated by another publication will not be accepted.

Those interested in submitting their work should send their article by e-mail to the journal after having consulted the guidelines for authors on the official website. Failure to comply with the specified conditions constitutes sufficient grounds for rejection.

Once the pre-selection has been completed, authors will be immediately notified of the results. To begin the second phase of the double-blind peer review process, those authors whose works have been pre-selected should register themselves online in this OJS platform and personally upload their article.

In case more articles are approved than can be published in one Dossier, the academic coordinator will create a ranking of priority wherein approved articles that are not included in the Dossier might be published in a later issue.

The deadline to submit articles is: September 15, 2017.

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