International Journal of Children’s Spirituality Call for Papers: 16th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Questioning the Relationship between Children's Spirituality and Traditions

International Journal of Children’s Spirituality

The form: Call for papers 

The International Journal of Children's Spirituality, the office journal of the International Association for Children’s Spirituality, and the faculty of theology and religious sciences of Laval University are pleased to welcome proposals for papers, workshops and short symposium from academics and practitioners from various disciplines, which engage with children and young people from birth to age twenty, and address children’s spirituality and traditions.

These include, but are not limited to, those involved in research and practice in education, social work, health care, counselling, psychology, chaplaincy, religious education, practical theology, the arts and humanities.

The conference will explore the ways in which children’s spirituality is conceived in and across cultures, how cultures influence spiritualities, and how spirituality may affect children’s cultures. The conference will provide an international, inter‐disciplinary and multi‐cultural forum for those involved in research and development of children’s and young people’s spirituality.

Key questions of the conference include:

  • What influences children’s spirituality and how is that influence exerted?
  • Why and under the influence of whom do children develop their own set of specific values?
  • In a world in which changes occur at an ever increasing pace, where do children find the “marker beacons” on which to refer to in order to build their (spiritual) identity? (Or can they develop spiritually without those markers?) 
  • Which foundations are available to them?
  • How does transmission take place?
  • What is actually transmitted to children? 

Please consult a complete version of the problematic.

We also welcome proposals on wider topics related to children’s, adolescents’ and young adults’ spirituality.

Submission of Abstracts

The types of presentations available are:

  • Paper – 25 minutes talk with 20 minutes for discussion;
  • Workshop – 45 or 90 minutes practical workshop with an interactive process;
  • Panel – 10‐15 minutes briefs by each of the three to five panelists discussing and answering questions on a specified topic for a total duration of 90 minutes;
  • Symposium  –  90  minute  pre‐organised  symposium  typically  two  to  three presentations sharing a common theme;
  • Poster Paper  –  a  theory  or  research  paper  to  be  posted  on  a  board  with presenter(s) available for discussion at specified times

To submit an abstract, please complete this form and send it to by February 15th, 2018.

Closing date for abstracts: 15 February 2018

Other Information
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Conference host:
Prof. Elaine Champagne Ph.D.
Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval
Pavillon Félix‐Antoine‐Savard
2325 rue des Bibliothèques – bureau 826
Ville de Québec, Québec Canada – G1V 0A6
1‐418‐656‐2131 poste 4813