Global Catholicism

Series Editors: Massimo Faggioli (Villanova University), Bryan Froehle (St. Thomas University)

Series Mission: The series aims to publish works of critical interest in the emerging field of Global Catholicism. These publications will generally be interdisciplinary and incorporate a range of historical, social, and theological perspectives.

Series Vision: To spark development within an emerging field by creating a scholarly venue for new work initiated by a text that traces out a vision for future work.

Editorial Board: Forthcoming in late 2018/early 2019. 

Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce a new book series focused on the emerging academic field of Global Catholicism. Conceived as an area of study within the broader context of World Christianity, this series builds on cultural, historical, and social scientific approaches to study expressions of Catholicism around the world. We welcome an interdisciplinary approach that engages theology, especially ecclesiology, practical theology, and missiology. We especially seek writing projects that promote or encompass research that cross-cuts what had formerly been segments or isolated categories and fields. Of particular interest are comparative theology and congregational studies, as well as method and methodology. We hope to foster the comparative theological, historical, and social scientific study of religious pluralism across world religions, world Christianity, and world Catholicism in all its diversity.  

Theological developments are contextual, and context is a matter of time as well as place. The present world historical era is arguably one of disruption globally, though this experience of disruption takes on particular forms in every context. In the present moment, institutions and institutional arrangements, including power relations, once unquestioned, are increasingly becoming unmoored, their very plausibility seemingly vanishing.

The present moment in which global Catholicism is developing is suggestive of shifts in relationships between secularity and modernity as well as the global political economy in general. The contemporary era is no longer one of simple postsecularity, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. As coloniality, modernity, and secularity become distant historical curiosities, new questions have emerged. Within this frame, the Catholic Church is moving into a new generation of the reception of the Second Vatican Council, with a Pope formed by the experience of that Council and its initial and ongoing reception. Catholicism is becoming a truly world-wide phenomenon, with no particular base in a single world region or language form. As such, Catholicism offers a window into World Christianity in general and the shifts within world religions – and various forms of allegedly “nonreligious” secularities. By “global Catholicism,” we mean to communicate an intent to focus on Catholicism globally, not by country or world region per se, but thematically. This means that we seek manuscripts and book proposals that might engage one case or another in depth, but above all bring in an integrated methodological orientation that asks critical ecclesiological or other interpretive questions. We envision texts exploring emerging themes within world Catholicism and political theology, or of ecclesial movements, as well as studies that engage the Catholic Church in a particular place in the world, without distinction as to where. We understand global Catholicism as embracing all the world, without distinction, not simply a portion of it. We see the present time as less one of “north-south” or “east-west” as simply all the various global regions, subregions, and microregions, without a preset hierarchical order. As such, we naturally value comparative work, whether broad-based or in-depth, to critically round out an argument or problem at the heart of the intellectual study of globalism Catholicism. Attention should be given to methods, disciplines, and the broad theological conversation that the series is designed to advance within the self-understanding of Catholicism today and into the future.