BASES: The International Teresian Sanjuanist Center Foundation (CITeS) is an entity, whose aims include the promotion of studies on the works of Saint Teresa of Ávila and providing support for the activities of the University of Mysticism in Ávila (Spain). The CITeS Foundation and the University of Mysticism believe that in order to promote greater harmonious coexistence and solidarity among people, religions and cultures, a mutual encounter and understanding from the existential and experiential dimension of religions is much needed. We are convinced that the experiential dimension of the life of faith Teresa conveys provides a good starting point when approaching a mutual understanding among people who live and profess different creeds and religious traditions. The aim of the Award is to foster and contribute to the coming together and motivation of all religions to move forward with works that help our mutual paths converge. For this reason, and made possible by private sponsorship, a decision was made to convene this 3rd International Award in the context of the II WORLD ENCOUNTER ON TERESIAN MYSTICISM AND INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: Chan/Zen Buddhism and Carmelite Spirituality, which will take place in Ávila (Spain) from July 22nd to 26th 2020. The first Awards, which focused on Teresa of Ávila in dialogue with other religious traditions, was held in 2015 within the context of the 5th Centenary of her birth and the framework of the Teresa of Ávila, Heritage of Humanity World Congress. The second call also had a specific theme, which was limited to one of the objectives of the 1st World Encounter on Teresian Mysticism and Interreligious Dialogue: Theravāda Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism. In this third call, possible research topics have been extended, as explained below. WORKS AND THEMES: Awards will be given to the works in which there is a comparative study or other approach that involves any of the Carmelite mystics (Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Therese of the Child Jesus, Elizabeth of Trinity, Teresa de los Andes, Edith Stein, etc.), from the perspective of interreligious dialogue. Here are some examples: - A comparative study between any of the Carmelites’ mystical experiences and the religious or mystical experience of a person or persons from another religion or tradition, or one that uses the sacred texts of the other religion. - A comparative study between any of the Carmelites’ works and the writings of authors of another religion, or their own sacred texts. - A study on the mystical symbolism in the works of any Carmelite and the symbolism of authors from other religions or the sacred texts of that religion. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WORKS: The works must be presented in the form of an article, essay, or research-based study. The works must have a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 40 pages. (Sheet size A4, 1.5 line spacing, font Times New Roman 12). The work presented must be original, meaning that it cannot have been published in either traditional or digital media.
April 1, 2020
Religious Studies and Theology