ESCT Book Prize

Theological Book of the Years 2019-2020

The European Society for Catholic Theology launches a call to award up to two prizes for outstanding theological books at the Congress of the European Society for Catholic Theology in Osnabrück, Germany, 25 to 28 August 2021.

The prizes are to be awarded in the categories “Established Scholar’s Theological Book” and “Emerging Scholar’s Theological Book”.

General Stipulations

1. The book must have a theological theme and be a monograph.

2. A book can be proposed by its author or any ESCT member.

3. It must be a European book, either regarding its topic, or with regard to its sources, or because its author comes from Europe or is working in Europe.

4. Applicants can be established or emerging scholars. Applicants are considered emerging scholars until five years after earning their Ph.D. degree. Two separate book prizes can be awarded: one for a book written by an established scholar, and one for a book written by an emerging scholar.

5. The current and former members of the ESCT Presidium cannot apply for this award.

6. The book must be written in a European language.

7. The book must have been published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020.

Acceptance of the adjudicating panel’s decisions with regard to the application of the above criteria is a condition of application.

Application Procedures

1. The proposer must present a short biography of the author and a summary of the book that sets out the central thesis and main arguments in 3,000 to not more than 5,000 words. This text must be in one of the official languages of the European Society for Catholic Theology (English, French, German).

2. The person nominating the book must also submit clear reasons why the book should be considered for the prize and how it fulfills the general conditions for a submission. This explanation must be in one of the official languages of the European Society for Catholic Theology (English, French, German).

3. Three copies of this text and one copy of the book must be sent to the president of the evaluation committee, Prof. Dr. Marie-Jo Thiel, by 15 January 2021 at the latest. The books will not be returned to the sender. The text and the book must also be sent by e-mail in PDF format.

Prof. Dr. Marie-Jo Thiel
Faculté de théologie catholique – Université de Strasbourg
9, Place de l’Université
F-67084 Strasbourg cedex
France
e-mail: mthiel@unistra.fr

Evaluation Criteria

The book must meet the standards of quality expected of the academic discipline to which it belongs. Over and above that, a proposed book will be judged by whether it fulfils at least one or all of the following criteria:

1. The book should contribute to raising the interest of a broad public in theology.

2. The book should bring theological research into dialogue with current public issues, such as social, political, or economic problems.

3. The book should make a clear and significant contribution to the scholarly development of theological research.

Evaluation Committee and Prize

The committee will work towards a recommendation for the ESCT Presidium that will determine the awarding of the prizes. The prize consists of an amount of € 1,500 in the category “Established Scholar’s Theological Book” and of € 1,000 in the category “Emerging Scholar’s Theological Book”. In addition, the prize winners will be the Society’s guests with all costs covered during the next International Congress.