Liberation Christianity and the Liberation Theology in Latin America


SOCIEDADE E CULTURA (Society and Culture) is a peer-reviewed and free-of-charge open access journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Federal University of Goias, in Brazil. The journal is inviting papers for its special issue organized by Michael Löwy (Centre National de la recherche scientifique - França), Flávio Munhoz Sofiati (Universidade Federal de Goiás – Brasil) e Luis Martínez Andrade (Collège d’études mondiales/FMSH - França), planned for the 2nd semester of 2020.

Papers will be accepted in English, Spanish and Portuguese in accordance with the journal's norms (available at: They should address the theme proposed by the organizers as follows:

The proposal of the dossier is to reflect on the origin, development and currency of the convergence and divergence between Liberation Christianity and the Liberation Theology in Latin America. We understand that there is an analytical distinction between both: while Liberation Christianity refers to a socio-religious movement specifically related to specialized Roman Catholic Action, by basic Christian communities (CEBs), by the social and youth pastoral of the Roman Catholic Church by activists from social movements referenced mainly by `the preferential option for the poor`, Liberation Theology is rather a group of writings which arises at the end of the 1960s (Rubem Alves) and is developed in the 1970s (Gutierrez, Richard, Dussel, Assmann, Melano, Hinkelammert), it is projected around the world in the 1980s (Boff) and it is updated in the 1990s and 2000s (Jung Mo Sung, M. Althaus-Reid). From an interdisciplinary perspective, the dossier looks to receive proposals that analyze not only the historical importance of the Christian tendency, but also looks to understand ongoing expressions of this Christianity, mainly within Roman Catholicism, which has again garnered attention of the Vatican with the election of Pope Francisco in 2013 and the publication of his encyclical Laudato Si’ in 2015.

Manuscripts must be sent to the following email ( until july 31, 2019.

The journal also receives articles that must be sent to the editors by the website of the journal, in accordance with the norms of submission (and they will not be included in this thematic issue).