Because Jeff and I are not really in the same areas of theology, we rarely find ourselves competing. We did take one class together, and technically we share the U.S. Catholic concentration. But while I'm more of a 20th century, moral theology type, he's more the 17th century, history of biblical interpretation type.
Recently, I submitted a panel for an international conference in ethics. Jeff applied too, just for the heck of it, thinking that if we were to go, he'd only get funding from his institution if he was also presenting.
In a bit of a surprise, his proposal was accepted, whereas my panel was rejected! To be honest, we were both a little disconcerted. He doesn't even do moral theology! But I guess if he presents, we'll both still go. After all, I'm not letting my husband go off for a vacation in Europe while I stay home.
He wins this one, and good for him. :) One less paper for me to write!