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AAR/SBL2020 for PTN

We introduce AAR/SBL 2020 sessions that might be of interest to the Political Theology Network

While SBL and AAR’s Annual Meeting might look and feel different this year, there are many promising and exciting sessions that engage with political theology. We note these sessions that might be of interest to the Political Theology Network community. This is not an exhaustive list, and we welcome any additions by commenting on this post.  

Political Theology Unit’s Sessions

A30-310 C Political Theology Unit 

Theme: Political Theology and Imagination

Monday, November 30 4:00 PM–5:30 PM 

Inese Radzins, California State University, Stanislaus, Presiding 

Maria Tedesco, Seattle University 

Embodying Islamic Political Theology: Towards a Theory of Theological Imaginary 

Travis LaCouter, University of Oxford 

To Speak with Scorched Tongues: Denise Levertov’s Revolutionary Theopoetics 

Joseph Harroff, Temple University 

Reimagining Cosmopolitanism with Tianxia 天下: A Pluralizing Confucian Political Theology 

Syeda Beena Butool, Florida State University 

Liberation Without Reform? Mawdudi’s God and the Theopolitics to Decolonize the Muslims of India

Responding: An Yountae, California State University, Northridge 


A8-110 A C Political Theology Unit 

Theme: Eric Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God 

Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Ryan Darr, Princeton University, Presiding 

Panelists: Jennifer A. Herdt, Yale University 

Eric Gregory, Princeton University 

Grace Kao, Claremont School of Theology 

Ruben Rosario Rodriguez, Saint Louis University 

Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame 

Responding: Nelson Eric, Harvard University


A8-205 Contemporary Islam Unit and Political Theology Unit 

Theme: Contemporary Islamic Political Theology: Ethnographies of Tribulation in the Age of Global War

Tuesday, December 8, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM 

Aaron Eldridge, University of California, Berkeley, Presiding 

M. Bilal Nasir, Northwestern University 

Between Uhud and Terror: Policing, Race, and Islam in the City of Angels 

Zunaira Komal, University of California 

Aafat: Divine Calamity and the Military Psychiatry Hospital in Kashmir 

Muneeza Rizvi, University of California, Davis 

Syria in London: Aid Convoys, the Umma, and Islamic Traditions of Charity 

Basit Iqbal, University of California, Berkeley 

Ambivalence and Askesis in Zaatari Refugee Camp

Responding: Hussein Ali Agrama, University of Chicago


A10-308 Political Theology Unit 

Theme: Political Theology and the Pandemic

Thursday, December 10, 4:00 PM–5:30 PM 

David Newheiser, Australian Catholic University, Presiding 

Panelists: Stephanie Mota Thurston, Princeton Theological Seminary 

Karen Bray, Wesleyan College 

Kyle Lambelet, Emory University 

Olaoluwatoni Alimi, Princeton University 

Nomaan Hasan, Brown University

Other Units of Interest for the Political Theology Network

A30-303 Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit and Class, Religion, and Theology Unit and Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Unit 

Theme: On Brown and Yellow Labor: Immigrant Bodies in/and US Religious Traditions

Monday, November 30, 4:00 PM–5:30 PM 

Jeremy V. Cruz, Saint John’s University, New York, Presiding 

Ashlee Andrews, University of North Carolina, Greensboro 

Labor Negotiations at the Home Shrine: Analyzing Bengali American Hindu Women’s Home Shrine Care as Reproductive Labor 

Jessica Wong, Azusa Pacific University 

Orderly Bodies, Orderly Souls, Orderly Citizens: Reforming the Racialized Immigrant Through Physical Discipline 

Francisco Garcia, Vanderbilt University 

Moving From the Table to the Streets: The Solidarity and Promise of Interfaith Organizing


A30-208 C North American Hinduism Unit 

Theme: The Search for Communal Identity and the Making of Digital Hindu Publics in North America

Monday, November 30 1:45 PM–3:15 PM

Amy L. Allocco, Elon University, Presiding 

Bhakti Mamtora, College of Wooster 

Digital Media and Religious Programming in the Swaminarayan Sampraday During the Covid-19 Pandemic 

Venu Mehta, University of Florida 

From Digital Hindu Nationalism to the Construction of Material Hindu Identity: Facebook and Hindu International Student Communities in North America

Prathiksha Srinivasa, Harvard University 

Technical Traditions: Public Hinduism and American Secularism in Silicon Valley 

Moumita Sen, MF, Norwegian Institute of Theology, Religion, and Society 

Why Hindu Techies Post: Tracking Islamophobia from Silicon Valley Back ‘Home’ 


A2-114 Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit and Theology and Religious Reflection Unit

Theme: Hong Kong Protests and Political Theology 

Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Kwok Pui Lan, Emory University, Presiding 


Siu Pun Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Shin-Fung Hung, Duke University 

Albert Sui-Hung Lee, Evangel Seminary 

Francis Ching-Wah Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Nami Kim, Spelman College 

Sharon Welch, Meadville Lombard Theological School


A3-215 Theology and Religious Reflection Unit 

Theme: The Religion of the Dance Floor? Queer Techno Beyond the Religious/Secular Divide 

Thursday, December 3, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM 

Eva Pascal, Saint Michael’s College, Presiding 

Panelists: Kevin Minister, Shenandoah University 

Meredith Minister, Shenandoah University 

Abdul Rahman Mustafa, University of Paderborn 

Linn Tonstad, Yale University


A7-112 A C Religion and the Social Sciences Unit 

Theme: Authors-Meets-Critics Book Panel: 

Gerardo Marti, American Blindspot (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020); 

Kyle Lambelet, ¡Presente! Nonviolent Politics (Georgetown University Press, 2019); 

Nichole R. Phillips, Patriotism Black and White (Baylor University Press, 2018) 

Monday, December 7, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM

Presiding Panelists: 

Nicolette Manglos-Weber, Boston University 

Jeffrey Guhin, University of California, Los Angeles 

Ruben Rosario Rodriguez, Saint Louis University 

Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University 

Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Seminary of the Southwest 

Richard Pitt, Vanderbilt University 


Gerardo Marti, Davidson College

Kyle Lambelet, Emory University 

Nichole Phillips, Emory University 

Business Meeting: Nichole Phillips, Emory University, and Sara Williams, Emory University, Presiding


A7-206 Death, Dying, and Beyond Unit and Teaching Religion Unit 

Theme: Teaching Death, Dying, and Beyond

Monday, December 7, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM 

Beverley Foulks McGuire, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Presiding

Tanya Walker, Yale University 

Framing and Re-Framing Death and Religion: The Discursive Potential of Visual Artworks for Examining Threads of Continuity, Change, and Complexity in Death Education 

Laura Simpson, Villanova University, and Naomi WashingtonLeapheart, Villanova University 

“Do Black Lives Matter to God?”: Teaching About Death in a Prison Classroom 

Melinda McGarrah Sharp, Columbia Theological Seminary 

Writing With Casket Stationary: A Narrative Pedagogy for Teaching and Learning the “Blessed Ambiguity of Dying


A8-118 Women and Religion Unit 

Theme: Against Healing 

Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Molly Farneth, Haverford College, Presiding 

Panelists: Janet R. Jakobsen, Barnard College 

Fannie Bialek, Washington University, St. Louis 

Laura S. Levitt, Temple University 

Melissa M. Wilcox, University of California, Riverside 

Tiloma Jayasinghe, Queens, NY


A8-315/S8-301 A Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit and SBL Reading, Theory and the Bible Unit 

Theme: A Thousand Readings: Theology and the Bible with Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, Forty Years Later

Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Robert Seesengood, Albright College, Presiding 

Sam Mickey, University of San Francisco 

The 40-Year-Old Rhizome: A Limiting and Liberating Legacy 

Hannah Strommen, University of Chichester 

Mapping Biblical Assemblages: A Thousand Plateaus as a Resource for Biblical Reception History 

David Fuller, McMaster University 

Coding and Speech, Writing and Desire: Reading 2 Enoch with Deleuze and Guattari 

D. Brendan Johnson, Duke University 

De-/Reterritorialization in Ezekiel: Eschatology, Prophecy, and the ‘Schizophrenic Physician


A8-116 C Religion, Media, and Culture Unit 

Theme: Machines that Surveil and Enchant

Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Hussein Ali Agrama, University of Chicago, Presiding 

Panelists: Christopher Glen White, Vassar College 

Suzanne Van Geuns, University of Toronto 

Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Sharmin Sadequee, City University of New York 


A8-103 Public Understanding of Religion Committee and Religion and Politics Unit 

Theme: Religion and Public Life in and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

John D. Carlson, Arizona State University, Presiding

Panelists from several disciplines in the study of religion will host a conversation about the recent and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on different issues, themes, and vectors in religion and public life. Specific themes for reflection include cultural fault lines, women’s rights, race, public health, climate change, state power, civil religion, the body politic, truth and post-truth, and public theology among others. Specific questions the panelists will consider include the following: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted or altered how we approach, think about, and understand these themes? Does the resilience of these themes suggest whether things might return to pre-COVID conditions? How are things likely to change going forward? What underlying challenges has this pandemic helped to expose or exacerbate? What constructive insights has it helped to generate? What role can scholars of religion play to improve the public’s understanding and conversations about this crisis? 

Panelists: Robert P. Jones, Public Religion Research Institute 

R. Marie Griffith, Washington University, St. Louis 

Kristy Slominski, University of Arizona 

Nichole Phillips, Emory University 

Evan Berry, Arizona State University 

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University 

Philip Gorski, Yale University 

Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University 

Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia 

Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto


A9-104 Buddhism Unit and Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Unit 

Theme: New Perspectives on Socially Engaged Buddhism: From Extinguishing Suffering to Collective Transformation of the World

Wednesday, December 9, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Rongdao Lai, McGill University, Presiding 

Douglas Gildow, Chinese University Hong Kong 

The Earliest Chinese Socially Engaged Buddhism 

Gitanjali Surendran, Jindal Global Law School 

B. R. Ambedkar and the Indian Prehistory of Socially Engaged Buddhism, c 1890–1970 

Jessica Zu, Princeton University 

Buddhist Story-Telling as Social Commentary: Three Modern Afterlives of the Outcaste Maiden 

Jordan Baskerville, University of Wisconsin 

Dhamma and Social Change: The Formation of Socially Engaged Buddhist Networks in Thailand 

Sara Swenson, Syracuse University 

Dirty Dāna: The Emotional Virtue of Generosity Among Buddhist Charities in Vietnam


A9-214 C Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. Unit 

Theme: Black Hope and Social Imagination in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Wednesday, December 9, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM 

Valerie Miles-Tribble, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Presiding 

Phillip Allen, Fuller Theological Seminary 

The Prophetic Lens: Film as a Tool for Public Theology for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Contemporary Black Filmmakers 

David Justice, Saint Louis University 

Negating Capitalism: The Beloved Community as Negative Political Theology and Positive Social Imaginary 

Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis 

From Riverside to the River City: The Prophetic Pessimism and Hope of Martin Luther King 

Darrius Hills, Morgan State University 

The True Measure of American Greatness: Relationality, Power, and Community in the Thinking of Bernard Loomer, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King 

Responding: Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University 


A9-301 C Black Theology Unit 

Theme: Black Theology Post-Cone: Interrogating Value, MisReligion, and the Theological Legacies of Settler Colonialism 

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 PM–5:30 PM 

Ben Sanders, Eden Theological Seminary, Presiding 

Andrea Smith, University of California, Riverside 

James Cone: Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness in Indigenous Theologies 

Andre Key, Claflin University 

“Mis-Religion of the Negro and Oppression” William R. Jones, Theodicy, and Black Theology

Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

A Measure of Existence: The Value of A Black Theology of Liberation 

Responding: Adam Clark, Xavier University 


A9-307 C Religion and Politics Unit 

Theme: Religion in Politics and Politics in Religion

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Nicholas Adams, University of Birmingham, Presiding 

Panelists: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University 

Erin Wilson, University of Groningen 

Jocelyne Cesari, University of Birmingham 

Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University 

William T. Cavanaugh, DePaul University 


A9-311 Queer Studies in Religion Unit 

Theme: Postsecular Queer Theory

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Melissa E. Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania, Presiding 

Panelists: Abdulhamit Arvas, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Cobb, University of Toronto Peter Coviello, University of Illinois, Chicago Janet R. Jakobsen, Barnard College Linn Tonstad, Yale University 


A10-110 Reformed Theology and History Unit 

Theme: The Doctrine of Total Depravity

Thursday, December 10, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM 

Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh, Presiding 

Gregory Lee, Wheaton College, Illinois 

Total Depravity and Systemic Evil 

Taido Chino, Augustana College 

Neither Essential Nor Accidental: Sin in a Relational and Apocalyptic Key 

Mary Nickel, Princeton University 

Blessed Assurance: A Theology of Collective Action Problems 

Wendy Mallette, Yale University 

Total Depravity, Original Sin, and Pessimism: Revisiting Lesbian Feminist Theorizations of Sex and Sociality


A10-205 Law, Religion, and Culture Unit 

Theme: Territorial Peace Beyond the Law: Spiritual Politics and Indigenous Political Theologies in Post-Accord Colombia 

Thursday, December 10, 1:45 PM–3:15 PM 

Heather M. DuBois, Stonehill College, Presiding 

Janna Hunter-Bowman, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary 

Peace Through Participation in Struggle: Enhancing Post-Accord Peacebuilding Through Linking Stakeholders to Peace Accord Stipulations 

Diego Caguenas Rozo, Universidad Icesi Forgiveness, 

Justice and the Damage Done: On the Metaphysics of the Face 

Carlos Manrique, Universidad de los Andes 

Peace-Building in the Midst of Horror and the Practices of “Theocratic Pluralism” 

Responding: Rebecca Bartel, San Diego State University


Philosophy of Religion Unit and Secularism and Secularity Unit

Theme: *Hope in a Secular Age* Book Panel (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM (EST UTC-5) 

Martin Kavka, Florida State University, Presiding

In conversation with David Newheiser’s book, Hope in a Secular Age (Cambridge, 2020), this panel will explore themes of religion, politics, and secularity in conversation with continental philosophy and Christian thought. Newheiser’s book draws on deconstruction and negative theology in order to address the possibilities of faith – religious, political, and otherwise – that emerge through the persistence of hope. A diverse group of panelists will use the book as a point of departure in order to address the larger issues it raises: the character of hope, the politics of negativity, the legitimation of political and religious conviction, and the relation between Christian and secular forms of life. 

Panelists Sarah Coakley, University of Cambridge

Noreen Khawaja, Yale University

Andrew Prevot, Boston College

Sarah Hammerschlag, University of Chicago

Responding David Newheiser, Australian Catholic University

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