Political Theology: Journal

Political Theology is an academic journal founded in the United Kingdom and published by Routledge / Taylor and Francis. Now in its twentieth year of publication, the journal publishes four double issues in print per year. Political Theology investigates the connections between religious and political ideas and practices, putting scholarship on religion in dialogue with scholarship from the fields of politics, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, and critical theory. Recent or forthcoming special issues address Reformation Political Theology, Political Theology and Pragmatism, Love in a Time of Capital, The Secularization of Hope, and Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminars. We welcome article submissions and special issue proposals. The editors discuss the journal’s vision here and here. The journal’s archive can be found here.

The Political Theology Network

The Political Theology Network aims to be a hub for exploring the intersection of religious and political ideas and practices. The Network is interdisciplinary, publicly engaged, and committed to building links between theologians, practitioners, and humanities scholars. Riding a wave of scholarly interest in political theology that itself follows the increasing visibility of religion in public life, the Network seeks to create the infrastructure that will allow this interest to flourish in the long term, supporting discussions of political theology in the classroom, in scholarly research, and in the public arena. By bringing scholars thinking with the term “political theology” from throughout the humanities together with scholars of religious traditions, we aim to thicken the appreciation of religion’s complexity among the former while sharpening the critical edge of the latter.

With support from a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Political Theology Network is organizing three sorts of activities. A biennial conference, the first of which was held at Emory University in February 2018, brings together scholars of political theology from various disciplines who would not have the opportunity to connect at their own disciplinary association meetings. This website and the podcast hosted here offer an entry-point into scholarly conversations about political theology and reflect the orientation of the Network as a whole toward social justice and public engagement. Finally, through dissertation workshops, a mentoring program for underrepresented graduate students, and outreach to other professional associations, the Network seeks to broaden the field of political theology while securing diversity and inclusivity as core values.

The Villanova Political Theology Project

The Villanova Political Theology Project advances intellectually sophisticated discussions of religion and politics that engage deeply with the Christian tradition and speak broadly to pressing issues of the day. A collaboration between Villanova’s Office of Mission and Ministry, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the Project supports a range activities on campus and at the national level that bring Christian theologians into dialogue with humanities scholars and social scientists studying the intersection of religion and politics. Led by Villanova faculty member Vincent Lloyd with the support of a faculty advisory committee consisting of seven professors from Law, Humanities, Philosophy, Theology, and Political Science, the Project connects scholars across campus and across the country, driving an intellectual conversation and nurturing young scholars through several activities, including incubating the Political Theology Network and hosting interdisciplinary workshops.

Past Events:

Spring 2018 – Workshops with Chaim Saiman (Law, Villanova), Nichole Flores (Religious Studies, Virginia), Gil Anidjar (Religion, Columbia), Keri Day (Princeton Theological Seminary), Katie Walker Grimes (Theology, Villanova), Mona Siddiqui (Islamic Studies, Edinburgh), and Joshua Ralston (Edinburgh Divinity School)

Fall 2017 – Dignity from the Margins symposium, featuring Karma Chávez (Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, Texas), Christina Crosby (English, Wesleyan), Jeremy Posadas (Religious Studies, Austin), Janet Jakobsen (Women’s Studies, Barnard / Columbia), Ludger Viefhues-Bailey (Philosophy, Le Moyne), Angie Heo (U. Chicago Divinity School), George Ciccariello-Maher (Politics, Drexel), Zainab Saleh (Anthropology, Haverford), Nitzan Lebovic (History, Lehigh), and Kathryn Getek-Soltis (Peace and Justice, Villanova)

Spring 2017 – Workshop with John Jackson (Social Policy and Practice, Penn) and John Lardas Modern (Religion, Franklin and Marshall)

Fall 2016 – Workshop with Menachem Lorberbaum (Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv)