The Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies seeks papers for its upcoming conference, Nationalism, Populism and Protestant Political Thought. This international conference convenes scholars, church leaders and other practitioners to discuss ways in which Protestant political thought might be related to these burgeoning political movements. What strands within Protestant political thought have been and are being enlisted to legitimize nationalism or populism? Why has there been a close historical association between both Protestantism and the nation-state, and Protestantism and democracy, and do these associations persist today? What resources within Protestantism have been, are being or might be invoked to critique nationalism and populism? How does Protestant political thought compare with Catholic social teaching on this question? CIRIS invites papers and panel proposals in three categories: ‘Belief and belonging’, ‘Protestantism, neo-Babylonianism and democratic politics’, and ‘Responsibility of churches’.
The conference will take place April 15-17, 2020. Please visit the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies website for more information.