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CFP: Political Theology Network Conference, April 2022

The Political Theology Network invites proposals for its third conference to be held in Tempe, Arizona on April 7th-9th, 2022, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. 

The Political Theology Network invites proposals for its third conference to be held in Tempe, Arizona on April 7th-9th, 2022, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. 

In response to the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to experiment with the conference format and structure. To this end, we will seek proposals (250-400 words) for individual papers exploring political theology (understood broadly as an interdisciplinary conversation about intersections of religious and political ideas and practices) in four distinct seminar streams:

  1. Indigeneity and (Im)migration: Dispossession, Borders, and the State 
  2. Climate Change and Apocalypticism
  3. Truth, Post-Truth, and Democracy 
  4. Beyond Secularization

The conference will be held seminar-style with each seminar stream (10-20 participants each) physically meeting April 8th and 9th, with an optional keynote panel the evening of April 7th. In addition, as an attempt to grow the intellectual community among the members of the Political Theology Network, we will continue the seminar streams with two or three virtual meetings in the weeks following the conference. To this end, we also seek proposals for individual papers (250-400 words) for each of the streams above to be delivered online, after the in-person conference. We hope these virtual extensions of the conference will allow members of PTN who may not be able to make it physically to Arizona to be full participants in the on-going conversations.

In your proposal, please indicate which stream you would like your proposal sent to, and whether you are applying for an in-person slot (April 8th or 9th) or a virtual/online slot (in subsequent weeks). In addition, if you are applying for an in-person slot, please indicate whether you are open to delivering your work in a virtual format if that is the only available one. With your proposals, please include a short biographical statement (who are you?) and, for in person proposals, any tech requirements.

We especially welcome proposals that engage non-Christian and/or non-Western traditions as well those working with feminist theory, queer theory, decolonial theory, Latinx studies, indigenous studies, and/or Black studies.

Limited funding is available to cover travel and registration costs of a select number of contingent faculty or graduate student participants with exceptional proposals. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for this funding opportunity. Please, likewise, indicate whether there are ways that we can help you receive the necessary funding from your home institution. 

Deadline for proposals: 12/15; Notification: 1/7

To submit a proposal please email politicaltheologynetwork@gmail.com with “PTN Conference Proposal” in the subject line. With questions, reach out to the PTN conference organize committee: Brandy Daniels (chair), danielsb@up.edu; Alex Dubilet, aleksey.dubilet@vanderbilt.edu; and Vincent Lloyd, vlloyd@villanova.edu.

This conference is supported by the Political Theology Network, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University, and grants from the Henry Luce Foundation. 

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