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Symposia

Pandemic, Pandemonium, and Public Health: Reflections on COVID-19

This second “flash” symposium seeks to continue our discussion on COVID-19, but from a broader, public angle.

Be Not Afraid: Pandemic in a Time of Political Uncertainty

This timely “flash” symposium explores how the crisis generated by COVID-19 might be analyzed through the lenses of political theology.

Laws, Attention, and the Question of Violence: A Roundtable on Thoreau

In times as uncertain as ours, these reflections serve as welcome reminders of the importance of political resistance, critique, and the near-militant self-awareness that characterizes Thoreau’s work.

The Politics and Paradoxes of Self-Preservation

It is ironic but evident that self-preservation and its varied expressions like self-interest and self-defense are routinely used to justify neglect, violence, and brutality towards others.

The Theopolitics of Vaccinations

A collection of diverse reflections on faith, spirituality, and the anti-vaxxer crisis…

20 years, 3 Questions

To commemorate twenty years of the journal Political Theology, we asked a variety of scholars, including those in the Political Theology Network’s editorial collective, to reflect on where the field has been, where it is, and where it is going.

Political Theology and Disability Studies

We asked two thinkers to reflect on possible points of intersection between political theology and disability studies. Both thinkers approached this question by considering how critical disability studies might help inform our understanding of the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border.

Goy

Four authors sound off on Ophir and Rosen-Zvi’s latest book, Goy: Israel’s Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile.

PTN Pedagogy and Reading List Initiative

Over the next several weeks we will have a discussion, with several senior scholars, around an inclusive question oriented to the “canon” of political theology. Though geared toward graduate students, we believe such an initiative will also enable a broad pedagogical reach…

Islamophobia and Political Theology

This round robin symposium showcases the work of three emerging leaders in scholarly research on Islamophobia: a political theorist, an anthropologist, and a sociologist. They each share a commitment to challenge injustice through scholarship even as they differ in approach.

Citizenship, Globalized Religion, and the Tightening of Borders

Globalized religions like Christianity and Islam speak of their communions as universal and welcoming of all people, yet are often caught up in the nationalist and protectionist discourses of individual nations.