xbn .

Symposia

Contagion, a Lament

However our times will be remembered—as the triumph of fascism or its nadir, as the end of capitalism or its beginning, as the death of the planet or its rebirth—this young century has been an era of contagion.

Revisiting Comfort Women in Light of Political Theology

It is incumbent upon scholars to critically engage in the comfort women issue, particularly through the lens of political theology, in order to prevent future violence, sexual and otherwise, against various minorities throughout the world.

Whose Face is on the Coin? Economic Justice and Political Theology

“Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him. (Mark 12:16-17, NRSV)

Environmental Justice and Settler Colonialism: A Political Theology of Climate Change

These questions of environmental justice become even more urgent in the face of our current crisis, as we see the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on the same communities who suffer the most from other environmental harms.

Genealogy in the Present

A search for origins is also always a search for meaning. In a time of political crisis such as ours, when origin narratives are especially tempting, fresh reminders of their limitations and violent potential are welcome.

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.