AAR-SW Friends,

The Political Theology Network has announced their inaugural conference to be held at Emory University on February 15-17, 2018. Interested participants should submit paper proposals by  December 18, 2017 via email to vincent.lloyd@villanova.edu Below is the full CFP.

Political Theology Network Inaugural Conference: February 15-17, 2018

Emory University Conference Center, Atlanta

Deadline for submission of proposalsDecember 18, 2017

Notification of acceptanceDecember 22, 2017


KeynotesHussein Ali Agrama (Anthropology, University of Chicago); Shawn Copeland (Theology, Boston College); Faisal Devji (History, Oxford, UK); Cathleen Kaveny (Law and Theology, Boston College); Elettra Stimilli (Philosophy, Sapienza, Rome)

Conveners: Vincent Lloyd (Villanova) & Ted Smith (Emory)

We invite proposals of 200-300 words for papers exploring political theology, broadly understood as an interdisciplinary conversation about intersections of religious and political ideas and practices. Under the sign of “political theology” political theorists have reflected on analogies between political and theological sovereignty, Christian theologians have reflected on the role of memory and hope in political engagement, and cultural theorists have performed ideology critique. We are looking for papers that may draw on but also challenge and transform such classic conversations about political theology. In doing so, we aim to bring together scholars working with ethnographic, theoretical, theological, historical, literary, and cultural studies methods motivated by a concern for justice. We are particularly interested in proposals that speak to the following themes: economies,ecologieslegalitiesembodiments, and racializations. Proposals engaging non-Christian and/or non-Western traditions are encouraged. This conference will inaugurate a professional network connecting scholars of political theology across varying fields and traditions, and we are eager for proposals to advance conversations about what political theology in the academy could look like.

Funding is available to cover travel and registration costs of a limited number of contingent faculty or graduate student participants with exceptional proposals. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Conference registration is not required to submit proposals. Nor is a proposal required to register.  To register, visit bit.do/ptn-register

Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to the Villanova Political Theology Project, Villanova University;  by Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Department of Political Science, Department of Religion, and Graduate Division of Religion; and by Columbia Theological Seminary.