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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Political Theology Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

The Political Theology Seminar examines the interaction between religious and political thought: how do they influence one another, and how should we respond? Political theology emerged as an area of study through the work of scholars such as Carl Schmitt, who examined the origin of political concepts in Christian theology. The area has also drawn upon theological traditions (Christian, Jewish, and otherwise) in order to reflect constructively upon the way in which politics ought to operate. In recent years, political theology has been taken up by scholars in various disciplines, including philosophy of religion, Biblical studies, Islamic studies, African American religion, sexuality and religion, and elsewhere. The seminar will draw upon these diverse approaches in order to explore the contribution of political theology to the study of religion.

Over the course of five sessions (2017-2021), the seminar will expand the conversation about political theology to highlight minority, feminist, and queer voices and foreground scholars from Jewish, Muslim, and other religious traditions. The goal of the seminar is to provide a forum for a diverse group of scholars to explore what political theology means in their own work, how they see the conversation about political theology developing, and how political theology can enrich the study of religion.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topic:

• Political Theology and Justice
For 2018, the Political Theology Seminar is issuing an open call for presentations that explore the relationship between political theology and justice. How do different conceptions of justice shape think about political theology? In relation to justice, we are interested in both (1) theoretical and legal accounts (the relationship of justice and democracy, for example) and (2) engagement with specific topics such as reproductive justice, racial justice, gender justice, global justice, climate justice, etc. As for political theology, we interpret the category broadly to include both descriptive and normative work that attends to the mutual influence of political and religious concepts (in any religious tradition).
The seminar seeks constructive projects that offer new directions for the field of political theology. We are particularly interested in presentations that reflect upon the broad theoretical significance of particular texts, traditions, and practices.

Method: 
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