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Gay Men and Religion Unit

Call for Proposals

We are calling for individual papers or a pre-arranged session on any subject fitting in our unit’s aim, but in particular on the following topics:

  1. Identities, persons, characters: explorations of concepts like identity, personhood, or character in how they have these been used / are they being used by scholars, activists and others to conceptualise the lives of (religious) gay/queer men.
  2. Regimes, roles, rituals: explorations of how can certain BDSM practices illuminate certain religious practices—et vice versa.
  3. An author-meets-critics session on Queer Palestine & the Empire of Critique by Sa’ed Atshan (forthcoming in summer 2020).
  4. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the documentary Paris Is Burning, and the anticipated 3rd season of the FX TV series Pose, the Gay Men and Religion Unit and the Religion and Popular Culture Unit are calling for individual papers or a pre-arranged session on LGBTQ ballroom culture.
  5. Trans* and Female Masculinities: This joint session of the Men, Masculinities and Religion Unit, the Queer Studies in Religion Unit and the Gay Men and Religion Unit interrogates the relationship of trans* studies and religious studies. We invite contributions with different theoretical, empirical, discourse-analytical, historical; decenter Christianity and/or Global North-based expressions of trans* and religion; and engage or respond to recent issues in Transgender Studies Quarterly& (2019) and *Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2018). Possible paper topics might include: transpessimism; transphobia in religious traditions and politics; disability and crip theory; ritual, materiality, and aesthetics of trans* and female masculinities; trans* theologies and the divine; "transing religious studies"--futures and provocations for the field.

Statement of Purpose

The Gay Men and Religion Unit:

• Provides scholarly reflection and writing on the intersections of gay male experience, including sexual experiences, with religious traditions and spiritual practices
• Fosters ongoing contributions by gay men to religious scholarship in all its forms
• Critically challenges homophobic scholarship and religious teaching, on the one hand, and aspects of the LGBTQI equality movement that promote assimilation and normalization, on the other
• Engages a variety of theoretical and political discourses, which critique essentialist notions of gay male identity
• Promotes recognition of the diversity of men-who-have-sex-with-men across time and throughout the world and investigates both the common and the particular among such persons—including their discourses around sexuality and around religion.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection