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Religion and the Social Sciences Unit

Call for Proposals

The Religion and Social Sciences Unit (RSS) supports scholarship at the intersection of the social sciences and religious or theological studies. Topic areas include the study of religious and theological questions through specific social scientific methodologies, the integration of theological and social scientific approaches to the study of religious communities and practices, and comparative assessments of current issues by humanities-based and social scientific methods. As always, we welcome proposals related to these topics.

For the 2022 meeting in Denver, we are also especially interested in paper and/or panel proposals that offer social scientific methodological and/or theoretical analyses of the conference theme, Religion & Catastrophe, particularly in regard to:

  • Environmental Catastrophe: We invite papers that address adaptive practices and responses of religious, spiritual, and indigenous communities to catastrophic environmental events inclusive of natural disasters related to climate change, as well as ecological disruption and devastation due to human intervention in natural environments. Given the location of the 2022 annual meeting in Denver, CO, we especially welcome papers that focus on catastrophes related to North American indigenous peoples’ relationship to land (e.g. Dakota Access Pipeline), as well as drought and wildfires in the Western United States.
  • Racial and Indigenous Land Movements: We invite papers on religious movements that address the devastation that white land ownership has inflicted on indigenous and racially minoritized communities. Examples include but are not limited to movements for land and food sovereignty, sustainable farming, alternative ways of living on and with the land, etc.
  • Syncretism and Indigenous Spiritualities: We invite papers that explore the integration of indigenous spiritualities and land regeneration into non-indigenous religious and/or interfaith practices as a response to climate change and ecological devastation.
  • Colonial Legacies and Climate Change Beyond U.S. Borders: We invite papers related to intersections between religion, colonial legacies, and the vulnerability of locales in the global south to climate change.

We encourage proposals to be creative and to not be bound by the traditional read-aloud paper, rather to offer mixed methodology presentation styles such as Prezi, visual imagery, and sound.

Statement of Purpose


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Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection

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