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Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit

Call for Proposals

In addition to general papers and proposals dealing with religion, colonialism, and post-colonialism, we invite papers on the following topics:


Imagining and Playing the Postcolonial Fantastic: Religion, Post-Colonialism, and Speculative Fiction

We are inviting proposals that bring together postcolonialism, speculative fiction, and the radical imagination. We are particularly interested in contributions that deal with forms not traditionally examined, like analog role-playing games, performance art, and other interactive experiences.


Author(s)-Meet-Critics: Book Panel

We are also planning to have another book panel in 2023, after the successful panels on books by Birgit Meyer, Richard King, Pamela Klassen/Jennifer Graber, Chris Driscoll/Monica Miller, J. Brent Crosson, Choi Hee An, and Tisa Wenger/Sylvester Johnson in the past. Submissions of full panels on a recently published book touching on issues of colonialism and postcolonialism are also welcome, but please contact the co-chairs beforehand if you are interested in developing a book panel with our Unit. Among the books we are investigating for 2023 are la paperson's "A Third University Is Possible" and An Yountae's "The Coloniality of the Secular: Race, Religion, and Poetics of World Making".


Thank you for considering sending a proposal to the Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit and we look forward to seeing you in person again in San Antonio.


Please note that the Religion, Colonialism and Postcolonialism Unit is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity. Please ensure that any full panel proposals are sensitive in their consideration of a plurality of gendered and racialized voices.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit presents an opportunity for scholars in various subfields of religious studies to explore a topic whose relevance cuts across specializations. We bring together scholars treating different time periods, geographical regions, and traditions in working to strengthen our field’s role in the study of empire, colonialism, and postcolonialism.


Steering Committee Members





Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members