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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:


Asian American Settler Colonialism (with a special focus on Climate Change) (Co-sponsored with the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit)

Kyle Whyte, the Potawatomi scholar-activist, describes climate change as an “intensified form of colonialism,” where the settler state sustains and replicates itself through militarization and industrialization, both extractive structures of labor and resources. Climate change conversations in this vein have predominantly focused on the tensions between European settlers and indigenous communities. However, Asian American studies scholars have also tended to issues of settler colonialism in relation to Asian settlers and Native Hawaiians (Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura), to Asian American racial formation in the creation of the US settler state (Iyko Day), and representative tensions between Asian American and indigenous communities (Quynh Nhu Le). We are looking for papers that engage Asian American settler colonialism in relation to climate change, but tied to religious formation and material realities. Paper themes can include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Identifying the critical questions at hand in making the connections between Asian American religious communities as settler communities, and climate change, relying on historical, theoretical, literary, or ethnographic analyses
  • Offering an analysis of the theological logics that undergird Asian American settler colonialism , and whether these logics are replicated across diverse Asian American religious communities
  • Providing a case study of a collaboration between indigenous-Asian American religious communities, identifying the shared goals at hand (and whether or not they address climate change), as well as challenges and potential possibilities for cross-community solidarities


Religion, Neocolonialism, and Racial Capitalism (Co-sponsored with the Religion and Economy Unit and the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit)
In light of more recent scholarship theorizing race in terms of political economy (e.g., Jonathan Tran's Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism, Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital, Iyko Day's Alien Capital, Rey Chow's The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism), we are inviting proposals for a roundtable panel on recent books focusing on religion in relation to neocolonialism, racial capitalism, and/or Asian American racial formation. Each roundtable session would include at least three book authors in conversation, as well as a moderator who would guide the discussion. Books should cohere around some shared themes as well as generate critical discussion that have methodological, analytical, or ethical implications.


Author(s)-Meet-Critics: Book Panel
We are also planning to have another book panel in 2022, after the successful panels on books by Birgit Meyer, Richard King, Pamela Klassen/Jennifer Graber, Chris Driscoll/Monica Miller, J. Brent Crosson, and Choi Hee An 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.


Postcolonial Perspectives on Religion and Hip-Hop (Co-sponsored with Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Unit)
We are looking for papers making use of postcolonial theories for an analysis of Religion and Hip-Hop, with a particular interest in Hip-Hop as "diasporic lingua franca" (Fatima El-Tayeb) for dispossessed and marginalized communities and as a tool for de-/anticolonial activism.


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 Denver.


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


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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