Relationships between religions and the causes and resolution of social conflict are complex. On the one hand, religion is a major source of discord in our world, but on the other, religious agents have often played a central role in developing and encouraging nonviolent means of conflict resolution and sustainable peace. While religion as a factor in conflicts is often misunderstood by military and political leaders, it is also the case that the popular call for an end to injustice is quite often a religious voice. We seek to add a critical dimension to the understanding of how religion influences and resolves social conflict. We want to develop and expand the traditional categories of moral reflection and response to war and also to investigate kindred conflicts — terrorism, humanitarian armed intervention, cultural and governmental repression, ecological degradation, and all of the factors that inhibit human flourishing. We also hope to encourage theoretical and practical reflection on religious peace-building by examining the discourses, practices, and community and institutional structures that promote just peace. Through our work, we hope to promote understanding of the relationships between social conflict and religions in ways that are theoretically sophisticated and practically applicable in diverse cultural contexts.
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Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Unit
Call for Proposals
The Religion, Social Conflicts, and Peace Unit invites papers to focus on :
1) religion, conspiracy theory, and political violence and ways to redress the convergences of religion and conspiracy theory.
2) religion, violence, and ecological and environmental justice. How can we theorize religion's relevance to the discourse of environmental justice.
3) religion, security, and insecurity: beyond biopolitics and necropolitics
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Heather M. DuBois, Stonehill College1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Zayn Kassam, Pomona College1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Siti Sarah Muwahidah, Emory University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Wonchul Shin, Columbia Theological Seminary1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Jason Springs, University of Notre Dame1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026