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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

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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

Please refrain from submitting panels that lack diversity