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Secularism and Secularity Unit

Call for Proposals

  1. For a possible co-sponsored session with the Religion and Economy Unit: We are interested in papers or panels that develop critical frameworks for responding to digital humanisms and post-humanisms, emergent technological infrastructures, cyber-surveillance, and hacking. How, for example, have these realms of technology inspired new senses of self, reshaped secular governance, or conjured new spirits of capitalism or practices of solidarity? These sessions may take the form of keyword roundtable discussions, or any other engaging format.

  2. For a co-sponsored session between the Reformed Theology and History, Secularity and Secularism, and Political Theology Units: We are interested in papers that explore Reformed history and theology alongside discursive and institutional secularism. Possible areas of focus could include (but are not limited to): law and sovereignty; reassessing the sociology of predestination; socio-political-biblical narrative; and the influence of Calvinism on thinkers impacted by Calvinism, but who rejected or were not directly associated with Calvinism.

  3. For a possible co-sponsorship with the Sociology of Religion Unit: invited roundtable on Joseph Blankholm’s The Secular Paradox (2022).

  4. Open call for other papers, panels, roundtables that push the study of secularism/secularity in new directions.

Statement of Purpose

The Secularism and Secularity Unit explores a broad a set of questions associated with the secular, including its complex entanglements with religion and spirituality. This inquiry entails the study of political secularism and its role in the construction of religion, as well as the study of secular people, who can be described with a variety of labels including atheist, agnostic, humanist, and freethinker. It also includes an ongoing reappraisal of the historical transformations named by “secularization,” which signal the emergence of the modern and presuppose a break from the premodern. The group fosters new directions in secular studies by encouraging theoretically informed research that makes empirical contributions and engages with the subfield’s rapidly growing interdisciplinary literature.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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Review Process Comments

Process: Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members Proposal submissions are closed but as a Chair you may continue to submit proposals.