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Theology and Religious Reflection Unit

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

We are interested in papers, roundtables, and panel proposals dealing with any of the following, as well as any proposals offering theoretically sophisticated approaches to matters of religious reflection.

  • Violence, non-violence, and the margins.
  • The effects and affects of fragmentation, borders and partition.
  • Theology/religion and spirituality.
  • Trauma, especially (but not only) in relation to the ongoing war in Gaza and the global response. Doing constructive theology in trauma. The languages, possibilities and limits of religious trauma.
  • We are especially interested in proposals dealing with Mariology beyond Christianity and icons of Our Lady of the Quran.

We are also interested in proposals for panels or Author-Meets-Critics sessions on exciting new work, including especially the following books:

  • Thenmozhi Soundararajan, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation (2022).
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs (2022).
  • Mark Jordan, Queer Callings: Notes on Names and Desires (2023).
  • Carlos Ulises Decena, Circuits of the Sacred: A Faggotology in the Black Latinx Caribbean (2023).
  • Paul Heck, Political Theology and Islam: From the Birth of Empire to the Modern State (2023).
  • Mouchir Basile Aoun, The Arab Christ: Towards an Arab Christian Theology of Conviviality (2022).
  • Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha, Voodoo en Vogue: Fashioning Black Divinities in Haiti and the United States (2023).
  • Kameron Carter, Anarchy of Black Religion: A Mystic Song (2023).

    Statement of Purpose

    The Theology and Religious Reflection Unit is committed to fostering broad, interdisciplinary conversations in the study of religion and theology. We aim to cultivate a site of intersection and engagement for scholars working in various religious contexts who also have interests in the wider aspects of mutual interest in our field (theological, theoretical, methodological, political, ethical). Our Unit promotes constructive work that typically includes an emphasis on critical engagement as well as conceptual and social transformation.


    Steering Committee Members



    Review Process

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