Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group: Call for Papers

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Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group

The AAR and SBL Meeting Atlanta, Georgia November 21-24

Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00 PM EST, through

The CTDR group offers an interdisciplinary and international forum for analytical scholars of religion to engage the intersection of critical theory and methodology with a focus on concrete ethnographic and historical case studies. Critical theory draws on methods employed in the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, literary criticism, and political theory in order to bring into scrutiny all kinds of discourses on religion, spanning from academic to nonacademic and from religious to nonreligious.

Call for Papers CTDR invites proposals on the following topics: (see PDF link)

  • In the wake of Stuart Hall’s death, we’d like to provoke conversation about his legacy in the study of religion, as well as the effects more generally of the Birmingham School. Papers on a variety of topics connected to critical race theory in the present study of religion are welcome.
  • On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Bourdieu and Haacke’s Free Exchange and the 60th anniversary of Adorno’s Prisms, we invite proposals that use these authors as lenses through which to examine (e.g.) economics and art in the study of religion.
  • Reflections on recent studies of religion and empire: David Chidester’s Empire of Religion and Peter Gottschalk’s Religion, Science, and Empire. (For possible co-sponsorship with the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group and the Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Group.)
  • Discursive formation of categories in the study of religion, e.g., spirituality, possession, and revitalization. We especially invite proposals treating categories developed/used in History of Religions scholarship on Africa, e.g., ‘fetish.’ (For possible co-sponsorship with the Indigenous Religious Traditions Group.) 
  • Genealogies of Cognitive Science. (For possible co-sponsorship with the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group.)



Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection



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