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We invite paper and session proposals on the following themes, as well as other papers and sessions that engage broadly with themes related to queer and trans studies in religion:

Analyzing/theorizing the entanglement of white supremacy and Christian hegemony and the disciplining of queerly racialized bodies. We especially invite attention to the regulation of queer and trans Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); non-Christian or outsider Christian communities; and/or regulatory norms of Christian whiteness.

Queering mysticism or mysticism and unruly desire (for potential co-sponsoring with mysticism unit).

Queer sacred spaces and history (considering, for instance, the queer nightclub scene in San Antonio, the importance of space during and after COVID-19, etc).

A panel celebrating and honoring the work of Mark Jordan.

New works in progress (particularly centering the work of junior scholars).

Mission Statement:

The core goals of this Unit are as follows:

• Foster the application of queer theory and gender theory to the study of religion
• Encourage comparative study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in religion
• Support the growth of bisexual studies and transgender studies in the field

We actively seek to explore the connections between queer theory in religion and complementary or overlapping fields of inquiry, such as postcolonial theory, critical race theory, disability theory, feminist theory, and cultural studies, among others.

Method of Submission:




Elyse Ambrose, eambrose@drew.edu

Brandy Daniels, brandydaniels@gmail.com


Steering Committee:

Benae Beamon, benae.beamon@gmail.com

S.J. Crasnow, sj.crasnow@rockhurst.edu

Shonda Nicole Gladden, sngladde@iu.edu

Yannik Thiem, yt2682@columbia.edu

Heather White, hwhite@pugetsound.edu

Thelathia Young, nikki.young@bucknell.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2021