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Joint session with Sociology of Religion Unit: Topics related to Texas and borderlands (e.g., religion and politics, religious identity and voting patterns, Latinx and Asian migration, evangelical-Catholic interactions)


We ask for papers on the intersection of religion and politics from a national and an international perspective on any topic but this year we are particularly interested in:

1. Civil religion and religious nationalism

2. Artificial intelligence and Surveillance

3. The Supreme Court

4. International perspectives on religious freedom

5. Human dignity and nature

6. Religion, politics, and class


Mission Statement:

This Unit provides a forum for scholars and professionals interested in the relationships between religion, the state, and political life, both in the United States and around the world. Our members focus on the interaction between religious and political values, movements, and commitments, and the role of religious individuals and communities in bodies politic. This focus includes attention to the ways in which religion and religious actors participate in public discourse, contribute to debates over public values and social policy, and affect — and are affected by — activity in the political sphere. We welcome members doing both normative and descriptive work from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including religious studies, political science, philosophy, social ethics, law (including church–state studies), history (as it relates to contemporary understandings), and theology. We seek to advance scholarly inquiry on religion and politics and we seek also to speak to broad and diverse publics about areas falling under the Unit’s purview.

We also maintain a year-round Religion and Politics Google group, which is open to all AAR members here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/aar-religionandpolitics

Method of Submission:




John D. Carlson, john.carlson@asu.edu

Rachel M. Scott, rmh@vt.edu


Steering Committee:

Katharine Batlan, batlan@ualberta.ca

Vincent Biondo, vincent.biondo@humboldt.edu

Jocelyne Cesari, jc2348@georgetown.edu

Scott Culpepper, scott.culpepper@dordt.edu

Ann Duncan, ann.duncan@goucher.edu

Fredrik Gregorius, fredrik.gregorius@liu.se

Dana Lloyd, danalloyd15@gmail.com



Session Allotment: Tier 5 – Three 2-hour sessions and three 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2021