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The Religion, Social Conflict, and Peace Unit invites submissions for the 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Our panels will focus on three topics: Conspiracy Theory, Ecological/ Environmental Justice, and Necropolitics. We are interested in essays that bring intersectional outlooks and articulate the interrelation among theories and praxis beyond pathologies or power reductionisms where complex social, cultural, and political phenomena are reduced to one explanatory variable, such as power or greed. . 

1) Conspiracy Theory, Political Violence and Religion.

Themes may include:

·         Conspiracy Theories and Political Theologies. 

·         Conspiracy Theories, Ethno-Nationalisms and Global Politics 

·         Whiteness, Anti-Black Racisms and Conspiracy Theories.

·         Islamophobic and Antisemitic Tropes in Conspiracy Theories. 

·         Conspiracy Theories, Militarism, and Masculinities.

·         Conspiracy theory and the discourse of political and national reconciliation  

·         Other.  

2) Ecological/Environmental Justice, Violence and Religion 

Themes may include: 

·         Struggles of Land Sovereignty and Ecological Justice. 

·         Global Pandemias and Structural Violences. 

·         Theories and Practices of Environmental Justice. 

·         Class, Race and Environmental Justice. 

·         Religious Movements of Resistances and Re-Existences to Environmental Disasters. 

·         Religion, cultural reclamation, and food sovereignty 

·         Other. 

3) Religion and Security/Insecurity: Beyond Biopolitics and Necropolitics.

Themess may include:  

·         Necropolitics and Global Pandemias. 

·         Concealed Biopolitics in Times of Liberalism.  

·         Colonialities and Narratives of National Security. 

·         Border Walls and Transnational Solidarities.  

·         Bombs Overseas, Liberalism at home.

·         Other.  

Mission Statement:

Relationships between religions and the causes and resolution of social conflict are complex. On the one hand, religion is a major source of discord in our world, but on the other, religious agents have often played a central role in developing and encouraging nonviolent means of conflict resolution and sustainable peace. While religion as a factor in conflicts is often misunderstood by military and political leaders, it is also the case that the popular call for an end to injustice is quite often a religious voice. We seek to add a critical dimension to the understanding of how religion influences and resolves social conflict. We want to develop and expand the traditional categories of moral reflection and response to war and also to investigate kindred conflicts — terrorism, humanitarian armed intervention, cultural and governmental repression, ecological degradation, and all of the factors that inhibit human flourishing. We also hope to encourage theoretical and practical reflection on religious peace-building by examining the discourses, practices, and community and institutional structures that promote just peace. Through our work, we hope to promote understanding of the relationships between social conflict and religions in ways that are theoretically sophisticated and practically applicable in diverse cultural contexts.

Method of Submission:




Atalia Omer, aomer1@nd.edu

Santiago H. Slabodsky, santiago.slabodsky@hofstra.edu


Steering Committee:

Heather M. DuBois, duboishm@gmail.com

Janna Hunter-Bowman, jhunterbowman@ambs.edu

Amir Hussain, amir.hussain@lmu.edu

Zayn Kassam, zkassam@pomona.edu

Siti Sarah Muwahidah, sitisarahm@gmail.com

Wonchul Shin, shinw@ctsnet.edu

Jason Springs, jspring1@nd.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 2 – Two 2-hour sessions

Next Review: 2025