Deadline Extended for Religions in Conversation Conference Paper Proposals

8th Ann. Religions in Conversation Conference

Religion and Politics: Governance, Power, and the Sacred

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At Claremont Graduate University on February 27-28, 2015

***Proposal Deadline Extended to November 14th!***

Thanks to CGU's Religion Student Council, we are pleased to announce that this year's conference will include awards for the top three conference papers. 1st place will receive $150, 2nd place will receive $100, and 3rd place will receive $50. The 1st place paper will also be published in the Claremont Journal of Religion.

The Eighth Annual Religions in Conversation Conference at Claremont Graduate University is currently accepting paper proposals related to the theme “Religion and Politics: Governance, Power, and the Sacred.” This year’s conference will explore the tensions and concurrences of religion and politics across a range of academic disciplines. In doing so, we hope to reveal how our understanding of religion within an array of social, cultural, and temporal contexts has been shaped and continues to be shaped by political concerns.

Never talk about religion or politics” is an adage that no one has ever actually followed, because religion and politics permeate our everyday lives. This becomes particularly apparent when we broaden the category of “politics.” Generally, politics includes those things having to do with the political community. Yet, if the community is a body of citizens who are free to worship whatever they hold sacred, there is a salient need for scholars to study a range of issues from politics and religion, the politics of religion, to body politics in religion, in their myriad of forms, manifestations, and contexts.

As such, the topic of religion and politics engenders basic but important questions for scholars of religion. For this conference, topics may include, but are in no way limited to: Patriotism and religion; politics within religious institutions; gender and sexual identity politics in religion; freedom and religion; religion and leadership; ethics and politics; regimes and religion; religion, law, and the courts; and the politics behind the study of religion.

This conference is open to all disciplines and includes transdisciplinary research related to traditions represented by Claremont Graduate University’s religious councils: Catholicism, Coptic Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Protestantism, and Zoroastrianism, as well as other religious traditions.

Send abstracts of no more than 200 words to conference chair at The subject line should read “Proposal: 2015 Religions in Conversation Conference.” Submission Deadline is November 14th, 2014 and presenters will be notified of their acceptance by the first week of December.

 Please contact the conference chair at with any questions.