Religion and Politics in the United States

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
July 17, 2021 to July 18, 2021
Location: 
Netherlands
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Anthropology, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

Religion and Politics in the United States

International Conference
(Zoom sessions:2 days/Virtual platform:5 days)

Organizing Committee

Dr. Paulina Napierała 
Dr. Konstantinos D. Karatzas

Thematic Approach

GIRES, the Global Institute for Research, Education & Scholarship creates a welcoming space for discussion and exploration of the complicated relations between religion and politics in the United States.

“The United States is both remarkably religious and remarkably secular”. Although the US is a pluralist democracy, known for its multicultural identity, the  role of religion has been crucial in the formation of the nation’s identity and history, proving that the relationship between religion and politics is extremely complex and delicate.

Our new international conference seeks to bring together scholars from different countries who research a variety of topics related to the interactions between religion and politics in the United States from various perspectives. We define the terms “religion” and “politics” broadly and welcome all topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion. We want to examine how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise influence each other. The conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in both historical and contemporary contexts.

We intend to create a space for interdisciplinary conversation. Thus, we invite submissions that address questions across a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches – not only those of political science, but also of history, law, philosophy, religious studies, international relations, theology, sociology, minority studies, immigration studies, cultural studies, and/or psychology.

Proposed Topics (Lingua franca: English)

-Religion in American elections
-Religion and American foreign policy
-Religion in the early Republic
-Religion in the political thought of the Founding Fathers
-Religious clauses of the First Amendment: interpretations and contemporary controversies
-American Civil Religion – history and evolution
-Religious interest groups in the United States
-The evangelical vote
-The American Religious Right
-Culture wars in the American society
-Progressive Evangelicals and US politics
-The Religious Left
-Religious fundamentalisms in the Unites States
-Religious minorities’ rights and protections
-The role of religious minorities in American politics
-The political dynamics of religious pluralism in the United States
-Inter-denominational relations and their effects on politics
-Religious values and political stability of civil society
-Religion as a threat to contemporary civil society or the promise of protecting its liberal democratic character ?
-The role of Christianity in nationalism and neoliberalism
-Christian nationalism
-Conservative/liberal divisions within American religions
-Religion and immigration policies
-Religious freedom
-Constitutional and legal issues
-Instrumental use of religion in American politics
-Religion and populism
-The political role of the Black Church: past and present
-The influence of religion on international relations
-Secularization, privatization of religion, de-privatization of religion, post-secularism
-Psychology of religion and politics

Proposed Formats 

*Individually submitted papers (organized into panels by the GIRES committee)
*Panels (3-4 individual papers)
*Roundtable discussions (led by one of the presenters)
*Posters

Publication Opportunity
The Organizing Committee and GIRES Press will publish the most powerful and dynamic presentations of the conference and include them in a collective volume in the form of short articles and/or long essays. 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION  (Please use our online application form found in the conference's webpage)
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: May, 10 2021
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: May, 16 2021
PUBLICATION: GIRES PRESS 
ACCREDITATION: Official Certificate Issued by GIRES 

FOR REGISTRATION FEES (Listerners and Presenters) Please visit the conference's webpage.

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Generating dialogue is of primary importance for our scholarly community and thus GIRES wishes to create a friendly and welcoming environment for all of our colleagues and offer all the tools to present their work in the best possible way.
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Our proposed topics & formats are not restrictive and we invite additional germane ideas.
Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place virtually

Contact Info: 

GIRES-GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION & SCHOLARSHIP (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

www.gires.org

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