The Fordham Theology Graduate Students Association presents the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference on
Religion and Racial & Ethnic Justice
March 30 and 31, 2017 at Fordham University
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bryan Massingale, STD
Call for Papers:
The events of the last few years has emphasized the necessity of the pursuit of racial and ethnic justice, both in this country and across the globe. This conference examines the role of religion in that pursuit, both historically and in our contemporary moment. The Fordham Theology Graduate Students Association (TGSA) welcomes papers from graduate students from any field studying any aspect of any religious tradition. Papers that address one or more of the following questions are particularly encouraged to submit:
Theology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion:
How does “religion,” broadly construed, enhance or inhibit the pursuit of racial and ethnic justice?
Should quarter be given to religious perspectives within national and global movements seeking racial and ethnic justice?
How can thinking “theologically” assist those working for racial and ethnic justice?
How might theological resources aid the navigation of contemporary issues concerning intersectionality of provisional and minoritized identities?
How does racial and ethnic justice challenge the doing of theology, ethics, and any philosophy regarding religion? How does complicate perspective (universalisms and particularities)? How does it include and exclude participants? How does it infect the surety of hierarchy and privilege, including the academy? How does it impact relations, both vertical and horizontal?
History of Religion and Historical Theology:
How does the study of historical theology or religious history enhance or inhibit the pursuit of racial and ethnic justice?
How have the insights from critical race theory and ethnic studies enhanced (or not) the study of historical theology or religious history?
How can the study of particular moments in the religious history enhance the pursuit of racial and ethnic justice?
How have the insights from critical race theory and ethnic studies enhanced (or not) the study of the historical religious texts, e.g. Scripture?
How can religious historians better represent minoritized racial and ethnic groups? We especially welcome historical papers analyzing the religious beliefs and practices of racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in historical scholarship, e.g., Samaritans, Yazidi, Ryukyuan, Mizrahim, etc.
Please submit an abstract of about 300 words here.
DUE December 31, 2016