CFP: Ways of Knowing Graduate Conference--Deadline Extended to May 31st

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Ways of Knowing 2017

6th Annual Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School


October 26-28, 2017

Harvard Divinity School

Cambridge, MA



Note: Dealine extended to Wed. May 31st

The Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School announces the 6th annual “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School.” Inaugurated in 2012, this multi-day event is made up of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. In addition, the conference features special panels on professionalization, addressing both academic and non-academic careers, and a keynote address. The conference aims at promoting lively interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and doing religion.

General Call for Papers

We seek papers that explore religious practices and modes of knowing, especially in relation to this year’s central theme, “Religion and Migration”. We welcome the use of all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, queer theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on any period, region, tradition, group, or person. They may address a set of practices, texts, doctrines, or beliefs. Projects that are primarily sociological, anthropological, theological, ethical, textual, historical, or philosophical are welcome, as are projects that draw on multiple disciplines.

Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.     Exploration of a specific way of knowing, being, and engaging the world in relation to religion

2.     Historical, sociological, and/or anthropological analyses of the cultural processes that support a specific religious discourse or practice, its authoritative structures, and/or its strategies of inclusion and exclusion

3.     Analyses of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and/or gender with respect to religious texts, practices, or performances

4.     Comparative examinations of religious texts and/or their interpretations, with attention to the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and/ or intellectual contexts that mediate and delimit different interpretative strategies and practices

5.     Analyses of the interplay between religion and scientific, moral, and/or legal discourses, practices, and authorities

6.     Theological construction or analysis of a particular normative framework, which critically and/or comparatively engages one or more religious traditions

7.     Critical analyses of the scholarly production and dissemination of knowledge on religion

Special note: WoK conference is particualrly interested in questions of sexuality and religion, and in the role of science, religion and other forms of knowledge making in the production and articulation of sexuality(ies)


Special Call for Papers

In addition to the General Call for Papers, the conference will also feature four special modules devoted to each of the following themes:

1. Objects and Orientations: Materiality and Spatiality in the Study of Religion

2. Bodily Ways of Sharing Knowledge

3. American Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century
4. Science/Religion Fiction and the Making of New Futures

 See the full call for papers (including special calls and annual theme) here:


Submission Instructions

Individual Papers: Please submit a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the project.

Pre-Organized Panels: Proposals for panels on a particular topic may also be submitted to either the general or special calls. These should include three to five papers, including a respondent paper. Please submit: 1) a 300-word summary of the focus and purpose of the panel, specifying how each paper contributes to the overarching theme; 2) a 300-word abstract for each paper explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the project; 3) the name and contact information of the panel organizer/chair.

Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 31st through the WOK 2017 Submission Portal:


All inquiries can be directed to Eli Nelson, Conference Coordinator, at