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CFP: God, Religion, and Politics

Dedicated to historical, critical, and social scientific approaches to the study of religion, as well as a relentlessly reflexive critique of the theories, methods, and categories used in such study.

University of Sheffield, April 8-9 2015

The God, Religion and Politics conference will present a range of speakers talking on discourses relating to religion and the Bible in contemporary politics (broadly defined as post-1945), with a particular (but not exclusive) reference to British politics.

The conference will address questions such as:

  • What assumptions about, and constructions of, ‘religion’ and ‘the Bible’ are made in political discourse?
  • To what extent do politicians engage with discourses relating to religion and the Bible?
  • Do different political parties and political traditions have notably different discourses about religion and the Bible?
  • How do discourses about religion and the Bible relate to discourses about, for instance, nationalism, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and disability?
  • How do pressure groups and think tanks relate to discourses about religion and politics?
  • How are discourses about religion and politics represented in contemporary culture (e.g. literature, film, TV, social media, newspapers)?
  • In what ways are historical understandings of political discourses tied in with historic understandings of the Bible and religion?

Call for papers: If you wish to present a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 150-200 words to godreligionpolitics[at]gmail.com. The closing date for submissions is 2 March 2015. Papers will be around 25-30 mins long, with 10-15 mins for discussion.

For more information, visit the conference webpage here.

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