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Call for Proposals

This Consultation has chosen as its session’s topic “Religion Makes the City: Boundary Work and the Production of Urban Life.” The city may be understood as a system of boundaries. Urban life is made as we demarcate and contest boundaries between lifestyles, political and economic groups, citizens and noncitizens, and places. Religion is a site where all sorts of boundaries are made, yet we rarely think of religion as making the city through its boundary work. We invite papers that explore how the city is made, and made meaningful, under the demarcative influence of religious agents, institutions and ideas. Papers are welcome across disciplines, including social sciences, theology, history, and architecture. Also of interest are papers for a cosponsored session with the Queer Theory and LGBT Studies in Religion Consultation on queer practices in San Francisco.


This Consultation is focused on scholarship that explores the dynamics of religion in urban contexts. We draw largely, though not exclusively, from social research in looking at the ways in which the cultures, economies, space, and politics both shape and are shaped by the presence of an increasing diversity of faith traditions in cities.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


Katie Day
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
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Omar McRoberts
University of Chicago
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Method of Submission


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