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January 2012

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Call for Proposals

This Group invites historically and/or theoretically informed submissions on all subjects relating to religion, empire, colonialism, and postcolonialism. This year we are particularly interested in papers on the following topics:

  • Islam and colonial/postcolonial studies, for a possible cosponsorsed session with the Contemporary Islam Group
  • Cultural translation in moments of encounter
  • Global Christianity and colonial/postcolonial studies
  • Redefinitions of “human welfare” and “the good” in colonial and postcolonial contexts
  • Empire, capitalism, and religion
  • The utility of the category of religion for colonial/postcolonial studies

We welcome proposals for prearranged panels that employ innovative formats.


This Group presents an opportunity for scholars in various subfields of religious studies to explore a topic whose relevance cuts across specializations. We bring together scholars treating different time periods, geographical regions, and traditions in working to strengthen our field’s role in the study of empire, colonialism, and postcolonialism.

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.


Caleb Elfenbein
Grinnell College
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Mark Elmore
University of California, Davis
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Method of Submission


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