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Call for Proposals

This Section invites papers and panels related to the following themes:

  • Interdisciplinary explorations of desire and religion
  • Religion, violence, and peace — religion has the capacity to incite violence or inspire peace, particularly through theological rhetoric. In this session, we are looking for papers that will explore religious violence and peace traditions and the modes of theological discourse that promote these disparate responses to conflict
  • Postcolonial theory — recently, the use of postcolonial theory has become much more noticeable in theology and religious studies. A persistent critique has been that postcolonial theory remains internal to Europe, especially grounded in the poststructuralism of Derrida, Foucault, and Lacan. We seek proposals exploring questions of whether or not and how postcolonial theory may address issues of epistemology as well as materiality
  • Proposals addressing several key concepts — identity, culture, translation, art, borders, feminism, etc. — in the various works (books, poetry, film, art) of Trinh T. Minh-ha

The Section also welcomes proposals that address the intersections of theological and religious reflection with philosophical and political issues, and with questions of literary, cultural, and critical theory.


This Section promotes new constructive work that is in dialogue with the historical theological traditions on the one hand, and with all aspects of the contemporary context on the other — intellectual movements, methodologies, multiple theological and religious perspectives, and ethical/social/political contexts. We have continued to indicate more specific topics in our annual Call for Papers, which we believe adds to the relevance and interest of the sessions.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee Members.


Susan Abraham
Harvard University
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Anne Joh
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
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Method of Submission


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