CFP: Religion and Violence Graduate Student Conference

Call for Abstracts
2018 CREOR Colloquium on Religion and Violence

Conference Topic: Religion and Violence: Sources, History, and the Contemporary World
Co-chairs: Gerbern S. Oegema and André Gagné
Dates: April 17-20, 2018
Location: McGill University and Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Submission Deadline: January 1st, 2018.
Contact: [email protected]

This colloquium seeks to reexamine the relationship between religion and violence in the contemporary world by reflecting on the traditional scriptural sources that are often ascribed to religious violence.

Participants are encouraged to submit papers that reflect on the following questions and themes: How has the understanding of the relationship between violence and religion changed over time? How does methodology shape the scholarship on religion and violence? Is religious violence different than secular/non-religious violence? By drawing attention to religious violence how has political discourse overlooked the religious victims of religious or secular violence? Is there a place for discussions of religious conceptions of non-violence in the scholarship on religion and violence? How can policy makers use scriptural sources to promote peace and social cohesion?

Themes and Categories:
Anti-terrorism and de-radicalization
Construction/ deconstruction of religion
Culture vs scripture
Culture of violence
Eastern vs Western religious violence
Effects of post-colonialism
Extremism and radicalization
Gender and sexuality
Gender and development
Methodological approaches to religion and violence
Political violence vs religious violence
Religion and community building
Radical environmentalism
Religious freedom vs control
Religion and globalization
Religion and nationalism
Religion and violence in the media
Ritual and violence
State security
The role of hermeneutics
Violence and textual traditions
Violence in the name of secularity

Guidelines for proposals:
Please submit a 250-word abstract explaining the topic and main arguments of the paper by January 1st, 2018. All disciplines and fields welcome. Papers must engage in and contribute to the scholarly discourse; works of advocacy or mere summary will not be considered. Presentations may be in either English or French and should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals should include all contact information including institutional affiliation. These proposals as well as any questions or requests for further information should be sent to the following address: [email protected]

See full Call for Papers here:
CFP_Religion and Violence (eng)