‘Religion and Liberation’ Conference

Below is the information for an upcoming conference at Durham on the topic of ‘Religion and Liberation’ featuring some great keynote speakers. Be sure to check this one out if you’re interested in the topic.


Religion and Liberation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” of Durham University’s Department of Theology, Faith and Globalization Programme, and Centre for Catholic Studies, at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church (University Chaplaincy), Durham, UK, 17 December 2010,
9.00 am-6.30 pm


Call for papers

Description: “Current debates about religion and politics tend towards two positions: 1) concern over the danger of religious extremism; 2) criticism of religious traditions’ conservative positions on social issues. While these debates are important, their dominance often eclipses the significant history of religiously rooted liberation movements. This conference aims to address this often-overlooked connection through the investigation of three themes: 1) historical analysis of religiously rooted liberation movements; 2) theoretical analysis of the connection between religious ideas and theories of liberation; and 3) critical analysis of religion’s role in contemporary philosophy and critical theory. Through this investigation, we seek to show how the theoretical and historical elements within these traditions may provide a complementary critical resource which enables communities to work on solutions to the crises confronting contemporary society.”

The organizers welcome submission on these or other related topics: Religious responses to the political and economic effects of globalization, including the responses of indigenous religious traditions; Theoretic, sociological, or historical perspectives on the role of religious traditions in struggles for human rights; Theoretical, sociological, or historical perspectives on Islamic or Christian liberation theology; Religion and the financial crisis; Religion and environmental activism; Connections between theological traditions and the critique of political economy; Religion and forms of social organization; Religion, politics of identity and contemporary social movements; Influence of theological traditions on political or economic structures; Regional assessments of the current status of liberation theology.

Keynote speakers: Philip Goodchild (University of Nottingham), “The Future of Liberation”, and Roland Boer (University of Newcastle, Australia), “Kairos and Akairós”

To propose a paper, please send a title and a 400-word abstract to: t.j.lynch@durham.ac.uk

Deadline: 19 November 2010

Participants will be informed by 26 November.

Registration fee: £5


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