Call for Papers: Religion and Popular Culture Unit

Religion and Popular Culture Unit
deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017
Statement of Purpose: 
This Unit is dedicated to the scholarly exploration of religious expression in a variety of cultural settings. We encourage a multidisciplinary display of scholarship in our sessions and are committed to taking popular culture seriously as an arena of religious and theological reflection and practice.
Call for Papers: 
This Unit invites both organized sessions and individual paper proposals that explore the intersections of religion and popular culture. We strongly encourage presentation formats that foster interactive environments and provide creative alternatives to the conventional reading of papers. This year, we encourage presentations that address the following topics


  • Standing Rock
  • Public Mourning for Dead Celebrities
  •  Nostalgia
  • Patriotism and Religion
  • Iconoclasm, Desecration, and Blasphemy
  • Religion and Popular Culture on the Ocean/Coastline
  •  The Summer of Love- 50 years later
We also invite submissions for a possible co-sponsored session with the History of Christianity unit:
“Exegetical Uses and Abuses of Christianity in Preaching, Politics, and Popular Culture.”
Public expressions and manifestations of Christianity history present through Christian history in vivid and contested ways. This session seeks to forefront the public performances of Christianity and their historicizing power. For example, how did indigenous African prophets enlist, subvert, or confirm 19th century Christian colonialism? In contemporary North American politics, what is the role of competing factions and coalitions across the Christian historical spectrum? We envision particular studies of one period which can point to earlier analogous moments and invite broad dialogue.
Finally, we offer an open call for any other topics dealing with religion and popular culture, especially proposals that address the relevance of popular culture studies for larger theoretical and methodical issues in the field of religious studies.
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members.


Steering Committee