CFP: Graduate Student Conference on Democracy and Religion

Lauren Turek

I would like to share the following call for papers that I received. This conference looks fantastic and would be an excellent opportunity for graduate students of all levels.

Call For Papers:
Graduate Student Conference on Democracy and Religion

University of Virginia, April 12, 2019

The UVA Department of Religious Studies’ Forum on Democracy and Religion invites paper proposals for a graduate student conference to be held on April 12, 2019. Graduate students at any level and in any disciplinary field are welcome to apply.

Our focus will be on the relationship between democracy and religion. We are particularly interested in such issues as: the current contest between free exercise and human dignity; the shifting sites of the “public square,” including its market dimensions; the relationship between neoliberalism and international religious freedom; how discussions of religious minorities, race, and gender shape what we mean by religion and democracy; and whether democracy needs religion or what kind of religion needs democracy.

Paper proposals should be no less than five pages long, exclusive of notation. Full papers are preferred. Panel proposals are welcome but not necessary. Panel participants will receive a $500 honorarium.

Paper selection will begin January 25th, 2019, and continue until the program is announced and panelists notified, no later than March 15. Please send all proposals by email attachment to Spencer Wells, Executive Assistant for the Forum on Democracy and Religion, at


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