Keynote speakers: Dr. Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan
The graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Religion invite paper proposals that explore the relationship between the academic study of religion and political ideologies. Both religious and political ideologies formulate and define basic moral principles lying at the base of power formations that challenge incumbent models of legitimacy. When considering their epistemological foundations, political and religious mythologies are not so easily differentiated. At the same time, religion and politics are often viewed as distinct or even antagonistic. Accordingly, they are approached with different expectations of what it means for them to be just or truthful.
Conference Coordinators: Verena Meyer & Quinn A. Clark