The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: Religion, Activism, and Protest

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Josh Privett / Georgia State University
contact email: 

Too often, especially in the United States today, religion is seen as the enemy of socio-political progress and change. But even a cursory glance at U.S. history — the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sanctuary Movement — attests to the role religion and religious individuals have played in resistance movements. This panel seeks papers that consider the influence of religion on political activism and protest movements — and not only in America, but globally. Paper proposals might address (but are not limited to) the following topics: the intersection of religion and political ideologies and movements; the influence of religion on the political Left, or vice versa; church-sponsored protest movements; or the implications of the “post-secular turn” on religion and politics. Any treatment of religion, activism, and protest will be considered. By May 31, please send a 250-word proposal, a brief CV, and any A/V requests to Josh Privett, Georgia State University, jprivett1@gsu.edu, for SAMLA 90, November 2-4, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.