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Religion and Citizenship

Call for Papers

Theme: Religion and Citizenship
Type: 15th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies
Institution: Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State
  Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity,
University of Potsdam
Location: Detroit, MI (USA)
Date: 12.–14.4.2018
Deadline: 31.10.2017

Religion has been, and continues to be, central to any notion of
citizenship. The ideal of a rights-bearing citizen has its roots in
assertions of freedom from religious persecution. While the
separation of church and state continues to serve as a foundational
principle for secular states, religion remains entwined with those
states and the public lives of their citizens. Communitarian thinkers
argue that this is as it should be, religion provides purpose and
value to community membership and cannot be removed from any
meaningful definition of citizenship. Despite claims for secular
tolerance of religious beliefs, exclusions from citizenship are too
often based on religious differences, differences that can also
involve ethnic and racial identity. Tensions created by religious
exclusion, persecution, and discrimination can further impact
citizenship by fueling secessionist movements, political revolutions,
and genocides.

Religion’s influence on citizenship ranges across a wide variety of
issues, among these are:

- The politics of populism and the expression of anti-immigrant
 sentiments in the United States presidential election.

- The history of religious sectarianism that includes The Troubles in
 Northern Ireland, the Bosnian War, the Armenian genocide, and
 Shia-Sunni sectarian violence.

- The cultural and legal contentions over citizens appearing in
 public spaces in religious clothing, most recently exemplified in
 the burkini ban in Nice, France.

- The rise of Hindu nationalism in India as part of a long history of
 struggle against colonial rule and formulation of a postcolonial
 political identity.

- The debates over religious symbols and observances in government
 spaces, such as the display of the Ten Commandments on a monument at
 the Texas State Capitol.

To apply, please email Ms Aimée Moran at citizenship(at) with
three attachments: an abstract of 500 words or less, your C.V., and a
50-word bio. Please be sure that your full name, the name of your
institution and your email address are included on each page

Alternatively, you may submit your proposal online at:

Please send us your materials no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

We will notify applicants of their acceptance to present work at the
conference. We will invite presenters to submit full papers for
further review by our advisory board.

International Scholars

We provide a limited number of scholarships for international
scholars. These funds will be distributed on a competitive basis.
Scholarships include three nights of lodging and a discounted
conference registration rate for the participant, but no
transportation. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship,
please indicate it in your email.

Keynote Speaker

Bryan Turner
Professor of Sociology, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne),
and Max Planck Honorary Professor, Potsdam University

Plenary Speaker

Saeed Khan
Lecturer in Near East & Asian Studies, Global Studies, Research
Fellow, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University,
and Honorary Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

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