Interreligious Perspectives on Contemporary US Politics: (Inter)Religion in Social Movements, Political Organizing, and the Ballot Box
Religion has historically played a central role in American electoral politics, policy making, movements for social change, and democracy in general; this role remains to this day. Religious institutions, communities, ideas, values, norms, and critique continue to shape individual Americans, party platforms, and the larger political discourse. The impact of religion on contemporary politics, in particular the 2016 and 2020 election cycle, is evidence that religious discourse shapes—andincreasingly is shaped by—political discourse in the United States.
The deadline of 8 January 2021 is intended to allow contributors the option to reflect on their research both before and/or after the November 2020 General Election.
This special issue seeks 6-10 articles of 3000-8000 words. These articles may take the form of academic reflections, novel research, or informed reflections on your experience in the classroom, in your religious community, or in your political or (inter)religious organization. The contributors may be scholar-practitioners of various religious traditions situated in the United States, scholars of religion at the intersection of American domestic and foreign politics, sociologists or political scientists whose work engages religion, theologians who speak to social and political concerns (e.g., public theologians), or activists operating at the intersection of religion and politics. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial team and publishers, in addition to blind peer review. Submissions need not be directly within the purview of interreligious studies, but the following definition may help frame articles:
interreligious studies “engages in the scholarly and religiously neutral description, multidisciplinary analysis, and theoretical framing of the interactions of religiously different people and groups, including the intersections of religion and secularity. It examines these interactions in historical and contemporary contexts, and in relation to other social systems and forces. Like other disciplines with applied dimensions, it serves the public good by bringing its analysis to bear on practical approaches to issues in religiously diverse societies” (Kate McCarthy in Interreligious/Interfaith Studies [Patel, Peace, & Silverman 2018], 12).