CFP: Globalization and Theories of Religion

Call for Publications

Theme: Globalization and Theories of Religion
Publication: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 1.9.2012


In the past two decades the phrase “globalization” has been used
increasingly and extensively to describe, characterize, or vilify
the current state of world affairs. The expression early on had
primarily an economic, and to a certain extent a “neo-liberal”, set
of connotations. But increasingly the word has come to be used to
theorize a wide and diverse range of interrelated global trends,
tendencies, and phenomena that are not only economic, but social,
cultural, and political. The notion that specific religions, or
religion as a whole, are becoming qualitatively different in this new
“globalized” setting has been advanced by such well-known European
philosophers as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Olivier Roy.
Different conclusions have also been drawn by thinkers who represent
the emerging world or the so-called “global south.”

This special issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory
seeks article submissions that address the broader problem of
globalization and religion. It also seeks shorter, critical, and
reflective essays (2000-4000 words) that deal with one or more of the
following questions:

– What do we really mean by the expression “globalization”?

– How are the varied and complex theories of globalization affecting
theories of religion as a whole?

– In what ways have different world or indigenous religions become
“globalized”? And what has been the short-term or long-term effect on

– What is the shape of the emerging world order and how does it
significantly challenge, or change, our understanding of the idea of
“religion”, or the importance of religion, within the various
disciplinary, subdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary matrices?

– In what measures can and should theories of religion be integrated
with current or prevailing theories of globalization (social,
cultural, political, economic, social, etc.), and what priority
should they be given?

– How can the new forms of “political theology” be leveraged to
illuminate and perhaps answer more discerningly many of the foregoing

– What insights do certain prominent and widely recognized
philosophers and religious theorists or theorists – postmodern,
postcolonial, “decolonial”, etc. – have to say, either explicitly or
implicitly, about the question of globalization.

Deadline: September 1, 2012


Carl Raschke


About Jovan Maud

I'm a lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. Interests include: transnational religious networks, popular religion in Thailand, religious tourism and commodification, and digital anthropology.
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