Anthropology, Psychology and Religion

Jessica Coblentz, Saint Mary's College of California,
Kim Humphrey, Boston College (Massachusetts),

For this year’s Anthropology, Psychology, and Religion section, we are especially interested in papers that address the conference theme of “‘You Say You Want a Revolution?’: 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective.” Suggested areas of inquiry include:

  • Theological considerations of emotion—such as anger, apathy, despondency, and political depression—in relation to liberation movements
  • Theological appropriations of and challenges to the medicalization of sexuality, with an eye toward the publication of the DSM-II in 1968
  • Anthropological implications of moral, immoral, and morally ambiguous political leadership, past and present. Reflections welcome on major figures, such as: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Tommie Smith and John Carlos (representatives of the Black Power movement at the Mexico City Olympic games), Richard J. Daly, Audre Lorde, Mary Daly, Phyllis Schlaffly, Rachel Carson, Thomas Merton.
  • Theologies of disability, fifty years after the establishment of the Special Olympics
  • Theological engagements with intergenerational trauma, especially as it relates to the impact of the racial, ethnic, and gender oppression that concerned 1968 activist movements
We encourage the proposal of individual papers as well as multi-person panels.

Please submit proposals to both conveners using the email addresses above. 


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