Mysticism and Politics

Melinda Krokus, Marywood University (Pennsylvania),

Jennifer Wade, Marymount California University,

The Mysticism and Politics section welcomes paper proposals that address the contemplative/mystical dimensions of and approaches to socio-political realities. Particular attention will be given to proposals that address the 2017 conference theme American Catholicism in the 21st century: Crossroads, Crisis, or Renewal? Some areas of consideration may be: 

  • ·      Theological inquiry and reflection on the role of mysticism in 21st century Catholic social teaching in an American context? New definitions, appeal to the religious “nones,” etc.;
  • ·      Ethnographic studies examining emergent forms of American Catholic mysticism; new practices/disciplines, interfaith spirituality, ritual and mystical political embodiment;
  • ·      American Catholic solidarity movements for political action, e.g. environmental activism, race relations, poverty, borderlands, indigenous rights;
  • ·      Feminist and Gender studies approaches to mysticism and politics;

Strong proposals outside of the conference theme will also be considered. 

The College Theology Society is a registered, non-profit professional society and a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion.


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