God, Religion and Politics Conference: Election 2015 (Free and Everyone Welcome)

cropped-bible-3.jpgJust under a month before the next General Election in the UK, the (free) God, Religion and Politics conference (8-9 April, 2015) will present a range of speakers talking on discourses relating to religion and the Bible in contemporary politics (broadly defined as post-1945), with a particular (but not exclusive) reference to British politics. The timetable is available here.

The conference will be free of charge and everyone is welcome. Participants will be responsible for their own refreshments, food and accommodation, and there are plenty of reasonably priced local cafes, restaurants and hotels. If you could let us know if you intend to come, it would be helpful if you could email godreligionpolitics[at]gmail.com of your intentions.

The conference will address questions such as:

  • What assumptions about, and constructions of, ‘religion’ and ‘the Bible’ are made in political discourse?
  • To what extent do politicians engage with discourses relating to religion and the Bible?
  • Do different political parties and political traditions have notably different discourses about religion and the Bible?
  • How do discourses about religion and the Bible relate to discourses about, for instance, nationalism, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and disability?
  • How do pressure groups and think tanks relate to discourses about religion and politics?
  • How are discourses about religion and politics represented in contemporary culture (e.g. literature, film, TV, social media, newspapers)?
  • In what ways are historical understandings of political discourses tied in with historic understandings of the Bible and religion?

While there is some emphasis on British party and parliamentary politics, we also have critical papers on issues relating to non-mainstream political traditions and politics outside the UK. While there will be an emphasis on contemporary politics, we also have papers on historical influences, as well as philosophical, cultural, and exegetical (including historical critical) themes which relate to political debates.

Presenters and paper titles are available here.

Most papers will be around 25-30 mins long, with 10-15 mins for discussion. A timetable will be available shortly.

For information on location, click here.

The call for papers is now closed