Mysticism and Politics

Melinda Krokus, Marywood University (Pennsylvania),  krokus@marywood.edu

Jennifer Wade, Marymount California University, jenwade500@gmail.com


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 2018 conference theme You Say You Want A Revolution?


Some areas of consideration may be:

  • Theological inquiry and reflection on the role of mysticism and spirituality in Catholic social teaching in the context of the late 1960s up to the present;
  • Inquiry and reflection on the role of mysticism and spirituality in protest movements the context of the late 1960s up to the present;
  • Ethnographic studies examining emergent forms of political mysticism; new practices/disciplines, interfaith spirituality, ritual and mystical political embodiment;
  • Religious and spiritual solidarity movements for political action, e.g. environmental activism, race relations, gender relations, poverty, borderlands, indigenous rights;
  • Feminist and Gender studies approaches to mysticism and politics;
  • Post-colonial studies approaches to mysticism and politics.

The above topics may be approached from various global perspectives and rooted in any religious tradition.


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.

Email: secretary@collegetheology.org

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