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CALL FOR PAPERS
Panels at the first Anarchist Studies Network conference
4th-6th September 2008
Hosted by the Dept of Politics, IR and European Studies, Loughborough University, UK
Religious anarchism, especially Christian anarchism, has been around for at least as long as “secular” anarchism. The academic literature tells us that Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul or the Catholic Workers. There are also anarchists in other religious traditions, but these are almost completely omitted by anarchist literature.
One of the aims of this panel is to bring together enough religious anarchists – or people interested in it – in order to begin a conversation and an exchange of ideas on the topic. This would also work towards establishing the religious anarchist voice within anarchist academic writings. It is therefore both about bringing religious anarchists together as about placing religious anarchism on the broader map of anarchist thought and practice.
Although the literature tends to focus more on Christian anarchism, this predominance need not be repeated here – indeed, the more anarchists from other traditions, the better.
Contributions are also welcome from “practitioners” as much as from theorists. Both on the internet and in the streets, a number of people and groups have been discussing and exemplifying religious anarchism. Papers exploring this activity are welcome.
Also, although not the primary focus of the panel(s), papers on the often uneasy relation between religion and anarchism are also welcome.
Finally, please note that this list of subtopics is not exhaustive. If you are considering presenting a paper on an area of religious anarchism not discussed above, please do not hesitate to contact the convenor.
For further information or to submit titles or abstracts of proposed contributions, please contact Alex (the convenor) as early as possible on: ajmec_at_kent_dot_ac_dot_uk. See also here.
Please note that the cost of registration has not been agreed yet, but is hoped to be kept fairly low. There may also be some funding for travel. If you would require any such funding, please let Alex know as early as possible.
PhD Candidate and Sessional Teacher
Dept of Politics and IR
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NX
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