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Race and Indigeneity

Call for Papers

Theme: Race and Indigeneity
Subtitle: Ways of Knowing
Type: 7th Annual Graduate Conference on Science and Religion
Institution: Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, MA (USA)
Date: 26.–27.10.2018
Deadline: 18.5.2018

The Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School
announces the 7th annual “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on
Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School.” Inaugurated in
2012, this multi-day event is made up of thematic panels that cross
areas of science studies, religious traditions, academic disciplines,
and theoretical commitments. In addition, the conference features
special panels on professionalization, addressing both academic and
non-academic careers, and a keynote address. The conference aims at
promoting lively interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing
assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the
differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of
various modes of knowing and doing science and religion.

Last year, more than 100 students and early career scholars
representing over 60 graduate programs worldwide gathered to present
their research. Following the success of our previous conferences, we
invite graduate students and early career scholars to submit paper
proposals from of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and
disciplinary perspectives.

General Call for Papers

We seek papers that explore scientific and religious practices and
modes of knowing, especially in relation to this year’s central
theme, “Race and Indigeneity”. We welcome the use of all sorts of
theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, queer
theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory,
performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on any
period, region, tradition, group, or person. We welcome papers from
variety of disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology,
religious studies, Science and Technology Studies, history of science
and intellectual history among others.

Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Explorations of a specific way of knowing, being, and engaging the
world in relation to scientific and/or religious traditions and their

- Historical, sociological, and/or anthropological analyses of the
cultural processes that support a specific scientific or religious
discourse or practice, its authoritative structures, and/or its
strategies of inclusion and exclusion.

- The cultural and historical discourses, articulations and
developments of scientific, technological and medical knowledge,
institutions, agents, exchanges, etc.

- The cultural and historical discourses, articulations and
developments of religious practices, knowledge, institutions, agents
and exchanges, etc.

- Analyses of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and/or
gender with respect to scientific or religious texts, practices, or

- Comparative examinations of scientific and religious texts and/or
their interpretations, with attention to the historical,
sociopolitical, cultural, and/ or intellectual contexts that mediate
and delimit different interpretative strategies and practices.

- Analyses of the interplay between religion and scientific, moral,
and/or legal discourses, practices, and authorities.

- Critical analyses of the scholarly production and dissemination of
knowledge on science or religion.

Central Theme: Race and Indigeneity

The central theme for this year’s conference is “Race and
Indigeneity.” We seek papers that engage the ways in which science
and/or religion have shaped and been shaped by the concepts and
political realities of race and indigeneity across diverse
traditions, disciplines, times, and regions. Papers might focus on
Indigenous knowledges and the ways in which they have been construed
and taken up as science and/or religion; the role of race in the
development and practice of different religious traditions and
scientific disciplines; legacies of scientific racism, science and
empire, and colonial missionary activity; the relationship between
race and indigeneity as they relate to knowledge production.
Proposals might also interrogate the role of racial identity or
Indigenous sovereignty in competing claims to religious and
scientific authority, religious texts or scientific theories that
deal with construction of race or the Indigenous, and methodological
approaches to the study of science and religion as they relate to
race and indigeneity. We welcome a broad range of papers that address
the theme of race and indigeneity from a range of methodological
approaches and in the context of various traditions, disciplines,
historical periods, and geographic regions.

Submission Instructions

Individual Papers:
Please submit a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main
argument, and methodology of the project. You will be asked to
specify whether you are submitting your proposal to the General Call
or to one of the Special Call modules. Individual papers will be
organized into panels and should not exceed 20 minutes in delivery.

Pre-Organized Panels:
Proposals for panels on a particular topic may also be submitted to
either the general or special calls. These should include three to
five papers, including a respondent paper. Please submit: 1) a
300-word summary of the focus and purpose of the panel, specifying
how each paper contributes to the overarching theme; 2) a 300-word
abstract for each paper explaining the topic, main argument, and
methodology of the project; 3) the name and contact information of
the panel organizer/chair.

Proposals are due by Friday, May 18 through the WOK 2018 Submission

All inquiries can be directed to Iman Darwish, Conference
Coordinator, at: