24 February 2010

CFP: Engagements with the Political Theology of Johannes Baptist Metz

Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30 October-1 November 2010

In addition to the AAR calls for papers posted here last month, the "Explorations in Christian Theology and Apocalyptic" working group has released a call for individual paper proposals for an "additional meeting" on the following topic: "Engagements with the Political Theology of Johannes Baptist Metz".


They especially welcome proposals that engage the turn to apocalyptic within Metz's theology and the ideas particularly associated with this turn in his theology, such as: the 'eschatological reserve', 'dangerous memory', the Second Coming, discipleship, mysticism and prayer, the relation of the Kingdom of God to history, the nature and definition of 'the political' and political authority/sovereignty (particularly 'the authority of those who suffer'), and martyrdom/witness. They also encourage proposals that explore these themes by bringing Metz into critical conversation with other political and liberationist theologians (such as Jürgen Moltmann, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Jon Sobrino), political theorists (such as Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, and Giorgio Agamben), and prominent political activists and theologians (such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, William Stringfellow, Jacques Ellul, and Will Campbell).

Paper presentations will be approx. 20 minutes in length and the panel will include an invited respondent.

Proposals should include your name, institutional affiliation, and the title(s) of the proposed paper(s), as well as a 250 word abstract for each proposed paper.

Please submit proposals via email to Nathan Kerr (Trevecca Nazarene University): nkerr@trevecca.edu
and/or Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen): p.ziegler@abdn.ac.uk

Deadline: 22 March 2010

For the earlier AAR calls for papers on political theology (with a deadline of 1 March 2010) and further information on the conference, see:


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