2018 Section Meeting and Reception

To Section Members

From Jeremy Menchik:

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members,

With the support of the Executive Board and the sponsorship of Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA) and Cambridge University Press, I am very pleased to invite you to a special section business meeting and reception at CURA’s historical building in the Cottage Farms neighborhood of Brookline.

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details & RSVP (for catering purposes) here

The business meeting will be held on from 6:30-7:30, followed by a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 7:30-9:00pm. From the conference hotel, CURA is a 30 minute walk (past Fenway), a 17 minute train ride, or a 10 minute drive.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
I look forward to seeing you all in Boston!

Best wishes,

Jeremy

Assistant Professor
Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University

Notes from the 2018 MPSA Conference

By Allyson Shortle, University of Oklahoma:

“As this year’s Politics & Religion (P&R) section head for the Midwest Political Science Association meeting, I was able to take a closer look at the work that pushes our field forward at the intersection of politics and religion, informing our understanding of institutions, behavior, and theory. After reading through an extensive amount of research proposals I received in October, I put together a set of panels that will interest anybody who is puzzled by religion’s influence on national and international political landscapes. These panels will also interest those who might alternatively be puzzled by politics’ potential influence on religion.

There are several panels this year that highlight emerging trends of P&R research. The first noteworthy addition is a fascinating set of studies that use experimental and psychological approaches to examine religion’s impact on political attitudes. This panel highlights a push some scholars of P&R have made over the last decade to incorporate more diverse methodological techniques into our analyses covering a dynamic range of topics, from  …” See more here.

Prof Saba Mahmood – 1962-2018

From the Chair:

Dear All,

For those who have not heard, Prof Saba Mahmood passed away over the weekend from pancreatic cancer. Her work has been influential for many scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics and she will be very much missed.

University of California Berkeley have published an obituary, which can be read here.

Best wishes,

Erin

Aaron Wildavsky Award – 2018 – Call for Nominations

From the Chair:

The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of religion and politics. Eligible dissertations have been defended in the last two years, and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee – self-nominations are welcome!

Submission deadline: April 15, 2018.

Committee Members:

Dr. Daniel Bennett (chair), John Brown University, dbennett@jbu.edu

Dr. Jonathan Agensky, Ohio University, agensky@ohio.edu

Dr. Michelle Margolis, University of Pennsylvania, mmargo@sas.upenn.edu

Weber Best Paper Award – Nominations Open

From the Chair:

The Weber Best Conference Paper Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting. The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner.

Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee (below).
Deadline for nominations: 15 April 2018 – Self nominations welcome!

Dr Stacey Gutkowski (Chair)
Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies
Department of War Studies
King’s College London
stacey.gutkowski@kcl.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan C. Agensky
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Ohio University
agensky@ohio.edu

Dr Amelie Barras
Assistant Professor
Social Science Department
York University (Toronto, Canada)
abarras@yorku.ca

Dr Ben Gaskins
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Lewis & Clark College
bgaskins@lclark.edu