Faith, social justice and the
Call for papers for the Fourth
International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, 01-03 July
2013, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
session enquires critically into the relatively underexplored relations between
faith, social justice and the city within critical accounts of the political
economy of neoliberalism, with recent developments on emotions and affect within
human geography. In this way the session parallels the sessions at the
forthcoming AAG on new contours and directions in critical urban theory.
recent studies have paid attention to the burgeoning fields of emotional and
affective geographies (see Pile 2010), on performativity and affect in the
homeless city (e.g. Cloke et al 2008)
and the role faith-based organizations (FBOs) play in the struggle for urban
social justice (e.g. Molendijk et al
2010; Beaumont and Baker 2011; Beaumont and Cloke 2012; Cloke et al 2013), far less is known about the
creative interlinks and tensions between these lines of inquiry. Building on
David Harvey’s (1973) classic social justice in the city and Gregor McLennan’s
(2011) critique of Harvey in light of the postsecular turn in social theory,
this session calls for papers that focus on: (1) the precise mechanisms by
which FBOs bring about, play out or encourage new radicalized expressions of social
justice; (2) the ways faith-based activism critically questions and even
reformulates and our very understanding of justice; and (3) how the notion of “postsecular
rapprochement”, emphasizing broad coalitions of diverse actors striving for
social justice irrespective of social
identity, value, and emotional or affective disposition, can overcome the
sometimes deeply entrenched antipathies and resistances felt towards
faith-based involvement in the radicalized public sphere of cities.
session addresses these and other theoretical, epistemological, methodological
and empirical concerns at the interface of a variety of disciplines including
social, cultural and political geography, sociology, cultural anthropology,
religious studies, theology and philosophy. In particular the session welcomes
papers that exploit creative tensions between critical theoretical accounts, on
the one hand, and emotional and affective approaches within human geography on
the other, to contribute to ongoing advances in critical urban theory.
aim is to spark critical dialogue and intellectual advance and will dovetail
with a special workshop of the URBANSELF project (see: http://urbanself-fp7.eu/) entitled Faith, politics and social justice in the city: north-south
perspectives on 04 July 2013, also in Groningen.
are welcome on any or all of these themes and challenges, as well of course related
innovations of your own. I look forward to receiving short abstracts from those
of you interested by 13 January 2013.
Justin Beaumont, Spatial
Planning & Environment, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
J. and C. Baker (eds) (2011) Postsecular
Cities: space, theory and practice, London: Continuum.
J. and P. Cloke (2012) (eds) Faith-based Organizations
and Exclusion in European Cities, Bristol: The Policy Press.
P., Beaumont, J. and A. Williams (eds) (2013) Working Faith: faith-based organizations and urban social justice,
Milton Keynes/ Carlisle: Paternoster Press, forthcoming.
P., May, J. and S. Johnson (2008) ‘Performativity and affect in the homeless
city’, Environment and Planning D:
society and space, 26: 241-63.
G. (2011) ‘Postsecular cities and radical critique: a philosophical sea
change?’. In Beaumont, J. and C. Baker op
cit, pp. 15-30.
A. L., Beaumont, J. and C. Jedan (eds) (2010) Exploring the Postsecular: the religious, the political and the urban,
Leiden/ Boston: Brill.
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