Intersections Conference

Call For Papers

The call for papers deadline has passed.

"Intersections: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Religion"—a one-day academic conference to be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Chicago Theological Seminary—invites paper proposals from graduate students and faculty of Chicago-area seminaries, universities, and graduate schools.  We invited submissions representing any religious tradition(s) and incorporating any disciplinary tools including arts or science as well as the more standard humanities and social science fields.   Papers should fall into at least one of four categories: (1) Sacred Writings, (2) History of Religions, (3) Theology or (4) Ethics and Society.


Why did the image of the veiled Muslim woman become such a locus of fascination after 9/11, and how does it "engender" Euro-American portrayals of Islam?  Was the rabbinic construction of scholar-as-hero masculinity an anti-colonial protest, and how was it transfigured in the 19-20th century Christian queering of the Jew?  What is the relationship of race and class to charismatic worship today?

Since the emergence of the study of intersectionality in the late 1980s by the feminist social theorist Kimberle Crenshaw, a growing field of scholarship has aimed to examine the ways that categories of identity, such as race, gender, class and sexual orientation, are not mutually exclusive and they should not be theoretically dissociated.  Intersectionality analysis suggests that systems of subject formation and social oppression tend both to shape and be shaped by each other.  The critical question of intersectionality is not merely, "How do oppressions such as racism and sexism reinforce and compound one another?" but more especially, "How is sexism a racist enterprise?" Or in the words of Dr. Laurel Schneider: "What Race is Your Sex?"

Timeline, Guidelines, & Contact

  • November 2, 2012: Paper proposals (300-500 words) are due
  • November 9, 2012: Notification of acceptance
  • January 11, 2013:  1st drafts due (approximately 3000 words)
  • February 8, 2013: Final drafts due

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Brought to you by the Chicago Theological Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies; the LGBTQ Center; the Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life; the Center for the Study of Korean Christianity; the Charles Shelby Rooks Society; the Heyward-Boswell Society; the Anti-Racism Committee; the Women of CTS; and the Ph.D. Student Association. 

We look forward to learning with you.