“Religion &”: Center Conversations on the State of Religion and the Current Moment
2020 has been a year of significant changes that have impacted the climate and conversation of the American and global public. The COVID-19 pandemic and the current protests associated with the long struggle for racial justice in the United States have informed every aspect of American culture, from politics to music to religious communities. The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is uniquely positioned to facilitate conversations on the relationship between these cultural shifts and the category of religion. For over 30 years, CSR&AC has brought together scholars and practitioners to engage religion and its relationship to the most important questions in our fields, on our campuses, and throughout our society. “Religion &” is a series of monthly conversations between leading academics and thinkers in multiple fields hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture to continue these critically important interventions.
Every third Thursday at 3:00 ET via Zoom and Facebook, young and emerging scholars alongside established thinkers will engage the pressing issues of this current moment, their impact on our fields of study, and the groundbreaking work and engaged research taking place across the country. This is our opportunity, as thinkers of religion and American culture, to assess and respond to this current moment and create a culture of sustained conversation on “Religion &” the pressing issues of the day.
November 19th at 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
Cohosts: Amanda Friesen, IUPUI; Andrew Whitehead, IUPUI
Religion and politics are intimately intertwined in American civic life, especially when it comes to presidential elections. In this “Religion &” panel, we’ll unpack the 2020 Election focusing on questions like: What role did religion play in the U.S. election? Which candidates and campaigns reflected religious themes? How did religious Americans vote? Join social science and humanities scholars for a conversation about election results and the aftermath.
October 15 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
Panelists: Melissa Borja, University of Michigan; Grace Yukich, Quinnipiac University
Cohosts: Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania; Philip Goff, IUPUI
100 years after the ratification of the 19th amendment and at this moment of racial reckoning, the American political climate is still dominated by the unequal representation of women, especially women of color, in local, state, and electoral politics. For the inaugural session of “Religion &”, we will explore the intersection of gender, race, politics, and the role of religion. Specifically, this panel will analyze the role that religious traditions play in sustaining or mitigating new models of engagement, political formation, and social change. How do current works on the intersection of gender, race, religion, and political participation help us frame and anticipate this current electoral season? Furthermore, have our theoretical focus on certain groups, like white Evangelicals, and insistence on traditional constructions of topics, like climate change from the perspective of nation-states and the corporate elite, adversely impacted our ability to tell a compelling story of the American religious landscape and its resistances to the current moment? How might we tell a more comprehensive story of the American electorate and its relationship to gender, race, religion, and belonging?