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Call for papers 2023 SISP Conference

É ufficialmente aperta la CALL FOR PAPERS per il CONVEGNO SISP 2023. Di seguito il panel organizzato dallo Standing Group Politica e Religione e co-sponsorizzato dallo Standing Group Comunicazione Politica e dallo Standing Group POPE.

Panel 4.7 Reassessing the “faces” of religion in politics

Chairs: Rita Marchetti, Chiara Maritato, Susanna Pagiotti

Deadline: 31st May 2023

The debate around the relationship between politics and religion is vast and controversial: vast, because a multitude of works has been written on the topic from sociological, politological, theological and historical perspectives; controversial, because the scholars often disagree about the concepts at stake. As José Casanova ironically points out, “at the entrance to the field of secularization, there should always hang the sign, ‘proceed at your own risk’” (Casanova 1994:12). In line with political power and its three “faces” (Lukes 1974), the reason why the interplay between politics and religion is controversial is threefold and includes: (1) political secularism (religion and politics); (2) the secularization of societies (religious values in society); and (3) the phenomenological transformation of the experience of believing (spiritualism, individualization of religion). These three intertwined aspects are not only inherently political, but deeply bounded with identity politics and religious identity.

As for the first face, the reference to religion as a set of moral values in societies continues to mobilize electoral consensus, albeit in a different way than in the past (Haynes 2020). Today, conservative right-wing parties and leaders exploit religious references to polarize public discourse during and in the aftermath of electoral campaigns, by leveraging the typical resources of populist discourse to which the religious element well fits (Ozzano, Giorgi 2016; Marchetti et al. 2022).

Secondly, the secular-liberal vs. religious-conservative divide continues to affect new and old challenges for democratic societies, such as family related issues, bioethical issues, gender issues and LGBTQ+ rights (Giorgi, Polizzi 2014; Aune et al. 2017; Giorgi 2019).

Thirdly, new and old religious movements and institutions have developed and boosted during the post-Covid 19 pandemic, specifically online, concretely impacting the way people experience religion today, individually and collectively (Campbell 2010, 2022).

Organized by the Politica e Religione Standing Group and co-sponsored by the Comunicazione Politica and POPE Standing Groups, the panel aims to stimulate reflection on past and present forms of interplay between religion and politics. The panel welcomes theoretical and empirical papers with different approaches and methodologies from scholars from all political science subdisciplines as well as related disciplines like sociology.

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