The Christian-Muslim Studies Network is set to co-sponsor a conference on 2-3 September called, ‘The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times‘.

The purpose of this conference is to examine the growing discourses around populism and the role of theology therein. As the conference prompt notes:

Whether populism is interpreted as an authentic account of religion or as an inauthentic appropriation of religion for political ends, it needs to be carefully examined and critically explored. Does theology in politics automatically lead to populism? Does populism automatically lead to theology in politics? What indeed is the role of political theologies in polarized times?

The keynote speakers for this conference include Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University), Brian Klug (Oxford University), Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University), Mattias Martinson (Uppsala University), and Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations). See our website for the full list of speakers and preliminary programme.

Several places are still open for students, staff, and members of the public to attend either the conference for one or both days. Registration for the conference is still open and may be completed on the website for the University of Edinburgh.