Call for Papers

Religion, Activism, and Social Change

March 8th, 2018
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec

The Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University announces the 23rd Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC). The conference seeks to cultivate dynamic interdisciplinary discussion in relation to this year’s central theme: Religion, Activism and Social Change, with a particular interest on the unifying and/or divisive potential of religion in activism and modern social movements.

We encourage papers which examine or critique the involvement and interaction of religion with activism, human rights, reproductive rights, postcolonial movements, Indigenous rights, and other social movements. We especially encourage papers on the social implications of these interactions, and the consequences of religiously motivated activism on communities and/or individuals. The use of various types of theoretical tools are welcome, including but not limited to discourse analysis, gender theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Exploration of diverse and under-utilized/under-studied methodological approaches, historical periods, traditions and geographic locations is strongly welcome and encouraged. Proposals need not be restricted to contemporary issues; rather, we encourage investigations in diverse historical periods. We are also interested in papers that engage with the question of how to combine scholarship with activism.

Submission Instructions:

Individual Papers: Please submit a 250-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the paper. Individual papers will be organized into panels and should not exceed 20 minutes in delivery.

Panels: Proposals for panels on a particular topic may also be submitted and should include a minimum of three or maximum of four papers. Please submit: (1) a 250-word summary of the focus and purpose of the panel, specifying how each paper contributes to the overarching theme, (2) a 250-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of each paper, and (3) the name and contact information of the panel organizer.

Proposals are due by November 13, 2017. To submit, click here.

All submissions must include the applicant’s name, e-mail address, university affiliation, degree, and five keywords. Papers can be submitted in English or French. All submissions received will be acknowledged.

All accepted presenters have the opportunity to enter an essay contest. The winner of the contest will be awarded a prize of $150. To be considered for the essay contest, please submit your complete paper via e-mail (see address below) by January 12th 2018. All presenters are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in the Journal of Religion and Culture. For more information about the essay contest and journal, please visit our websites: and

Any inquiries can be directed to Laurel Andrew and Lindsey Jackson, Conference Presidents, at