We invite papers addressing the themes of the 2021 On the Edge Symposium: Religion at the Borders. To be considered for participation, please use this form to submit your paper abstract, personal details, and other requested materials.

Papers should ideally be oriented around, related to, or operate within a particular conceptual, physical, or geographic border. Papers should draw their theoretical conclusions from empirical data and textual material situated within a particular geo-historical location(s) and/or religious tradition(s). In this way, the symposium attends to the specificity of place and tradition, while maintaining a thematic focus on material and metaphorical bordering more broadly. Papers will be selected for their theoretical sophistication, scholarly quality, and thematic coherence with other papers in the symposium. We welcome creative contributions that engage with, are informed by, or are rooted in experiences of oppression or marginalized traditions and that aim toward decolonization of knowledge. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, a 250-500 word statement about the paper’s current stage of development and the author’s purpose for attending the symposium, and a current CV. Final papers should be of such a length that they can be presented or summarized in 20 minutes. Inquiries should be addressed to CSRCS Director Brian K. Pennington at bpennington4@elon.edu.

Authors should submit abstracts by Sept. 15, 2020 using the form below.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by Oct. 15, 2020

Completed papers will be due no later than Dec. 31, 2020

Lodging and some meals during the symposium will be covered. Limited travel subventions may be available for some presenters upon application. Presenters must commit to circulating papers in advance of the conference with the understanding that select papers will be invited to be revised and submitted for publication as an edited volume or special issues of an appropriate journal.

  • 250 Words
  • 250-500 words