CSoC's 2023-2024 academic annual conference:

Religion and Political Protest

​Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel

29-30 May 2024


חוברת כנס 'דת ומחאה פוליטית' 2024.pdf - Conference​ Abstract (Hebrew)

"State and religion are twin brothers", postulates an old Iranian aphorism. The relation between religion and politics continues to be an important theme in political philosophy and religious thought, and in research in the humanities and social sciences. Our conference aspires to tackle the relations between religion and political protests from a variety of perspectives and methodologies, across religious traditions, and in a variety of historical contexts – from rebellions and dissent in Antiquity to present-day political activism.


Some of the following themes will be at the center of the discussion we envision for the conference:

·         The use of religious discourse for bringing about political change, and vice versa

·         The enlistment of religious establishments (such as the Catholic church or the Islamic movement) in support of political protest or against it

·         Theologies of resistance

·         Case studies of religious leaders, orders, and associations as proponents of political reform or revolution 

·         Partnerships between faith-based organizations and secular parties

·         Religious rituals (prayer, fast, pilgrimage, and processions) as means of protest against governors/rulers/colonial powers/religious establishments

·         The relationship between religiosity and/or religious affiliation and personal engagement in political protests

·         Messianism in national and global political contexts

·         Theories, models, and patterns of protest



Historians of different periods and geographic locations, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, and scholars of comparative religion, literature, and cultures have been invited to apply.​


For further details and inquiries please contact the organizing committee members: