The purpose of the proposed conference is to explore the contemporary sacral challenge to state sovereignty. For centuries secularist states have prevailed as the preferred way to order world affairs. Are we seeing the beginnings of a reassertion of sacral authority, however? What role do religious regimes currently play, for example, in ordering the contemporary world? More particularly, what role do Christianity and Islam play, not just in the wake of the events of 9/11, and the rise of fundamentalist groups of a Christian and Muslim persuasion, but as a response to the crisis that modernists face as the shortcomings of rationalism as a meta-discourse become more clear?
This notice constitutes a call for paper proposals, though in any proposal to present, please bear in mind the suggested panel topics and discussion points. Paper proposals (title and 500 word abstract) by July 15 2007.
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