Call for Papers Deadline Extended to October 31, 2017

Call for Papers

15th Annual Conference on Citizenship

Download the Call for Papers here.

The Citizenship Conference now has online abstract submission available at

Any prospective speaker may either send in their abstract by email, or send it via the online form; either one works just fine. One slight advantage of using the online form is that the author receives a confirmation right away that it is received.

Abstracts will be accepted through September 29, 2017.Tuesday, October 31, 2017

If you have any issues with downloading the CFP, please email the Event Coordinator and one will be sent to you.


Fifteenth Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies

Religion and Citizenship

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan, USA

April 12 - 14, 2018

The Center for the Study of Citizenship

Marc Kruman, Director

in collaboration with

The Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity, University of Potsdam

Jürgen Mackert, Bryan Turner, and Gregor Fitzi, Co-Directors


Keynote Speaker

Bryan Turner

·         Professor of Sociology, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne)

·         Max Planck Honorary Professor, Potsdam University

Plenary Speaker

Saeed Khan

·         Lecturer in Near East & Asian Studies, Global Studies

·         Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University

·         Honorary Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Call for Papers

Religion has been, and continues to be, central to any notion of citizenship. The ideal of a rights-bearing citizen has its roots in assertions of freedom from religious persecution. While the separation of church and state continues to serve as a foundational principle for secular states, religion remains entwined with those states and the public lives of their citizens. Communitarian thinkers argue that this is as it should be, religion provides purpose and value to community membership and cannot be removed from any meaningful definition of citizenship. Despite claims for secular tolerance of religious beliefs, exclusions from citizenship are too often based on religious differences, differences that can also involve ethnic and racial identity. Tensions created by religious exclusion, persecution, and discrimination can further impact citizenship by fueling secessionist movements, political revolutions, and genocides.

Religion’s influence on citizenship ranges across a wide variety of issues, among these are: The politics of populism and the expression of anti-immigrant sentiments in the United States presidential election.

    • The history of religious sectarianism that includes The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Bosnian War, the Armenian genocide, and Shia-Sunni sectarian violence.

    • The cultural and legal contentions over citizens appearing in public spaces in religious clothing, most recently exemplified in the burkini ban in Nice, France.

    • The rise of Hindu nationalism in India as part of a long history of struggle against colonial rule and formulation of a postcolonial political identity.

    • The debates over religious symbols and observances in government spaces, such as the display of the Ten Commandments on a monument at the Texas State Capitol.

To apply, please email Ms Aimée Moran at with three attachments: an abstract of 500 words or less, your C.V., and a 50-word bio. Please be sure that your full name, the name of your institution and your email address are included on each page submitted.

Alternatively, you may submit your proposal online at:

Please send us your materials no later than 5:00pm EDT on Friday, September 29, 2017.

We will notify applicants of their acceptance to present work at the conference by October 15, 2017. We will invite presenters to submit full papers for further review by our advisory board.

International Scholars:

We provide a limited number of scholarships for international scholars. These funds will be distributed on a competitive basis. Scholarships include three nights of lodging and a discounted conference registration rate for the participant, but no transportation. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate it in your email.

For international scholars who submit proposals by September 1, 2017, the program committee will make early decisions about acceptance and scholarships by September 15, 2017.

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