Spiritual Politics/The Politics of Spirituality

Social Science Research Council

An interdisciplinary group of scholars convened to discuss the intersections of the spiritual and the political, looking in particular at specific sites and issues in which political contention and discourses of the spiritual are closely conjoined, such as ecology, health and medicine, sexuality, and civil religion. Conversation centered on ten papers presented over the course of the workshop, which addressed themes ranging from transnational Evangelical and Pentecostal movements and associations to the politics of sex in Western Europe and the United States, and from medicine and healing to ecological activism and the governmental production of spirituality in state parks.