Friday Oct. 26

*Workshop events will take place in Hall of Languages 215 on the Syracuse University campus.

Injustice and Insurgency

Chair: Prof. Ludger Viefhues-Bailey (Philosophy, Le Moyne)

William Hart, UNC-Greensboro, “Secularizing Race, Decolonizing the Secular: Preliminary Remarks”

George Shulman, New York University,“Schmittian Sovereignty in Racial Drag: White Supremacy and Black Insurgency as Political Theology”

Ian Ward, University of Maryland, “The Sacrifice of Maher Arar”

7:00: Dinner

Saturday Oct. 27
8:30-9:30: Breakfast

9:30: Welcome from Jim Watts, Syracuse Religion Department Chair

Citizenship and Identity
Chair: Prof. Cavin Robinson (Philosophy, Le Moyne)

Erica R. Edwards, University of California Riverside, “Extraordinary, Ordinary Violence: African American Literature and the Racial Logics of Counterterror”

Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University, “Secularization, the Colonial Subject, and the “Sexual Clash of Civilizations”

Edward J. Blum, San Diego State, “I really believed my old master was Almighty God: Slavery, Segregation, and Secularism in Nineteenth-Century America”

Jonathon Kahn, Vassar College, “’Whose Little Boy Are You?’: The Fire Next Time as a Black Theology of Belonging”

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Spaces and Crossings
Chair: Prof. Marcia Robinson (Religion, Syracuse)

Willie James Jennings, Duke University Divinity School, “Binding Landscapes: Race, Secularism and the Christian Geographic Imagination”

Brandi Hughes, University of Michigan, “From the Ruins of St. Paul”

Derek Chang, Cornell University, “In Good Faith: Aliens & the Racial Contours of Loyalty”

Visibility and Subjectivity
Chair: Prof. Tazim Kassam (Religion, Syracuse)

M. Cooper Harriss, University of Pittsburgh, “Five Ways of Looking at an Invisible Man, or Race: On the Religious Dimensions of a Secular Category”

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Purdue University, “What Hip Hop and Young Muslims Can Teach Us about Religion in America”

Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester, “Saying ‘No’ to Black Religion: Black Muslim Postsecularism”

5:45-6:30: Reflections and next steps

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