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ARC-Sponsored AAR 2017 Event: Radical Theology / Radical Politics

Radical Theology / Radical Politics: Re-Thinking Relations to the Most Vulnerable
Hilton Boston Back Bay-Belvidere A (Second Level)

Jennifer Bailey, Faith Matters, Presiding

This session questions how institutionalized forms of religion, politics, and economics create categories of vulnerability. The precarious place of the vulnerable in our society has been threatened by the recent, visible emergence of right-wing propaganda and radicalization of religious rhetoric. Radical thinking may overcome the popularization of polarizations in the present. In response, we investigate the social imaginary by integrating the resources of radical theology and radical politics. Such radical thinking offsets the normalizing tendencies that preserve a status quo that marginalizes the vulnerable by offering a diagnostic that draws on the resources of radical thinking. This panel will engage conversationally around the following focal points elicited conversationally through questions and answers:

• Depicting the cause: Politics and Economics
• Defining the depth: Radical Theology and Radical Politics
• Demanding our Attention: Radical Theology and The People
• Delimiting the Possible: Theopoetics as Radical Response
• Determining the Value: Property as Test Case

Karen Bray, Wesleyan College
Daniel Boscaljon, University of Iowa
J. Kameron Carter, Duke University
Jon Gill, California State University, Long Beach
James Hill, Northwestern University
Katharine Lassiter, Mount St. Joseph University
Jordan Miller, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College
George Schmidt, US Navy