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Monday, March 4 • 14:30 - 16:30
#4/066.1 - Uses and Abuses of Religion in Populist Europe

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With the rise of political populism across Europe, there is an increased interest in religion. In this panel, scholars from an array of disciplines meet to ponder the challenges of populist and xenophobic investment in biblical narratives and motifs in recent years. Examples range from the apocalyptic rhetoric employed by far-right movements to (seemingly) more innocent references to Christian symbols as identity markers by established parties. The aim of the panel is twofold. On the one hand, it wishes to enhance the critical analysis of political and ideological abuses of religion across Europe today; on the other hand, it explores the potential of the biblical legacy to offer counter-narratives to the scaremongering and scapegoating tendencies of much political rhetoric in present debates. More specifically, the members of the panel try to chart the contours of a public theology that can respond critically and creatively to the contemporary political landscape.

  • Jayne Svenungsson (Lund University)

  • Jayne Svenungsson (Lund University) - Christianity, Crisis and Democratic Participation in Contemporary Europe
  • Ulrich Schmiedel (University of Edinburgh) - The Populist Predicament: Public Theologies for the Post-Migrant Context
  • Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson (Stockholm School of Theology) - Religious Ethics as Counter-Surveillance. How the “secular” people of Sweden responded towards the terrorist attack 2017
  • Petra Carlsson (Stockholm School of Theology) - Living-with after Eden: Haraway, Popova and Radical Material Theology
  • Alana Vincent (University of Chester) - Unto thy seed I have given this land”: Sovereignty and the (dis)placement of the Other

Language: English


Petra Carlsson

Stockholm School of Theology

Ulrich Schmiedel

University of Edinburgh
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Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

Stockholm School of Theology

Alana Vincent

University of Chester

Jayne Svenungsson

Lund University

  • Language English
  • Language English

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