January 6-7, 2019 | Swift Common Room
What does socialism look like? How does socialism circulate as an aspiration and as a lived reality? This conference convenes a group of twelve scholars from a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, geography, theology and philosophy) to examine the ethical and moral dimensions of socialism across domains of ideology, institutional organization, and aesthetic expression. We will compare different moral vocabularies of socialism in religion, atheism and politics. Advancing an international perspective toward socialism, the participants will engage socialism's global trajectories including the cultural and racial legacies of Marxism, postcolonial conundrums of sovereignty, and the geopolitics of feminist and working-class movements.
Jeffrey Ahlman, History, Smith College
Sharad Chari, Geography, University of California, Berkeley
Robeson Taj Frazier, Communication, University of Southern California
Angie Heo, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, The University of Chicago Divinity School
Morgan Liu, Anthropology, The Ohio State University
Vincent Lloyd, Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
Eduardo Mendieta, Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
Özge Serin, Politics, Whitman College
Victoria Smolkin, History, Wesleyan University
Linn Tonstad, Systematic Theology, Yale Divinity School
Zhivka Valiavicharska, Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute
Emily Wilcox, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
This conference is sponsored by The Political Theology Network and the University of Chicago Divinity School's Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion; addiitonal sponsorship from the Center for International Social Science Research and the Office of the Dean of the Divinity School.