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Ryszard Bobrowicz

is a PhD student in practical theology at Lund University, Sweden. He studied Law, Liberal Arts, and the Religious Roots of Europe at the Universities of Warsaw and Copenhagen. He has published a number of articles on legal and theological accounts of religious diversity. His current work focuses on the policies of managing religious diversity in Scandinavia.

Jonathan Chaplin

is a political theologian working on themes including the state, democracy, justice, pluralism and environmental theology. He is a Research Associate of Theos and member of the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge, UK. He is author of Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society and Faith in Democracy: Framing a Politics of Deep Diversity. He is editor or co-editor of a number of books, including God and the EU: Faith in the European Project and The Future of Brexit Britain: Anglican Reflections on British Identity and European Solidarity.

Julie E. Cooper

is Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Her research interests include the history of political theory; early modern political theory (especially Thomas Hobbes and Baruch de Spinoza); secularism and secularization; Jewish political thought; and modern Jewish thought. She is the author of Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought.

Doug Gay

is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Glasgow, UK, with research interests in political theology, missiology, ecclesiology, and liturgy. He is author of Honey From The Lion: Christianity and the Ethics of Nationalism. He is a Church of Scotland minister and was a leading theological voice in public debates around the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

Zoran Grozdanov

is Assistant Professor at the University Centre for Protestant Theology, Matthias Flacius Illyricus, at the University in Zagreb, Croatia. He is the author of Repugnant Word: Death of God in Early Hegel and Early Moltmann. Recently he has edited or coedited the compilations Theology – Descent into the Vicious Circles of Death: On the Fortieth Anniversary of Jürgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God; Envisioning the Good Life: Essays on God, Christ, and Human Flourishing in Honor of Miroslav Volf; and Balkan Contextual Theology.

Johanna Gustafsson Lundberg

is Reader in Theological Ethics at Lund University, Sweden. Her research concentrates on the church in late modern society. She has also analyzed questions concerning religion, social practices, and the meaning of religious symbols in the public sphere. Her current research area is migration. She is working on a project about encounters of unaccompanied minors with Swedish institutions.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

is Professor of Political Science and the Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University, USA. Her research interests include the politics of religion, U.S. foreign relations, law and religion, the politics of American exceptionalism, the politics of borders, and relations between the U.S. and the Middle East. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion, and co-editor of At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion; Theologies of American Exceptionalism; Politics of Religious Freedom; and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age.

Thomas Lynch

is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chichester, UK. His research draws on political theology and contemporary philosophy to explore the way that history shapes identity and agency, with a particular interest in race and religion. His Apocalyptic Political Theology: Hegel, Taubes and Malabou was published in 2019. He is currently working on the limitations of liberal political philosophy’s understanding of religion.

Brian Klug

is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford; member of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK; Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, UK; and Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, USA. He has published extensively on Judaism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and related topics. His publications include Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life; Offence: The Jewish Case; and, as editor, Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Haʾam. He has co-edited several books, among them A Time To Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.

Vincent Lloyd

is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, USA, where he directs the Villanova Political Theology Project. He co-edits the journal Political Theology and edits the Oxford University Press book series “Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion.” Lloyd’s books include Black Natural Law; In Defense of Charisma; and Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons (co-authored with Joshua Dubler).

Esther McIntosh

is Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at York St John University, UK. She is a feminist theologian engaged in interdisciplinary research that focuses on definitions of personhood and community, the ethics of personal relations, gender justice and the use of social media by religious communities. She is the author of John Macmurray’s Religious Philosophy: What it Means to be a Person. Currently she is engaged in a project exploring chaplaincy support for trans and non-binary staff and students in Anglican foundation universities.

Mattias Martinson

is Professor of Systematic Theology and Deputy Vice Rector of Humanities and Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. His main research interests are in philosophical and cultural theology, critical theory, and continental philosophy. His most recent English publications include “The Incapable Poet: Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and Theodor W. Adorno’s Critique of Poetic Philosophy,” Literature and Theology (2019) and “A Truth That Can Save Us? On Critical Theory, Revelation, and Climate Change,” Toronto Journal of Theology (2019).

Lukas David Meyer

is Lecturer in Theological Ethics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany. He is the author of Fremde Bürger: Ethische Überlegungen zu Migration, Flucht und Asyl.

Joshua Ralston

is Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK, and director and co-founder of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. He has published widely on Christian theological engagements with Islam, Protestant theology, and on political theology and migration. He is the author of Law and the Rule of God: A Christian-Muslim Comparative Theology. He has co-edited two books, Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body and Religious Diversity in Europe: Comparative Political Theology.

Ulrich Schmiedel

is Lecturer in Theology, Politics and Ethics at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK, specializing in political and public theology. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. He is the author of Elasticized Ecclesiology: The Concept of Community after Ernst Troeltsch and the co-author of The Claim to Christianity: Responding to the Far Right (with Hannah Strømmen). His publications also include the co-edited compilations Dynamics of Difference: Christianity and Alterity; Religious Experience Revisited: Expressing the Inexpressible?; Religion in the European Refugee Crisis; and Liberale Theologie heute – Liberal Theology Today.

Sturla J. Stålsett

is Professor of Society, Religion and Diaconal Studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo, Norway. His research interests include globalization, migration, vulnerability, faith policies, and political as well as liberationist theologies. For many years, he was professionally engaged in solidarity work and diaconal service in Latin America and in Norway. His publications include The Crucified and the Crucified: A Study in the Liberation Christology of Jon Sobrino; Spirits of Globalisation: The Growth of Pentecostalism and Experiential Spiritualities in a Global Age; and Religion i urolige tider: Globalisering, religiøsitet og sårbarhet.

Hannah M. Strømmen

is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Chichester, UK. Her research interests lie in biblical reception history and the relationship between Bible and critical theory. She is the author of Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida and the co-author of The Claim to Christianity: Responding to the Far Right (with Ulrich Schmiedel). She is currently working on a project on the Bible in the contemporary European far right.

Joseph Sverker

is a Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History in the Stockholm School of Theology at University College Stockholm, Sweden. He is one of the founders of the network HönöConnects that gathers academics and practitioners from different fields to respond to the challenges of far-right populism. His current project involves a critical engagement between theology and human rights. His most recent publication is Human Being and Vulnerability: Beyond Constructivism and Essentialism in Judith Butler, Steven Pinker and Colin Gunton.

Fatima Tofighi

is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Religions, Qom, Iran. The author of Paul’s Letters and the Construction of European Self, she is working on liberalism and modernism in Muslim thought, and the construction of the Muslim body in Iranian Muslim literature. She is one of the co-founders of the Iranian Association for Religious Studies.

Mariëtta D. C. van der Tol

is Alfred Landecker Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Goverment, Oxford. She also directs the programme Protestant Political Thought at the Cambridge Initiative on Religion & International Studies. She holds masters in legal research (constitutional law) and socio-political history from Utrecht University, as well as History of Christianity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey

is Distinguished Professor Philosophy, Gender, and Culture at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, USA. His work analyzes the intersection of globalization and theories of religion, gender, and epistemology. His most recent monograph is entitled Beyond the Philosopher’s Fears: A Cavellian Reading of Gender, Origin and Religion in Modern Skepticism and of Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. Currently, Viefhues-Bailey works on a project entitled We the People: Christianities, Sexualities, Publics. He serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Political Theology and holds a curtesy appointment as professor of religion at Syracuse University.

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The Spirit of Populism

Political Theologies in Polarized Times

Series:  Political and Public Theologies, Volume: 1

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