School of Divinity

The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times

The cost for delegates will be £25 for one day and £35 for two days (including lunches plus tea/coffee).

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Date Time  Event/speaker

Monday 2 September

09.00 -  09.30 Registration
Mon 2 Sept 09.30 – 10.00 Welcome – Joshua Ralston & Ulrich Schmiedel (Edinburgh)
Mon 2 Sept 10.00 – 11.00

Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations): Enemy Images, Culture Wars and Far-Right Political Terror in Europe

Mon 2 Sept 11.00 – 11.15   Coffee/Tea
Mon 2 Sept 11.15 – 12.45

Populism and Nationalism

  • Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol (Cambridge): The ‘Christian Nation’ in Protestant Political Thought: Old Wine in New Bottles
  • Doug Gay (Glasgow): Discipling Populism and Nationalism – A Theopolitical Alternative to Denial or Demonising
  • Jonathan Chaplin (Cambridge): A Political Theology of ‘The People’: Enlisting Classical Concepts for Contemporary Critique
Mon 2 Sept 12.45 – 13.45   Lunch
Mon 2 Sept 13.45 – 15.15

Populism and Europeanism

  • Lukas Meyer (Munich): The God of the Populists and a Theology of Europe
  • Hannah M. Strømmen (Chichester): Scriptures and Scripts of Populism: On Populist Reading Practices
  • Joseph Sverker (Stockholm): Confessing Christ in a ‘Christian Europe’
Mon 2 Sept 15.15 – 15.45   Coffee/Tea
Mon 2 Sept 15.45 – 16.45 Brian Klug (Oxford): ‘If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem’: Zionism and the Politics of Collective Memory
Mon 2 Sept



Mon 2 Sept 17.00 – 18.00

Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin (London): Radicalisation and Reconciliation: The Role of Art in Times of Theopolitical Conflict

(including tour of the exhibition ‘Art, Conflict & Remembering: The Murals of the Bogside Artists)

Mon 2 Sept 18.00 – 19.00  Reception


Tuesday 3 September


09.15 – 10.15


Vincent Lloyd (Villanova): Anger: A Secularized Theological Concept

Tues 3 Sept 10.15 – 10.30 Coffee/Tea
Tues 3 Sept 10.30 – 12.00

Populism and Liberalism

  • Johanna Gustafson Lundberg (Lund): Populism as Political Theology? Reframing Secular/Religious Divisions in Polarized Times
  • Tommy Lynch (Chichester): ‘Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you’: Populism, Political Theology and the Limits of Liberalism
  • Hans-Martien ten Napel (Leiden): The Revival of (Christian) Political Theology
Tues 3 Sept



Tues 3 Sept 12.15 – 13.30

Populism and Christianism

  • Marie Gayte and Blandine Chelini-Pont (Toulon): Donald Trump’s Religious Enablers: Their Tools and Their Goals
  • Igor Solunac (The Soul of Europe): Populism in the Balkans

Tues 3 Sept 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
Tues 3 Sept 14.30 – 15.30 Mattias Martinson (Uppsala): Populism, Christianity, and the Role of the Theologian
Tues 3 Sept 15.30 – 16.00   Coffee/Tea
Tues 3 Sept 16.00 – 17.30

Populism and Liberationism

  • Esther McIntosh (York St John): Christian Populism: Donald Trump, Brexit and the Effects of Misogyny
  • J Andrew Calloway (San Diego): The Spirit of Black Theology from Within the Black Populace
  • Ludger Viefhus-Bailey (LeMoynes): Querying Populism by Queering Chantal Mouffe: Understanding Hetero-Patriarchal Populism
Tues 3 Sept

17.30 -  17.45

Tues 3 Sept 17.45 – 18.45 Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern): Political Theologies of American Exceptionalism
Tues 3 Sept 18.45 - 19.00 Goodbye – Joshua Ralston & Ulrich Schmiedel (Edinburgh)


Conference fee: £25 for one day and £35 for two days (including lunches plus tea/coffee).

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This conferrence is sponsored by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Christian Muslim Studies Network with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.


Centre for Theology and Public Issues

Christian Muslim Studies Network

Henry Luce Foundation


For furher information please contact Ulrich Schmiedel ( and Joshua Ralston (



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The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times

Conference, 2-3 September 2019, School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh

School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX