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LLC 116
Session A: Friday June 28th, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
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This roundtable explores the relationships between religion and socialisms in the past two hundred years, around the world, from the perspectives of history, theology and activist practice. In the 19th century Socialists and marxists across the United States and Europe were utopian Christians, Jews and pagans, who saw their socialism and religious beliefs as united. Later, in the twentieth century, socialism continued to inform the radical politics of Muslims, Buddhists and other traditions across Asia, Latin America and Africa. Across the world, socialism and religions have transformed one another. Most scholarly attention has been lavished upon secular socialist traditions. Yet, the historically significantly more popular and influential religiously inclined socialisms have not received a proportionate level of interest. Our panel remedies this gap, by exploring the multiplicities of religions and socialisms, asking: are religious socialisms really socialism? Are they really religion? Our panel suggests that while important, secular socialism has been the exception, not the rule. Historically, religious socialisms were the norm. Our panel recovers religious socialism as a living tradition that can and should inform our politics and ways of life.


Daniel Joslyn is a PhD candidate at New York University, in American history, studying the relationship between new religious movements and radical politics at the turn of the twentieth century.

Dr. Robyn is a queer activist, a Latinx scholar, and public theologian. They are a visiting scholar at the Vanderbilt Divinity School and a nationally prominent faith leader, having been named one of 10 faith leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress. Their book, Activist Theology, is...

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Sarah Lyons is a writer, activist, occultist, and witch. She is an organizer for the Democratic Socialists of America, has published numerous articles in major magazines, and has a forthcoming book called Revolutionary Witchcraft, a Guide to Magical Activism.

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. An eminent scholar of religion he is perhaps the best-known and most well-respected historian of Christian socialism and social ethics, and one of the most well-respected scholars of liberal religion...

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Hasia Diner is the Paul And Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, Professor of Hebrew, and the Interim Director of Glucksman Ireland House. She has written extensively on the histories of Jewish social reformers and immigrants, and has published twelve books, including multiple...

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Dr. Girim Jung is an independent scholar, recently graduated with his PhD in theology from the Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California