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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Bringing Political Science into the Humanities, or Vice Versa: Studying Religion, Politics, and Conflict Processes

Dr. William E. Carroll.

Whereas Political Science had long eschewed and separated itself from the Humanities, the perennial questions regarding human conflict have resurfaced in ways that have brought such "soft" topics as religion back into our central vision. This paper seeks to outline a teaching and research agenda that permits political science as a social science to incorporate, or reincorporate, research and pedagogical insights of the humanities. In the course of laying out this agenda, specific references are made to social science theories of conflict and conflict resolution, the role religion is said to play in the latter, and how and which literature and understandings from History, Theology, and Philosophy can and should be brought to bear as Political Science seeks to explain religion, politics, and conflict processes.


Dr. William E. Carroll  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Sam Houston State University

Born in NJ in 1951, raised in PA. Married, with four grown daughters, wife has three sons. Practicing Episopalian.
Academic interests are religion and politics, conflict processes, and political theory. Personal interests are books, movies, music, and travel.

  • Political Science
  • Humanities
  • Religion
  • Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Teaching
  • Research

(Virtual Presentation, English)