Animal Politics

Species, Evolution, and Religious Affects


  • Donovan Schaefer University of Pennsylvania



Religion, affect theory, emotion, evolution, animals, ecology, Gilles Deleuze, Eve Sedgwick, queer theory


This article considers four responses to the 2015 volume Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power and draws out their implications for thinking religion, affect, science, and power.

Author Biography

  • Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania


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How to Cite

Schaefer, D. (2017). Animal Politics: Species, Evolution, and Religious Affects. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(3-4), 40-45.