Call for Papers: Theology and the Star Wars Universe

Call for Papers: Theology and the Star Wars Universe

Editor: Ben Espinoza (

Theology and Pop Culture is currently seeking contributions for an edited volume from Rowman and Littlefield on the intersection of theology and Star Wars. Essays may focus on any of the films, TV series, books, and other media that comprise the Star Wars universe. Essays should be written for academics, but avoid “jargon” to be accessible for the layperson.

Potential ideas include but are not limited to:

  • The theology of hope and hopelessness in the journey of Luke Skywalker;
  • Theological reflection on the Force from the standpoint of multiple religious traditions;
  • Feminist theological perspectives on the characters of General Leia, Rey, Jyn Erso, and others;
  • Theologies of redemption in the arc of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader;
  • Theology of friendship as demonstrated by Han Solo and Chewbacca, and others;
  • Liberation theology throughout the Star Wars universe, with attention to the sequel trilogy (Episodes VII-IX);
  • Force ghosts/spirits and theologies of death and resurrection;
  • “Use your feelings”: The theology of emotion in the Force;
  • An analysis of Jedi and Sith religion;
  • Fresh theological exploration of the work of Joseph Campbell, upon which George Lucas based the original trilogy;
  • Anything other theological reflections on the Star Wars

If interested in contributing this volume:

  1. Please submit an abstract between 300-700 words with CV or resume, including a list of previous publications, to Ben Espinoza ( by December 1, 2018.
  2. Notification of acceptance will be by January 1, 2019, and the deadline for drafts of accepted papers is May 1, 2019.

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