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Levinas, the Material, and Ethics

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:37pm
North American Levinas Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Levinas, the Material, and Ethics

 North American Levinas Society

12th Annual International Conference

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA

July 24-27, 2017 

Plenary Speakers:

Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola University Chicago

Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University

Annual Talmudic Lecture: Georges Hansel, SIREL


CFP (Extended Deadline 6/26/17): Blindness and Vision, Hidden and Revealed: Interpretations of Sight in Ancient Religious Texts for PAMLA Conference 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii (11/10-12/2017)

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:46pm
Pete Steiger, Chaminade University of Honolulu
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

This session will examine how the notion of seeing and not seeing common in many classical religious texts was interpreted by ancient commentators to elaborate certain epistemological theories. We will consider why ancient interpreters from various religious traditions frequently applied the sense of sight analogously to the act of understanding. 

This session is also interested in papers that specifically focus on this year's theme of sight, visuality, and ways of seeing.

Religion, Normativity, Method

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:36pm
Virginia Graduate Colloquium - UVa Religious Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017


Religion, Method, Normativity 

Virginia Graduate Colloquium

Theology, Ethics, Culture

 University of Virginia

13-14 October 2017


Religions make normative claims and scholars have normative commitments. However, religious studies often conceives of itself as an empirical discipline, aligning itself with other disciplines that are ostensibly descriptive, like history, sociology, and anthropology. This tension has led to polarization within religious studies.

Movement as Immobility - A Conference on Film and Christianity

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:09pm
Centre for Comparative Studies - University of Lisbon
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

In Simone Weil’s “First and Last Notebooks” we find a note that describes the sea as “a movement within immobility,” the “Image of primal matter”, which leads this Christian philosopher to see music also as a movement that “takes possession of all our soul—and this movement is nothing but immobility”. Perhaps this is an even more fitting description of film, with its images in motion. Its movements can reconnect us with the movements of the world, those motions in which a mysterious sense of order, what Weil calls immobility, arises.

Reminder, Abstracts 06/15: Contemporary Muslim Women’s Voices

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 5:56am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In Emails from Scheherazad, Mohja Kahf writes back to post-9/11 neo-Orientalist epistemologies, informing Western discourses on Muslim, especially veiled, women: “Yes, I speak English/Yes, I carry explosives/They’re called words/And if you don’t get up/Off your assumptions/They’re going to blow you away” (35). Similarly, other writers, such as Leila Aboulela, Ahdaf Soueif, Hanan al-Shaykh and Tahmina Anam, work towards decolonizing Muslim women’s bodies, whilst stressing piety as a lived experience. Still others, among them Randa Abdel-Fattah, Shelina Janmohamed, G. Willow Wilson and Umm Juwayriyah, are turning to and ‘Islamizing’ youth culture genres like young adult fiction, romance, fantasy and urban fiction.

UPDATE: Animals in Literature and Film

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:57pm
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

This year’s MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging in tensions of “human” and “animal” found within a variety of ancient textualities related to the broad field of animal studies. In ancient Greek and Roman society, animals serve important roles, often as a medium in religion, as symbolic function in Greco-Roman mythology, and as poetic symbol in ancient oral tradition and later written literature. Often, animals are given titular roles, and they carry strong symbolic function in the narrative, whether the narrative is oral, written, or artistic.

Multi-Sited Pilgrimages

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 4:01pm
Kate DeConinck
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

We are seeking contributors for a planned special issue of the Journal of Global Catholicism on the theme of multi-sited pilgrimages (call for papers pasted below). Please send abstracts of 500 words or less to by May 5. Many thanks in advance.

Kate Yanina DeConinck (University of San Diego)

Marc Roscoe Loustau (College of the Holy Cross)




Call for Papers


Pilgrimage Palimpsests: Storytelling and Intersubjectivity Across Multiple Shrines, Sites, and Routes


2017 Ozarks Symposium

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:37am
Missouri State University-West Plains
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Eleventh Annual Ozarks Studies Symposium, 2017

Call for Proposals


The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its 11th annual symposium to be held in the West Plains Civic Center on September 22 and 23, 2017.


Arab-American Literature and Culture Panel RMMLA (Spokane, WA) Oct 12-14, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:37pm
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words on any aspect of Arab-American literature or culture for a panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association's conference in Spokane, WA to be held October 12-14, 2017. The conference site can be found here: Submission deadline is April 30, 2017.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Arab-American Fiction

Arab-American Poetry

Arab-American Graphic Novels

Arab Americans and Religion

Arab Americans and Sexuality

Arab Americans and Politics

Arab Americans and Immigration

Arab Americans in Movies and Television

Arab Americans and US Education