Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: July 31; conference: November 5-6, 2015)

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Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

•A consideration of the impact of literary theory on religious belief and practice (and vice versa). Postsecular studies will be one topic for discussion, but presentations that cover other aspects of the relationship between theory and religion or theory and belief are equally welcome.

•Any other presentations that explore the complicated and sometimes fraught relationship between beauty and belief as embodied in music, literature, art, or culture.

Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes.

Deadlines

The deadline for abstracts and/or for proposals for category-specific sessions is July 31. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts and/or proposals for category-specific sessions should be sent to daniel_muhlestein@byu.edu or jesse_crisler@byu.edu

Publication

The featured speakers and selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2016 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.