Religion and Literature Permanent Section (MMLA 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Arts and Activism,” the Religion and Literature permanent section welcomes proposals that address works and writers who explore the ways in which religion and activism intersect. Papers may ask questions such as (but not limited to): How do writers address the social and/or political forces that encourage either religious conversion or loss of faith? How do writers examine radical disbelief? What are the influences of religious conservatism on social movements? How do religious movements shape secular culture and vice versa? How do religious movements influence secular social and civil rights movements and vice versa? How do race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality influence religious activist movements?

Papers might take the shape of critiques of religion, embracing the religious underpinnings of socio-political movements, re-examinations or re-imaginings of sacred texts, explorations of religion in the postmodern, atheism/disbelief, 20th or 21st century interfaith social movements.

Please send 250-word abstracts with paper title to Seth Johnson at, by April 5th, 2017.