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FIRST ANNUAL VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW AND DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
LAW AND LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2009
Villanova's Law School and Department of English will hold a law and literature symposium, the
first in a projected annual series, beginning Thursday evening, October 1, 2009, and ending
Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2009. The symposium has also been supported by a grant from
the Law and Humanities Institute.
We invite interested scholars to submit abstracts of proposed papers. Peter Goodrich (Professor
of Law and Director of Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law), Steven Mailloux (Professor
of English and Chancellor's Professor of Rhetoric, Department of English, University of California
- Irvine), and Robin West (Associate Dean, Research and Academic Programs, and Frederick J.
Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center), will be keynote
The conference theme for 2009, "Law, Literature, and Religion", is broadly conceived. Papers
may include but are not limited to papers on any literary, rhetorical, narrative, or textual aspects
of law and religion; the exegesis and hermeneutics of legal texts or topics; interpretation in law,
literature, and religion; shared languages and histories of law and religion; discursive
intersections of civil and canon law; ethics and justice explored in religious and secular literature;
the comparative poetics or rhetoric of legality and religion; legal priesthoods; political theology;
orthodoxies and/or heterodoxies; humanisms; Pauline studies; religious images in law; literary
works about religion in/and/as law; and law as a civil religion. Papers will be 20-25 minutes long
to permit time for discussion.
Abstracts should be sent to Professor Penelope Pether (pether_at_law.villanova.edu), to whom
inquiries may also be addressed. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, and should
arrive before March 15, 2009. Invitees will be notified by April 30, 2009, and will receive room
and board at (but not transportation to and from) the symposium, provided by Villanova
University School of Law.
It is anticipated that a limited number of places will be available for attendees who are not
presenting papers. The symposium is being convened by Professor David S. Caudill, Arthur M.
Goldberg Family Chair in Law, and Professor Penelope J. Pether of Villanova University School of
Law; and Professors Evan Radcliffe (Departmental Chair) and Cristina Maria Cervone of the
Department of English at Villanova University.
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