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Seeking a Postmodern God: Representations of the Absent Center in Contemporary Writing (9/30/09; Montreal 4/7-11/10)
full name / name of organization:
Magdalena Maczynska & Christopher K. Coffman / NeMLA
The 41st Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
7-11 April 2010
Recent studies such as God Without Being by Jean-Luc Marion, After God by Mark Taylor, and After the Death of God by John Caputo and Gianni Vattimo point towards a contemporary desire to articulate new ways of understanding divinity after post-structuralism. One of the central questions of such studies may be posed in the following manner: how can we imagine absolute alterity in a world without absolutes? This panel will look at contemporary writing that grapples with the elusive concept of the numinous by deconstructing old ontological models of “god” and proposing new directions for twenty-first century discourse about the divine.
We seek 20-minute papers that offer readings of exemplary literary texts, but we are also open to papers that address this issue from a theoretical standpoint and aim to identify, diagnose, and/or evaluate the causes, characteristics, and implications of a non-foundational theology.
Relevant questions include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
Please submit 250-word paper proposals to panel organizers Magdalena Maczynska (Marymount Manhattan College) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christopher K. Coffman (Boston U) at email@example.com no later than 30 September 2009.
Please include with your abstract:
Name, Title, and Affiliation
The conference will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June 2009 at www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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