[UPDATE] "Leaps of Faith" SAMLA Atlanta 11/6-11/9/2009 DEADLINE 7/8/2009

full name / name of organization: 
Stephen J. Gallagher
contact email: 
jeng_steveg@hotmail.com

South Atlantic MLA Atlanta GA 11/6-11/9/2009

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?)
homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always
welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero

- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity

- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)

- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates

- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

Abstracts to be submitted to Stephen Gallagher, jeng_steveg@hotmail.com by 7/8/2009

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
romantic
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian