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2nd CFP Transgression and the Sacred: Philosophy and Literature Conference, UCD, Dublin, 22-23 February 2011.
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University College Dublin
This conference will consider the relationship between transgression and the sacred from a broad historical perspective in philosophy, literature and literary theory.
Plenary speakers for this conference: Professor Richard Kearney (Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College), Professor Fred Botting (Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University London), and Professor Sean Hand (Professor of French and Head of the Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick).
We welcome papers from established academics, postgraduate students and independent scholars.
“The sacred world depends on limited acts of transgression” (Georges Bataille, Eroticism)
Transgression refers to a crossing over, the exceeding of bounds or limits, the infringement or violation of a law or convention. For Bataille, it is through acts of transgression that we experience the sacred. The profane world is the world of the taboo, while the subject of a taboo, that which the taboo prohibits, is sacred. Yet, transgression does not deny or destroy the taboo; it exceeds the taboo but also completes it.
Or, do we now in fact now live in a post-secular world? How has the sacred been reorganised or reconstituted in modern philosophical and literary discourse? How might transgression be important in rediscovering the sacred, as Foucault declares in his ‘Preface to Transgression’, “In that zone which our culture affords for our gestures and speech, transgression prescribes not only the sole manner of discovering the sacred in its unmediated substance, but also a way of recomposing its empty form, its absence”.
Bataille’s ideas on transgression and the sacred derive largely from the anthropology of religion. The word ‘sacred’ derives from the Latin sacer, meaning to set apart. The sacred is separated from the profane by a taboo or limit. Therefore we want to examine the importance of liminality, the scapegoat, sacrifice, pollution, and sacred transgressors such as Hermes and Trickster in the history of philosophy and literature.
Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Please send a 300 word abstract for a 20 min paper and 50 word biography to Rozemund.Uljee@ucdconnect.ie and Adrian.Naughton@ucdconnect.ie before Friday, 24 December 2010 Be sure to include the following information in the email: full name, university and departmental affiliation, and the title of your paper. Accepted authors will receive notification no later than Friday, 7 January, 2011.