Joyce and Political Theology, 2011 North American James Joyce Conference, deadline Feb. 25, 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Mia L. McIver, UC Irvine
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Welcoming a range of theoretical and historical methodologies and perspectives, we invite papers that explore the intersection of church and state in Joyce's work. Possible topics might include:

*The function of belief and civil society in Joyce's narratives
*Catholicism, Judaism, and other world religions in relation to Irish postcolonial modernity
*Sovereign power and nationalism in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake
*Joyce's reworking of religious thinkers such as Augustine, Aquinas, and Ignatius
*Ireland's inheritance of Celtic kingship and ritual
*Heresy and the public sphere
*The rule of law and divine vs. terrestrial governance
*Trinitarian concerns such as paternity, filiation, and inspiration
*Representation and intercession in sacred, secular, and aesthetic contexts
*Characters' decisions in the face of crisis and emergency
*Joyce in dialogue with Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, and other critical theorists of political theology
*Political theology in the field of Irish studies

The conference will take place June 12-16, 2011, near Pasadena, CA. More conference can be found at

Please send 1-page proposals and brief bios to Mia L. McIver at by February 25, 2011. (Panel submission deadline is March 1, 2011.)