Ecstatic Performance at the Borders of Faith and Race, "Triumph in my Song" (University of Maryland, May 31-June 2, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Joy A. J. Howard / English Department, Saint Joseph's University
contact email: 
Joy.Howard@verizon.net

CFP for "Triumph in my Song": 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance to be held at: the University of Maryland, May 31-June 2, 2012

Panel Title: Ecstatic Performance at the Borders of Faith and Race

This interdisciplinary panel I am proposing explores the intersection of ecstatic religious/spiritual experience and race in the early Atlantic World for the upcoming Society of Early Americanists co-sponsored conference entitled ‘Triumph in my Song’: 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance to be held May 21 through June 2, 2012 at the University of Maryland. This panel builds on recent scholarship that has sought to understand the important cultural work accomplished by preachers, prophets, visionaries, healers, revivalists, or enthusiasts as they experienced bodily manifestations. Papers should explore images, descriptions, or representations of embodied practices, performative arts, religious experiences, enthusiasm, mediumship, or visions. Of particular interest to this panel are the relationships between experience and race, ethnicity, the body, the individual, or community. Papers may investigate the ways race or ethnicity was used to make/unmake authority, to produce authenticity, or to reinscribe racial roles in spiritual performance, or the ways religious experience was used to confound racial or ethnic identity, to codify community, or otherwise define the self. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Please submit 250-word proposals with a 1-page CV by email attachment (WORD files only) by August 20, 2011 to Joy A. J. Howard, Department of English, Saint Joseph’s University, Joy.Howard@verizon.net. Please include any technology requests in your proposal.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
interdisciplinary
religion