Grace and Law in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, June 5-7, Nashville, TN

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Mikee Delony / Christian Scholars' Conference

The mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.

CFP for panel: "Grace and Law in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables"

Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is the story of redeemed thief Jean Valjean and his law-enforcement nemesis, Javart. Often called one of the most widely read and influential books ever written, this novel has never been out of print and has inspired numerous film, television, and radio adaptations as well as the long-running musical, also titled Les Misérables. The story has strong religious and social justice themes that resonate with our cultural context, especially the ideas of grace and redemption versus law and justice. In Hugo's novel, both Valjean and Javert believe they are following God's will although with entirely different motivations and results.

This peer-review session will consider the Christian Scholars' Conference theme of "Leadership in the Academy, Religion, and Civic Life" in the context of Les Misérables, either the novel or dramatic adaptations, with particular emphasis on the themes of grace, law, and redemption. A peer-review committee will consider all proposals and form one or two panels depending on the proposals received.

Please send 300-500 word paper proposals to Mikee Delony ( by January 15, 2014. Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 15, 2014