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Documenting the Holidays

updated: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:48pm
Proceedings from the Document Academy
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Holidays are central components of culture. They can be celebratory or commemorative. They can be festive, merry, and joyous in their celebrations, or (also simultaneously) sombre, solemn, and reflective in their commemorations. They help us mark the calendar, highlight important sociocultural milestones, measure the passage of time, follow the turning of the seasons, and, in so doing, organize life and society.

Death - A Graduate Student Conference

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:42am
Brown University, Department of Religious Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Death casts a long shadow.  Its significance is not merely qua biological event, but as something that compels a response from us throught out lives.  Our responses have varied widely, according to what death is taken to be and which deaths (e.g., animal, environmental, that of others, one's own) are taken to be relevant.  Mourning rites, martyrdom, and philosophical consolation: the centrality of these and other such responses within religious forms of life attests to the power and productivity of death as a feature of being mortal. 

Policing Identity, Surveilling Religion

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:41am
Florida State University Department of Religion
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Call for Papers:

The Florida State University Department of Religion’s

18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

February 14-15, 2020 · Tallahassee, Florida

The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 14-15, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Last year’s symposium featured original research from over 50 presenters from over 15 universities, and disciplines as varied as History, Anthropology, Political Science, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Classics.

The Marilynne Robinson Society

updated: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 3:17pm
American Literature Association Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Marilynne Robinson Society will be hosting a panel on a wide variety of topics connected to

Robinson’s essays and novels at the annual conference of the American Literature Association.

Given the special conference theme of frontiers and borders, papers that attempt to engage with

this theme are particularly welcome. Please submit abstracts of around 300 words to

haein.park@biola.edu by January 15, 2020.

'Inhabiting Memories & Landscapes: A Cross-Disciplinary Engagement with Wendell Berry

updated: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 2:25pm
Mark Clavier
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The American Agrarian writer, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry frequently speaks of the need to be ‘placed’, to inhabit a particular landscape and its social memory over an extended period of time. This, he argues, is a precondition for fostering communities that care for the earth and the people who live off it—what he refers to as conviviality.

Future Past: memory & imaginal politics in conflict and for conflicts

updated: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 2:09pm
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Future Past:

Memory and Imaginal Politics

In Conflicts and For Conflicts

Key note speaker: Professor Andrea Pető

Central European University

Amsterdam, 14th & 15th July 2020

When William Murray, Lieutenant Colonel in the Western Fronts (1914-1919) wrote:

“We ceased fighting today and I have seen the last shot fired… No more danger, no more wars

and no more mud and misery” he spoke of the future; the future that would be without

dangers, wars, mud and misery. He inscribed the future within possibilities that his present

offered to him. His future and present were entangled through the war that it was becoming

his past.

Boredom, (In)action, War and Warriors

updated: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 2:09pm
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 30, 2020

Boredom, (In)action, War and Warriors

27 & 28 August 2020, Amsterdam

Confirmed Keynote speaker: Professor Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto

Boredom has often been defined as idleness, slowness, doing nothing, doing

something over and over again, and waiting (Smith 1981, Daren 1999, Mæland &

Brunstad 2009, Bergstein 2009, Prozak 2017). These definitions suggest that boredom

is an experience that does not generate meanings and ideas by itself about itself.

Boredom remains constantly relevant to sociocultural and political spheres only

through its opposite. It is portrayed as the empty bubble, or the vacuum of

Journal of the British Fantasy Society: Gene Wolfe special (to be published in Autumn 2020)

updated: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:02pm
British Fantasy Society Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

The Journal of the British Fantasy Society contains a mix of academic papers, reviews, interviews and feature articles. Our contributors and readers have interests across many genres and in many media: literature, comics, movies, music, oral histories and so on. 

Diviners and Doomsdayers: The Poet as Prophet (ALA American Poetry Symposium 2020)

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 3:29pm
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Diviners and Doomsdayers: The Poet as Prophet

Prophecy and poetry share a long history in American literature. Since Emerson argued for poets as America’s sacred seers, the term “prophet” has been variously applied in criticism of American poetry, to suggest poets who have startling foresight (for example, Robinson Jeffers or W.S. Merwin); to highlight social and political investments (in Muriel Rukeyser or Adrienne Rich); to align human utterances with divinely inspired truths (in Allen Ginsberg or Nathaniel Mackey); or to suggest a trans-historical lineage of prophet-poets, from Jeremiah to Blake to Whitman and beyond.

This is my Body: Incarnation, Sacrament, and Community in Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 3:26pm
Conference on Christianity and Literature, Southeast Region
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 13, 2019

This is my Body: Incarnation, Sacrament, and Community in Literature

March 26-28, 2020

Milligan College, Tennessee

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Selby, Author of Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C.S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith (IVP Academic, 2019)

ATHE 2020 - Religion and Theatre Focus Group CFP

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 3:25pm
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: 

 

Religion and Theatre Focus Group 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

Detroit, Michigan

July 29 – August 2, 2020

 

Drive: Combustion, Energy, Resilience

 

Women's Resistance to Feminism(s)

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 3:25pm
Claire Sorin/Aix-Marseille University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019

From the 1911 National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage to Phyllis Schlafly’s “STOP-ERA” campaign in the 1980s and governor Kay Ivey’s recent signing into law of House Bill 314 criminalizing abortion in Alabama, women have played a prominent role in opposing feminism in the US.

Spirituality and Culture: 3rd Global Interdisciplinary Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 2:37pm
Progressive Connexions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 8, 2019

Saturday 4th April 2020 - Sunday 5th April 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

Spirituality recognises that there is more to reality than just the material world. The intuition that our lives have meaning and are part of something bigger is a powerful motivator for us to cultivate our spiritual side. The mystical experiences and beliefs that arise from this engagement can stimulate our imagination in unexpected ways. Feelings of transcendence and awe have inspired creative people, artists, writers and composers throughout the ages, and continue to influence cultures around the world. Spirituality has certainly not gone away in a hyper-connected age, but finds new modes of expression and practice.

17th Annual Tolkien Conference at University of Vermont

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 2:34pm
Annual Tolkien at UVM conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020

17thAnnual Tolkien at UVM Conference, April 4th 2020

Theme: Tolkien and Classical Antiquities

This year, the Tolkien conference explores every aspect of the earlier Classical cultures of Rome, Greece, Ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, Carthage, their languages, religions, philosophies, etc. Includes work in early Christianity in Rome (Augustine and Boethius) and linguistic investigations into Tolkien's appreciation of Greek and Latin and other early languages. Can include cinematic adaptations.

 

Keynote: 

Very Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D. (Champlain and Dean emeritus, The Hill School)

 

C PRACSIS INTENRATIONAL CONFERENCE On VISUAL CULTURES IN CONTEXTS: AFFECT, SUBVERSION AND RESISTANCE Department of Media Studies, CHRIST deemed to be UNIVERSITY, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

updated: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 2:14pm
cpracsis.org ..Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 20, 2019

C PRACSIS INTENRATIONAL CONFERENCE

On

VISUAL CULTURES IN CONTEXTSAFFECT, SUBVERSION AND RESISTANCE

Department of Media Studies, CHRIST deemed to be UNIVERSITY, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

 

Russia and Occultism (Extended Deadline)

updated: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (Mar 5-8 2020 Boston)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 7, 2019

How does representation of the occult differ across time, such as in pre- and post-Soviet works? How are ghosts, alternative science, paganism, and the supernatural associated with themes and concepts in new Russian texts or new approaches to older works? Potential topics include but are not limited to the intersection of occultism with fantasy, science fiction, visual arts, politics, espionage, or satire.

Submit short bios and 300-word abstracts with a free NeMLA CFP List account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18275.

Vision, Voice, and Vocation: Arts and Theology in a Climate for Change

updated: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:20pm
Art/s and Theology Australia
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 28, 2020

This four-day event will provide a unique conversation space for artists, performers, creatives, academics, and activists, to consider the vital role of the imagination in today’s complex climates – social, cultural, environmental, political, racial, religious, spiritual, intellectual, etc.

It will also invite conversation around further questions: What kinds of change? What are the grounds and manner of hope, transformation, and resilience? What might the arts and theology have to contribute to such discourse and action, if anything? How do we attend to the margins of this discussion, and speak and act more holistically as communities of change?

Feminist Theologies in American Literature - NeMLA

updated: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 8:50am
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston, March 5-8, 2020

Feminist Theologies in American Literature (*DEADLINE APPROACHING*)

The American Religion and Literature Society seeks proposals for presentations on literary expressions of feminist theologies broadly construed. We welcome presentations on any period, genre, or form of American literature, and those regarding any religious orientation. We particularly encourage papers on works of literature 

-       that examine the power, enfranchisement, religious ideas, and practices of women

The Art of Spiritual Friendship

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:29pm
Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 15, 2020

16-17 October 2020

Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature

Dallas Baptist University

 

Dr. Paul Wadell, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Wadell currently teaches philosophy, Christian ethics, and theology at St. Norbert College. He is the author of The Christian Moral Life—Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society, co-authored with Patricia Lamoureux (2010); The Moral of the Story: Learning from Literature about Human and Divine Love (2003); and Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship (2002), as well as other books.

Call for Papers “Faith/Fashion/Forward: `Dress’ and the Sacred”

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:28pm
Religion and the Arts Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Call for Papers

“Faith/Fashion/Forward: `Dress’ and the Sacred”

A Special Issue of Religion and the Arts

Guest Editor: Frederick S. Roden

 

 

Shifting Shapes: Witch Characters and Witchy Performances

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:50pm
Jane Barnette & Chrystyna Dail / Theatre History Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Call for Papers: Special Section

Theatre History Studies Volume 40 (2021)

 

Co-editors: Jane Barnette and Chrystyna Dail

 

Shifting Shapes: Witch Characters and Witchy Performances 

UPDATED: Material Religion and the Market

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:48pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

NeMLA Annual Convention

5-8 March, 2020

Boston, MA

 

“The familiar observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time obscures a more startling fact: the Bible is the best-selling book of the year, every year. Calculating how many Bibles are sold in the United States is a virtually impossible task” says “The Good Book Business” article published in The New Yorker in 2006, underlines the billion dollar industry of Bible-publishing in the U.S.

 

Pulpit, Playhouse and Page: Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Exchange in early modern England

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:25pm
University of Sheffield
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

This two-day conference will explore connections between theatrical and non-theatrical texts in early modern England. Theatrical culture functioned in vibrant relation to both non-theatrical performances (such as sermons and entertainments) and non-dramatic poetry and prose. However, moments of exchange between different genres have too often been obscured by disciplinary silos.

By bringing together scholars with a wide variety of interests the conference will open up new research questions which address the creative exchanges between plays and a wide range of non-theatrical texts and performances.

Topics for consideration might include: 

Jesuits in Science Fiction: From James Blish to Walter Miller Jr. to today

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:48am
North East Modern Languages Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Roundtable CFP

Annual Northeast Modern Language Association

51st Annual Convention

Boston MA, March 5th - 8th, 2020

Mariott Copley Place

Host Institution: Boston University

 

Jesuits in Science Fiction: From James Blish & Walter Miller Jr. to Today

Bringing Mythology Back: A Call for the Literary Study of Mythic Narratives

updated: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:45am
2020 NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Mythological narratives constitute a significant portion of the world’s most influential literature; nevertheless, they are glaringly absent from contemporary literary studies. Students interested in the study of mythology are directed to departments of anthropology, religion, or intellectual heritage, and these fields certainly conduct invaluable examinations of world-mythology; however, myths are unequivocally literary in nature, and their omission in departments of literature is both a detriment to the field and a disservice to world cultures. What went wrong with the study of myth-as-literature, and how can we revive this genre to reinvigorate the field of literary studies? 

What went wrong?

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Aristotle à rebours, Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond

updated: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:08pm
Joseph Romano / Italian and Italianists at Kalamazoo
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Aristotle à rebours:

Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond

Sponsored by Italians & Italianists at Kalamazoo

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, May 7-10


 

Aristotle’s transformation from heretical source to intellectual authority testifies to the fact that his scholastic assimilation was uneven and often controversial, and it is the aim of this panel to explore those figures whose Aristotelianism has been perceived, by either their contemporaries or their scholars, as historically peculiar or unorthodox.

Material Religion and the Market

updated: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:59pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

NeMLA 51th Annual Convention

5-8 March 2020,

Boston, MA

 

Material Religion and the Market

“The familiar observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time obscures a more startling fact: the Bible is the best-selling book of the year, every year. Calculating how many Bibles are sold in the United States is a virtually impossible task” says “The Good Book Business” article published in The New Yorker in 2006, underlines the billion dollar industry of Bible-publishing in the U.S.

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