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.
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 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
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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)
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
July 29 – August 2, 2020
Drive: Combustion, Energy, Resilience