CFP: The End of Tolerance? (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Steve Gallagher
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Panel Title: The End of Tolerance?

38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 1-4, 2007 Baltimore, Maryland

As the new century began, 'tolerance' was supposed to pour healing oil on
American waters and enable some ground for a universal moral commitment. In
Europe, it was believed that the emergence of the European Union and the
"European Dream" would enable a culture of tolerance and a kindly
integration of The Other.

A few short years later, the almost frantic hopes placed in the promise of
tolerance have been frustrated, intolerance is on the march in both the
U.S. and Europe, and the promise of tolerance appears to be effectively
dead. Does "tolerance" have a future? And if so, what shape will it take?

Some possible topics, offered only to spur possible ideas:
1. the "cartoon controversy" and the European principle of
2. the cosmopolitan tolerance of Kant and Habermas: future directions
3. the new scapegoats: homosexuals, humanists, undocumented immigrants
4. can tolerance work if one of the parties remains intolerant?
5. Derrida's concept of "hospitality" vs. tolerance: contrast and
6. any other topic related to tolerance, its current state, and its
possible future

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted for consideration by
September 15, 2006. The panel will take place at 38th Northeast Modern
Language Association Conference Baltimore March 1-4, 2007

Abstracts should be emailed as attachments in Word or RTF format to

Please include with your abstract:

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however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or
participate in a roundtable.

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