CFP: [American] Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity (9/15/08 - NEMLA Boston 2/26 - 3/1/09)

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Stephen J. Gallagher
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40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009 Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

"Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity"
This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal
religiosity in the West. Possible perspectives are political,
sociological, activist, and philosophical. Approaches can cover the full
range from critical analysis to prescriptions for political action. Some
possible ideas, not intended to restrict ideas but just to spur thinking
on a few possible approaches:
 - the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero
 - religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
 - leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's
 Gate, etc)
 - the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
 - when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the
 Christian Right

Abstracts no later than Sep 15, 2008 to

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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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