[FINAL CALL] Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, October 1-3, 2015

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Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
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Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, lemoyne.edu/slsr
Co-sponsored by Hamilton College, the Central New York Humanities Corridor, and Syracuse University

Keynote Speakers:
Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School
John Lardas Modern, Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
Richard Rosengarten, Religion and Literature, Chicago Divinity School
Cynthia Robinson, History of Art, Cornell University
Amila Buturovic, Humanities, York University

Call for Papers:
Charles Taylor recently claimed that we live in "a secular age," one in which a wide range of religious practices โ€“ and ways to opt out of those practices โ€“ are available. Today we might follow traditional forms of observance, establish new kinds of worship that are not strictly religious, or reject devotional pursuits altogether. Is Taylor right, or have these options always existed in varying degrees, in various periods and places?
This conference explores how religious and secular concerns overlap and inform modes of belief and forms of pious (and impious) expression. Rather than approach the sacred and the secular in dualistic terms, we seek ways to understand how the categories intersect and criss-cross. Rather than simply map religion onto literature or vice versa, we invite papers that conceptualize and describe the interrelation between the two. We welcome diverse ways of framing and pursuing the conference theme and hence encourage contributions from scholars not only in literary and religious studies, but also from visual studies, history, philosophy, psychology, archeology, and elsewhere, both within and across religious traditions and in the public sphere.
We welcome papers from graduate and undergraduate students.
Send 300-word proposals to:
Jennifer Gurley, Department of English,
Le Moyne College (gurleyja@lemoyne.edu) and

William Robert, Department of Religion,
Syracuse University (wrobert@syr.edu)

Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2015
Notification: April 1, 2015โ€‹