CFP: Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches (Dis)placements & Margnalia

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Syracuse Religion Department Graduate Conference

#CFP: Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches (Dis)placements & Margnalia

Encountering the Unexpected:
Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia

Syracuse University Department of Religion

Graduate Student

March 25th and 26th, 2016

Call for

Deadline: February 5, 2016
The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual
Religion Graduate Conference, Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia. This conference actively encourages
interdisciplinary discussions about unexpected encounters in the field and in the archives. Specifically, this conference aims to explore surprise
occurrences in academic work when ideas, texts, people, and places collide or interact in unpredictable ways. Consider moments in the research process
which unsettle the positionalities and potentialities of bodies, politics, images, and texts. We invite both M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit
abstracts from a variety of thematic and theoretical backgrounds.Keynote: Pamela Klassen, University of TorontoWe particularly invite papers on the
following themes:

  • The unavailable, unexpected, and interruptive
  • Hauntings/spirits, ghosts in the shell, alien
  • Bridges and barriers
  • Wormholes
  • Transitions, transgressions, and mistranslations
  • Hacking, coding,
  • Fragments/fragmentation
  • Lacunae, redactions
  • Miracles, surprises, and moments of the surreal
  • Bricolage,
    montage, overlapping images, photoshopped reality
  • Reconfiguring theories and methodologies
  • Unexpected ethnographic or field work
  • Displacement, diaspora, boundaries
  • Coups, treaties, and alliances
  • Synergy, flow, short-circuits
  • Film,
    texts, performances
  • Flashpoints/breaking points
  • Mystical positionality and
  • Emergence/divergence/convergence

Abstracts are welcomed from various fields and disciplines, including but not limited

  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies
  • Art History
  • Art, Film and Visual Culture
  • Cultural
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Queer
  • Religion
  • Sex and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Theology

submissions are greatly encouraged.

  • A panel should consist of 3 papers
  • Ideally a panel should include scholars from more than one

We are particularly interested in panels on:

  • Pamela Klassen’s Spirits of
    Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity
  • Exploring the intersections of Native American Studies and Religious
  • Cultural Memory and the Study of Religion
  • Memory, Memorialization, and The Search for Public Meaning
  • Visions of the
    Future: Past and Present
  • Social Media as Social Revolution
  • Religion on the Margins

Panel or paper proposals should contain
the following:

  • A one-page abstract (350 words for papers; 500 words for panels) describing the nature of the paper or panel. No names or
    institutional information should appear on the abstract to facilitate a blind selection process.
  • Cover page which includes the name(s),
    institution(s), and contact information for participant(s)
  • Current CV for the participant(s)
  • For panel proposals, identify the primary
    contact person for the panel.
  • Submit all materials to on or before February 5th, 2016

description: This is the poster for the conference which is being put on by the Religion Graduate Student Organization. The poster background is a
very light teal. The top of the poster gives the title of the event in alternating black and white text which reads: Encountering the
Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia Syracuse University Religion Graduate Student Conference, March 25th and 26th, 2016. In the
center of the poster there are four minimalist images and from left to right: first a plug inside a geolocation circle followed by a diamond glyph;
second a retro tv set followed by a plus sign glyph; third a passport followed by a plus sign glyph; and fourth a pen, which is not followed by a
glyph. These four images represent central conference themes. The bottom of the the poster reads: Keynote: Pamela Klassen; Syracuse University
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