[UPDATE]: Midwest Modern Language Association, Religion and Literature permanent section, November 10-13, 2016
In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make? Additional topics may consider such themes as: religious syncretism; literary pilgrimages; ecological spirituality; religion and social justice; teaching religion and literature in the 21st century. We are particularly interested in papers covering periods after 1865, but we will consider abstracts regarding any eras, genres, and regions. Please send 250-300 word abstracts with paper title by April 5th to chairs Jason Zirbel and Anna Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.