International Conference on Religion, Literature & Culture

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Higher Education and Research Society
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Literature, being a creative universal form of expression, addresses spiritual, emotional and social concerns of humanity. It is known that there are reciprocal relations between literature and religion, still the question of how these two disciplines interact with each other invites fresh thought. Looking at the past of English Literature, it is abundantly clear that critics even before Mathew Arnold have referred back to form and content of religious scriptures.

Indian writers in English such as Raja Rao, Rabindranath Tagore, and Shashi Tharoor did the same. So re-evaluation of literature in the context of religion necessitates a fresh thinking within a culture wherein our views are shaped in a particular manner. Literary values are always discussed in the context of complexity of a specific culture as it is an expression of culture documenting human knowledge, belief and behaviour, which may trace back to a religion.
It is now essential to explore the urgent political significance of religious debate in our current global climate. Charles Taylor in his book, A Secular Age (2007), points out that there seems to be no bar in private and public life in the present society and people feel the religious way of life is only a better option among others. A generation of scholars once committed to secular criticism is now turning to religion
as a way to redress literary queries that materialist criticism has evaded. A new group of scholars, following the lead of those at the forefront of religion and literature in the latter part of the twentieth century, is eager to contribute to and read work intimate with both religious and literary debates.
The current scenario in our society is definitely an output of increasing influence of religions. People are taking them seriously and it could be presumed that people may judge life in the framework of a religion. However, writers like Jyotiba Phule, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens do not seem to be inclined towards any religion but they try to rationalise their defences of life. This kind of persisting conflict makes one think about questions - Is a religion superior? Can we dispense with our religion? Do literature and religion go hand in hand? Can literature take the place of religion? Are we becoming more and more religious-minded? Is secularism just an illusion? Does literature play a role to redress the balance in our society? These and many other such questions occur to our mind as we go on thinking about literature, culture and religion together and separately. This conference is meant to provide a platform for the interdisciplinary intellectual discussions focusing on the central themes given below.
Sub Themes
 Religion and Society
 Culture and Religion
 Philosophy of Religion
 Religion and Literature
 Religion, Peace and Literature
 Secularism and Fiction
 Law, Religious Customs and Literatures
 Fundamentalism and Humanity in Literature
 Pagan Culture and Literature
 Religious Migration and Colonial Literature
 Literature and Humanitarianism
 Literature and Cultural History
 Religion and Liberal Humanism
 Language and Religion
 Philosophy and Ethics
 Communalism and Sectarianism
 Cultural Integration and Fragmentation
 Spirituality and Literature
 Gandhism and Literature
 Nature, Religion and Poetry
 Buddhism and Literature
 Mythology and Literature
 Hate Literature
 Gender, Religion and Literature
 Materialism and Literature
 Inequality and Justice
 Question of Faith and Poetry
 Literature and Religious Ideology
 Religion of War /Religion on War
 Ethnic Studies
 Literary Social Paradigm
 Literatures of the Underrepresented
 Nihilist and Jingoist Sentiment in Literature.
 Literature and Nationalism
 Regionalization and Internationalization
 Literature and Utilitarianism
 World Literature and New Literatures
 Ethnocentrism in Literature
 Literature and Class/ Caste / Race
 Subnationalism and Supranationalism
 Literature and Multiculturalism
 Terrorism, Religion and Literature
 Science, Religion and Literature
 Literature and Social Media
 Religious Plurality and Society
 Religion, Deconstruction and Literatures
 Religious Scriptures and Literature
 Pragmatism, Postmodernism and Literature
 Deconstruction and Fundamentalism
 Contemporary Literary Theory and Religious Literature
 English and Religious Influence
 Religion, multiculturalism and National Integration
 Media, Religion and Literature
 Religion and International Relations
 English Language Teaching and Religious Imposition