CFP: UC Berkeley Graduate Student Conference "Leaps of Faith" Deadline: 09/15/14

full name / name of organization: 
Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
contact email: 
ucbleapsoffaith@gmail.com

Call for Papers

Deadline September 15, 2014

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Hosted by The Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Berkeley
November 21-22, 2014.

This conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts due to ucbleapsoffaith@gmail.com by September 15, 2014.

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley

Friday and Saturday, November 21-22, 2014

What do you believe in? Acts of faith challenge boundaries between the ordinary and the extraordinary, between rationality and intuition. Bringing together diverse topics such as social and aesthetic suspension of disbelief, post-secularism, and the miraculous, the concept of faith functions as a springboard for interdisciplinary discussions, engaging fields from literary studies to political theory.

Against this background, this conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. Employing "leap of faith" as a key concept, we invite papers that address instances such as love, revolution, forgiveness, hope, as well as other moments that involve a step towards the unknown, an abandonment of subjective certainty based on unfettered trust. We invite speakers from all disciplinary backgrounds, including literature, political theory, religion, philosophy, and history as well as scholars engaging debates in political theology.

Possible points of discussion include, but are not limited to:

· Faith and Hermeneutical Practices → How do interpretative frameworks overlap with belief systems? How do reading practices and modes of interpretation enact or challenge leaps of faith?

· The Ordinary and the Extraordinary → How can literary imagination both establish and obfuscate the boundaries between these two spheres? How might aesthetic experience and interpretation shed light on this dichotomy?

· Faith and Agency→ Is political action possible in the absence of a normative belief system? What is the role of faith in the formation of active agency?

· Philosophical Figurations of Belief → How can philosophical perspectives enrich our understanding of leaps of faith in the spheres of literature and politics?

· Faith and Aesthetics → How do structures of belief shape our encounter with the aesthetic artifact?

Keynote Speaker: We are happy to welcome as our keynote speaker Hent de Vries, Professor of the Humanities and Philosophy and the Director of the Humanities Center at the Johns Hopkins University:http://humctr.jhu.edu/bios/hent-devries/

Submissions: We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds (English language preferred for presentation). Students wishing to participate should send an abstract, no longer than 300 words, and a CV or brief biographical statement to: ucbleapsoffaith@gmail.com, by September 15, 2014. Presentations may not exceed 20 minutes.

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