Over the past two-and-a-half years, the RSP Team have become increasingly aware that the podcasts and other resources that we disseminate are being used in a variety of interesting, innovative and unexpected ways in the teaching of Religious Studies, both by ‘students’ and their ‘teachers’, and at all levels of April 16, 2014 at 04:24AM via The Religious Studies Project
via Feedback for the RSP: A Request for Testimonials Christopher Cotter The Religious Studies Project
Call for Papers: Bible and Critical Theory Seminar 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
BIBLE AND CRITICAL THEORY SEMINAR 2014
Deadline for proposals: 31 August 2014
The Seminar calls for papers at the intersection of critical theory and the Bible. We interpret “critical theory” broadly to include not only the seminal work of the Frankfurt School, but also approaches such as Marxism, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, queer studies, critical race theory, post-colonialism, human-animal studies, ideological criticism, Continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism, cultural materialism, new historicism, alternative economics, etc. Likewise, we interpret “the Bible” broadly, to include the various Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures and related ancient literature, including their history of reception, use, and effect.
Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:
Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at)newcastle.edu.au and
Deane Galbraith: relegere.reviews(at)otago.ac.nz
Dates for Seminar: 10-11 December 2014
Venue: The Original Robert Burns Pub (“The Robbie”), 374 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Dunedin in what is the tenth year of publication of the Bible and Critical Theory Journal and the seventeenth year in which the Seminar has been held. We will meet in the Poetry Corner at the Robbie Burns Pub, which we will have to ourselves until joined by regular patrons in the late afternoon. We will also make our way to Eric Repphun’s new venture, the Governor’s Cafe, for a delicious lunch.
Please also note that the BCT Seminar will follow the annual meeting of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies (ANZABS), also to be held in Dunedin, at the University of Otago, on 8-9 December 2014.
While there is no official accommodation and a range of options around the city, for those comrades who appreciate the conviviality of low-cost communal living, I (Deane) recommend Hogwartz Backpackers, a short ten-minute walk to the Seminar venue and, from 1872 until 1999, residence of the Roman Catholic bishop. Prices start from NZ$29 for a shared room with 4 to 6 beds, and it is approximately NZ$63 for a single room (http://www.hogwartz.co.nz/accommodation/hogwartz-rooms-and-prices).
We would like to invite our readers to contribute to the Religious Studies Project. If you would like to contribute with an interview, book reviews, conference reports, comments or other ideas, we would love to hear from you! Also keep in mind that you can find April 15, 2014 at 07:05AM via The Religious Studies Project
via Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 15 April 2014 Jane Skjoldli The Religious Studies Project
How should one approach the study of demons and spiritual warfare? In this conversation with University of North Carolina, Charlotte professor Sean McCloud, demons, possessions, and exorcisms that might have once been considered fringe or marginal elements of the American religious scene are now part of a robust “haunted” or supernatural landscape. April 14, 2014 at 04:33AM via The Religious Studies Project
via Demons, possessions, and exorcisms: Sean McCloud on “Spiritual Warfare” Christopher Cotter The Religious Studies Project
“He had vanished like a dream, and yet he was not a dream. He was the only thing real in the unreal emptiness of her unlived life.” –Anzia Yezierska, “Wings”
From Anzia Yezierska to Lara Vapnyar, Jewish American women’s immigrant narratives have frequently addressed the quest – sometimes successful, more often detrimental – for love in the New World. In many of these works, the desired other stands in for an idea rather than a person, obscuring the material and emotional realities of the parties involved. The love plot hence often encapsulates the immigrant’s hunger to bridge cultures, frequently evoking the yearning to find a familiar sense of self, one that feels like home.
For this panel, we seek paper proposals exploring the literary representations (poetry, prose, and/or graphic narratives) of Jewish immigrant women in twentieth- and twenty-first century America. Using the love motif as a lens, our panel will examine notions of assimilation, identity, and self in the New World, and explore the ways that such motifs have played out in American women’s immigrant narratives over the last century. Some of the questions that our panel will seek to answer include: How are notions of self and identity affected in and through transcultural partnerships? What are the costs of seeking companionship across cultural, social, and ethnic borders, and how have these costs, and their representations in literature, changed over time? How have new waves of immigration, as well as technological developments, transformed the general configurations and articulations of love in the New World? What role does gender and/or sexuality play in these encounters?
CALL FOR PAPERS
SIXTH ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF
THE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://ift.tt/1gjoTjl
2014 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island
Friday 24 October and Saturday 25 October 2014
Proposals by 1 June 2014
Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2014, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, horror, legends, and mythology) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels, innovative works.
• Given the conference location in Rhode Island, we would also be very much interested in organizing at least one session on H. P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos.
• Given the proximity to Halloween, we are especially interested in proposal related to monsters and the monstrous, either in connection with Lovecraft or not.
Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic (http://ift.tt/1gjoTjl) for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).
If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send the NEPCA Paper Proposal Form (below or download from http://ift.tt/OQVzFU…) along with an abstarct of approximately 250 to 400 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note “NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2014” in your subject line):
Michael A. Torregrossa
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend Area Chair
The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. NEPCA is an association of scholars in New England and New York, organized in 1974 at the University of Rhode Island. We reorganized and incorporated in Boston in 1992. The purpose of this professional association is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States. By bringing together scholars from various disciplines, both academic and non-academic people, we foster interdisciplinary research and learning. We publish a newsletter twice per year and we hold an annual conference at which we present both the Peter C. Rollins Book Award and an annual prize.
Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30 for full-time faculty and $15 to all other individuals. Further details are available at http://ift.tt/1gjoRIb.
NEPCA PAPER PROPOSAL FORM
(Send a one-page CV to the program and area chair when you submit this form)
—Exactly as you’d like to see it listed. (No titles listed on program.)
—As you’d like to see it listed. (Choose just one. If none at present, use
—List the one you use most.
Please confine this abstract to 250 to 400 words. Bear in mind that it must be understandable to a committee, some of whose members may not be experts in your discipline. NEPCA also encourages the use of “plain” speech over specialized jargon.April 11, 2014 at 03:35PM via category: religion
UPDATE: Reminder – Cosmographies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Call for Papers deadline Friday 25th April 2014
2-day conference, Falmouth University 24-25 July 2014. Supported by the British Interplanetary Society.
- Prof. Chris Welch – Professor of Astronautics (ISU, Strasbourg), and Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society
- Prof. Philip Gross – Professor of Creative Writing (The University of South Wales, UK), T. S. Eliot prizewinner and author of Deep Field (2011)
Organisers: Dr. Niamh Downing (Senior Lecturer in English and Writing); Dr. Dario Llinares (Senior Lecturer in Film); Dr. Sarah Arnold (Senior Lecturer in Film)
In his introduction to Space Travel and Culture (2009), David Bell suggests that the neglect of ‘outer space’ in the humanities and social sciences is in part due to the negative stance towards the technological utopianism of the mid-twentieth-century ‘space race’, where ‘Apollo stands now as a future that never happened, or a history that seems not to connect with our present’ (4). For James Hay the emergence or invention of ‘outer space’ as a ‘historical, geographic, and theatrical stage for shaping discourse about rights and responsibilities, war and peace, security and risk’ is profoundly tied to the cold war era (2012: 29). Yet even while the ‘space race’ may be understood as historically and culturally last century, ‘outer space’ continues to serve as a sphere of human technological enterprise, a battleground of political discourse and, a rich source of socio-cultural production.
The critical neglect of ‘outer space’ has been remedied in part by Bell, Denis Cosgrove, Fraser MacDonald, whose work collectively offers the beginnings of a ‘critical geography of outer space’ (MacDonald 593). MacDonald observes that ‘the last fifty years has seen the outer-Earth become an ordinary and accessible sphere of human endeavour, our presence in (and reliance on) space making it one of the enabling conditions for our current mode of everyday life in the west’ (593). Further interventions, such as Alexander Geppert’s, Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century (2012), provide a historiographical perspective, interrogating the ‘heterogeneous array of images and artifacts, media and practices that all aim to ascribe meaning to outer space while stirring both the individual and the collective imagination’ (8). A cross-disciplinary series of essays published in Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures (2012), edited by Lisa Parks and James Schwoch, along with Dario Llinares’ study, The Astronaut: Cultural Mythology and Idealised Masculinity (2011) attempt to bring together geographical, historical and cultural/ media studies approaches to examine astro-culture.
A common aspect of these approaches is an acknowledgement of the need to encompass cultural, filmic, artistic, and literary engagements with outer space as objects of enquiry. The influence of spatial thinking on film and literary scholarship, demonstrated by an increasing concern with urban space, mobility and the proliferation of terms such as ‘cinematic-’ or ‘literary geographies’, has rarely resulted in a turn towards ‘outer space’. Indeed, the arrival of ‘cyberspace’ could arguably be said to have had a profound effect on the cultural understanding and importance of ‘outer space’ in the collective imaginary. Visual and textual scholarship has arguably under-engaged with the fields of cultural geography, cultural history and cultural studies that are re-imagining ‘astroculture’/‘celestial space’ as part of what Cosgrove calls a ‘cosmography for the twenty-first century’ (35).
This 2-day conference seeks to explore the significance of ‘outer space’ in textual and visual culture, including literature (fiction/non-fiction/scientific or legal texts), film (cinema/documentary/youtube/television/NASA or ISS clips or broadcasts), digital media (games/twitter/social media), photography, material culture, ephemera and popular culture.
We especially welcome papers that move beyond the paradigms of science-fiction studies, and engage with geographical or historical approaches to visual or textual cultures of ‘outer space’. We invite papers on the following themes (but not limited to):
- 20th century and post-millennial representations of outer space
- Poetics/poetries of outer space
- Non-fiction and outer space, from film documentary to the non-fiction novel (for example, Al Reinert’s For All Mankind, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light, Oriana Fallaci’s If the Sun Dies, Norman Mailer’s Of A Fire on the Moon)
- Digital games and outer space
- Visual/textual representations of rockets, satellites, telescopes, the International Space Station, and other material technologies of outer space
- Posthumanism – visual/textual representations of sentient/non-sentient life
- Weird fictions and outer space
- Papers that seek to establish frameworks for a cinematic or literary geography of outer space
- Papers that examine terms such as ‘cosmography’, ‘celestial space’, ‘astroculture’, in relation to literature, film, other visual/textual media
- Visual/textual gendering of ‘outer space’
- Governance, laws, and capital of outer space in visual/textual culture
- Discourse analysis of space law, treaty, governance in technical literature
- Non-western/Non-Soviet space programmes and their representation (for example Cristina De Middel’s Afronauts (2012) http://ift.tt/1jH4oMU)
- Space tourism/personal space flight
- Heritage and outer space (archaeologies of outer space, space debris, heritage sites, museum orbit)
- Ecology and outer space (space as wilderness or environment, terraforming, pollution, waste, life, texts such as Charles Cockell’s Space on Earth (Palgrave 2006), Guy Laliberté http://ift.tt/MA0kmP
Abstracts of 250-300 words for final presentations of 15-20 minutes should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25th April 2014. Please include name, affiliation, title of paper, and brief bio. Participants will be notified by Friday 2nd May.
There will be two channels for publication of selected papers from the conference:
1. An edited journal issue
2. An edited collection of essays. We have had preliminary discussions with a major commercial academic press and aim to have a proposal based on selected abstracts with publishers prior to the conference.April 11, 2014 at 11:07AM via category: religion
This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of “The Lives of Cities” are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.
Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 28, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes, email@example.com.
Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.April 10, 2014 at 10:56PM via category: religion
#CFP: CFP: AJS Panel “Love in the New World: Jewish American Women's Immigrant Narratives”, #acrel #religion
via CFP: AJS Panel “Love in the New World: Jewish American Women’s Immigrant Narratives” from category: religion April 11, 2014 at 04:05PM http://ift.tt/1lWdsSs
via The Fantastic (Open-Topic) for NEPCA (6/1/14; Providence, RI 10/24-25/14) from category: religion April 11, 2014 at 03:35PM http://ift.tt/1lWdqKl
#CFP: UPDATE: Reminder – Cosmographies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Call for Papers deadline Friday 25th April 2014, #acrel #religion
via UPDATE: Reminder – Cosmographies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Call for Papers deadline Friday 25th April 2014 from category: religion April 11, 2014 at 11:07AM http://ift.tt/1ghu7bY
#CFP: Canadian Literature: 56th Annual M/MLA Convention, Detroit, Michigan, November 13-16, 2014 , #acrel #religion
via Canadian Literature: 56th Annual M/MLA Convention, Detroit, Michigan, November 13-16, 2014 from category: religion April 10, 2014 at 10:56PM http://ift.tt/1lWdqK9