Call for Papers: "Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and Transformations of Modernity," Humanities Institute, Dartmouth College
The Humanities Institute invites proposals for papers to be presented at a conference scheduled for December 1, 2 , 3, 2002. This upcoming Institute will examine the concept of "conversion" in a broad sense as it operated during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Ottoman domain, Indian Islamdom, and the Sino-Japanese worlds.
While the concept of "conversion"has strong religious connotations, many works on religious conversion recognize that often not just the converted, but the converter as well is changed---a transformation that demonstrates the complex, sometimes contradictory outcomes of cultural and ideological adaptation. Conversion can take place in a number of modes: forcible and voluntary, collective and individual, or any combination of these.
Historical instances such as conversion to tenn˘sei ideology in Japan, or to "modern laicism" in Turkey suggest that conversion may be viewed constructively in larger terms as political and ideological processes: conversion as cultural appropriation---the adoption by subordinate groups of
dominant discourses, customs, and institutional forms; conversion as the redefinition of spatial categories- East-West, rural-urban, empire-colony; or conversion as an reordering of social class and the blurring of ethnic and gender categories. The extensive literature on religious conversion will prove useful in analyzing these types of socio-cultural transformations. For a more complete description of the conference, go to the Institute's website:
Presenters will be provided room and a travel stipend. The goal of this conference is to produce an edited volume and presenters will be expected to make a draft of their paper available before the conference. Final drafts will be expected by June 1, 2003.
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