40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Feb. 26-March 1, 2009 Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts. Submission deadline: Sep 15, 2008.
"Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity"
This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Possible perspectives are political, sociological, activist, and philosophical. Approaches can cover the full range from critical analysis to prescriptions for political action. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict ideas but just to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:
- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right
Abstracts no later than Sep 15, 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include with your abstract:
Affiliation (if applicable)
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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