The Section of Contemporary Literature at the Jagiellonian University Comparative Studies Students’ Association, Krakow, and the Jagiellonian University Religious Studies Students’ Association, are pleased to invite you to the international interdisciplinary conference for graduate students and doctoral candidates
Future (in) Religion, Religion (in) Future
which will take place in December 2009.
The conference invites papers dealing with the issues of eschatology of religions, literary visions of future myths and cults, insights into the status of religion in today’s world, dialogue and conflict in-between religion and science and the future of the relationship between myth and literature. The overall aim of the conference is to discuss the most pertinent questions that arise in the area which is set by correlations between religion and literature in short-time perspective. We also wish to deliberate on the most interesting literary/religious projects, and examine the sense of modern religiousness, fundamentalisms, as well as new religious movements.
Key issues to be addressed include:
- literary projects concerning the topic of “future religions”, especially religion in science fiction literature;
- problem of eschatology in religion, apocalyptic literature;
- Will religion prevail? The questions of secularization and fundamentalism, the future of religion in modern societies;
- literary and philosophical endeavors dealing with the project of perfect religion; utopias and anti-utopias;
- Will the future world still need myths? The future of literature understood as the source of contemporary mythology;
- status of religion in media, new religious movements, religion vs science;
- religion in alternate universes, myth and religion in fantasy literature.
Other ideas for papers and panel discussions may be considered if discussed beforehand via e-mail.
Abstracts of no more than one page (maximum 500 words), including the preliminary bibliography, author’s affiliation and academic status should be sent by 20 September 2009 to the following address : firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference fee is €35. Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes and followed by a brief discussion. Further registration information and other details will be posted by e-mail to the participants once their abstracts are accepted. By sending the application form to the conference convenors the participants agree to submit an article based on their conference presentation to be reviewed by a scholar of the conference organizers’ choice.
Institute for the Study of Religions
ul. Grodzka 52, Krakow, Poland
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