Experience and Authority: Catholicism, Esotericism, and Heresy An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23, 2014 Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies with support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies Experience and authority encompass a fertile tension that individuals and emergent movements have had to negotiate within the Catholic tradition broadly conceived. This conference will explore those tensions with a particular interest in the claims that people have made for their experience, the conditions under which people come to view their experience as authoritative, and the way they negotiate those claims in relation to the authority claimed by institutional authorities primarily but not exclusively in the modern era. Scholars from fields such as history, religious studies, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, theology, art history and the sciences are invited to submit proposals for full panels and individual papers. Creative and interdisciplinary approaches to these topics, explorations of them in a variety of contexts, and visual and multi-media presentations are encouraged. We are pleased to have Robert Ellwood, professor emeritus of world religions at the University of Southern California, as this year’s keynote speaker. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following: •Visionary and Mystical Experiences: Marian apparitions, the appearance and intersession of saints •The Experience of LGBT Catholics •Irregular Ordinations and Orders of Succession: Sedevacantism and Rival Papal Claimants, The Liberal Catholic Church, Wandering Bishops •Syncretic Catholicism •Catholicism, Spiritualism, and the Occult •Reform Movements: Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), Radical-Traditionalist Catholics, The Society of Saint Pius X •Apocryphal Texts, Alternate Histories, and Lost Traditions •Folk Practices and Personal Devotions •Private and Public Revelation We welcome proposals from established scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words and a brief bio of 2-3 lines by March 15 to: email@example.com Notifications will be made by April 1.
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