Call For Papers: Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies Graduate Student Conference, Syracuse University February 27-March 1

The Religion Graduate Organization at Syracuse University is proud to announce our 2015 Graduate Conference “Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies” featuring Keynote speaker Lynne Huffer. The conference will be held February 27 through March 1 at Syracuse University.

Call for Papers Deadline: Jan 10th, 2015

The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies. This conference aims at actively encouraging interdisciplinary ways to view and examine the related encounters of sex, religion, politics, and bodies. Specifically, this conference aims to think about what occurs, and why, when religion seems to “interrupt” or “impose” upon the broader philosophical and theoretical discourses relating to bodies, politics, and sex. We invite both M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit abstracts from a variety of thematic and theoretical backgrounds.

Keynote: Lynne Huffer, Emory University

We particularly invite papers on the following themes:

  • The methodological impact of Michel Foucault when dealing with sex, religion, affect, bodies, or materiality
  • Affect theory and its relationship to sex, bodies, and religion
  • How religion and sex are portrayed in visual media and culture, and the resulting political effects
  • How political thought is changed and reimagined through discourses of sex, bodies, emotions, and affects
  • When religion seems to interrupt and impose upon broader theoretical discourses
  • Religion disrupting sex
  • Sex disrupting religion.
  • BDSM
  • Religious Experience
  • Queer theory and religion
  • Queer theory and ecology
  • Eco-theology
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Politics
  • Social Science

Abstracts are welcomed from a variety of fields and disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art and Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Queer Studies
  • Religion
  • Sex and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Panel submissions are greatly encouraged.

A panel should consist of 3 papers

ideally a panel should include scholars from more than one institution

We are especially looking for 1-2 panels on Are the Lips a Grave? and Mad For Foucault.

Panel or paper proposals should contain the following items:

  • A one-page abstract (350 words for papers; 500 words for panels) describing the nature of the paper or panel. No names or institutional information should appear on the abstract to facilitate a blind selection process.
  • Current CV for the participant(s).
  • Cover page which includes the name(s), institution(s), and contact information for participant(s)
  • For panel proposals, identity the primary contact person for the panel.
  • Submit all materials to SUReligionConference@gmail.com

Abstracts, comments, and questions may be sent to SUReligionConference@gmail.com.

A copy of the call for papers and additional information may be found at: http://religionconference.syr.edu/

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