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CFP: "Flourish and Decay: Exploring Religion in Process" Graduate Student Conference

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Religion Graduate Organization and the Department of Religion at Syracuse University announce the 2018 Graduate Student Conference Flourish and Decay: Exploring Religion in Process on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Flour·ish: [‘flǝriSH] (n., v.) growth and development in a good environment; a gesture or to gesture in such a way that attracts attention.

De·cay: [dǝ͘‘kā] ‘(n., v.) to rot organically or the process of decomposition; to deteriorate; to fall into a state of disrepair. Rotten matter. A gradual decline of quality.

This conference proposes the terms “flourish” and “decay” as entry points through which to further understand how religion emerges and envelops within past, present, and future worlds. Both flourish and decay can operate as either overarching metaphors of change, transformation, and fluctuation or as literal descriptions of cycles of growth, consumption, and loss. The conference committee embraces the capaciousness of these terms and encourages graduate students to think innovatively through them as an opportunity to explore religion in process. The committee welcomes diversity in topics, theoretical approaches, and methodologies from all academic fields and disciplines across a broad range of histories, geographies, and religious traditions.

Keynote: Kathryn Lofton (Yale University)

Papers and panels might (but are not required to) engage the following themes:

  • Fame, thriving, and prosperity
  • Politics, conflict, and resistance
  • Misogynoir, toxic masculinity, gender
  • Afrofuturism, critical race theory
  • Indigenous futurism, de/colonization practices
  • Ruins, cities, empire, and war
  • Futurity, millenarianism, apocalypticism and utopianism
  • Community, class, geography, place, space
  • Pollution in texts, bodies, environments, landscapes
  • Disaster, trauma, toxicity, and recovery
  • Life, biopolitics, necropolitics, health, governmentality
  • Aesthetics, beauty, and the grotesque
  • Precarity, neoliberalism, late capitalism, globalism, nationalism
  • Environmentalism, the Anthropocene, climate change, waste
  • Technology, transhumanism, robotics, and artificial intelligence
  • The viral and the virtual, affect theory
  • Death, funerary and burial rites
  • Temporalities, histories

Panel submissions are greatly encouraged.

  • A panel should consist of at least 3 papers (maximum 5)

Panel or paper proposals should contain the following:

  • 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.
  • Cover page which includes the name(s), institution(s), and contact information for
  •  participant(s)
  • Current CV for the participant(s)
  • For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person for the panel.
  • Submit all materials to SUReligionConference@gmail.com by January 20, 2018.

For more information, visit: religionconference.syr.edu.



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