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Belief and Disbelief in the Space Between: Extended

Call for Papers:
Belief and Disbelief in the Space Between, 1914‐1945
University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, June 17‐19, 2010
The interwar years have often been regarded as a period of secularization,
disillusionment, and disenchantment, yet many of the period’s cultural
productions engage questions of faith, Belief, and spirituality. This
interdisciplinary conference invites literary and cultural critics, historians, and
scholars of modern religion and philosophy to explore a range of topics relating
to the collision of belief and disbelief in the years between 1914 and 1945.
Possible topics include:
• religious themes and traditions in the arts and popular culture
• the impact of war on faith and the apprehension of the unseen
• new conceptions of the sacred and the profane
• the rise of faith‐infused nationalisms
• political propaganda as secular dogma
• artistic representations of the supernatural or the fantastic
• aesthetic principles informed by belief or disbelief
• the public and private dimensions of faith and doubt
• disillusionment in traditional institutions
• the coexistence of magic and science
• the role of class, gender, and/or ethnicity in religious identification
• engagement with non‐Western religions and those crossing cultural,
ethnic, and national boundaries
Please send 300‐word abstract and one‐page CV to Geneviève Brassard
Deadline (extended): February 1, 2010.
Keynote Speaker: Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities
at Columbia University and author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity,
and Belief (1998) and "Secularism in the Framework of Heterodoxy" (PMLA

Conference Location: Portland, Oregon
Conference Starts: June 17, 2010
Conference Ends: June 19, 2010

CFP Submission Deadline: February 01, 2010

For more information, contact: Geneviève Brassard

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