Category Archive: Society News

Apr 11

Registration for the 2016 ISHS Conference is open

Registration for the 2016 ISHS Conference is open. Attendees may register here. Registration rates, like membership dues fees (required of all presenters), are tiered. A lower rate is also available for non-presenters who wish to audit the conference.

Lodging is available at a cheap (for New York) rate in dorm rooms on New York University’s campus. If you would like to stay in one of these dorm rooms, you must register by April 15.

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Mar 01

CFP Extension: Second Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

Second Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

Heresy, Belief, and Ideology: Dissent in Politics and Religion

June 1-3, 2016, New York City

Extended deadline for conference proposals: March 21, 2016

The International Society for Heresy Studies announces a Call for Papers for its second biennial conference at New York University, June 1-3, 2016. The conference theme will broadly focus on ideological aspects of heresy in both religion and politics. Throughout history, definitions of “heresy” have been crucial to defining “orthodox” belief, worship, and practice. Indeed, every faith, ideology, and institution must struggle over what is deemed heretical as part of defining what is deemed normative, and it is hard to imagine any ideology (even an anti-ideology ideology) that does not draw a boundary to mark what is subversive or unacceptable. This interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for scholars, writers, and artists to explore the relationships between belief (orthodox and heterodox), ideology, the church or state, and art around the world. This focus includes attention to the ways in which religion and religious actors participate in public discourse, contribute to debates over public values and social policy, and effect — and are affected by — activity in the political sphere. While we encourage proposals relevant to the conference theme, we also encourage panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals on all topics related to heresy. We welcome submissions from scholars working in literature, religion, history, theology, art history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies or any other attendant discipline, as well as from creative writers, artists, and musicians whose work might be appropriate to the conference theme. Our second conference follows a successful inaugural conference in 2014 which included Thomas J. J. Altizer, James Wood, and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein as plenary speakers.

Potential subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Political “heretics” (Such as Malcolm X, Andrea Dworkin, Karl Marx, etc)
  • Science, public policy, secularism
  • Radical theology
  • Black Lives Matter, LGBT issues, Civil rights advocacy, etc.
  • Radicalism and religion in history
  • The utility of heresy in theological discourse
  • Politics of missionary theology
  • Sacred spaces and political power
  • Islamophobia in government, media, and literature
  • Free speech issues and faith (such as with Charlie Hebdo)
  • Religious debate in popular culture
  • Political theology and associated thinkers (Schmitt, Zizek, Critchley, Agamben)
  • Atheism, agnosticism and unbelief in the public or political sphere

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Gregory Erickson at gte1@nyu.edu by March 21, 2016.

Travel Grants

ISHS will again be awarding four $400 travel stipends to graduate students and to international scholars attending the conference. To be considered for one of these awards please write to Dr. Gregory Erickson (gte1@nyu.edu) by April 1, 2016.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2016/03/01/cfp-extension-second-conference-of-the-international-society-for-heresy-studies/

Oct 28

Rebecca N. Goldstein Awarded National Humanities Medal

The officers of the International Society for Heresy Studies wish to share some exciting news with our colleagues. ISHS Founding Member and current Board Member, Rebecca N. Goldstein, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in September. Per the National Endowment for the Humanities website, Goldstein received the award for

 

bringing philosophy into conversation with culture. In scholarship, Dr. Goldstein has elucidated the ideas of Spinoza and Gödel, while in fiction, she deploys wit and drama to help us understand the great human conflict between thought and feeling.

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We ask the ISHS community to join us in congratulating Goldstein on this well-deserved honor.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2015/10/28/rebecca-n-goldstein-awarded-national-humanities-medal/

Oct 08

CALL FOR PAPERS: Second Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

Second Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

Heresy, Belief, and Ideology: Dissent in Politics and Religion

June 1-3, 2016, New York City

Deadline for conference proposals: March 1, 2016

The International Society for Heresy Studies announces a Call for Papers for its second biennial conference at New York University, June 1-3, 2016. The conference theme will broadly focus on ideological aspects of heresy in both religion and politics. Throughout history, definitions of “heresy” have been crucial to defining “orthodox” belief, worship, and practice. Indeed, every faith, ideology, and institution must struggle over what is deemed heretical as part of defining what is deemed normative, and it is hard to imagine any ideology (even an anti-ideology ideology) that does not draw a boundary to mark what is subversive or unacceptable. This interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for scholars, writers, and artists to explore the relationships between belief (orthodox and heterodox), ideology, the church or state, and art around the world. This focus includes attention to the ways in which religion and religious actors participate in public discourse, contribute to debates over public values and social policy, and effect — and are affected by — activity in the political sphere. While we encourage proposals relevant to the conference theme, we also encourage panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals on all topics related to heresy. We welcome submissions from scholars working in literature, religion, history, theology, art history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies or any other attendant discipline, as well as from creative writers, artists, and musicians whose work might be appropriate to the conference theme. Our second conference follows a successful inaugural conference in 2014 which included Thomas J. J. Altizer, James Wood, and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein as plenary speakers.

Potential subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Political “heretics” (Such as Malcolm X, Andrea Dworkin, Karl Marx, etc)
  • Science, public policy, secularism
  • Radical theology
  • Black Lives Matter, LGBT issues, Civil rights advocacy, etc.
  • Radicalism and religion in history
  • The utility of heresy in theological discourse
  • Politics of missionary theology
  • Sacred spaces and political power
  • Islamophobia in government, media, and literature
  • Free speech issues and faith (such as with Charlie Hebdo)
  • Religious debate in popular culture
  • Political theology and associated thinkers (Schmitt, Zizek, Critchley, Agamben)
  • Atheism, agnosticism and unbelief in the public or political sphere

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Gregory Erickson at gte1@nyu.edu by March 1, 2016.

Travel Grants

ISHS will again be awarding four $400 travel stipends to graduate students and to international scholars attending the conference. To be considered for one of these awards please write to Dr. Gregory Erickson (gte1@nyu.edu) by April 1, 2016.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2015/10/08/call-for-papers-second-conference-of-the-international-society-for-heresy-studies/

Nov 17

CFP for inaugural issue of the Journal of Heresy Studies

The Society’s official journal, The Journal of Heresy Studies, has just released its call for papers for its inaugural issue. This will be a special issue on heresy and modernity. See the CFP below, and find complete submission guidelines on the Journal‘s website.

Special Issue
Modernity and Profanity: Continuities and Discontinuities

Modernity is often seen as inversely correlated to the sacred in the sense that modernity and secularity—even profanation— appear to be moving in synchronicity with one another. Indeed, ideas of blasphemy and profanation have been used by thinkers like Giorgia Agamben and Jacques Berlinerblau to frame the narrative of modernity and to characterize the cultural history of the 20th century. However, political and cultural theorists have also illuminated the ways in which concepts and practices that appear secular/profane still reflect the theological language of orthodoxy and heresy. And rather than seeing modernity as breaking with theological thought, authors like Slavoj Žižek, Mark C. Taylor, and Michael Allen Gillespie have emphasized the ubiquity and inescapability of Christian or religious ways of thinking. For this issue, the Journal of Heresy Studies is looking for cross- and interdisciplinary submissions from 15-25 pages that address modernity/modernist studies, and their relationship to conceptual, textual, and historical aspects of blasphemy, sacrilege, heresy, and orthodoxy.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2015.

How to submit: Send complete papers to Bernard Schweizer at schweizerb@yahoo.com

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/11/17/cfp-for-inaugural-issue-of-the-journal-of-heresy-studies/

Aug 25

The Internal Revenue Service moves slowly…

…eppur si muove. After over a year of waiting, the International Society for Heresy Studies has been officially accepted by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. Among other little perks, this status allows the Society to accept tax-deductible donations. But tax questions aside, it provides us with another milestone to celebrate in the young life of our Society. We will keep working to make certain this organization continues to grow and foster excellent scholarship.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/08/25/irs/

Jun 07

Results of first ISHS election

The first ISHS conference took place last weekend, and many of the stimulating conversations begun there are continuing in other forums. We are already looking forward to our next conference, likely in 2016. A number of announcements related to the conference will likely follow in the coming days, but right now I’d like to congratulate the society’s newly elected officers and board members.

OFFICERS

  • President: Gregory Erickson
  • Vice-president: Bernard Schweizer
  • Secretary-treasurer: John Holloway
  • Webmaster: Geremy Carnes

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Artist representative: James Morrow
  • Creative writing program representative: Lorna Gibb
  • Faith representative: David Dickinson
  • Secularism representative: Rebecca N. Goldstein
  • Literary criticism representative: James Wood
  • Theology representative: Valentine Cunningham
  • Religion and politics representative: Jordan Miller
  • History representative: Robert Royalty
  • Graduate student representative: Ethan Quillen

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/06/07/results-of-first-ishs-election/

May 10

Announcement: 2014 ISHS Conference program now online

The inaugural conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies, to be held at New York University on May 30th and 31st, is fast approaching. The conference program is now available, as are abstracts of papers. We encourage attendees to view them prior to the conference. Conference registrations for auditors are still being accepted.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/05/10/2014-ishs-conference-program-now-online/

May 10

Announcement: The Journal of Heresy Studies is accepting submissions

The International Society of Heresy Studies is pleased to announce that its newly founded journal, The Journal of Heresy Studies, is accepting submissions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 03

Announcement: Best talks at 2014 ISHS Conference to be published in collection

ISHS has an exciting announcement: the organizers of the Society’s 2014 Conference will solicit the best conference talks as developed chapters to be published as a collection by DeGruyter. More details will appear here as they become available.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/02/03/announcement-best-talks-to-at-2014-ishs-conference-to-be-published-in-collection/

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