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ISHS Inaugural Conference, May 30-31, 2014: Call for Papers

The International Society for Heresy Studies announces a Call for Papers for its inaugural conference at New York University, May 30-31, 2014. We will accept proposals for papers, roundtables, and panels on the topic of heresy and/in literature. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Journal of Heresy Studies: Call for Participation

The recently founded International Society for Heresy Studies is starting a new online journal tentatively titled The Journal of Heresy Studies. The journal will focus on interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic papers on the subjects of heresy, blasphemy and non-belief in contexts of literature, art, and culture. Current academic discussions of religion and faith often pass over these subjects or give them a confessional turn, a critical blind spot that this new publication aims to correct. The journal is currently looking for members of the editorial board as well as peer-reviewers who would be qualified to evaluate papers on these subjects, or whose scholarship is in the disciplines of literary studies (in any language or genre), art history, religious studies, secular studies, theology, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and humanism.  Please send inquiries to Bernard Schweizer (, Geremy Carnes (, or Ed Simon ( The Society plans to hold its first conference in the spring of 2014 in New York City. Those interested in the aims and history of the Society are welcome to refer to our website at

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Call for the Foundation of a Society for Heresy Studies

Religious approaches to literature have been dominated by apologetics and by the confessional tendencies advocated by T.S. Eliot. An atheist, therefore, still sticks out like a sore thumb at the CCL (Conference on Christianity and Literature), and the majority of publications in journals such as Literature and Theology and Religion and Literature are cast in a traditionalist, pietistic mold. Critics who examine the heretical, blasphemous, or atheistic implications of literary texts—without using such analyses to advance a conformist religious agenda—tend to be relegated to the margins.

It is time to give those who specialize in nonconformist or even anti-religious aspects of literature a “home,” i.e. a society, a peer-reviewed journal, and regular conferences. To this end, we propose to found the Society for Heresy Studies. Read the rest of this entry »

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