Impressions of the ISHS 2014 Conference: Robert Royalty, Jr.

At the risk of sounding irreverent (or a bit heretical?), I was struck by how much the ISHS can sound like the “International Society Haunted by Spirituality.” This was most evident in James Wood’s wonderfully allusive plenary, but there were undercurrents in other discussions and papers. As a religion scholar, it’s very interesting to watch people tiptoeing into the shallow end—or diving into the deep end—of the topic which I have made my professional focus. My sense is the Society can be a new “middle space” between the American Academy of Religion and the Modern Languages Association. The breadth of interdisciplinarity was exciting and refreshing. It was probably the most diverse meeting I’ve attended.

This will be a fun, stimulating group to hang out with!

[Webmaster’s note: This post is part of a series offering impressions of, and reflections on, the 2014 ISHS Conference by participating Society members.]

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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

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Impressions of the ISHS 2014 Conference: James Morrow

James Morrow
Novelist

I think our premiere convention proved a ringing affirmation of heretical literature in all its glorious paradoxicality. Valuable poems, plays, stories, and novels embrace simultaneously the discursive and the dramatic; they cannot be domesticated. During the Friday afternoon roundtable I introduced the image of Ivan Karamazov “returning his ticket”—his unwillingness to accept the tortured child as the price of a harmonious universe—and I was pleased when James Wood, in his keynote address that evening, reminded us of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s anxiety that the vivid character of Ivan might eclipse Father Zosima in the reader’s mind. Dostoyevsky’s fear was not unfounded. His novel revels in ambiguity. And so the conversation continues…

[Webmaster’s note: This post is part of a series offering impressions of, and reflections on, the 2014 ISHS Conference by participating Society members.]

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Discount on Robert M. Royalty’s The Origin of Heresy

One of our Society members, Robert M. Royalty, was unable to bring copies of his book to the Society conference last weekend, but an order form is available to anyone who would like to purchase a copy at a 20% discount. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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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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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/

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

First Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

May 30-31, 2014

Deadline for conference proposals extended to March 1st, 2014!

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 and art. This conference will examine the historical and contemporary developments of heretical thought in its dialogue with literature and art. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2014/01/27/ishs-inaugural-conference-may-30-31-2014-call-for-papers-extended-deadline/

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 »

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2013/09/25/international-society-for-heresy-studies-inaugural-conference-may-30-31-2014-call-for-papers/

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 (schweizerb@yahoo.com), Geremy Carnes (GCarnes@lindenwood.edu), or Ed Simon (ens310@lehigh.edu). 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 http://heresystudies.org/.

Permanent link to this article: http://heresystudies.org/2013/08/31/the-journal-of-heresy-studies-call-for-participation/

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