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2014 ISHS Conference Program

First Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

May 30-31, 2014

New York University
Gallatin School
1 Washington Place

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Please note that all events in the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts are free and open to the public.


12-6, Lobby

12-1:30, Room 801
General Membership Meeting, light lunch served

Concurrent Seminars I

1. History of Heresy, Room 401
Chair: Lorna Gibb

A. Robert Royalty, Jr.: “Heresy Before ‘Heresy’:  The Discursive Origins of Early Orthodoxy”
B. John Holloway: “Did Saint Augustine Teach Heresy? Elements of Augustine’s Theology that Cast Doubt on His Orthodoxy”
C. Bella Tendler: “The Nuṣayrī-ʿAlawīs: New Sources, New Insights into Heterodox Islam”

2. 17th-century Heresy in England, Room 501
Chair: Suzanne Hobson

A. Anne Greenfield: “Abandoned by the Angels: The Role of Providence in Restoration Rape Scenes”
B. Geremy Carnes: “Tyrannick Belief: Heresy and the Heroic Mode in John Dryden’s Tyrannick Love”
C. Maggie Vinter: “Formal Heresy and Heretical Formalities in Doctor Faustus”

3. Medieval Heresies, Room 601
Chair: Andrew Romig

A. Natalie Calder: “The Politics of Naming ‘Heresy’: Unbelief and the ‘Age of Faith’”
B. Kathryn Green: “The Joys of Heresy:  Benefits for Women in Medieval Heretical Sects”
C. Julie Gafney: “Weeds and Words: Interpellating Heretics, Name-calling, and Lollard Poetics in Chaucer and Langland”

4-5:30, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Round Table
“Why Heresy Now?”
Robert Royalty, Jr.
James Morrow
Rebecca Goldstein
Gregory Erickson
Edward Simon

5:30-6, Lobby

6-6:30, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Welcome Address: Gregory Erickson

6:30-7:30, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Plenary Talk
James Wood
“Belief, Disbelief and the Modern Novel”

7:30-9, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts lobby
Opening Wine and Cheese Reception


8-4, Lobby

8-10, Lobby
Coffee/Continental breakfast

Concurrent Seminars II

4. Modernism, Unbelief, and the Heretical Imperative, Room 401
Chair: A.Q.M.A. Rahman Bhuiyan

A. Gregory Erickson: “Heresy and the Modernist Literary Imagination”
B. Jade Principe: “Graham Greene on the Exigencies of Choice”
C. Suzanne Hobson: “The Problem of Unbelief in Modernist Writing: Mary Butts and Traps for Unbelievers

5. Artists’ Panel, Room 501
Chair: Bernard Schweizer

A. James Morrow: “The Novelist as Heretic”
B. Lorna Gibb“Spiritualism and Heresy: Genesis of a Novel”
C. Tasha Golden: “Pop Heresy: Songwriting at the Edge of the Speakable–An interdisciplinary conversation 

6. Religious Practice as Heresy, Room 601
Chair: John Holloway

A. Jordan Miller: “Solving Some Problems of Language: on Ritual, Craft, and Apophasis”
B. Andrea Dickens: “The Rhetoric of Heresy in David Ebershoff’s The Nineteenth Wife

11-12, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Plenary Talk
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
“The Accidental Literary Influence of Modernity’s Greatest Heretic”

Lunch, on your own

Concurrent Seminars III

7. Heresy, Folk Religion, and the Arts, Room 401
Chair: Jordan Miller

A. Mark Hama: “There is no devil, there is nothing”: Theodicy, Misotheism, and Re-membering in Tomás Rivera’s . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
B. Jason Bauman: “The Trementinas’ Black Book: Witchcraft and Heresy in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima
C. Angelina Tallaj: “On the Steps of the Cathedral: Heresy, Lived Religion, Dominican Voodoo, Music, and Catholicism”

8. English Literature and Dissent, Room 501
Chair: Richard Santana

A. Will Miller: “From Heresy to Enthusiasm: Henry More and Anne Conway in the wake of the English Revolution”
B. Ethan Quillen: Ian McEwan and Atheist Ethnography: Testing the Ethnographic Value of Fiction in Defining Modern Atheism”
C. Morgan Strawn: “A Rank Republican”: Mark Akenside, Tobias Smollett, and the Literary Politics of Religious Nonconformity”

9. Heresy in the late 19th century, Room 601
Chair: Tim Hendrickson

A. Tim Hendrickson: “Allan Quatermain and the Religious Crusade of Haggard’s Adventure Fiction”
B. Michael Keller: “Between Very and Kneeland: Emerson’s Heretical Boundaries”

Concurrent Seminars IV

10. Lightning Rods of Heresy, Room 401
Chair: Gregory Erickson

A. Patrick Bixby: “‘Poison Doctrines’: Yeats, Nietzsche, and the Fate of Christian Civilization”
B. Clement Grene: “Three Versions of Judas: Borges, Heresy and the Historical Judas”
C. Andrea Sheridan: “The ‘day-to-day trenches of adult life’: Worship in David Foster Wallace’s This is Water and ‘Good People'”

11. On the Borders of Heresy: Theory, Laughter, and Science, Room 501
Chair: Mark Hama

A. A.Q.M.A. Rahman Bhuiyan: “Literary Heresy and the Act of Theory”
B. Bernard Schweizer: “Comedy as Heresy: The Curious Case of the Theology of Laughter”
C. Richard Santana: “Heretical Science: Paracelsus’ Distant Mirror”

5:15-6:15, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Plenary Talk
Thomas J.J. Altizer
“The Absolute Heterodoxy of William Blake”

6:30-7:30, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts



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