INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 MAY

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The China Road conference is sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Newcastle, Australia.

When 13 to 15 August 2016

Where Noah’s on the Beach Hotel, Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Contact chinaroad2016@newcastle.edu.au

Panel and paper proposal deadline 15 May 2016

We invite paper and panel proposals for the first China Road international conference in the Southern Hemisphere.

The China Road has a number of levels of meaning. It concerns China’s distinct path in the modern world, a path that has also been called the ‘Beijing Consensus’ and ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’, with deep historical roots and a broad basis in reality. It also refers to the new ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, which seeks to revitalise countries along and around the old Silk Road – a revitalisation that includes economic, cultural, social and educational dimensions. These levels of meaning continue to generate significant debate and discussion: is China’s path distinct? If so, what are the features of this path? What role does China’s distant and recent history play in such a path?

In this light, the conference will examine the China Road from a range of perspectives. These include philosophy, Marxism, economics, politics, society, education, culture, different forms of democracy, and international relations in the Asian Century. With an eye on past and present, the conference will also examine possible future developments. It will be undertaken in a supportive environment, seeking insight, understanding and constructive criticism.

The conference will involve keynote speakers and delegates from China and around the world giving panel and paper presentations.

DELEGATES FROM CHINA

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will send a significant number of leading Chinese scholars to participate in the conference. These scholars will be chosen on the basis of a nationwide search.

PANEL AND PAPER PROPOSALS

Panel proposals should include a panel title, rationale, list of presenters (up to four), abstracts for each presentation.

Paper proposals should include a title, abstract of up to 200 words, name of presenter and location.

NOTE: all paper and panel proposals must be sent to chinaroad2016@newcastle.edu.au by 15 May 2016.

Participants whose proposals are accepted will be required to register at the time for the conference.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

PROFESSOR COLIN MACKERRAS, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

Professor Colin Mackerras has over 50 years of extensive experience in China and is a recognised expert on China-related studies, particularly Chinese drama, national minorities, Australian-Chinese relations and images of China in the West.

His keynote address is entitled: ‘China, Central Asia and the Economic Belt.’

ColinMackerras

 

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BIBLE AND CRITICAL THEORY SEMINAR 2014

Deadline for proposals: 31 August 2014

The Seminar calls for papers at the intersection of critical theory and the Bible. We interpret “critical theory” broadly to include not only the seminal work of the Frankfurt School, but also approaches such as Marxism, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, queer studies, critical race theory, post-colonialism, human-animal studies, ideological criticism, Continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism, cultural materialism, new historicism, alternative economics, etc. Likewise, we interpret “the Bible” broadly, to include the various Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures and related ancient literature, including their history of reception, use, and effect.

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:
Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at)newcastle.edu.au and
Deane Galbraith: relegere.reviews(at)otago.ac.nz

Details:

Dates for Seminar: 10-11 December 2014

Venue: The Original Robert Burns Pub (“The Robbie”), 374 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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The Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Dunedin in what is the tenth year of publication of the Bible and Critical Theory Journal and the seventeenth year in which the Seminar has been held. We will meet in the Poetry Corner at the Robbie Burns Pub, which we will have to ourselves until joined by regular patrons in the late afternoon. We will also make our way to Eric Repphun’s new venture, the Governor’s Cafe, for a delicious lunch.
Please also note that the BCT Seminar will follow the annual meeting of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies (ANZABS), also to be held in Dunedin, at the University of Otago, on 8-9 December 2014.

Accommodation:

While there is no official accommodation and a range of options around the city, for those comrades who appreciate the conviviality of low-cost communal living, I (Deane) recommend Hogwartz Backpackers, a short ten-minute walk to the Seminar venue and, from 1872 until 1999, residence of the Roman Catholic bishop. Prices start from NZ$29 for a shared room with 4 to 6 beds, and it is approximately NZ$63 for a single room.

This is a place where you should publish at least one article: Memoria Ethnographica.

The journal is published at the North University Centre of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. It is based in Baia Mare, in the Maramures district of Transylvania (where I have been on a couple of occasions). Articles are published in both English and Romanian. The editor has made an urgent call for papers, especially by international authors. The twist: the due date is November 9.

So the call is: if you have a decent article that deals with anthropological and ethnographic matters, and if you can complete it by November 9, then the editor is interested. Contact me via comments and I will be able to identify your email address – that is, unless you know my email address already.

Go on, you can do it. These are the places where real work gets published, and the journal is published in one of the great parts of the world.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

BIBLE AND CRITICAL THEORY SEMINAR 2013

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:

Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at)newcastle.edu.au

Sean Durbin: sean.durbin(at)mq.edu.au

Details

Dates for seminar: 6-7 September 2013

Venue: Edens Room, Trinity Bar, Surry Hills, Sydney

Now in its sixteenth year, the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Sydney. As is our tradition, we will meet in the upper room of a pub, this one found through the careful research of Holly Randall-Moon, with the advice of Sean Durbin.

Papers for the seminar typically seek intersections between critical theory and the Bible, both interpreted broadly. We understand critical theory as deriving initially from the Frankfurt School (more fully, the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main) and the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, but now enriched and broadened by a host of other methods. These approaches include but are not restricted to post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, Marxism, ecocriticism and queer studies. Some of these approaches are new, whereas others have been revitalized after the 1960s. Thus, critical theory incorporates the initial impetus of the Frankfurt School, while significantly broadening its mandate.

The international reach of the seminar has grown, spawning a ‘Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar’ meeting in the UK under the auspices of W. John Lyons and James Crossley, the Bible and Critical Theory Journal, which has entered its ninth year of publication, and our comrade, the journal Relegere.

Accommodation: There are plenty of options, although I recommend Railway Square YHA. It has single rooms for around $100 per night, or dormitory beds for $30-40, in rooms of 4, 6, and 8. A treat is to stay in one of the old railway carriages.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

BIBLE AND CRITICAL THEORY SEMINAR 2013

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:

Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at)newcastle.edu.au

Sean Durbin: sean.durbin(at)mq.edu.au

Details

Dates for seminar: 6-7 September 2013

Venue: Edens Room, Trinity Bar, Surry Hills, Sydney

Now in its sixteenth, the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Sydney. As is our tradition, we will meet in the upper room of a pub, this one found through the careful research of Holly Randall-Moon, with the advice of Sean Durbin.

Papers for the seminar typically seek intersections between critical theory and the Bible, both interpreted broadly. We understand critical theory as deriving initially from the Frankfurt School (more fully, the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main) and the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, but now enriched and broadened by a host of other methods. These approaches include but are not restricted to post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, Marxism, ecocriticism and queer studies. Some of these approaches are new, whereas others have been revitalized after the 1960s. Thus, critical theory incorporates the initial impetus of the Frankfurt School, while significantly broadening its mandate.

The international reach of the seminar has grown, spawning a ‘Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar’ meeting in the UK under the auspices of W. John Lyons and James Crossley, the Bible and Critical Theory Journal, which has entered its ninth year of publication, and our comrade, the journal Relegere.

Accommodation: There are plenty of options, although I recommend Railway Square YHA. It has single rooms for around $100 per night, or dormitory beds for $30-40, in rooms of 4, 6, and 8. A treat is to stay in one of the old railway carriages.

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An exciting new kid on the block: POPCAANZ (Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand)

Call for Papers (due 1 April):

Papers that explore popular culture and the everyday in relation to issues of religion and secularism are invited for the Religion Area at POPCAANZ’s Annual Conference. The conference will take place June 24-26, 2013 in Brisbane Australia.

Please submit a 200-word abstract and short bio to: religion@popcaanz.com by 1 April.

For further information go to the conference website: http://popcaanz.com/conference-information-2013/

Second Call for Papers

Power/Religion: A Revanche of Reaction or a Metaphor of Revolution?

Venues: Helsinki (University of Helsinki)

St Petersburg (European University at St Petersburg and Russian Christian Academy for Humanities)

Date: September 10–15, 2013

Paper proposals due May 1, 2013

After a short-lived belief in the secularization of societies, religion has returned to the political arena with a vengeance. It is one of the most controversial but also determining political issues in today’s world. The majority of contemporary wars and terrorist attacks are religiously laden. The age of theocracies is by no means over. European secular countries are trying to tackle with the issue of religious symbols in the public sphere. Religious words such as blasphemy have reappeared in political vocabulary. While the Lutheran State-Church is reduced to insignificance, in Orthodox countries the Church and the State have entered into a mutual partnership legitimizing each other’s power claims against secular reformists. Overtly secular intellectuals in the West have turned to religious discourses in their quest for tools of cultural and political criticism in order to fight capitalism and neoliberal hegemony. Not Marx or Lenin but the Apostle Paul and Thomas Müntzer are leading revolutionary figures today.

But is religion a reactionary force or does it involve revolutionary potentiality? Or is religion, particularly the Abrahamic religions, fundamentally twofold, originally based on a revolutionary event but developed into a power system of the Church. Or is the very power of the Church based on the fidelity to the revolutionary event in its origin? What about religious doctrines? In the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul proclaims that every person should be subject to the governing authorities (Romans 13), while in the same letter he observes that we are “not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). Further, in Acts 5:29 we may read the Apostles’ collective reply to the high priest who charged them not to preach in the name of Christ: “We must obey God rather than men.” Indeed, does not religion open up a transcendent dimension of freedom within the immanence of political order? Or is it precisely this transcendent dimension of freedom – but also that of secrecy (arcana) – that is needed in order to legitimize clerical and political power? Presumably, there is no definitive answer to these questions, for it is quite obvious that we have to take into account historical contexts: it is probable that same religious principles that empower revolutionary militants can be used by the established Churches in order to suppress them. Or is it? This two-day conference addresses these and related questions. Papers may deal with perennial, historical or contemporary issues. Both theoretical and empirical approaches are welcome.

Schedule

Tuesday September 10

Arrival at Helsinki

19:00 Get together party / dinner

Wednesday September 11

Venue: Collegium for Advanced Studies (University of Helsinki)

9:15 – 11:45 five papers

11:45 – 13:15 lunch

13:15 – 15:45 five papers

19:00 Departure from Helsinki (Ferry to St Petersburg)

Thursday September 12

9:30: Arrival at St Petersburg

14:00 – 17:30 five papers

19:00 Dinner

Friday September 13

10:00 – 12:30 five papers

12:30 Lunch

14:00 – 17:30 special section for additional Russian participants (in Russian)

19:00 Dinner

Saturday September 14

Sightseeing

20:00 Departure from St Petersburg (Ferry to Helsinki)

Sunday September 15

8:30 Return to Helsinki

Paper Proposals

Researchers interested in presenting a paper at the conference are asked to send an abstract of no more than 300 words by the 1st of May 2013 to the following email addresses:

mika.ojakangas@jyu.fi

power.religion2013@gmail.com

NOTE: The conference will take place in Helsinki and St Petersburg. Those participants who wish to participate in the sessions in both cities are recommended to use the opportunity to purchase a visa free cruise / hotel package to St Petersburg including two nights on board (St Peter Line / Princess Maria, Helsinki – St Petersburg – Helsinki) and two nights’ accommodation in a hotel (four stars) in St Petersburg. The price of the cruise / hotel package is about 250-300€. If you are interested in the package, please contact Mika Ojakangas (mika.ojakangas@jyu.fi) before the 1st of April.

Looking forward to receiving your paper proposals,

Roland Boer (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Sergey Kozin (Russian Christian Academy of the Humanities)

Mika Ojakangas (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Sponsors:

Subjectivity, Historicity, and Communality Research Group (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki)

Academy of Finland (Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki)

European University at St Petersburg

Russian Christian Academy for Humanities

Religion and Political Thought Project (Australian Research Council)