CFP – Interdisciplinary Conference on Conversion and Disenchantment at the New School – April 26th and 27th
The Kronstadt Moment/The Road to Damascus
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Conversion and Disenchantment
April 26th and 27th, The New School for Social Research, NY.
In the seminal collection of essays The God that Failed, Louis Fisher recounts the story of anarchist Alexander Berkman, who recalls the specific moment when he became an avowed enemy of the Bolsheviks – the bloody rebellion on the island of Kronstadt. For Berkman, this specific event defined the crisis point of his ideological faith; it was the moment of disenchantment, of a kind of “de-conversion”. Fisher appropriates this term to define his own moment of realization noting that “I had no ‘Kronstadt’ for many years”.
Such moments of “de-conversion”, or disenchantment, juxtapose a recurring trope in Western thought—that of conversion itself. Traditionally, these are moments of religious revelation and/or transformation, as with Paul on the road to Damascus, but there are moments of scientific transformation, as well. In the well-known myth of Archimedes in his bath, the “Eureka” moment of inspiration could be said to be the source of a ‘universal conversion’ of thought, or a complete paradigm shift. The perpetuation of such myths over the centuries has defined our understanding of what conversion and disillusionment are, how they function, and what mystery or power such experiences hold.
This persistence begs the questions of whether the allegory of conversion itself prepares certain individuals for this experience? And, on the contrary, for its reversal? Are we, in the Western world, socially predisposed to codify an experience in an allegorical manner?
In the past century, how has conversion/disenchantment made itself manifest through secular movements? Through contemporary religious groups?
This conference will seek to address the topic of conversion and disenchantment from a variety of academic disciplines, and we encourage submissions from researchers and graduate students in all fields. Some suggested topics include, but are of course not limited to:
· The perpetuation of the ‘transformative journey’ conversion allegory in Western history
· Neuro-scientific research pertaining to conversion/de-conversion
· The Bielefeld based cross-cultural study on de-conversion in the US and Germany
· Rousseau on the road to Vincennes
· Biographical inquiries of conversion/disenchantment
· Conversion with Judaism: from Conservative to Haredi
· Conversion and the politics of religion in early modern Germany
· Questioning the concept of conversion as a ‘gain’, and de-conversion as a ‘loss’.
· The role that nature plays in the classic conversion allegory
· Secular conversion/anti-conversion in the 20th century, the so-called “Faith of the Faithless”?
· Psychological studies pertaining to conversion
· Possible abdication of responsibility in conversion/disenchantment – the power of an ‘outside force’
· Augustine’s conversion as recounted in The Confessions
· Conversion and ritual
· What problems does ‘reverse-conversion’, or loss of faith, pose for the member of a contemporary sect?
· Conversion and ‘de-conversion’ relating to political movements, particularly Communism.
· What barriers do groups of the ‘converted’, whether religious or political, erect to hinder disenchantment or “reverse-conversion”?
· Descartes’ conversion to science as recounted in the Discourse on Method
· An investigation of conversion metaphors in literature
· Beyond the individual – Max Weber and the “disenchantment of the world”
Simon Critchley (NSSR), Thomas Macho (Humboldt, Berlin), Dr. Simon Dein (UC London), James Miller (NSSR)
Call for Papers:
Proposals of 350 words of less and a short biography are due by March 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org. Group presentations welcome! Please indicate if you have any multi-media needs.
Call for Papers
The 63rd annual meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians will be held at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY on October 4-5, 2013. We invite proposals for papers on any topic in European history. We strongly encourage graduate student participation and welcome panels and proposals on work(s) in progress. Proposals for papers and/or panels should be submitted electronically to Martin Ederer and Julie Gibert by April 30, 2013 (please send proposal to both email addresses): email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New York State Association of European Historians is a genial regional historical association that welcomes innovative ideas and presentations. This is a great opportunity to try out new ideas. Please forward this CFP to your friends, department colleagues, advanced graduate students and colleagues at local community/junior colleges.
“Competing Visions: Changing Landscapes in the Past, Present, and Future”
Call for Proposals: Deadline January 15th, 2013
The Graduate History Association of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites graduate students to submit proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference. This year’s conference, entitled “Competing Visions: Changing Landscapes in the Past, Present, and Future,” will be held Saturday, March 9th, 2013.
The challenges societies and individuals face require imaginative and often controversial solutions. How have contrasting visions of societal, environmental, intellectual, and other landscapes competed
to interpret the past and shape the future? How do shifts in
historical perspectives impact the world in which we live today? We welcome submissions from all fields relevant to these questions.
Please see the full Call for Proposals attached for more details and submission instructions.
Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Graduate Student Conference CFP, “Measurement,” April 19
The Institution for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University is pleased to announce our graduate student conference “Measurement,” featuring keynote speakers Steven Shapin (Harvard University, History of Science) on April 19, 2013.
We invite you to submit abstracts of 250 words or fewer to email@example.com by February 28, 2013. Please visit our website http://measurementconference.wordpress.com/category/call-for-papers/ for CFP and further details.
The Madison Historical Review (MHR) is happy to announce that it is still accepting article submissions from all current MA history students and first and second year PhD history students for publication in our Spring 2013 issue. We are a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to highlighting work from graduate students in the fields of American, European, Public, and World History. Papers in the World History category include topics on global studies as well as world regions not covered by the other categories.
Submissions for the upcoming issue will be accepted until Friday, January 11, 2013. Articles received after that date will be considered for future publication. Submissions should be presented in Times New Roman font (12 pt) with double line spacing and the default margins of 1 inch on each side and 1 inch at the top and bottom of the page. Submissions should be no less than fifteen pages and should not exceed twenty pages in length. Please note that while a bibliography does not factor into the total page count, one must be included with each paper. Furthermore, our preference is for footnotes rather than endnotes. Submissions must include an electronic copy and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in Microsoft Word format. Submissions and any questions should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.