Comics, Religion, and Politics
September 4-5, 2012
Lancaster, United Kingdom
This event is sponsored by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics, recent years have seen the rise of religious themes in the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion, and politics in greater depth, to show how, through the unique properties of the medium, comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes and their relationship to audiences and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ppr/event/3960.
The Third Annual Conference of the Journal of Law, Religion & the State: Revelation and Interpretation- Legal Interpretation of Religious Texts
September 11- 12,20 12
New York University School of Law
New York, New York
Religions and religious legal systems base their beliefs, practices, and norms of behavior on canonical texts that typically claim to have originated in revelation or in other forms of divine inspiration. This kind of legitimization is entailed with a process of interpretation of the canonical texts and sometimes generates creation of a comprehensive hermeneutic system. In this conference, we want to focus on legal interpretation of religious texts to explore the characters and methodologies of such interpretation, whether within a particular tradition or on a comparative basis between different traditions. We are also interested in the exploration of similarities and differences of legal interpretation found in religious versus secular legal frameworks. This conference is sponsored by Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and Tikvah Center for Jewish Law and Civilization. For information, please e-mail email@example.com.
Solidarity, Memory and Identity Interdisciplinary Conference
September 20-21, 2012
Organized by the University of Gdansk, Poland (http://www.ug.edu. pi) and the Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil (http:// www.ufpr.br), this interdisciplinary conference asks: What is the phenomenon of solidarity in the current world? What is the sense to talk about it with the increase of violence around the globe? What is its role in shaping identities- of cultures, nations, individuals? Is it born from memory or from oblivion?
Questions such as these gave rise to the idea of our interdisciplinary conference, which will be devoted to solidarity in all its multiple aspects in the broadest contexts possible- historical, cultural, artistic, psychological, and philosophical. In the age of rapid sociopolitical changes, with deepening ethic and religious conflicts on one hand and, on the other hand, a dirninishing feeling of identification with the community, there seems to exist a strong necessity for a reflection on the idea of solidarity. It would be difficult to think of a more inspiring place for such a reflection than the city of Gdansk. It was here in the 1980s that Solidarity was born, a social movement that, in less than a decade, brought about the fall of the communist regime in Poland and played an important part in the historic changes in Middle-Eastern Europe. Yet we do not want to make Polish Solidarity the dominating theme of the conference or privilege it in any way. On the contrary, we intend to present as fully as possible the broad spectrum of solidarity-related themes. Thus, we heartily invite academics from all parts of the world, representing various research fields: anthropology, sociology, …