Emerson, Religious Belief, and the City of God: New Directions for Research

Call for papers

“Emerson, Religious Belief, and the City of God: New Directions for Research”

“City of God, City of Destruction,”

PAMLA Conference, November 11-14, Las Vegas, Nevada

 The Emerson Society panel seeks to present new directions in research on the theme of Emerson and religion.  Topics may include, for example, Emerson’s conception of worship, his views of organized religion, theology, philosophy of religion, psychology of religious belief, theo-poetics, and the relation between religion and art or religion and nature.

Also welcome are approaches that place Emerson’s attitude toward religion within the context of the Emerson family tradition or within broader historical or more recent philosophical and theological perspectives—e.g., Emersonian Impersonality as representative of a nineteenth-century “modern cosmic imaginary” (Charles Taylor) or of “ecstatic naturalism” (Robert Corrington).  Proposals that explore Emerson’s religious thought from a comparative perspective are also encouraged. Proposals by younger scholars and Ph.D candidates are particularly welcome.

Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief CV by July 25, to Joseph Urbas, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Program Director, Joseph.Urbas@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr



Emersonian Reconstructions

“Rebuild the Ruin, Mend Defect”: Emersonian Reconstructions

C 19:  “Reconstructions,” March 31-April 2, 2022, Coral Gables, Florida

Joseph Urbas (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), Tim Sommer (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

We are seeking contributions for a proposed panel on the theme of reconstruction in Emerson’s writings. The term may of course refer to the historical period and its aftermath but may also be more broadly construed as renewal, revision, reinvention, repair, remaking, transformation, or beginning afresh, whether in society or in solitude. The things reconstructed may be selves, careers, institutions, art forms, geographical regions, or worlds, to name just a few possibilities. Papers may also want to consider what cannot be rebuilt—e.g. “This shining hour is an edifice/Which the Omnipotent cannot rebuild,” as Emerson wrote in a manuscript poem—and how that impossibility affects the conduct of life.

Please address a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to both Joseph Urbas and Tim Sommer by August 15, 2021.




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