[Milton-L] FW: CFP: NALS | Levinas & the Sacred

Angelica Duran duran0 at exchange.purdue.edu
Wed Nov 7 09:35:25 EST 2007

Dear scholars,

I forward you this CFP for an interesting conference to be held in a lovely
place at a convenient time of the year ... the due date for which is nicely
not too pressing.


Angelica Duran
Associate Professor
English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
(765) 496-3957
<duran0 at purdue.edu>

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From: Sol Neely <sjneely at purdue.edu>
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Date: Wed,  7 Nov 2007 08:33:06 -0500
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Subject: Re: CFP:  NALS | Levinas & the Sacred

Dear All,

I apologize for the double-posting, again, but a few people have asked me to
resend the CFP because the file was not opening.  I am shifting from PC to
currently, so I was unaware of the unfortunate file incompatibility.


Sol Neely

"But most of us carry in our hearts the Jocasta who begs Oedipus for God's
sake not to enquire further."  -Schopenhauer, letter to Goethe


Third Annual Conference and Meeting:  ¡°Levinas and the Sacred¡±
August 31-September 2, 2008 | Seattle University

Call for papers 

¡°The Sacred ¨C together with the fear and trembling¡­¡±
Emmanuel Levinas, Difficult Freedom

Celebrating the third anniversary of our founding, the North American
Society continues in our aim to build interest and promote dialogue around
important work of Emmanuel Levinas.  Last year¡¯s conference, building on
enthusiasm of the inaugural meeting, brought Levinas¡¯ family from Paris and
Jerusalem together with young scholars from across the world to forge
relationships and foster respectful solidarities around the question of
community and the ethical.

This year, the Society hopes to carry this momentum forward, as we organize
first meeting and conference outside of Purdue University, the Society¡¯s
founding institution.  We are very pleased to announce that our 2008 annual
meeting and conference will be hosted by Seattle University in the
beautiful ¡°metronatural¡± center of the Pacific Northwest.

The North American Levinas Society invites submissions of individual paper
proposals and panel proposals for the third annual meeting and conference to
held August 31-September 2, 2008, at Seattle University in Seattle,
Washington.  While we will organize the conference around the broad theme
of ¡°Levinas and the Sacred,¡± we will accept proposals for paper and panels
any topic related to Levinas in an effort to draw the widest array of

Without doubt, the theme of ¡°the sacred¡± will stir up vigorous, productive
debates, and there are a number of entry points into such dialogues.  For
instance, what is the relation between the state and the sacred?  What are
to make of the coincidence of the political and the spiritual from, say,
Hegel¡¯s Philosophy of Right to some of the more controversial passages in
Levinas¡¯ Difficult Freedom?  What important insights concerning derivations
the sacred do we find in Levinas¡¯ engagement with Heidegger on the question
truth, being, and the sacred?  How do considerations of the sacred respond
critiques of onto-theology?  How might the recent postsecular turn in
Continental philosophy promote discussions of the sacred as it relates to
ethical and justice?  How are we to understand Levinas¡¯ claim that the
of existence, of the there is (il y a)¡­, contributes to the destruction of
sacred categories?  How have notions of the sacred contributed either to
colonial and geopolitical violences, and how have notions of the sacred
to correct such violences?

Certainly, these are only a few questions of the sacred broadly posed, but
is clear that such questions open Levinas¡¯ work to a more difficult, and
perhaps edifying, scrutiny.  We are also interested in receiving panels that
address the relation between the sacred, the ethical, community, justice,
pedagogy from a variety of multicultural perspectives.


¡ñ Individual paper proposals:  Individual abstracts should be 200-300 words
a 20-minute presentation. We will assess and organize individual papers into
panels of two or three.

¡ñ Panel proposal:  Panel proposals should be 500 words for a 75-minute
session.  Please include the session title, name of organizer, institutional
affiliation, discipline or department, along with the chair¡¯s name and
participants¡¯ names in addition to brief abstracts detailing the focus of

Please send materials via email attachment (preferably Microsoft Word) to:
submissions at levinas-society.org.

If you have questions regarding the Society or the conference, please send
inquiries to secretary at levinas-society.org.

The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2008

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