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CFP: Religion and Aesthetics

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Machiado Suite, University of Nottingham, 26th and 27th July 2017

Aesthetic considerations have frequently played an important role within various religious traditions. For example, certain religious doctrines ascribe beauty to God, to various religious exemplars, and even to the cosmos itself. Similarly, various religious practices and rituals involve the use of music, dance, and architecture (alongside a variety of other artistic elements). Further, the world’s religions have inspired the creation of innumerable great artworks across a range of forms and genres. These fundamental connections between the religious and the aesthetic have, however, been somewhat neglected of late and are therefore ripe for sustained investigation, which this conference aims to promote. The conference will bring together both aestheticians and philosophers with expertise and interest in various religious traditions to consider the many ways that aesthetic and religious values, practices, and experiences might relate to one another.

Confired speakers include

David E. Cooper (Durham)
Helen de Cruz (Oxford Brookes)
Ian James Kidd (Nottingham)
Jon Robson (Nottingham)
Mark Wynn (Leeds)

Our conception of ‘religious’ and ‘aesthetic’ is capacious, and all papers must attend to both. So, potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Embodied aesthetic experience in religious contexts
• Moral beauty and the aesthetics of character in religious traditions
• Religious architecture, places, and environments
• Religious music, literature, poetry, and narrative
• Ritual and aestheticized religious practices
• The aesthetic concepts, experiences, and practices distinctive to (particular) religious traditions
• The aesthetic significance of natural creatures, places, and processes in religious life
• The aesthetics of mystical, epiphanic, and pankalic experiences
• The nature and role of beauty in religious traditions
• The role of aesthetic practices and experiences in religious lives
• The putative aesthetic properties of transcendent entities such as God

We invite anonymised abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references). All abstracts will be checked for anonymization prior to review. Speakers will have 75 mins, to be roughly divided between talk and discussion. We particularly welcome submissions from members of underrepresented groups. Accommodation and meals will be provided, and some funding will be available to defray travel costs.

Deadline for submissions: 31st May 2017
Date for notification of decisions: 5th June 2017

Submissions to religiousaesthetics@gmail.com
Enquiries to ian.kidd@nottingham.ac.uk

This event is compliant with the BPA-SWIP Good Practice Scheme. We will offer such childcare facilities as our university can provide: let us know as soon as possible if you need it. We will provide full accessibility information in advance of the conference and do all we can to assist attendees with specific requirements.