For full information on papers, including abstracts, please see the following PDF:
The following is a brief summary of the conference schedule with panal titles:
|9:30AM - 10:00AM: Registration, Breakfast Snacks and Coffee|
|SESSION 1||10:00AM - 12:00PM|
|ROOM 1:||LITERATURE AND THE NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF|
|ROOM 2:||A JOINT REFLECTION ON A DIVIDED SELF: |
PSYCHOANALYTIC VIEWS OF THE SUBJECT IN FREUD, JUNG AND LACAN
|ROOM 3:||WHAT STANDS ON THE OTHER-SIDE:|
DESCARTES, KANT, HEIDEGGER, GADAMER
|ROOM 4:||WHEN FACING THE OTHER: |
ENCOUNTERING ETHICS IN LEVINAS, RICOEUR, KIERKEGAARD AND JAINISM
|SESSION 2||1:00PM - 2:30PM|
|ROOM 1:||THE LOCUS OF EMPTINESS: |
BUDDHIST READINGS OF SUBJECTIVITY AND NO-SELF
|ROOM 2:||SAYING AND SEEING: |
LANGUAGE, LIMITS, AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE METAPICTURE
|ROOM 3:||THE SUBJECT OF SCHOLARSHIP: |
SCHOLARLY POLITICS AND IDENTITY IN THE STUDY OF JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES
|ROOM 4:||NEGOTIATING THE SECULAR AND THE SACRED: |
RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
|SESSION 3||2:45PM - 4:15PM|
|ROOM 1:||SHAKE, RATTLE, AND GENDER ROLE: |
RITUAL AND THE BODY
|ROOM 2:||THE EYE-THOU RELATIONSHIP:|
BUBER, LEVINAS, AND DERRIDA
|ROOM 3:||INTER ALIA: |
EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SCHOLARLY SUBJECT
|ROOM 4:||WONDERING HOW TO ACT: |
AN ENGAGEMENT WITH LONERGAN, AUGUSTINE AND JONAS
|KEYNOTE ADDRESS||4:45PM - 6:00PM|
"Who Am I? What Can I Do? Reflections on Self and Subjectivity"
- Dr. Morny Joy, University of Calgary
Editor of Paul Ricoeur and Narrative: Context and Contestation and author of Divine Love: Luce Irigaray, Women, Gender, and Religion, Dr. Joy has published extensively on a wide range of topics, weaving together continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and feminism.
In this talk, Dr. Joy will be looking at Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur's responses to Derrida and Foucault.
There are a number of PDF posters as well as a full list of panels and abstracts in PDF format, all of which are available for download:
Goal of the Conference
We have chosen a topic that is relevant to the interdisciplinary study of religion, while providing a reasonably limited guide for discussion. The aim of the conference is a) to give graduate students an opportunity to present research papers in front of a sympathetic audience, b) to share and refine our research with the larger graduate student community, and c) to become better acquainted with our current and future colleagues. We also hope to foster graduate student membership in the new and exciting multidisciplinary organization, CREOR. We are interested in contributions from all disciplines, including:
- Ethnic Studies
- Political Science
- Postcolonial Identities
- Religious Studies
- Other Areas of Arts and Humanities
- Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas.
Summary of the Problematic
Today, the idea of a fully objective truth or reality is perceived to be a naïve and artificial construction. At the same time, objective teleological presumptions guide our study of the world’s religions, at least insofar as we aim to create scholarship that represents the reality of our subject. The notion of a stable Cartesian subject has also been criticized as an illusion, yet both scholars of religion and religious traditions themselves presuppose a religious subject. How then can we as students of religious studies successfully negotiate the poles of subjectivity and objectivity? How do the religious traditions themselves negotiate between subjectivity and objectivity, or between the self and the other? What is the relation between the Subject and God, ethics, or enlightenment? Is there a mode of discourse that does not presume the duality latent in the notion of subjectivity? We welcome all papers variously engaging such questions relative to the study of religion.
Hosted by CREOR and the McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies
The principal goal of the Centre for Research on Religion / Centre de Recherche sur la Religion (CREOR) is to study the world's religions in their constantly changing historical manifestations. The Centre's aim is to create a broad academic platform to coordinate and support research on the identities of the main religions of the world, their differences and their common grounds, and how they contribute to a better understanding of past and present-day culture, ethics and politics.
McGill's Faculty of Religious Studies is composed of a diverse group of scholars specializing in both Western and Eastern religious traditions, as well as the study of religion qua religion.