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Conference Schedule

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 110:00AM - 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


12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunch

SESSION 21:00PM - 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


2:30PM - 2:45PM: Break

SESSION 32:45PM - 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


4:15PM - 4:45PM: Break

KEYNOTE ADDRESS4:45PM - 6:00PM

6:00PM: Gala Dinner

Keynote Address

    "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.

Print Material

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Postcolonial Identities
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • 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.

2008 ESSENTIALS:

Conference Topic:
Breaking out of Subjectivity:
Contemporary Challenges in the Study of Religion

Date of Conference:
Friday, March 7, 2008

Location:
McGill University
Thompson House
3650 McTavish
Montreal, Quebec

Contact:
gradconference.relgstud@
mail.mcgill.ca

Full Conference Schedule, With Abstracts:
Programme (PDF)

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