On the Edge

Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society
Numen Lumen Pavilion, Elon University (NC)
Feb. 7-9, 2019

“On the Edge” is a bi-annual symposium at Elon University that brings together scholars working at the theoretical and methodological boundaries of those fields that have a stake in the critical analysis of religion—law, history, psychology, anthropology, literature/textual studies, philosophy, art history, political science, classics, and gender studies. “On the Edge” aims to exercise a self-conscious attention to methodological advances that can be made through interdisciplinary. Its proceedings contribute to a richly contextualized and multi-layered understanding of the role of religion in societies past, present, and future.

Elon University’s “On the Edge” symposium, hosted by the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society (CSRCS), explores new directions in the interdisciplinary study of religion. This year the CSRCS invites proposals for our February 7-9, 2019 symposium focused on “The Religious Body Imagined.”

The Religious Body Imagined

This symposium will probe the porous edges of the religious body and examines the ways in which it has been imagined, imaged, and discursively produced in particular places, times, and religious traditions. It seeks to theorize the religious body’s various functions, roles, and transformative effects through a range of disciplinary and theoretical lenses. It asks, “How does our experience of the body shape our conceptions of the sacred (however defined), and conversely, how do the invisible contours of the sacred re-instantiate or re-embody themselves in concrete physical form? The symposium explicitly seeks to engage theories of the body, materiality, performance, and visual culture, as well as cultural studies, space / place, ritual, postcolonial theory and / or social justice as it pertains to embodiment.

Conference co-conveners:

Pamela D. Winfield, Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Elon University)

Mina Garcia, Associate Professor of Spanish (Elon University)

Direct all inquiries to Dr. Brian K. Pennington, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, at bpennington4@elon.edu.