MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Gathering: Christianity, Race, and Justice
Keynote: Willie James Jennings (Yale University)
Midwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
June 23-24, 2021
Willie James Jennings, author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, has recently released After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging, which seeks to reframe higher education by "turning attention to the original trajectory of a God who has ended hostility and has drawn all of creation into a reconciliation . . . one that aims to re-create us, reforming us as those who enact gathering and who gesture communion with our very existence." What parts do literature, writing, and teaching play in such a vision? How do justice, race, and faith intersect in literature? In our creative work? In our teaching? This conference gathers under the conditions of a global pandemic that prevent physical proximity. It no less, however, allows us to reflect in scholarly and creative ways on the concept of gathering, given the realities of injustice that have been prominent on the global, political, social, and religious stage in the past year. This conference will involve traditional panels; roundtables; peer-review panels with pre-circulated papers, shorter presentations and substantive feedback; creative readings; and student panels. Scholars at all stages of their inquiry into matters of Christianity, race, and justice in literature, writing, and teaching are welcome.
"Illuminating Words, Transforming Beauty"
February 19-20, 2016
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor, Michigan
Keynote Speakers: David Lyle Jeffrey and Father Michael Patella
In order to foster a conversation about how beauty can illuminate the Word and how words can be made illuminating, Spring Arbor University will be hosting a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible during the 2015-2016 academic year. Inspired by the presence of this beautiful book, the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature invites presentations that explore the challenges and opportunities that beauty offers to our culture. Inspired by the presence of this beautiful book, the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature invites presentations that explore the challenges and opportunities that beauty offers to our culture.
MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
"Ancient Texts and Global Worlds: Translation in Theory, History, and Practice"
March 20-21, 2014
Robert Alter, Univ. of California at Berkeley
Clare Cavanagh, Northwestern University
“Ancient Texts and Global Worlds: Translation in Theory, History, and Practice” will focus upon translation both as the art of negotiating differences across linguistic boundaries and as the act of understanding that unfolds whenever we bridge the gap between ourselves and the world that opens before us in a work of poetry or prose. “Inside or between languages, human communication equals translation,” George Steiner observes. “A study of translation is a study of language.”
We invite proposals that address the conference theme in the broader contexts of literary and cultural history, within the practices of translation and reading, and in theology and interpretation theory. We seek to cast our nets widely, and we welcome creative proposals that deal with everything from specific authors and works to broad interdisciplinary concerns.