Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: “John Milton’s Political Theology & Imagination” Conference

The Zeta Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is hosting a one-day conference on John Milton’s Political Theology and Imagination on November 8, 2013 at the University of Central Florida. Dr. David Currell from the American University of Beirut will join this conference as our plenary speaker.

Miltonic scholarship has recently experienced a noticeable and dramatic geographical/territorial shift. As the textual landscape of Milton studies changes, it takes on new forms and points to new territorial concepts (or geographical regions). The aim of the conference, in this emergent field, is to reconsider Milton from multinational perspectives and to examine his critical relevance to understanding religion and politics in England and beyond. Reaching across disciplinary boundaries, John Milton’s Political Theology and Imagination aims to prove how a critical examination of Milton’s political and religious motivations is paramount to apprehending and reinventing Milton as a cultural and social bridge uniting the English Renaissance and the postmodern world. The organizers of the conference hope to offer a critical insight into Milton’s political theology that will help to refashion and remap broader issues that engage the status of cultural and religious identity, nation, and individuality in the landscape of global political culture.

With such issues in mind, we invite submissions concerning the following range of topics:

  • Milton, Monarchy, and the Political Body
  • The Role of Political and Religious Violence in Milton’s Works
  • War and Revolutionary Thought in Milton’s Political Theology
  • Surveillance and Power in Milton’s Political Theology
  • Theology and Feminism in Milton’s Works
  • Theology and Ecological Concerns in Milton’s Works
  • Religious Identity and Nationhood in Milton’s Works and Beyond

Please send abstracts (200-300 words) by October 7, 2013. Notifications will be sent by October 21. On your abstract please include your name, institution, city and state or country, email address and phone number. E-mail your abstracts as a Word file (.docx) to sigmataudelta.zetaxi@gmail.com. Please note that each presentation is limited to 25 minutes (including questions).

Full details can be downloaded from the conference website at miltonconferenceucf.wordpress.com.

Questions may be addressed to the conference committee chair:

Christine Johns
cjohns@knights.ucf.edu

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