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Call for Papers: Judaism Panel at the 19 th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture

Call for Papers for the Judaism panel at the 19 th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, Uppsala University, 28-30 September 2018

In Judaism, אמת (emet) mostly translates to truth, though it has also signified trustworthiness, sincerity, factuality, Torah, insight, and source of life. The word thus connotes both something absolute and a moral ideal in human interactions. However, with global political instability, poststructuralism’s dissolution of the subject, as the seat of cognition and free will, as well as posthumanism’s destabilisation of the boundaries between nature-culture and human-nonhuman, אמת has become a free-floating signifier. Fake news, scare campaigns, and conspiracy theories disturb, but how to argue against them on these premises.

In looking for ways to rethink truth and other connotations of אמת in order to prevent vulnerable states of meaninglessness and chaos, the Judaism panel asks what Jewish religion, literature, and culture have associated with truth and other connotations of אמת from the Hebrew Bible until today. Has Judaism’s transformations from archaic over axial to late modern religious culture implied that אמת has travelled from this world, through the world-to- come or the transcendent sphere, to the inner life of each individual or to the plurivocity of literature, poetry, and art? Or has אמת accumulated its presence in all of these domains and to what consequences? Has the exilic experiences of Jews through almost two millennia resulted in certain perspectives on truth and other connotations of אמת that may offer solutions to the current global crisis of epistemological instability? Answers to one, some, or all of these questions are most welcome.

Please send proposals and abstracts (around 300 words) and a short bio to associate professor in Jewish Studies, Dr. Marianne Schleicher, The deadline for submissions is 15 March, 2018 (response from the panel can be expected at the beginning of April). Speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference. If you are submitting to another panel as well, please give a hint about that.

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