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January 2012

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Call for Proposals

This Group is planning a prearranged session on the book Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity: Cultural and Racial Reconfigurations of Critical Theory by Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio (Fordham University Press, 2010). The Group will directly invite a panel of speakers and the book authors.


This Group seeks to open a space of reflection at the intersection between various positions that fall under the general title of “humanism” and the contemporary study of religion. This reflection includes philosophical, historical, and comparative methodologies. We provide a forum for scholars exploring the following:

  • The historical legacy of religious humanism
  • The traditional humanist concern with rhetoric as a means to study religion
  • The offer of critiques and constructive reappraisals of humanism as a contemporary theological and philosophical stance

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to steering committee members.


W. David Hall
Centre College
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Glenn Whitehouse
Florida Gulf Coast University
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Method of Submission


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