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January 2013

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Call for Proposals

This Group invites papers that engage the following two themes:

  • Humanism and the environment from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include environmentalism and humanism in the age of the Anthropocene, the discourse of the end or death of nature and/or the posthuman future, biopolitics and the environment, and “sustainability” as a new paradigm for thinking about human–nature relations

  • For a cosponsored session with the Arts, Literature, and Religion Section, visualizing inhumanity — in particular, whether depictions of the inhuman in visual arts and the media fund moral sensitivity, or desensitize us to inhumane actions and events


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

  • 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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