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Specters, Hauntings, Presences

Modified: September 12, 2016
October 7-9, 2016
John Evans Center, Northwestern University

This interdisciplinary conference will foster dialogue about religio-cultural forces that are as elusive as they are powerful. Papers on presences invisible, otherworldly, esoteric, uncanny, monstrous, and mysterious collectively aim to question the concept of disenchantment – as method, theory, and history. This conference also explores the specters of politics, economics, and colonialism in connection with religion. Such diverse topics will bring together academic discussions about hauntology, neo-colonialism, critical race theory, transhumanism, modernity, identity politics, affect, materiality, mysticism, and popular culture.

Keynote Speakers
Arvind-Pal Mandair
John L. Modern
Wonhee Anne Joh

Film Screening
Embrace the Serpent (2015)
Friday, October 7, 5:30 pm
Harris 107

This event is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, The Graduate School Professional Development Grant, The Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Northwestern Graduate Student Association, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of English, the Religion and Global Politics Cluster, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Radio/Television/Film and Screen Cultures Program, the Department of Theatre, the Asian Studies Program, the Program in Critical Theory, and the Department of African American Studies.

For more information and full schedule visit their website.

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