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CfP: Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, Transformations , of Modernity, 1-3.12.2002, Dartmouth, NH

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  • Florian Bieber
    From: H-TURK@h-net.msu.edu Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 20:16:19 +0000 From: Kevin Reinhart Call for Papers: Converting Cultures:
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      Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 20:16:19 +0000
      From: Kevin Reinhart <kevin.reinhart@...>

      Call for Papers: "Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and
      Transformations of Modernity," Humanities Institute, Dartmouth College

      The Humanities Institute invites proposals for papers to be presented at a
      conference scheduled for December 1, 2 , 3, 2002. This upcoming Institute
      will examine the concept of "conversion" in a broad sense as it operated
      during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Ottoman domain, Indian Islamdom,
      and
      the Sino-Japanese worlds.

      While the concept of "conversion"has strong religious connotations, many
      works
      on religious conversion recognize that often not just the converted, but the
      converter as well is changed---a transformation that demonstrates the
      complex,
      sometimes contradictory outcomes of cultural and ideological adaptation.
      Conversion can take place in a number of modes: forcible and voluntary,
      collective and individual, or any combination of these.

      Historical instances such as conversion to tennôsei ideology in Japan, or to
      "modern laicism" in Turkey suggest that conversion may be viewed
      constructively in larger terms as political and ideological processes:
      conversion as cultural appropriation---the adoption by subordinate groups of
      dominant discourses, customs, and institutional forms; conversion as the
      redefinition of spatial categories- East-West, rural-urban, empire-colony;
      or
      conversion as an reordering of social class and the blurring of ethnic and
      gender categories. The extensive literature on religious conversion will
      prove
      useful in analyzing these types of socio-cultural transformations. For a
      more
      complete description of the conference, go to the Institute's website:
      www.dartmouth.edu/~lhc/converting.html

      Presenters will be provided room and a travel stipend. The goal of this
      conference is to produce an edited volume and presenters will be expected to
      make a draft of their paper available before the conference. Final drafts
      will
      be expected by June 1, 2003

      Please send a one-page paper proposal/abstract either to:
      Leslie Center for the Humanities
      Dartmouth College
      Carpenter Hall
      Hanover, NH 03755
      or Humanities.Center@...
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