Dis/embodiment and Im/materiality: Uncovering the Body, Gender and Sexuality in Philosophies of Late Antiquity - In Memoriam Marianne Saghy (1961‒2018)
The impact of the philosophical theories of matter upon the dogmatic debates between Christians and non-Christians, as well as between the diverse Christian theological trends, are largely unexplored and even less clear are the practical spiritual and social consequences of the adoption of one or another theory. The twentieth century has seen a vast array of studies in theories of matter from metaphysical and cosmological perspectives. The dogmatic history of pre-Christian philosophies and metaphysics is now largely written. However, these bodies of literature have rarely intersected with methodologies from feminist theory and philosophy. In turn, feminist scholars often neglect important moments and aspects of the history of Christianity, to radicalize a positive evaluation of embodiment or a negative one of disembodiment. Also, an outstanding task remains to extend these investigations to the world beyond the Mediterranean and to involve into them parallel phenomena in other philosophies and renunciatory traditions, Jainism, Buddhism and in the new Hinduism born in the Middle Ages from a reaction against these reformatory trends.
This conference aims at contributing to an eventual closure of the gap between the aforementioned fields. It will focus on the continuity and change in the social perception and role of the body, gender and sexuality in Late Antiquity, on intersections of gender studies, history of sexuality, feminist philosophy, philosophies of late antiquity, patristic and Gnostic studies, the history of asceticism, the history of Indian philosophy. It aims to bring together scholars of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages to explore how novel theories on late antique Greco-Roman and Indian philosophy, early Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism and Jainism connect to gender and sexuality studies. The profiles targeted are both graduate students and early- to mid-career researchers.
This conference thus has the ambition to attract specialists in the above fields and also to generate discussions on the relevance of feminist methodologies and their adequacy to the existing interpretative literature, and vice versa. We are inviting papers trying to give answers to the questions above.
EXTENDED DEADLINE - CALL FOR PAPERS
Graduate students and early to mid-career researchers are encouraged to apply for participation in this conference.
Abstracts proposal should include: name, affiliation, short bio (200 words max), abstract text (up to 500 words), and keywords. Please indicate if you need special assistance and tech for your presentation.
Please submit paper abstract proposal via email to Stanimir Panayotov: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstract proposals extended: April 28, 2019.
Notification to applicants: May 5, 2019
Email subject should be: DISMAT Budapest 2019
Presentations should be 20 mins long.
There is no participation fee for this conference.
All admitted presenters should make their own arrangements and cover travel (including visa) and accommodation expenses. The organizers can offer assistance with visa in special circumstances and where invitation letter is required.
All presenters are expected to arrive in Budapest on June 5, 2019. An official welcome dinner and a reception is covered for everybody, as well as group lunch and two coffee breaks per day during conference days.
The organizers are planning to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume with a respected publisher; thus all admitted applicants to this conference are advised to take this into consideration.
This conference is co-organized by Department of Medieval Studies and Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest, in partnership with Hungarian Patristic Society, and is funded by CEU’s Conferences and Academic Events Fund.