CFP: JIS Symposium 2023: Culture & Its Discontents: From Selfies to Community

Submission deadline: March 15, 2023

Conference date(s):
October 14, 2023

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Institute for Interdisciplinary Research
Pasadena, United States

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JIS  SYMPOSIUM  2023  CALL  FOR  PAPERS

CULTURE & ITS DISCONTENTS: FROM  SELFIES  TO  COMMUNITY

PASADENA,  CALIFORNIA,  USA, 14 OCTOBER 2023 (ZOOM)

Hosted by: OMEGA GRADUATE SCHOOL

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Suggested  Themes:

At the center of postmodern culture is a paradox: What Christopher Lasch analyzed as The  Culture of Narcissism (1979) that celebrates an individual’s unbounded subjectivity, found an unlikely ally in what Mark Milke calls The Victim Cult (2021) that focuses on past grievances while forsaking the future.  Both Hitler and Stalin thought of themselves as “victims.”  Their paranoia stoked fascist and communist totalitarian dictatorships punctuated by Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag chronicled by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.  In post-World War II U.S., racial, ethnic and gender preferences had unintended consequences.  Beneficiaries who succeeded due to talent and effort would have done so without preferences, while those less-prepared often faced higher education’s revolving door.  As contributors to A Dubious Expediency (2021) conclude, such preferences damage higher education, lowering standards, resulting in demands for further leveling, and silencing of independent voices via political correctness.  But the major deleterious consequence of preferences is the retribalization of American society and resulting identity politics which now divide the Republic along ancient tribal, non-negotiable, lines. John McWhorter claims in Woke Racism (2021) that the “Elect”--self-styled gurus who demand uncompromising racial consciousness of victimhood from blacks and whites alike--propagate a new “religion” that has betrayed black America.  The question arises: Can individuals and groups in 21st-century America find common ground, renewing the culture and civil society as the precondition for community and a more perfect Union?

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JIS 2023 JIS Symposium 2023 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference which takes both scholarship and faith seriously.  JIS Symposium 2023: Culture & Its Discontents is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses--the world-famous Tournament of Roses--in sunny Southern California, with many cultural & sightseeing opportunities (via Zoom).  All conference participants must pre-register.  Abstracts (250 words) due: March 15, 2023: c/o Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: [email protected] Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, institution, mailing address, telephone & e-mail. Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the refereed Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXVI 2024.  Web: https://www.jis3.org/symposium2023.

CONFERENCE  STRUCTURE:

     Main Conference Program via Zoom:  Saturday, 14 October 2023.

     Format:  Multidisciplinary panels and papers.

     Keynote:  TBA.

     Leitmotif:  In search of truth without prejudice (tao).

     Sponsors:  Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, International Christian Studies Association.

     Hosted By:  Omega Graduate School.  Cindy Schmitt, Zoom Tech Director.

     Registration (tax-deductible):  Online Option via PayPal:  Use PayPal Donate

     Button on JIS Symposium 2023 web:  https://www.jis3.org/symposium2023.

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JIS  SYMPOSIUM  2023  REGISTRATION  FORM:

First and Last Name (Please Print) ___________________________________________________________

Institution/Street Address ____________________________________________________________________________

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Telephone __________________________________  E-Mail _____________________________________________________

REGISTRATION  FEE *:

By April 15, 2023:After April 15, 2023:After May 15, 2023:       Totals:

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* Registration fee includes complimentary copy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

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