CFP: The Moral Imagination of the Novel

Submission deadline: August 31, 2019

Conference date(s):
October 4, 2019 - October 5, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Columbia University
New York, United States

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Columbia University’s Department of Philosophy, the Morningside Institute, and the Thomistic Institute invite graduate students in philosophy, theology/religious studies, literature, and related disciplines to submit papers for “The Moral Imagination of the Novel.” The conference will examine the ways in which individual novels and the novel as a literary genre can be understood both to depict the search for moral, philosophical, and religious truth and to engage in this very search themselves. Is the novel a realistic or idealistic genre? Can novels expand our sense of moral possibilities? Can they contract them?

The conference will begin with four twenty-minute graduate student papers on Friday, October 4, followed by talks that day and the next from faculty. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paul Elie (Georgetown)
  • Ann Astell (Notre Dame)
  • Thomas Pavel (Chicago)
  • Lauren Kopajtic (Fordham)
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia)

Limited financial assistance is available to defray the cost of travel for student presenters, but students are encouraged to seek funds from their own institutions as well.

One-page proposals should be emailed to Molly Gurdon at [email protected] by Saturday, August 31 to be considered. Invitations to present papers will be sent by Friday, September 6. Submissions should not contain any identifying information except for a title, but the author's institution and program, along with the title of their proposed submission, should be noted in the e-mail submission.

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