Polarization: Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities

Country: USA

City: Helena.MT

Abstr. due: 07.01.2020

Dates: 03.04.20 — 04.04.20

Area Of Sciences: Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: dcash@carroll.edu

Organizers: Carroll College in Helena, MT


We seem to be living in an era of intense polarization, not only politically and ideologically, but also socially, economically, culturally, and religiously.  Everything from our views of elected officials to the trustworthiness of science, race relations to religious freedom, and social justice to gun ownership, seems to have become polarized along political, social, and cultural fault lines.  How can the various disciplines of the humanities contribute to a deeper understanding of this phenomenon?  To what extent can historical examples provide a guide to understanding the current moment?  What can ethical or epistemological analysis tell us?  What insights can be found through analysis of literary texts and representations?  Beyond the obvious dangers, can polarization generate moral clarity?  Can it restructure long-settled social and religious formations?  And what, if anything, can the humanities offer in terms of providing a constructive way forward?

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2019/10/31/polarization-interdisciplinary-conference-in-the-humanities

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