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22nd Biennial Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society “Conversions and Life Passages through the Mirror of Medieval Preachers” 16 to 21 July 2021

22nd Biennial Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society “Conversions and Life Passages through the Mirror of Medieval Preachers” 16 to 21 July 2021

After having to postpone the 22nd International Symposium of the IMSSS last year, it will finally be held virtually between July 16 and 22, 2021.

For more information about the Symposium, please open the following link: https://imsss2021.wordpress.com/  

 

To register to attend, please send an email to the following address: [email protected] and be sure to include in the subject line, "Registration IMSSS Symposium"

07.07.2021

 

The past few decades have witnessed an extraordinary boom in the scholarship on inter-religious conversion. The old dichotomous models that privileged either the inner, subjective, affective, or psychological experience of the individual convert or the social, institutional, or ritual aspects of religious conversion have given way to more nuanced approaches that recognize not only that narratives of the experiences of individual converts must be historically and socially contextualized, but also that they play ideological and symbolic roles within society. Sociological and biographical or psychological perspectives should ideally be combined since no one approach or discipline alone suffices to comprehend fully the phenomenon of conversion. Conversion studies scholars have increasingly moved toward introducing comparative and global perspectives, acknowledging that the processes, experiences, and contributing factors of conversion differ from one religion to another, change over time or in response to inter-religious interactions, and are inflected by other factors such as gender, ethnicity, or social status. Traditional images of passive converts and conversion as a sudden radical change have given way to considering the convert as an active agent, and conversion as a lengthy process. Finally, new themes have emerged as loci of study: alongside inter-religious conversion, scholars are paying more attention to phenomena such as intra-religious conversion, the intensification of one’s own faith tradition, forms of resistance to religious conversion, “deconversion,” and conversion as a transition from one life passage to another—as opposed to one religious tradition to another.
In light of these advances and new perspectives in conversion studies, the role of preachers and the content and impact of their sermons need to be reconsidered. The 2021 IMSSS Symposium seeks to contribute to the new trends in conversion studies by adopting a comparative approach exploring the various modalities conversion, deconversion, and life passages in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Approaching these topics from the perspectives of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim preaching, and sermon literature from the medieval and early modern periods will allow us to illuminate and problematize the changing nature of conversion as an individual and a collective phenomenon. It will also shed light on the strategies different religious traditions employ to encourage or resist conversion.
As usual, the Symposium will be structured in key speeches, communications, the traditional poster session, which will be made online, and a presentation/debate about Sermon Studies and Digital Humanities instead of the traditional Workshop.
We really wish that our efforts will reach your expectations,

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