7. The Dramatised Word:
Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation
CALL FOR PAPERS
"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life."
The seventh Power of the Word conference will focus upon the 'dramatised word', and the way in which "the power of the word" is expressed through enactment or performance. We find this potency in literary and in biblical/theological conceptions of the logos as creative power, and in philosophical analyses of the 'performed word' in rhetoric and tragedy.
How does the notion of performance or enactment enhance the conversation between theology, philosophy, and literature? We invite proposals from literary scholars, theologians, philosophers, creative writers and practitioners, for 20-minute papers (with
10 minutes of discussion).
As in previous Power of the Word conferences, we welcome both papers which address theoretical issues and case studies of particular authors and texts, whether literary, philosophical or theological from different countries, cultures and traditions. Issues and topics for consideration include:
the importance of the 'dramatised' word
what makes dramatisation authentic or effective?
the tragic word
the comic word
the divine word performed: liturgy
the word and musical performance
the 'false' word: perverted or untruthful performances
the enacted word and spirituality
poetry and theatre
We would also like to encourage the formation of panels around particular themes, authors and texts. Individual case studies and panels might focus on, for example:
Plays in which an audience encounters philosophical, theological or ethical ideas, themes and conflicts
The enacted word in the experience and practice of faith in a pluralist world
Philosophers or theologians writing plays or discussing drama
Adaptations and rewritings of ancient or classic stories (Electra, Antigone, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Everyman, Faustus, Salome)
Dramatization of biblical stories
Medieval and Early Modern drama
The divine word performed in religious liturgy, ritual and music
The enacted word in ‘secular’, non-religious ritual and ceremony
If you wish to give a paper, please click the buttons below to send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, together with a brief curriculum vitae by 15 January 2024. For ease of reference, when labelling the file containing your abstract and C.V., please include your name. Acceptance of proposals will be notified in February 2024.
15 January 2024