>From: "Christine Hoff Kraemer" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Erotic Ritual in Literature and Film (2/20/06; 4/9/06-4/10/06)
>"Erotic ritual in literature and film/Literature and film as erotic ritual"
>The God & Sexuality Conference on Religion and Issues of Sexuality and Gender
>Theme: Ritual Practice and Sexual Expression
>April 9th-10th, 2006
>13th St. Gay and Lesbian Center, New York City
>This panel will explore the uses of erotic ritual in literature and film,
>as well as the ways in which the viewing of literature and film on this
>topic might itself serve as a transformative ritual for its audience. We
>will consider literature and film within their historical and cultural
>context, with the understanding that writing about erotic ritual often
>arises out of existing ritual practices, and that literature and film may
>also act as missionizing tools for the practices and values they portray.
>Areas for the examination of erotic ritual in literature and film include,
>but are not limited to:
>Marriage, rites of passage, and sexual initiation
>Discipline of the body and Christ as beloved in cloistered communities
>Alternative religions in science fiction and fantasy
>The Rocky Horror Picture Show
>We especially encourage papers that demonstrate the relevance of portrayals
>of erotic ritual to larger cultural concerns about gender, spirituality,
>organized religion, and sexual expression.
>Please send 200-word abstracts by February 20, 2006 to: Christine Hoff
>Kraemer, [log in to unmask] or Dept. of Religious and Theological Studies, 145 Bay
>State Rd., Boston, MA, 02215. Apologies for the short notice!
>"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle
>a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." --C.G. Jung
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