Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought
4337 Dwinelle Hall
Keynote Speaker Hent de Vries, Professor of the Humanities and Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, November 21, 5 pm
4337 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Acts of faith challenge boundaries between the ordinary and the extraordinary, between rationality and intuition. Bringing together diverse topics such as social and aesthetic suspension of disbelief, post-secularism, and the miraculous, the concept of faith functions as a springboard for interdisciplinary discussions, engaging fields from literary studies to political theory. Against this background, the papers at this conference explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts.
For a full schedule of panels, visit the Comparative Literature website.
Presented by the Department of Comparative Literature with the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Departments of German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and Near Eastern Studies, the Graduate Theological Union, The Program in Critical Theory, and The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.