Marriott Copley Place, Boston
What is the relationship between purity and power? The normative valuation of purity may be rooted in religion. In fact, purification rituals and instruction that link purity to transcendence come close to a universal feature of religiosity. Yet purity or “purism” is also thoroughly political. How do logics of hierarchy based in purity mobilize discourses of relative hygiene and disgust, whether moral, physical, spiritual, environmental, or otherwise, in the service of power? How does literature articulate and contest the conceptualization of purity? Papers may draw on affect theory, ethics, political theory, critical race theory, and Dalit studies.
Please submit 150-300 word abstracts by September 30, 2019. Abstracts can also be submitted at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17987