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Ergebnisanzeige "Interpreting Experience - Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience"
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TitelInterpreting Experience - Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience
BeschreibungInterpreting Experience - Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience

International and interdisciplinary conference
3 – 6 april 2014
St Benet’s Hall
University of Oxford

This interdisciplinary conference explores the connections/disconnections between religious experience and their expressions.

What is a religious experience? First and foremost, a religious experience is a puzzle. The ‘religious’ in religious experience is often characterised in terms of the experience's inherent inexpressibility. Yet taking into account the vast variety of textual and non-textual expressions articulated and interpreted in the past and present of religions, the notion of inexpressibility is puzzling. This puzzle is already apparent in William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, published in 1902. James defined religious experience as inexpressible encounter with transcendence; however, the material in which his definition was grounded consisted of nothing but expressions of these encounters. Through James's study, the puzzle of religious experiences spawned itself into an array of theological and non-theological disciplines with dazzling diversity.

Exploring both the possibilities and the impossibilities of a hermeneutics of religious experience is crucial for the disciplines revolving around religion. Accordingly, the conference explores the connections and the disconnections between religious experience and expressions of religious experiences.

This conference is organised by St Benet’s Hall and the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities, University of Oxford. The coordinators are: Thomas Hardtke (Freie Universität Berlin), Ulrich Schmiedel (University of Oxford) and Tobias Tan (University of Oxford).

Keynote Speakers: Jochen Hörisch (Universität Mannheim), Werner G Jeanrond (University of Oxford), Hans Joas (FRIAS Freiburg / University of Chicago), Jörg Lauster (Marburg), Yvonne Sherwood (University of Kent), Annette Volfing (University of Oxford), Graham Ward (University of Oxford).

We invite presentations from different disciplines including theology, philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology, as well as cultural, biblical, and literary studies, investigating questions such as: What is a religious experience? What parts do articulation and interpretation play in a religious experience? Does the experience determine the expression or does the expression determine the experience? Do experience and expression condition each other? How does the contested contradistinction between the public and the private affect religious experience and expressions of religious experience? And what is the significance of religious experiences in contemporary cultures which are characterised by processes such as secularisation, sacralisation, pluralisation, individualisation, and globalisation?

Further information, including a complete call for papers, can be found here:

Please submit your abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief biographical note to by 1 November 2013.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Ulrich Schmiedel 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Ulrich Schmiedel (University of Oxford) 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortHermeneutik; Religiöse Erfahrung
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.02 Dichtung und Sprache; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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