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Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture

May 1, 2018
Uppsala Cathedral, Winter Morning

by Andrew Friberg

We are delighted to share with you the news about an upcoming event. The 19th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, co-hosted by Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, will take place from 28 to 30 September 2018. With “The Place of Truth” as its theme, this year’s program focuses on the nature of truth from an interdisciplinary perspective involving the study of religion, literature and culture. A variety of panels—including but not limited to ecotheologies, material religion, postcolonial studies, theological humanism, and gender and feminism—
promise to offer a diverse range of methodological and theoretical approaches.




Winter Break

February 16, 2018

HolyLit is taking a winter break. We will occasionally answer emails but the full normal service will not be resumed until 15 March 2018.


(by A.B.Renger)


Sacred Scriptures

January 15, 2018

Dear colleagues,

In the new year, among other events, we think a conference in Israel would be of particular interest to readers of Holylit: from March 11 to 12, 2018, a conference entitled “Sacred Scriptures – Their Nature and Their Place in Religions,” will take place at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gun. As the second annual conference of the Israeli Association for the Study of Religions, it will focus on the formation and editing process of scriptures, as well as their variances in different sacred traditions.

More information can be found here.

Season’s Greetings

December 24, 2017

(by A.B. Renger)

Conference on Literature and Religion in Latvia

November 27, 2017
We would like to draw your attention to a conference on literature and religion in Latvia. Subject fields are Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Literature, Music and Music History, Religious Studies and Theology, Theatre & Performance Studies.

Special topic of the conference as announced by the organizers:
Samson and Delilah, Boaz and Ruth, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife: 3 Couples and 6 Fates In the Bible, Literature, Art and Culture.

Participants are expected to prepare papers dealing with the questions of theology, literary science, religion and literature in interaction offering analyses and interpretation of the pieces of art based on any religious theme in today`s context.

Possible topics to be discussed at the conference include also:
> the relationships between theology and literary critic,
> influence of religion on literary process,
> analysis of concrete works of art influenced by the religious motifs,
> contemporary interpretations and transformations of the biblical and other religious motifs in art and literature.

Venue: Department of Latvian and Baltic Studies, Faculty of Humanities,
University of Latvia, 1-2 December 2017. For more in formation click here.

We Welcome our New Member

October 21, 2017

Please let us introduce you to our new member Steffen Dix:

Steffen Dix (Foto - Holylit)

Steffen Dix studied Religious Studies and Philosophy at the Universities Tübingen, Berlin and Lisbon, and holds a PhD in Religious Studies with a study on the relationship between Neopaganism and Fernando Pessoa’s literary concept of heteronyms. Since early 2013, he has been a Fellow at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture of the Portuguese Catholic University.
His research interests include modernism, modernist magazines, secularization and the relationship between religion and modernity. He was principal investigator of the research project “1915 – the year of Orpheu: Mapping the socio-historical context of Portugal’s First Modernism” funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation.
He has authored or edited several books, book-chapters and articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore he is the supervisor of the critical German edition of Fernando Pessoa’s Collected Works, published by the prestigious publisher S. Fischer. Currently, he is Executive Coordinator of the Research Centre for Theology and Religious Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University.


Religion und Literatur: Konvergenzen und Divergenzen

September 19, 2017
Religion und Literatur- Konvergenzen und Divergenzen

by kind permission of the publisher

I am pleased to announce the publication of Religion und Literatur: Konvergenzen und Divergenzen (Königshausen & Neumann), edited by Richard Faber and Almut-Barbara Renger. This brilliantly kaleidoscopic collection of essays exhibits the many complex and profound ways in which literary texts have concurred and deviated from narratives, themes and concepts embedded in multiple religious traditions and practices. The individual chapters, prepared by prominent literary-religious scholars, offer a vast array of readings that illuminate the historical and cultural parameters of key texts while developing some innovative theoretical models for understanding how literature and poetry “converge” with and “diverge” from inherited religious materials. Contributions mainly take the form of literary-critical engagements: on the reception of Droste-Hülshoff’s poetry in the liberation theology of Dorothee Sölle; on the role of religious thought in Literary Realism; on the figure of the Deus absconditus in 20th-century German-Jewish lyric; on religious traces in Kafka’s The Trial; on sacred cosmologies in modern literature; on 20th-century treatements of the historical Jesus by Jewish novelists; and on the meaning of sacrifice in depictions of war. Read more…