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Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

The question of repentance now applies to the public sphere and concerns huge collective bodies as well as individuals. It has a complex relationship with history. Repentance has even become a global issue and now concerns a wide range of geographical and cultural areas as well taking on many forms referring to facts whose scale, temporal distance or context are in no way comparable with it.  Indeed, the roots of repentance are to be found in many traditions (religious, cultural, national and community) and nowadays, announcements (through the media at large) give rise to secular forms of repentance which are devoid of the dimensions that traditionally form the definition of repentance.    

Announcement

Argument

The question of repentance now applies to the public sphere and concerns huge collective bodies (nations, populations, communities, institutions and so forth) as well as individuals. It has a complex relationship with history (asking for repentance concerns periods that protagonists have not experienced yet and are far back in time, while also addressing institutions or stakeholders who can not be linked to the so-called fault). Repentance has even become a global issue and now concerns a wide range of geographical and cultural areas as well taking on many forms referring to facts whose scale, temporal distance or context are in no way comparable with it.  Indeed, the roots of repentance are to be found in many traditions (religious, cultural, national and community) and nowadays, announcements (through the media at large) give rise to secular forms of repentance which are devoid of the dimensions that traditionally form the definition of repentance.    

This international symposium will try to establish the link between traditional forms and (post?)modernity of repentance through contributions focused on the work of researchers from different disciplines studying objects situated in various contexts. As such, questions will deal less with the  consequences (assumed or known) of repenting than repenting for itself based on a set of facts or a specific case, texts, an author’s understanding, the specific practice of an institution, groups or an individual. Contributors are invited to give serious thought to the links between repenting and pardoning, or reconciliation without merely thinking about the “afterwards” or the “blank page” opened by repentance. Rather than seeking a meaning (theological, anthropological, philosophical, etc.) to repentance, the aim of the symposium is to highlight the meanings of repentance from distinct circumstances (often asymmetrical historical, political, religious, sociological and legal contexts) and by considering eventual strategic purposes or forms of exploitation, etc. The meaning of resistance or refusal to enter into a process of repentance can also be analysed.

Main themes

For proposals under priorities 2, 3 and 4, papers will be based on precisely defined case studies (potentially comparable) to offer a problem and an analysis. Priority will be given to papers based on the analysis of a corpus of texts, archives or media productions. The following four priorities will structure how the topic of repentance can be explored:  

Priority 1. Conceptual approach(es)

How can repentance be defined? What concepts can be called upon? How can the challenges of repentance be understood? What is it that distinguishes repentance from other practices (self-criticism, confessions, etc.)?

Priority 2. Historical and cultural legacies and repentance

Repentance raises the question of the relationship the person who repents has with the faults he or she is accused of, or accepts to bear responsibility for. On what continuities can repentance be based which transcend change, cultural and political breaks with the past, or the transformation of institutions? How can the question of interpreting facts from the past in the repentance process be articulated in the  light of this?   

Priority 3. Process, publicity and staging repentance

The many forms of repenting, sacred or secular, challenge the process of repentance and its steps from individual or collective awareness to the organisation of rituals, staging and publicity (in the sense advocated by Habermas) as well as strategic uses for in-depth questions on the history, museum, memorial or commemorative practices that highlight historical complexity. As such, how has repentance been practiced, or is being practiced today?

Priority 4. Repentance, what expectations?

What is expected from repentance? What is the nature of the “blank page” that it claims to open? How can repentance contribute to reconcile memory and pardon, acknowledgement (of a fault) and reconciliation, antagonisms and identities? Without studying the aftermath of repentance, the purpose is to focus contributions on debates and questions that come with repentance as well as the anticipated ‘costs’ and ‘benefits’ (often symbolic) of repentance. 

Submission guidelines for papers

Language of proposal: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German.

Symposium language: French, English (options for simultaneous interpretation -depending on requests- will be considered)

Proposals should be presented as follows:

  • Accurate contact details (first name and last name, position, institutional affiliation: university and laboratory of affiliation, e-mail address of each author),
  • Title of paper followed by chosen priority,
  • Summary of proposal - approximately 2,500-5,000 character limit excluding bibliographic references to be quoted at end of text (WORD, ODT format or compatible),
  • A brief CV of 10 lines maximum can be attached to the paper

Proposals should be sent by e-mail to both Pierre Leroux (pierre.leroux@uco.fr) and Frédérique Poulet (frederique.poulet@uco.fr).

Deadline for submission of proposals:

 January 15th, 2016            

Assessment of proposals

Each proposal will be assessed anonymously in parallel by two members of the Scientific Committee. 

Authors of the proposals selected will be informed by e-mail before April 1st, 2016.

Participation in the symposium requires the full text of the paper to be sent by January 1ST? 2017 at the latest.

The symposium will be held in Dakar, Senegal, 22 and 23 February 2017 22 and 23 February 2017

Organisation committee

Members in charge : Jean-Claude Angoula (UGB Saint Louis / CSA Dakar), Pierre Leroux (UCO Angers),

with Léon Diagne (UCAD Dakar / CSA Dakar), , Philippe Loiseau (UCO Angers), Henriette Mbaye (CSA Dakar), Dominique François Mendy (CESTI Dakar / CSA Dakar), Thérèse Ndione (CSA Dakar, Christophe Pichon (UCO Angers), Frédérique Poulet (UCO Angers), Blaise Pascal Sagna (CSA Dakar).

Scientific committee

  • Béatrice Bouvier-Lafitte, UCO Angers, CoDiRe, Université de Nantes, France
  • Magali Bessone, Université de Rennes 1, EA 1270 "Philosophie des Normes", IUF, France
  • Yvon César Banackissa, CSA Dakar, Sénégal
  • Léon Diagne, UCAD Dakar / CSA Dakar, Sénégal
  • Jeanne Hersant, Centro de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Playa Ancha (Valparaíso), Chile
  • Renaud Hourcade, Université de Rennes 1, CRAPE, France
  • Christian Le Bart, MSH Rennes, IEP de Rennes, France
  • Sandrine Lefranc, CNRS, Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, ENS Cachan, France
  • Pierre Leroux, UCO, CRAPE IEP de Rennes, France
  • Jean-Clément Martin, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution française (IHRF), France
  • Henriette Mbaye, CSA Dakar, Sénégal
  • Dominique François Mendy, CESTI Dakar / CSA Dakar, Sénégal
  • Johann Michel, Université de Poitiers, IUF, EHESS, France
  • Thèrèse Ndione, CSA Dakar, Sénégal
  • Erik Neveu, IEP de Rennes, CRAPE, France
  • Christophe Pichon, UCO Angers, DTSR UMR 8167, Orient et Méditerranée, France
  • Philippe Portier, Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris-Sorbonne, France
  • Frédérique Poulet, UCO Angers, DTSR, GRAC, Institut Catholique de Paris EA 4377 Strasbourg, France
  • Dany Rondeau, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Groupe de recherche Ethos de l’UQAM, Canada
  • Blaise Pascal Sagna, CSA Dakar, , Sénégal
  • Olivier Turbide, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
  • Jacques Walter, Centre de recherche sur les médiations, Université de Lorraine (EA 3476), France
  • Yingde Zhang, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (EHESS/CNRS), EA 172 - Centre d'Études et de Recherches Comparatistes (CERC), France

Places

  • Dakar, Republic of Senegal

Date(s)

  • Friday, January 15, 2016

Keywords

  • Die Reue, Genesen, Aktualitäten, repentance, religious and cultural tradition, community, arrepentimiento, cultura, politica, arrependimento, repentir, pardon, faute, publicité, actualité

Contact(s)

  • Pierre Leroux
    courriel : pierr [dot] leroux [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Frederique Poulet
    courriel : frederique [dot] poulet [at] uco [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Pierre Leroux
    courriel : pierr [dot] leroux [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Repentance », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, https://calenda.org/346888

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