2018 Graduate Student Conference

Irony & The Study of Religion
February 23-24

Framing irony’s ambiguity as possibility, this conference proposes reconsideration of irony and the study of religion. What are the relationships between religion and irony?

Irony and religion are both engaged in the construction of meanings, communities, and worlds. Both concepts draw together the contradictory — universal/particular, real/ideal, affirmation/negation — in surprising and productive ways. By revisiting irony and the study of religion, our aim is not to trivialize traditions nor speak strictly of humor; we aim, instead, to lean into exploration of multiplicities of meaning and simultaneously held truths.

Just as we welcome scholarship considering all expressions and conceptions of religion, we seek to consider irony in all its forms: rhetorical, dramatic, cosmic, tragic, local, infinite, stable, unstable, etc.


Global and International Studies Building, Room 1128

3:00pm: Paradoxes of Belief: Irony, Faith, & Identity

4:30pm Social Hour (beverages and hors d’oeuvres)

5:30pm Keynote Lecture, Jordan Hall Room A100

“Undoing Irony”
delivered by Professor Katrin Pahl, Johns Hopkins University


Global and International Studies Building, Room 1128

8:30am Breakfast (coffee and pastries)

9:00am: Narrative Ironies: Selves, Groups, & Others

11:00am: Forms & Functions Of Ironic Textualities

12:30pm: Lunch (provided)

1:30pm: Irony In The Academy
a conversation with Professors M. Cooper Harriss, Indiana University & Katrin Pahl, Johns Hopkins

2:30pm: Ironic Circuits, Spaces, & Stages

This conference is brought to you by generous support from: the Indiana University Student Association, the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, & the Graduate Religious Studies Association at Indiana University.

Please email iugradconf@gmail.com with questions.

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