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Call for Papers

Theme: Polarization
Type: Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Institution: Carroll College
Location: Helena, MT (USA)
Date: 3.–4.4.2020
Deadline: 7.1.2020

We seem to be living in an era of intense polarization, not only
politically and ideologically, but also socially, economically,
culturally, and religiously. Everything from our views of elected
officials to the trustworthiness of science, race relations to
religious freedom, and social justice to gun ownership, seems to have
become polarized along political, social, and cultural fault lines.
How can the various disciplines of the humanities contribute to a
deeper understanding of this phenomenon? To what extent can
historical examples provide a guide to understanding the current
moment? What can ethical or epistemological analysis tell us? What
insights can be found through analysis of literary texts and
representations? Beyond the obvious dangers, can polarization
generate moral clarity? Can it restructure long-settled social and
religious formations? And what, if anything, can the humanities offer
in terms of providing a constructive way forward?

We invite paper proposals from both faculty and graduate students for
an interdisciplinary conference in the humanities to be held at
Carroll College in Helena, MT, April 3-4. Please send an abstract (no
more than 300 words) and CV to by January 7, 2020.


Dane J. Cash, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Carroll College
Helena, MT