The representation of the Godhead was a contentious issue in many domains of early modern culture. While certain strains of theology asserted God’s absolute transcendence, the visual arts, literature, and sacred drama often forcefully depicted God the Father in domestic settings. These sessions invite papers from various disciplines that reflect upon the disconnect between theories and practices of divine figuration in the early modern period. This might also encompass broader issues such as the figuration of the Trinity, the representation miraculous or transcendent events, lived theology and spirituality, and the visual and performance cultures of late medieval and early modern Christianity. We are particularly interested in paper that explore how the problem of figuring the transcendent align with or subvert certain genealogies of modernity that are central to the various disciplines. Focusing on the problem of figuring the will provide a test case for genealogies of modernity that link developments in philosophical theology to larger cultural changes.
Please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than June 4th.
1. Your name for the program
2. Institutional affiliation
3. Your title
4. Brief Abstract, no more than 150 words (which in any case they no longer publish in the hardcopy program)
5. Very brief C.V., no longer than than 1 page.