At the center of postmodern culture is a paradox: What Christopher Lasch analyzed as The Culture of Narcissism (1979) that celebrates an individual’s unbounded subjectivity, found an unlikely ally in what Mark Milke calls The Victim Cult (2021) that focuses on past grievances while forsaking the future. Both Hitler and Stalin thought of themselves as “victims.” Their paranoia stoked fascist and communist totalitarian dictatorships punctuated by Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag chronicled by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn. In post-World War II U.S., racial, ethnic and gender preferences had unintended consequences. Beneficiaries who succeeded due to talent and effort would have done so without preferences, while those less-prepared often faced higher education’s revolving door. As contributors to A Dubious Expediency (2021) conclude, such preferences damage higher education, lowering standards, resulting in demands for further leveling, and silencing of independent voices via political correctness. But the major deleterious consequence of preferences is the retribalization of American society and resulting identity politics which now divide the Republic along ancient tribal, non-negotiable, lines. John McWhorter claims in Woke Racism (2021) that the “Elect”–self-styled gurus who demand uncompromising racial consciousness of victimhood from blacks and whites alike–propagate a new “religion” that has betrayed black America. The question arises: Can individuals and groups in 21st-century America find common ground, renewing the culture and civil society as the precondition for community and a more perfect Union??
CULTURE & ITS DISCONTENTS 2023 SYMPOSIUM GUIDELINES:
CULTURE & ITS DISCONTENTS 2023 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference that takes both scholarship and faith seriously. Congress Venue: JIS Symposium 2023 is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses–the world-famous Tournament of Roses–in sunny Southern California, with many cultural/sightseeing opportunities. Send Abstracts (250 words) to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) by: March 1, 2023 to: JIS Symposium 2023 (click for e-mail). Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, mailing address, phone & e-mail. Publication: Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXVI 2024. Bonus: All attendees will receive a complimentary JIS copy. Congress Web: https://www.jis3.org/symposium2023. Registration: Symposium participants must preregister: $100 by 15 March 2023; $125 after 15 April 2023; $150 after 15 May 2023. Please note that there are no travel grants: participants (or their institutions) are expected to pay all expenses, including a modest registration fee (non-refundable, but tax-deductible). For less expensive lodging, contact: www.visitpasadena.com.
CULTURE & ITS DISCONTENTS 2023 SYMPOSIUM STRUCTURE:
Check-In: Thursday, July 28, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hilton Pasadena. Reception: Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Main Symposium Program: Saturday, July 29, 8:45 AM – 6:00 PM; Keynote: Saturday, July 29. Format: Multidisciplinary panels and papers. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire conference to enhance dialogue, synergy, and synthesis, as well as fellowship. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Indicate if you prefer to serve as discussant. Family members enjoy the reduced student registration rate. Audio-Visual Equipment: Bring laptop or flash drive if desired for PowerPoint presentation. Cultural/Ecclesial/Sightseeing: Before or after the conference. Optional Field Trips: Huntington Library & Gardens, Norton Simon Museum, JPL.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Lodging: We recommend that conference participants make their hotel and airline reservations as soon as possible. Hilton Pasadena Reservations: 1-800-445-8667; 1-626-577-1000. Cultural/sightseeing/travel/accommodations: Contact Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitpasadena.com; 1-800-307-7977 or 1-626-795-9311. Bring an alarm clock and a sweater or jacket for cooler mornings and evenings. Ground Transportation: Hilton Pasadena (168 S. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101) may be reached from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via shuttles, e.g., Prime Time Shuttle (shared ride: $35): 1-800-733-8267, or rent-a-car (ca. 45 minute drive).
CULTURE & ITS DISCONTENTS 2023 REGISTRATION FORM:
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REGISTRATION FEE *:
* Registration fee includes complimentary copy of Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
By March 15, 2023:
_______ Regular: $100
_______ Student: $ 75
After March 15, 2023:
_______ Regular: $125
_______ Student: $100
After May 15, 2023:
_______ Regular: $150
_______ Student: $100