[Pathways] Call for Papers: Leonard Cohen -- An Interdisciplinary Conference

Maynooth University, Ireland, 12-13 June 2020

Maynooth University, Ireland, is organizing a major international and interdisciplinary conference on the work of Leonard Cohen (June 12-13, 2020).

Religion, teachers, women, drugs, the road, fame, money... nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing.

-- Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's body of work challenges and bridges many oppositions. A poet and novelist of significant talent, he chose a career as a songwriter and musical performer in order to reach a larger audience. Jewish, Cohen from an early stage in his career also explored the Christian faith. Eager to transcend the boundaries of Western religion, he then immersed himself in Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, despite his profound religiosity, Cohen spoke to the difficulties of having any faith at all in a world full of pain and suffering. Writing -- music, lyrics, poetry, letters, notes--was perhaps Cohen's first and last true faith [...]

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