The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.
The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned dormitory rooms and a luxurious boutique hotel.
The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker, of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand, of the University of St Andrews.
East Asia is felt throughout the world. Whilst the region’s economic and political power has been a reason for both global integration and resistance in recent decades, its presence within the rest of the world has been forged over centuries of migration and the establishment and strengthening of diasporic communities. Such communities have helped to shape the societies and cultures of their host countries, of their home countries, and, through such interplay, of the diasporas themselves. To unify these constituent parts (host country, home country, diasporic community), and to represent both the expansion of East Asian influence around the world, and its reflexive relationship with the places in which it has taken root, Yang Fenggang’s concept of “Global East” has been most helpful. The Global East encompasses not just the countries of East Asia – China, Korea and Japan – but these countries’ diasporic communities, and the transnational linkages that serve to connect and shape both country and community as well. Additionally, East Asia is also host to diasporic communities of its own, which adds another layer of connectivity and influence to the framing of the Global East.
The effects of the Global East are felt in many walks of life, but one of the most transformative has to be religion. The religious landscapes of China, South Korea and Japan (including but not limited to state-sponsored atheism, shamanism, Shintoism, resurgent Buddhism/Christianity) are replicated and challenged in their diasporic communities, which, over time, have been shaped by the religious traditions of Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. For the diasporic communities located within East Asia, the reverse is also true. These linkages between home country and diasporic community, and between community and host country have led to the circulation and sharing of religion and religious idea(l)s, and to the sharpening or dilution of (anti-)religious sensibilities. Greater religious diversity is an invariable outcome of such processes, yet the extent to which such diversity leads to religious co-operation, competition or conflict within and between individuals, families, communities, organisations and territories still deserves much more research attention.
Accordingly, there is a need for more focussed consideration of the topics of religiosity, secularity and pluralism in the Global East. This conference, to be held from July 3-5 in Singapore at the Singapore Management University, will advance such consideration. It will be the Inaugural Conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) (see www.easssr.org for more information). While all topics on religion are welcome at the conference, we especially invite abstracts that address one or more of the following research questions:
Beyond addressing these questions, we seek a range of papers that draw on different geographical contexts and (non-)religious traditions.
Letter of acceptance of paper proposal will be sent out by February 28, 2018.
For questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worldviews in World View: Particularizing Secularism, Secularity and Nonreligion
Convener: Dr Stacey Gutkowski, King’s College London
Conference Assistants: Yosr Ben Slima and Sam Jeffery
In his Formations of the Secular, Talal Asad called on researchers to attend to the nuanced, case-specific, historical processes whereby conceptual binaries are established and mobilized towards the formation of the ‘secular’ as a modern epistemic category and ‘secularism’ as a modern political doctrine – what Saba Mahmood has since termed a ‘critical secular studies’. Similarly, proponents of the Critical Religious Studies approach aim to identify the historical circumstances in the West which brought about ‘religion’ as a modern category of thought, in order to problematize the term. Additionally, scholars working on ‘nonreligion’, ‘unbelief’, and ‘religion’s Others’ argue for supplementing these approaches by unpacking the ways in which people draw positively on resources within and beyond traditional religion to fashion worldviews and meaning-making practices.
This conference endeavours to bring these three strands of scholarly work into deeper dialogue with one another, for the purpose of theoretical refinement and advancement across the strands. It aims to provincialize some of the theoretical assumptions made in the literature on nonreligion, which has drawn heavily, though by no means exclusively, from European and North American case studies. It also provides an opportunity to re-read theoretical assumptions made within Critical Secular and Critical Religious Studies, in order to further advance thinking within these areas about phenomena such as atheism, agnosticism, humanism, rationalism and spirituality.
The conference provides an opportunity:
Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of its membership, the NSRN welcomes proposals for papers and panels from a diverse range of scholars from Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Politics, International Studies, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies and the Arts.
Publication outcome: We plan to publish a selection of conference papers in a journal special issue.
The deadline for abstract submission (250 words max) is 27 October 2017. Please send your abstract and a short biographical note to email@example.com.
We are delighted to announce a one day interdisciplinary conference exploring and showcasing research into the phenomenon of rape culture, both throughout history and within contemporary societies across the globe. In particular, we aim to investigate the complex and at times contentious relationships that exist between rape culture and religion, considering the various ways religion can both participate in and contest rape culture discourses and practices.
We are also interested in the multiple social identities that invariably intersect with rape culture, including gender, disabilities, sexuality, race and class. The Shiloh Project specialises in the field of Biblical Studies, but we also strongly encourage proposals relating to rape culture alongside other religious traditions, and issues relating to rape culture more broadly.
This conference is open to researchers at any level of study, and from any discipline. We invite submissions of abstracts no more than 300 words long and a short bio no later than 19th March. Please indicate whether your submission is for a poster or a presentation. We particularly welcome abstracts on the following topics:
For more information, or to submit an abstract, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Current environmental, economic, social, and political challenges indicate that people are losing faith in existing power structures and mechanisms for coping with crises. This creates increasingly divided societies, riven by ideological battles for the future of the human and the more than human world. Religion has a place in this picture. Not only is it often a source of divisions; it can also be a source for alternative means of addressing them.
These divisions take new and as yet unclear shapes, which sociologists are only now beginning to comprehend. It is not enough to refer to the struggle between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, terms that dominated sociology through the 1970s. Nor do the tropes ‘colonialism vs. anti-colonialism’ and the ‘clash of civilizations’ adequately explain what is going on. Nor, arguably, does ‘populism vs neo-liberalism’ fully capture such things as the recent clashes between cosmopolitan and anticosmopolitan actors in the major Western democracies. Each of these has a piece of the picture; none of them captures it all.
What is religion’s role in this situation: as a creator of divisions, as a locus of power, and as a ground of resistance? How does religion influence our divided societies? How is religion influenced in turn?
We invite proposals for RC22 sessions that focus on religion, power, intersectional violence, and social divisions, and also resistance to power, violence, and division. We encourage sessions that explore the nexus between:
We particularly encourage a focus on new ideas. We thus encourage sessions on:
The ISA CONFEX website site will be open to session proposals between 2 February and 15 March, 2017 24:00 GMT. We welcome both pre-organized sessions and topical sessions that will be open to paper proposals by individuals. Once the sessions are chosen, individuals will have an opportunity to propose individual papers for those sessions: from April 25 to September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT, also at the CONFEX website.
Read more at: International Sociological Association (ISA)
Following two successful New York City conferences in 2014 and 2016, the International Society for Heresy Studies announces a Call for Papers for its third biennial conference to be held June 15-16, 2018 in London. The conference theme will broadly focus on how borders between heresy and orthodoxy are created, maintained, and imagined. Although we interpret “heresy” primarily within a religious context, we also interpret it broadly enough to include the “heretical” in politics, art, philosophy, and literature. The study of borders—a popular theme in academic conferences in recent years—feels even more urgent in the current time of rising nationalism and political promises to ban immigration and erect walls based on imagined boundaries. Borders are, of course, more than lines drawn across maps and between religions; rather, they are blurry spaces of ambiguity and reversibility where identities are constructed and deconstructed. Concepts of separation, threshold, and border have occupied theologians, philosophers, historians, and artists since ancient times and remain dynamic elements in the work of many theorists and creative artists today. The reexamination of borders can demonstrate not only how we have constructed the heretical other, but also can reveal the fragility and arbitrary nature of our own orthodoxies.
While we encourage proposals relevant to the conference theme, we also encourage panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals on all topics related to heresy. We welcome submissions from scholars working in literature, religion, history, theology, art history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies or any other attendant discipline, as well as from creative writers, artists, musicians, and performers whose work might be appropriate to the conference theme.
Potential subjects include but are not limited to:
The International Society for Heresy Studies is an organization founded to support the study of the meanings, functions, and histories of heretical belief systems, especially their expressions in literature and art. The Society further aims to illuminate the legal, artistic, social and moral ramifications of blasphemy and iconoclasm, as manifested in literary and artistic works. It also encourages scholarship on non-God-centric secular visions, and it fosters inquiries into atheist critiques of theism. Finally, the Society supports work that tries to determine what happens to blasphemy and heresy when religion is conceived in more material terms such as ethnicity, tradition, ritual, or lifestyle.
The Society does not promote the study of heresy in order to advance Christian (or other theistic) apologetics, nor does it seek to explore heretical, blasphemous, or atheist views in order to condemn them. It equally does not agitate against religion but invites contributions to the understanding of heresy, blasphemy, and unbelief from both believers and unbelievers.
We are delighted to announce that the 2018 IPSA Conference will take place in Brisbane Australia, July 21-25, 2018.
The IPSA Research Committee 43 ‘Religion and Politics’ welcomes submissions of panels (including 4-6 papers) and individual papers in English and French, not only in relation to the specific theme of the conference (“Borders and Margins”), but also regarding all aspects of the relations between religion and politics, at the domestic and the international/global levels.
For any enquiry, please write to email@example.com or contact the section convenors, Emilce Cuda and Luca Ozzano, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We are delighted to announce that the EAUH Conference will take place at University of RomaTre, Rome, Italy, August 29–September 01, 2018
The official conference programme of lectures and sessions will be accompanied by a lively social programme, including receptions, a conference dinner and the opportunity to visit major cultural sites in and around Rome.
Session M24 “Cities, Space and the Sacred: Exploring Urban (Religious) Landscapes in the Modern Era (c.1800-present)” is hosted by Martin Baumeister (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anthony Steinhoff (email@example.com). “In 1929, the Lateran Treaties between the Holy See and the Italian Fascist regime recognized “the sacred character of the Eternal City.” Rome’s designation as a “sacred city,” however, was highly exceptional, especially within the context of the modern Western world. Indeed, scholars have habitually regarded cities, particularly big cities and metropolises, as hubs and models of political, social and cultural modernization, places where religion and a sense of the sacred were increasingly privatized and marginalized...”
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Call for Papers
Joint Conference between the British Association for the Study of Religions and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions 3–5 September 2018, Queen's University, Belfast
Held in Association with the Religious Studies Research Forum at the Institute of Theology and the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.
Gladys Ganiel (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Naomi Goldenberg (University of Ottawa)
Borders and boundaries define limits and margins, centres and peripheries. They demarcate territories, and separate entities and bodies and, as such, they function to guard space, limit action and exclude. They are, however, also contact zones and places of exchange, the ‘limen’ or threshold, the in-between, and the places of temptation and transgression. In the current political context when Ireland and the UK are faced with the dilemmas, paradoxes and implications of Brexit, this special joint conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) invites paper, research slam, panel and roundtable proposals on the theme of Borders and Boundaries. Scholars based outside the Republic of Ireland or the UK are invited to submit proposals related to this theme regardless of whether their work relates to these islands. Scholars who are based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and are working on religion and related categories are welcome to submit proposals on any topic whether or not it relates to the conference theme. Deadline for proposals for papers, panels and the research slam: 27 April 2018。 See overleaf for further details.
A small number of bursaries for postgraduate students and ECRs will be available.
'Death and Immortality'
Organised by The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion (BSPR)
5th - 7th September 2019
Lady Margeret Hall, Oxford
Speakers include: Eleonore Stump (St Louis University), Yujin Nagasawa (Birmingham [UK]), Edith Steffen (Roehampton), Mikel Burley (Leeds)
Organised in accordance with SWIP/BPA guidelines
Call for papers and registration details to follow
The European upheaval of 1848-9 brought a great number of refugees from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Ottoman lands. So far, scholars have approached them as temporary residents, who made little or no impact on Ottoman society, culture and history. This two-day workshop, which marks the 200th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, welcomes papers that examine the lives and deeds of some of these Hungarian men and women, whose extraordinary accounts of their experiences have recently been brought to light. Diasporas are often defined by their polyglot culture, relatedness and movement between communities. Hence the useful way to think about Hungarian refugees in the Ottoman Empire is to see them as inhabiting several empires simultaneously—Prussian, Austro-Hungarian, British, Ottoman and others. How can we connect these lives? How do they intersect materially and intellectually? We aim to address such questions and also to engage with methodological issues faced by scholars who try to capture identities on the move.
Organizers: Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College), Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 8th conference within the Genealogies of Memory series will take place on 16-18 Oct 2018.
Following a series of events within the Genealogies of Memory framework, the 2018 conference "Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective" will consider the ways in which the public debate, written narratives and visual representations of the 20th-century past refer to religion. It will also seek out points of comparison and contact between Central and Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe and the rest of the world. Scholars of various disciplines dealing with memory and religion are invited to submit their paper proposals.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Aleksander Agadjanian (Russian State University for the Humanities) and Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan).
To apply to present a paper at the conference, please send (a) your abstract (300 words) along with your presentation title and if possible the panel topic, as well as (b) a short bio to: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: 14 May 2018
The list of the chosen participants will be announced in June 2018.
There is no fee for taking part in the conference.
We plan to publish selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal or in a volume by an established international publisher.
Debate about the "last things" has engaged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. Whether discussions of the process of death and entry into the afterlife, or speculation on apocalypse and millennial renewal, eschatology has played an important role in the development of Western thought, theology, and literature. This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine the nature of these debates from the early modern period up to the present day. In particular, it aims to explore the historical, philosophical and cultural development of eschatological thinking in the western imaginary. Proposals are invited for 45-minute papers on one of four broad themes: "Apocalypse," "Resurrection," "Purgatory," and "Heaven and Hell."
Abstracts for papers falling under any of the above themes, broadly construed, are welcomed. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (those that exceed the word limit will not be considered) and prepared for blind review. Abstracts in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be emailed to both Lloyd Strickland and Andrew Crome by midnight on 18 February 2018. In the body of your email, please indicate clearly which of the four themes your paper relates to and include your name, affiliation, and contact details. Decisions on submissions will be relayed no later than 18 March 2018. Please note that the language of the conference is English.
Following the conference, the organizers aim to compile and publish a peer-reviewed volume consisting of high-quality contributions developed from the papers delivered at the conference. Those submitting abstracts should indicate whether they wish their final paper to be considered for this volume or not.
Samford University invites paper proposals for its third biennial Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition conference, Teaching Dante, to be held in Birmingham on October 25-27, 2018. This conference is designed to encourage excellence in undergraduate teaching across the curriculum, with a particular emphasis on core curriculum and general education courses. Specialists and non-specialists are encouraged to submit proposals; however, all presentations should be designed with the non-specialist audience in mind and should directly address curricular and/or teaching strategies.
Proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary connections are strongly encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Dante in the following contexts: the freshman core, introductory writing courses, great books curricula, and general education classes, as well as interdisciplinary courses devoted to autobiography, spiritual memoir, political theory, epistemology, virtue and character development, intellectual history, etc. We are also interested in approaches to teaching Dante in discipline-specific curricula outside of the English major (psychology, history, philosophy, music, art, education, communication studies, etc.), as well as presentations that focus on the use of new technologies to teach Dante. In addition, we welcome explorations of individual works and how they may be employed in a variety of course and curricular settings.
Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, and we invite panel proposals of three related papers. Proposals of 250-500 words should be submitted as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, and should include full contact information.
Proposals are due July 1, 2018. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 15.
Registration Fee: $125 for faculty and $50 for graduate students. For full information about the conference see
We are delighted to announce that the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions will take place in Toronto, Canada, November 1-7, 2018.
The mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions (the Parliament) is to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities, and to foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Within the growing global interfaith movement, the Parliament’s activities include:
The Theme for the 2018 PWR is The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change. Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.”
Expressions of interest are invited for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, on December 1-2, 2018. The organizers plan to collect select conference papers in an edited volume, to be published in English by a major academic publisher, in addition to special issues of two refereed (SSCI and/or A&HCI listed) academic journals.
Organizers: The Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History, in collaboration with the Department of History at Fudan University, and the Centre for South Asian Studies based in the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University.
Registration Fee: There is no registration fee for the conference.
Room and board: The cost of room and board during the conference will be covered by the conference organizers.
Travel expenses: Conference participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
From modern times, ancient monuments around the world have been re-evaluated as embodying important aspects of modernity within a complex milieu of local, regional, national, and international forces. For example, “the creative endeavors of the East,” such as ancient rock sculptures, were promoted by an influential group of elites around the globe as a source of inspiration—variously described as modern, rational, and spiritual—“fully equal, if not superior, to Western products of corresponding kind.” On the other hand, the modern recoveryof ancient monuments has arguably produced a new wave of destruction, as evidenced by the ongoing controversies over the removal of artifacts from their original sites and their appropriation through tourism and virtual reality technology.
To explore the role of historical monuments in modern society, papers are sought that will address—but are not limited to—the following questions and themes:
A proposal for a paper should consist of a title (no more than 20 words), an abstract (250 words), a short authorial bio (up to 150 words), and contact information (name, affiliation, position, and mailing and e-mail addresses). The working language for the conferencewill be English.
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 15, 2018. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by August 15, 2018, with completed papers to be submitted by October 15, 2018. All materials should be emailed in English to both: Prof. Dong WANG, email@example.com and Dr. Rajiv RANJAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Dong WANG, Distinguished Professor, Director of the Wellington Koo Institute, Department of History, Shanghai University; Dr. Rajiv RANJAN, Assistant Professor, Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, Shanghai University
Founded in February 2017, the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) seeks to serve as a vehicle of Orthodox Christian intellectual culture by providing a forum for an interdisciplinary scholarly exchange. IOTA’s 25 groups represent different aspects of Orthodox Christian life and thought. IOTA’s leadership includes well-respected Orthodox scholars from over 20 countries.
The overarching theme of IOTA’s inaugural conference is Pan-Orthodox unity and conciliarity. As the event will take place in Iasi, Romania, the conference has the support of the leadership of the Romanian Orthodox Church. In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarch and other church leaders look favorably upon the endeavor.
Each IOTA group is presently accepting 600-800 word proposals for the topics stated in the group’s Call for Papers. Submit your proposal by filling out this form before 15 February 2018. The working language of the conference is English. Typical presentations will be 15-20 mins in length, followed by 5-10 min discussion.
Annual Conference of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36 of the American Psychological Association), which in 2018 is taking place at the University of California, Riverside on
Fri/Sat March 9-10, 2018
This conference has also been known as the Mid-Year conference of the Society (Div. 36). The Annual Meeting of the Society is open to anyone, including social scientists, mental health practitioners, and allied professionals (e.g., pastoral counselors), who is interested in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. The conference typically occurs in the Spring semester and approximately halfway between successive annual conferences of the entire American Psychological Association.
Keynote speakers will include
*** Peter C. Hill (title TBD) ***
*** Pamela Ebstyne King & Sarah Schnikter, on "Religion and Thriving: The Role of Transcendent Narrative, Virtue and Lived-Purpose" ***
Proposals for symposia, papers, or poster presentations may be made through our online proposal submission portal (submit before 7 Jan 2018 deadline):
Please check back on a later date for information about, program, registrations types, fees, and refunds, and information about travel and lodging.
For additional information about the division and previous conferences, please see our divisional website at