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Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, Materiality, Technology
2015-09-11 to 2015-09-12
Duke University, North Carolina, United States
In 2005, the journal Material Religion began publication. Currently in its tenth year of production, the journal has become an international clearinghouse for research on the material cultures of religions throughout time and around the world as welll as a forum for critical discussion and reviews of exhibitions and books related to the study of objects, materiality, images, and the host of practices that give religions their material presence.

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International Conference of the Belgian Association for the Study of Religions - In Search of the Origins of Religions
2015-09-11 to 2015-09-13
Ghent, Belgium
This conference (in Ghent) will analyze factors that contributed to the origins of religion as such, the origins of a specific religion and of a specific tradition within a religion. It also includes the beginnings of the scientific study of religion. The geographical scope is global and papers can be submitted on any historical period. The aim of the conference is both to give the floor to international specialists and to Belgian researchers.

http://www.babel-religions.be/node/117external link

. Societies Beyond Borders? New Perspectives in Transnational Studies
2015-09-17 to 2015-09-18
University of Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

The purpose of this gathering will be to pursue discussions about the directions new research is taking or could take, in terms of theory, methodology or choice of objects. The following areas will be privileged, although proposals falling outside these fields will also be considered if they promise to open new pathways in transnational studies more generally.

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Texts, Sounds, and Images from the Divine Sphere – Contemporary Religious Concepts of Knowledge in Competition
2015-09-29 to 2015-09-30
St. Paul's University, Estate, Nairobi City, Kenya
ʿIlm or religious knowledge is a central concept in Islam and therefore of fundamental importance for understanding contemporary developments and dynamics of religious transformations. However, not only Muslims emphasize the importance of knowledge. Other religions like Christianity or African religions highlight knowledge as necessity for future prosperity just like secular governmental and non-governmental institutions. This workshop seeks to reflect about religious concepts of knowledge as competing for defining what necessary knowledge consists of and how such kind of knowledge is presented, achieved and transmitted. A special focus lays on the way of how according to such concepts the divine sphere interacts with the profane by declaring truth for the everyday life of believers. Therefore, we ask about the interplay of text, sound and images in the display of religious knowledge and its competitive struggle for defining felicitous knowledge. The social production, the usage of the appropriate media for its transmission and the addressed audience are central elements of knowledge concepts.

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Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices
2015-10-01 to 2015-10-03
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, United States
This conference explores how religious and secular concerns overlap and inform modes of belief and forms of pious (and impious) expression. Rather than approach the sacred and the secular in dualistic terms, we seek ways to understand how the categories intersect and criss-cross. Rather than simply map religion onto literature or vice versa, we invite papers that conceptualize and describe the interrelation between the two. We welcome diverse ways of framing and pursuing the conference theme and hence encourage contributions from scholars not only in literary and religious studies, but also from visual studies, history, philosophy, psychology, archeology, and elsewhere, both within and across religious traditions and in the public sphere.

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Heritage Religion & Travel: Theoretical and Empirical Journeys
2015-10-01 to 2015-10-04
Çağ University, Tarsus, Turkey
This unique conference seeks to build on four decades of research on the relationship between Heritage, Religion and Travel and to advance new theoretical and empirical perspectives concerning this relationship. It also offers an interdisciplinary space for debate. Hence, and not coincidentally, the conference will be hosted in the ancient city of Tarsus in Turkey  ̶  a country that could be defined as at the crossroads of history, i.e. between east and west. It is a land deeply influenced by religious traditions of extraordinary variety and richness. It also has been the setting for the rise and fall of many cultures and entire civilizations. Drawing on the work of leading academics, we hope to evoke the depth and breadth of the importance of heritage and its connection to religion and new and old forms of travel and tourism.

http://www.heritagereligionandtravel.com/external link

Conference on Islam in Russia
2015-10-15 to 2015-10-16
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
This conference will focus on what it means to be a Muslim in Russia today and how these meanings are reflected in Russian political life. Conference participants will examine the variety of Muslim identities in modern Russia and also consider the evolving role of Muslims in Russian history.

http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/conference-islam-russiaexternal link

2015 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting
2015-10-23 to 2015-10-25
Newport Beach, California, United States
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion stimulates, promotes, and communicates social scientific research about religious institutions and experiences. Founded in 1949, SSSR fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among scholars from sociology, religious studies, psychology, political science, economics, international studies, gender studies, and many other fields. Its flagship publication, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, is the most cited resource in the field.

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2015 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting
2015-11-21 to 2015-11-24
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
The 2015 Annual Meetings in Atlanta, November 21–24, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. Academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours … more than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings. The Annual Meetings Employment Center provides job seekers and employers a convenient, private setting for interviews. The Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall, with some 200 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. The Annual Meetings offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register this spring to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join some 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings!

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Religious Phenomena within the textbooks at the end of the school cycle - Mediterranean area and comparisons outside
2015-12-02 to 2015-12-04
Université du Maine, Le Mans, France
The first Conference of the Institute for Religious Pluralism and Atheism (IPRA), with the cooperation of the European Institute of Religious Sciences (IESR), will make an inventory of how the history of religious phenomena is taught and will examine the complex processes of elaboration and reception of those discourses. Because of the amplitude of the corpus, only printed textbooks for students before the three years before their A-Level (or high-school diploma) will be taken into account.

http://www.relmin.eu/index.php/en/new/scientific-scouting/429-ipra-conference-universite-du-maine-december-2015external link

Regulating Religion: Normativity and Change at the Intersection of Law and Religion
2015-12-14 to 2015-12-15
National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), Singapore, Singapore
This workshop will engage emerging scholarship on the influence of religion on legal systems, both historically and currently, and vice versa. Regulation is our key focus. In simplest terms, we will consider how law regulates religion, and how religion responds to such regulations. The more complex question we ask is how the normativity becomes diversified and drives the regulatory dialectics between law and religion after the institutional development of the latter two.

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