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Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
2016-12-05 to 2016-12-07
Old Library of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, UK

The Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers by scholars who have a particular interest in the study of religion. Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary's Church and Fellow of St Hilda's College in the University of Oxford, will host the meeting.

You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion of a relevant aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to participate as a panel member or as an observer. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium. You are, also, encouraged to submit a paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal, book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.

https://www.oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com/external link

The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics
2017-01-20
Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN, UK

In his ground-breaking new publication, Reframing Theological Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016), Joseph Selling offers an ethical method that reorients Catholic understandings of theological ethics.  Catholic moral theology, he says, has been based on an approach which over-emphasises the role of normative ethics, thus confining moral responsibility to questions about whether a person is following or disobeying moral rules.

This important conference offers Catholic theological ethicists an opportunity to engage with Professor Selling’s work through such themes as ‘human motivation’, ‘intention’ and ‘virtue’, and also through Thomistic and New Testament approaches.  We are delighted to have such distinguished speakers as Joseph Selling himself, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Edward Vacek, SJ, Nicholas Austin SJ, and Mathew Illathuparampil.

Call for Papers

We welcome short papers from theological ethicists as well as (post)graduate students in theological ethics or moral theology who have some familiarity with the issues being discussed in Prof. Selling’s book. The papers should suggest how the basic approach outlined in the book might be applied to current areas of ethical praxis. Suggested topics could include ‘sexuality, parenthood, and family’, ‘migration and immigration’, ‘environmental change and sustainability’, but may involve other specific areas of research. The principle aim is to apply the book’s basic approach to particular topics.

Paper proposals (maximum 500 words) should be submitted to Dr Anna Abram ( a.abram@heythrop.ac.uk) before 31 October 2016. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by 15 November. These authors should prepare a presentation for the conference (maximum 20 min.) and have their final, full text (3.000-4.000 words) ready when they attend the Conference. Conference presenters are invited to publish their papers in a special issue of 'Religions' (an international, open access scholarly journal, publishing peer reviewed studies of religious thought and practice). Click here for further details.

 

Conference Fee (including lunch and refreshment)

Standard:  £ 25

Students:   £ 5

Unwaged:  £ 10

Heythrop Students and Staff: free

 

More details about the conference including the programme will be available online from September 2016

http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/events/future-catholic-theological-ethics#religionsexternal link

2017 Meeting of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology“Liturgy, the Arts, and Religious Experience”
2017-03-23 to 2017-03-25
Furman University, Greenville, SC, USA

Call for Papers

 

In recent years, philosophy of religion has begun to focus more intentionally on the role of embodied existence as key to religious practice and identity. Philosophers and theologians ranging from Jean-Yves Lacoste to Nicholas Wolterstorff have recognized the importance of moving beyond the “cognitivist” dimensions of religion in order to think more carefully about the ways in which what is traditionally called “religion” occurs in the context of lived faith, community involvement, worship, and affective prayer. In this way, the practice of liturgy, aesthetic presentation, and embodied experience are all in various ways interrelated and essential to the ways that we need to think about religion as an historical and social fact, but also as an existential and phenomenological possibility.

The SCPT welcomes paper submissions from any discipline that engage the conference theme while incorporating (though not necessarily exclusively drawing upon) resources from Continental philosophical and theological traditions. Papers that bring Continental thought together with literary theory, analytic philosophy, or the fine arts are also encouraged.

Although typically the SCPT requires complete papers (not to exceed 3,000 words), abstracts of at least 750 words will be considered in some cases. All papers presented at the conference will be considered for possible publication in a volume on the conference theme.

Please submit two documents (1) a title page with contact information and word count, (2) complete papers (or abstracts) as Word files, suitable for blind review, by December 1, 2016 to: cfp@scptonline.org

Questions: Please contact J. Aaron Simmons at aaron.simmons@furman.edu

http://www.scptonline.org/cfp/external link

Third International Conference on Christian Hebraism in Eastern and Central Europe: Jews in Christian Eyes: Between Inspiration and Hostility
2017-04-27 to 2017-04-29
University of Wrocław, Poland
Following two successful conferences on Christian Hebraism in East Central Europe, one in Wittenberg (2012) and one in Budapest (2014), we have the pleasure to announce the third round of the conference to take place in Wroclaw in April 2017.

The coming conference will focus on Christian Hebraism as a tool and vehicle of inter-religious interaction between Christians and the Jews in East and Central Europe, i.e. in the Germanies, the Habsburg Empire, Poland-Lithuania, Russia, and more. These interactions varied from friendly inspiration, to academic debates, and religious polemics, up to missionary activities and antisemitic propaganda. They also greatly varied in time, from early, mediaeval assaults to post-Holocaust rapprochements. While many of these have been the subject of scholarly scrutiny, the topic seems to be suffering from an inadequate consolidation and systematic reflection. The Wrocław conference aims to bring together scholars who study those and related issues in order to discuss shared interests, sources and methodological challenges, the current state of research, achievements and shortcomings. Therefore, we encourage papers probing one of these and related aspects:

The conference will be held jointly by the University of Wrocław and the Papal Faculty of Theology, Wrocław, 27–29 April 2017. The language of the proceedings will be English.

Applicants should submit a short abstract for a paper of 20 minutes in length by 30 August 2016. Participants will be notified by 1 October 2016. The conference organizers shall provide accommodation, meals, and cultural activities for the duration of the conference. If needed, selected participants might be assisted in covering their travel expenses. (If you require such assistance, please indicate this in your application.)

If you have any questions related to the conference please get in touch with the organizers: Rajmund Pietkiewicz (rajek@post.pl), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński (wodzinsk@uni.wroc.pl), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.

http://www.judaistyka.uni.wroc.pl/judaistyka/index.php/84-polish/aktualnosci/203-cfp-third-international-conference-on-christian-hebraism-in-eastern-and-central-europe-jews-in-christian-eyes-between-inspiration-and-hostilityexternal link

2017 Ocha Zanmai Chanoyu & Tea Culture Conference
2017-04-30
San Francisco, CA, USA
CALL FOR PAPERS

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016

Who: All are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) scholars, students, artists, museum curators, tea practitioners, and tea manufacturers.

What: Any subject matter related to the conference theme “Chanoyu & Zen” will be considered, including but not limited to calligraphy by Zen priests (禅林)墨跡, Zen paintings 禅画, Zen words禅語, Zen spirituality in chanoyu 茶の湯における禅の精神性, Zen aesthetics in chanoyu 茶の湯における禅的美, tea masters and Zen 茶匠と禅.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet.  The cover sheet must contain the following information:

  1. title of the paper
  2. applicants’ full name
  3. position
  4. institution
  5. email address
  6. street address
  7. telephone number.

Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or institution that will identify you. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for blind peer reviews.

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment (PDF format) to mmckeon@sfsu.edu.

Publication: Successful applicants will have an opportunity to publish their papers in the conference’s proceedings volume.

https://networks.h-net.org/node/6060/discussions/143761/cfp-2017-ocha-zanmai-chanoyu-tea-culture-conferenceexternal link

11th International Conference on Daoist Studies
2017-05-17 to 2017-05-20
Nanterre, Paris, France
For the last thirteen years, the international conference on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012), Boston University (2014), and Miaoli, Taiwan (2016). Thanks to the generous hosting of the Unversity of Paris at Nanterre, the 11th conference will take place near metropolitan Paris in France.
    This year’s theme is “Creativity and Diversity.” The focus is on the artistic and extraordinary expression of Daoist worldview and practice, both in history and today. Panels and presentations focus particularly on anthropological studies and expressions of Daoism in art, music, dance, ritual, theater, literature, film medicine, and more.

Chairs:
Adeline Herrou, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Georges Favraud, Toulouse Jean Jaurès University.
Livia Kohn, Boston University

Deadlines:     April 1, 2017     registration closes, abstracts due (no extensions)
May 1, 2017    conference program e-mailed and posted online

Scholarships: Some scholarships will be provided. Recipients will be exempted from paying the conference fee and receive US$ 200 toward room and board, as well as a share of travel expenses. Applicants should be within three years of completing the Ph.D. (before or after). To apply, please send registration information, plus status of Ph.D. and name of adviser, as well as draft abstract of paper to daoconf@gmail.com. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
http://www.daoiststudies.org/node/16410

http://www.daoiststudies.org/node/16410external link

2017 Translation & Transmission Conference
2017-05-31 to 2017-06-03
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Tsadra Foundation, in consultation with all the partners, sponsors, conference steering committee members, and speakers from the 2014 Translation & Transmission Conference is proud to announce the second conference in the Translation & Transmission Series, which will take place June 1-4, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. In light of the universal support and positive feedback we received for the previous conference, we feel that it is important to continue the conversation and community building that the 2014 conference facilitated.
The purpose of this conference series is to provide an international forum for sustained dialogue and the sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as for collective reflection on the larger cultural and societal dimensions of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary sphere. This conference is not a showcase for any single project or institution but an opportunity for all to gather in an open and collegial spirit.
In the spring of 2017 the conference will convene in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, at the Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center, May 31st through June 3rd, 2017

http://conference-wp.tsadra.org/external link

Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths
2017-06-25 to 2017-06-27
USA

A conference (June 25-26) and workshops (June 27-29) to explore tested and contested measures dealing with the current U.S. and global state of large-scale violence.

Organized and hosted by:

Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University

Co-organizers:

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Cardozo School of Law Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic

Co-conveners:

American Ethical Union, a federation of Ethical Societies in the United States
representing the Ethical Culture movement
Clark University Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Columbia University Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability,
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Kean University Human Rights Institute/Jewish Studies Program/Office
of Academic Affairs

Other Organizers information: Inquire at moyeb@kean.edu

http://grad.kean.edu/mahgs-conferenceexternal link

Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies
2017-07-03 to 2017-07-07
Melbourne, Australia
Next ISSR conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 3-7 July, 2017 under the title Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies.

Religion’s role in conflict has been the subject of recent media and academic scrutiny, while religion’s part in peace building has received comparatively less attention. This conference analyzes the multiple ways in which religion may contribute to fostering cooperation and conflict in diverse societies. Religion can be a source of tension and conflict just as it can be a resource for resolving societal tensions. And cooperation and conflict on a societal level may have themselves important impacts on the emergence or diminishing of religious diversity and vitality. Some of the questions examined at the conference are:
•    What different kinds of influence can religion (religious ideology, religious groups, individual religiosity, lived religion) have on the creation or resolution of societal tensions and conflicts? Under what political/economic conditions are such influences to be observed?
•    How and under what conditions does religion intersect with other factors (e.g. ethnicity, gender, politics, social structure, social closure) in creating or resolving such tensions and conflicts?
•    What are the specific potentials of religion for the furthering of cooperation and peace in society and under what conditions may such potentials be activated?
•    What different types of influence can religious diversity have under different conditions on the creation of tension and conflict or the cooperation and peace?
•    How does religious diversity intersect with other factors in its influence on cooperation or conflict under different conditions?
•    How, and under what conditions, can the state, politics, communities and law govern tensions in religiously diverse societies?
•    What is the relationship between religious cooperation/conflict and religious vitality under different societal conditions?
•    How do various religions interact with democratic ways of political participation, in secular or non-secular arenas within diverse societies?
•    Do different ways of emergence of religious and cultural diversity (e.g. migration, globalization, post-colonial state-formation) correlate with different types of conflict / cooperation between religions?

These questions, and others like them, will be the focus of our 2017 conference. We welcome papers on these and other topics of interest to sociology of religion and the social sciences of religion more generally.
The call for thematic session proposals is now open. You may propose a Thematic session, Working Group session, New Research Forum, and Author Meets Critics session HERE.
Before doing so, please consult the instructions for registration at the online conference system and for submitting proposals.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th September 2016.

https://www.sisr-issr.org/en/conference/conference-2017-religion-cooperation-and-conflict-in-diverse-societiesexternal link