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Approaching Ethnoheterogenesis. Membership, Ethnicity, and Social Change in Contemporary Societies
2017-12-14 to 2017-12-15
Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University of Hannover

The aim of the conference is to further develop EHG or other new alternatives as analytical categories for processes of socio-cultural change in complex settings of transnationally constituted societies that can be coined ethnoheterogeneous (Claussen 2013). We invite international scholars for a critical discussion in favor of further theorizing. Conceptual papers and empirical studies referring to the following themes are welcome:

  1. What changes in ethnic framing, ethnic affiliation, and multiplicity of memberships/belongings can be observed in current times of heightened mobility and how can they be analyzed?

- What can be said about ethnicity as a resource for individualization, collectivization, and community building or potential counterhegemonic cultures?
- What forms of “past presencing” can be reconstructed in the processes of ethno(hetero)genesis?
- What does the analysis of the genesis and changes of ethnic framing and multiplicity of memberships add to the broader field of sociology (i.e., Sociology of Migration, Global Sociology, and Sociology of the Nation State)?

  1. How are the processes of (de-)ethnization interwoven with social inequality (economic, legal, political, etc.)?

- What role do institutions such as the family, neighborhoods, work, or communities play in this context?
- How should we think about the genesis of ethnicities in intersection with and relation to different categories of social inequality, and most importantly race, gender, class, and/or generation?

  1. How does ethnicity function as an element in the structuring of (world) society?

- What can be said about the (changing) role of the nation in the emergence of ethnicities and membership roles?
- What is the role of spatial configuration, such as transnationalism, in the genesis of ethnicities?
- What insights can be gained from related fields such as diaspora or transnational studies?

Keynote Speakers:
- Nadje Al-Ali, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS
- Thomas D. Hall, Prof. Emeritus, Department of History, DePauw University

We are looking forward to proposals for lectures and/or workshops. The abstracts (one page long) should include the question, empirical/theoretical background, hypothesis, and brief personal details.

Please send your proposals or abstracts to: n.tiesler@ish.uni-hannover.de
ABSTRACTS DUE: June 15, 2017

Kontakt

Tiesler

Institut für Soziologie

n.tiesler@ish.uni-hannover.de

http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-33744external link

4th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture
2018-01-13 to 2018-01-14
Queens hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ, UK

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others, e.g. women, ethnic groups, religious groups, etc. Agenda setting research has established decades ago that media set public agendas, and tell us both what to think about (agenda setting) and how to think about a certain issue (media framing). Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling a way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable. All these influences form our daily lives and views of others, and while the media and popular culture do not influence all people, on all issues and at all times, they do have a significant influence on our views and actions. These and other issues are the subject of the conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

Media and Crisis

Media and identity

Media and political campaigns

Media and discrimination

Women in the media

Media Bias

Media and democracy

Media and human rights

Popular culture

Media and memory

Media and history

History of media and popular culture

Media and diplomacy

Audience studies

Media and religion

Media and Business

Agenda setting and media framing theories

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Both researchers and practitioners are welcome to submit paper/panel proposals.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 15 December 2017

Conference fee is GBP180, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals and drinks

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution originally founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). Since July 2016 the Centre is registered as a private institution in Leeds, United Kingdom.

Information for non-EU participants

The Centre will issue Visa letters to participants who need entry clearance to attend the conference in the UK. We will also issue earlier decisions to allow Visa applications. The British Home Office has a straight forward procedure for the Visa applications that are not excessively lengthy, and the Centre will assist where and when necessary.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

http://www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com/4th-international-conference-on-media-and-popular-culture/external link

Hate Speech in Korea, Japan, and France: A Comparative Approach
2018-01-17 to 2018-01-18
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

In recent years, hatred or instigation of discrimination has increased against foreigners, immigrants or various religious, ethnic and sexual minorities in different developed societies. Hate speech has more and more become a fatal problem to the social, cultural and political life of contemporary democracies. How should democratic societies respond to such persistent problem as well as to the broader forms of “othering” that motivate hate speech? How can we prevent it? It seems to us that neither the cause of nor cure for this pernicious phenomenon is well appreciated in the context of today’s globalized world. Societies in Europe and East Asia present ample occasions for examining the various dimensions of hate speech phenomenon. Many of the cases show that hate speech involves a complex web of historical injustices, economic inequalities, religious tensions, socio-political ideologies and emerging democratic challenges, as well as divergent legal constructions.

This project seeks to illuminate the national, regional and global dynamics of hate speech from diverse viewpoints that include the political, legal, historical, ideological and religio-cultural perspectives. To this end, it focuses on the cases of hate speech in the three countries of Korea, Japan and France. We will examine the contours of hate speech in the Korean, Japanese and French contexts; explore the historical, ideological or religio-cultural background of hate speech production and dissemination in each society that is globalized; and evaluate the cases and provide policy proposals from a human rights perspective. This research project is intended not only to show similarities in this global phenomenon observed beyond the political and geographical boundaries, but also to distinguish differences in the historical, legal and cultural foundation of each nation-state that cause and maintain the expression and structure of the discrimination. The comparative nature of this collaborative research will help fill in blind spots and lead to better informed and more sophisticated and practical recommendations for the prevention of hate speech in many Eastern and Western societies.

We invite paper proposals from different approaches such as communication, media studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal studies, religious studies that examine, but not restricted to, the following questions:

We are pleased to provide presenters with partial subsidies for accommodation and travel expenses depending on funding availability and on participant’s basis. We intend to publish selected papers from the workshop as a journal special issue and/or an edited volume with a reputable academic press. We also plan to hold the second workshop at Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) in the second half of 2018.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

  1. Deadline: Please submit your proposal with a title, an abstract of not more than 500 words and a list of references, together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and email address by June 30, 2017.
  2. Submission method: Send in MS Word via email to hatespeech2018@gmail.com
  3. Final papers: Paper presenters are requested to submit full papers by December 31, 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding this workshop.

Conveners: 
Professor Jaejin LEE, Hanyang University, Korea
Professor Myungkoo KANG, Seoul National University, Korea
Professor Wooja KIM, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Professor Rivé-Lasan MARIE-ORANGE, Université Paris Diderot, France
Dr. Kyuhoon CHO, Seoul National University, Korea
URL permanente: https://parisconsortium.hypotheses.org/11366

http://www.reseau-etudes-coree.univ-paris-diderot.fr/node-articles/international-workshop-hate-speech-korea-japan-and-france-comparative-approach-june-30external link

7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
2018-02-01 to 2018-02-03
Perth, Western Australia

7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
1-3 February, 2018
Perth, Western Australia

Call for Papers and Essays

The Buddhism & Australia invites contributions to the 7th International Conference
Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 1-3 February, 2018 in Perth, Western Australia.

All Buddhists, scholars and members of the general public interested in Buddhism are invited to present their papers in this coming conference. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals

The main themes 2018

The organizers are open to proposals for contributions on Buddhist history, philosophy, texts as well for proposals on any related theme.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 25 October, 2017
Deadline for Full Paper Submission: 25 November, 2017

Those who have prepared for certain big task and who are able to put some sort of idea on certain topics, we have a proposal to compose an essay which needs to create a bridge back to the Buddha. Selected essays will be published on the conference website. Topics:

Deadline for Essay Submission: 31 December, 2017

Proposals should be submitted to the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.

For detailed information please see here: www.buddhismandaustralia.com

Contact:

Organizing Chair Marju Broder
info@buddhismandaustralia.com
tel. +61 0 405549923
www.buddhismandaustralia.com

 

http://www.buddhismandaustralia.com/ba/index.php/Buddhism_%26_Australiaexternal link

Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)
2018-03-01 to 2018-03-04
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

CFP – Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)

St. Louis, March 1-4, 2018

Sponsored by:

The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
The Society of Early Americanists
St. Louis University
Washington University in St. Louis

Seeking Panel and Paper Proposals

We seek proposals for panels and individual papers for the special topics conference on Religion and Politics in Early America, March 1-4, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Individual papers are welcome, but preference will be given to completed panel submissions.

This conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in early America from pre-contact through the early republic. All topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion—how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise configure each other—will be welcomed. We define the terms “religion” and “politics” broadly, including (for example) studies of secularity and doubt. This conference will have a broad temporal, geographic, and topical expanse. We intend to create a space for interdisciplinary conversation, though this does not mean that all panels will need be composed of multiple disciplines; we welcome both mixed panels and panels composed entirely of scholars from a single discipline.

Panels can take a traditional form (3-4 papers, with or without a respondent), roundtable form (5 or more brief statements with discussion), or other forms.

Panel submissions must have the following:

  1. An organizer for contact information
  2. Names and titles for each paper in the panel.
  3. A brief abstract (no more than 250 words) for the panel.
  4. A briefer abstract (no more than 100 words) for each paper.
  5. Brief CV’s for each participant (no more than two pages each).

Individual paper submissions must include the following:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. Title
  3. Abstract (no more than 150 words)
  4. A brief CV (no more than two pages)

Please send your proposals to religion.politics.2018@gmail.com by Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at religion.politics.2018@gmail.com.

https://sites.wustl.edu/religionpolitics2018/call-for-papers/external link

93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
2018-03-01 to 2018-03-03
Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Themes:

1. Representing the Mysteries of Faith in Art, Liturgy, and Devotion

2. The Religious Orders: Diffusion of Artistic and Religious Practices between Monastery and City
3. The Medieval Artes and their Books
4. The Long Fourteenth Century
5. Transconfessional Spaces in Andalusi Cities
6. Umayyad Córdoba and Nasrid Granada: Poetry, Philosophy, and Architecture
7. Restoring Medieval Buildings: Gains, Problems, and Technologies     
8. Materiality of Medieval Objects: What Now?
9. Monumental Narratives: Bayeux and Beyond
10. Legal History of Landholding and Property      

11. New Medieval Economic Institutions
12. Legacy of Rome: Legal, Literary, and Artistic   
13. Migration, Movement, and Slavery        
14. Female Spirituality and Mysticism
15. Bible Translation and Reform Movements

16. Medieval Cosmographies and Geographies
17. Trade and Material Culture in the Mediterranean
18. Chaucer and the Poets
19. Anglo-Saxon Objects and Spaces, Poems and Places
20.
Faith and Inquiry: Exegesis, Speculative Theology, and Normative Argument
21. Faith and Culture: Devotional Practices, Symbolism, and Lived Religion
22. Transgressing “Isms”: Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism . . .
23. Comparative Kingship from the Carolingians to 1300
24. Truth, “Truthiness,” and Falsehood in Documentary Practice

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=2018Meetingexternal link

Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
2018-03-08 to 2018-03-10
Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida, USA

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; please see the submission guidelines below.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Please click "Snyder Prize" in the sidebar at left for further information.

More information will be posted here on the conference website as it becomes available, including information about plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.

 

PLEASE SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH INTERESTED COLLEAGUES.

 

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Abstract Submission Guidelines:

 

If you are considering submitting an abstract or session proposal, please be aware of the following:

1) So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. Furthermore, no one should commit to more than two out of the following three activities: 1) presenting a paper; 2) chairing a session; and 3) participating in a roundtable. Organizing sessions does not count in these calculations, but session organizers are subject to them along with everyone else (i.e. you may organize as many sessions as you like, but you may only present one paper, and chair a separate session).

2) Session chairs should not also present in the panel they are chairing. Session organizers may either chair or present in a panel that they have arranged, but not both. If you are organizing a planned session, you may either arrange for a chair and include him/her in your proposal, or submit your panel without a chair and conference organizers will assign one. (The acceptance of your panel will not depend on whether or not your planned session already has a chair.)

3) Those organizing planned sessions should also know that the organizing committee strongly prefers sessions that include participants from more than one institution.

Please click here to submit your abstract,

or click here to download a printable PDF of this Call for Papers.

Please email info@newcollegeconference.org with any questions.

http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfpexternal link

Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018
2018-03-22
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018 will take place at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA, March 22, 2018.

The study of Theravada Buddhism is undergoing significant reconceptualization in recent years that reflect broader developments in the humanities and social sciences. While seeing Theravada practices no longer as discrete foci of study, Theravada studies as a field ascertains Buddhist formations, practices and sentiments as broadly informed by an imaginaire that is derived in part from a prestige language, Pali, and its literary concerns. Recent work on Theravada Buddhist formations emphasizes comparisons among Theravada iterations, their intersections in world history, social networks and aesthetic formations across regions in South and Southeast Asia, global diasporas and interactions with other religions and cultures.

The Theravada Studies Group, established in 2013 in affiliation with the Association for Asian Studies, invites scholars and doctoral students in history, art history, textual studies, anthropology, regional and global studies, political science, environmental studies, migration studies, and related fields to submit proposals for presentations at this inaugural conference. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Theravada material culture, spirit cults, tricksters, ethics, rethinking lay-monastic relations, secularisms and transnational linkages, among other possible themes. 

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for panels and individual papers should be submitted electronically at TheravadaStudies@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2017. Formats may include thematic panels (three papers with respondent or four without), roundtables with pre-circulated position papers; and individual paper proposals. Panel proposals must include an abstract (100 words) describing the significance of the panel’s scope and abstracts (100 words) for each paper.

Following a peer review of submissions, participants will be notified by November 1, 2017 to allow for travel planning in conjunction with the 2018 AAS meetings (March 22-25, 2018). The Theravada Studies Group has some limited funds to assist (especially graduate students) with one night’s accommodation. Registration is free and required at Theravadaciv.org. For further information, please email Theravadaciv@gmail.com.

The conference is organized by the Theravada Studies Group and supported by a grant to the Theravada Civilizations Project from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program. Logistical support is provided by the Association for Asian Studies and Arizona State University.

On behalf of the organizing committee.

: http://theravadaciv.org/inaugural-theravada-studies-conference-2018/external link

Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018
2018-03-22
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018 will take place at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA, March 22, 2018.

The study of Theravada Buddhism is undergoing significant reconceptualization in recent years that reflect broader developments in the humanities and social sciences. While seeing Theravada practices no longer as discrete foci of study, Theravada studies as a field ascertains Buddhist formations, practices and sentiments as broadly informed by an imaginaire that is derived in part from a prestige language, Pali, and its literary concerns. Recent work on Theravada Buddhist formations emphasizes comparisons among Theravada iterations, their intersections in world history, social networks and aesthetic formations across regions in South and Southeast Asia, global diasporas and interactions with other religions and cultures.

The Theravada Studies Group, established in 2013 in affiliation with the Association for Asian Studies, invites scholars and doctoral students in history, art history, textual studies, anthropology, regional and global studies, political science, environmental studies, migration studies, and related fields to submit proposals for presentations at this inaugural conference. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Theravada material culture, spirit cults, tricksters, ethics, rethinking lay-monastic relations, secularisms and transnational linkages, among other possible themes. 

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for panels and individual papers should be submitted electronically at TheravadaStudies@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2017. Formats may include thematic panels (three papers with respondent or four without), roundtables with pre-circulated position papers; and individual paper proposals. Panel proposals must include an abstract (100 words) describing the significance of the panel’s scope and abstracts (100 words) for each paper.

Following a peer review of submissions, participants will be notified by November 1, 2017 to allow for travel planning in conjunction with the 2018 AAS meetings (March 22-25, 2018). The Theravada Studies Group has some limited funds to assist (especially graduate students) with one night’s accommodation. Registration is free and required at Theravadaciv.org. For further information, please email Theravadaciv@gmail.com.

The conference is organized by the Theravada Studies Group and supported by a grant to the Theravada Civilizations Project from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program. Logistical support is provided by the Association for Asian Studies and Arizona State University.

On behalf of the organizing committee.

http://theravadaciv.org/inaugural-theravada-studies-conference-2018/external link

Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice
2018-03-23
St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

St. Thomas More College welcomes abstract submissions for our upcoming conference examining issues at the intersections of Catholic traditions, science, sustainability, and social justice. This conference will draw an interdisciplinary group of scholars. We are interested in research focused on documenting and comprehending integral ecology according to a broad understanding of the term, seeking to understand how "everything is interconnected" (Laudato Si’, #138). We welcome contributions from scholars working in areas such as physics, sociology, chemistry, history, soil science, philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, health sciences, economics, biology, theology, English, environmental science, and political studies.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ treatment of integral ecology in Laudato Si’, we are seeking papers that advance thinking in the following areas, particularly as they relate to the natural, empirical, theoretical, and health sciences:

Environmental, Economic and Social Ecology

Cultural Ecology

Ecology of Daily Life

 The Principle of the Common Good

 Justice between the Generations

 Other Innovative Topics at Intersections among Catholic Traditions, Science, Sustainability, and Social Justice

Examples for the six areas include (but are not limited to): science fiction, sustainability, and justice; climate justice and scientific models; the role of science in interfaith collaboration in response to ecological derogation; integral ecology, Indigenous ways of knowing, and science; reception of Pope Francis’ teachings on integral ecology in a particular scientific community; Catholic liberationist or ecofeminist perspectives on issues at the junction of sustainability, justice, and science.

Sessions

Depending on the quality of submissions there will be 4-8 concurrent sessions devoted to the above thematic areas. All presenters will be limited to twenty (20) minutes to present the highlights of their paper.

Submission Requests

Please send us a 250-300 word abstract that clearly outlines your proposed topic and demonstrates its relationship to the conference theme. Include a one-paragraph biography and also append a current CV to your e-mail.

Please send your abstract and CV to: mmuller@stmcollege.ca by September 15, 2017.

Those selected to attend the conference will be notified in advance of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2017.

Plans for Papers

We ask that full papers (6,000 - 8,000 words) be submitted by January 7, 2018. They will be peer-reviewed, and the reviews will be sent back to the authors by early March to allow authors to integrate reviewer comments in their conference presentations. The final versions of the papers will be due by April 15, 2018. They will then be peer reviewed through an external press.

Inquiries about the conference should be addressed to chrynkow@stmcollege.ca.

https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/06/29/integral-ecology-for-the-common-good-catholic-perspectives-on-science-sustainabilityexternal link

Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives
2018-04-05 to 2018-04-07
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Call for Papers

                              ANU Religion Conference 2018

                   Theme: Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives

                    05-07 April 2018, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, 
           The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
                      Abstract Deadline: 15 October 2017

The study of sacred sites is a prominent feature in a number of disciplines. Sacred sites and stories and pilgrimage are the theme of the conference. Topics of enquiry range from the role of sacred sites in religious traditions, through to how sacred sites form part of the development of modern tourist industries, the role of sacred sites in international relations and the ways in which sacred sites can be the focus for disputes. At a time when many sacred sites and their stories face challenges due to economic development, environmental change and the impact of mass pilgrimage and tourism the conference offers an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions of the past, present and future of sacred sites and stories and their significance in the world today.
  

The conference will have the following panels:
•    Pilgrimage and Tourism
•    Historical Perspectives
•    Visual Arts and Architecture
•    Indigenous Traditions
•    Competition and Contestation

We welcome proposals for paper presentations that address the theme of one of these panels. Individual papers that are relevant to the main theme but are not aligned with any of the proposed panel streams will also be considered for presentation. 

In view of the major role that Australia and the Asia Pacific region plays in national and international discussions about sacred sites and sacred stories we particularly welcome panels on Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific perspectives on sacred sites. We also welcome papers covering a range of time frames, from pre-history to the contemporary era, and from all traditions and locations.

If you are interested, please send your abstract (150 words), including a note of which stream your proposal addresses, and bio (80 words) to the following email (davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk). The conference fee is AU$350, but for masters students, doctoral candidates and early career researchers who do not have full-time positions the fee will be AU$250. The conference cost includes registration fee, conference dinner and refreshments. The two best papers submitted by HDR students will be awarded (AU$500 each). To be considered for this award, the full paper must be submitted at least one month before the conference (by 07 March 2018). There will be a limited number of bursaries available for some accepted masters students, doctoral candidates and early career researchers. Please note that those selected to receive bursaries will be informed of this before the conference but the bursaries will not be dispersed until the papers have been presented at the conference. In addition, selected papers may be considered for publication in a book volume.

Contacts:
Dr David W. Kim (Australian National University)
Email: davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk

Dr Peter Friedlander (Australian National University)
Email: peter.friedlander@anu.edu.au

A/Prof McComas Taylor (Australian National University)
Email: mccomas.taylor@anu.edu.au

Dr Barbara Nelson (Australian National University)
Email: barbara.nelson@anu.edu.au

http://www.anu.edu.au/events/sacred-sitessacred-stories-global-perspectivesexternal link

Mindful Connectivity: Asian Perspectives and Influences
2018-04-06 to 2018-04-08
Sonesta Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The 2018 ASIANetwork Conference theme focuses on mindfulness and connectivity in relation to contemporary social change, recurrent values and practices, and holistic understandings of self, society, and environment. Mindfulness has a long association with contemplative traditions and teachings, but it also has re-framed material culture studies—of food, apparel, architecture, etc.—by directing attention toward community spirit, aesthetic experience, and embedded values.

Presenters are encouraged to focus on questions like the following: 

http://www.asianetwork.org/2017/05/2018-conference-theme/external link

14th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (ASI18)
2018-05-23 to 2018-05-24
Jerusalem, Israel

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the 14th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (ASI18) will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus, on Wed-Thu, May 23-24, 2018.

We invite proposals on Asian-related topics (Central, South, East and South-East Asia).  Priority will be given to thematic panels (3-4 papers + chair and/or discussant), but individual paper submissions are also welcome. The deadline for submitting proposals for either organized panels or individual papers is November 6, 2017.

The proposal should include the title of the panel or the individual paper together with a short abstract (150-200 words), as well as a short CV (1 page max) of the presenter/s. With the exception of roundtables, panel proposals should also include the title and abstract of each paper. Please indicate in your proposal what equipment, if any, will be required for your panel or lecture. The conference will be bi-lingual (Hebrew/English). Abstracts can be submitted in either English or Hebrew (preferably both).

Proposals for panels/papers, as well as all enquiries, should be submitted by email to the conference mail (asi18huji@gmail.com( with copies to the Frieberg Center (eacenter@mail.huji.ac.il) and to the conference's convener, Prof. Michal Biran (ercmongol@gmail.com).

Conference guests are welcome to stay at the Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club, located at the conference venue. Priority will be given to foreign participants. The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University will help in covering the accommodation costs of  foreign participants but will not be able to participate in the cost of travel.

Please distribute this call for papers among your colleagues and networks. Both Hebrew and Non-Hebrew speakers are most welcome.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Prof. Michal Biran, Convener, The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies

Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Orna Naftali, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Eviatar Shulman, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

Dr. Jooyeon Rhee, Department of Asian Studies, HUJI

The Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the oldest in Israel and is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Humanities, home to over 300 students specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian Studies. The department is characterized by its excellence in research and teaching, and it maintains an environment of cooperation between students and faculty in a wide array of extracurricular activities. To read more about the department, visit: http://asia.huji.ac.il/en

https://networks.h-net.org/node/20904/discussions/176881/cfp-14th-conference-asian-studies-israelexternal link

The Seventh International North American Conference on Esotericism
2018-05-24 to 2018-05-27
The Rice University, in Houston, Texas

About the Association for the Study of Esotericism

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Call for Papers:
ASE 2018


Eros, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Esoteric Traditions

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its seventh International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, May 24-27, 2018.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the theme “Eros, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Esoteric Traditions.” Esoteric writings offer a range of possibilities for investigating both literal and figurative erotic and sexual configurations, from the allegorical couplings of alchemy, to the practices of Valentinian Gnosticism, to descriptions of angelic sex in Ida Craddock.  Connectedly, esoteric thinkers have described numerous unusual ways to embodiment, from phenomena of divine possession, to the making of magical children, to golems and animated statues.

We are also interested in papers on Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics. We are interested in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a cross-fertilization of perspectives.

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is December 15th, 2017.
If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by email to ASEconference@rice.edu

Association for the Study of Esotericism

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DOWN TOWN / DOWN SOUL Early Modern Mysticism & The Political
2018-06-13 to 2018-06-14
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

In the beginning of the seventeenth century, René Descartes coined the human Self as man’s unique source of certainty beyond any possible doubt. This was, according to many, the birth of Modernity and the modern subject. Yet, that same century was not without counter-movements putting this self-assured subject thoroughly into question. One of those movements was the mystical wave that went over France and Western Europe. The so-called ‘spirituality of the inner life’ (‘spiritualité de la vie intérieure’) was as much focussed on the human Self as Descartes was, but not in order to establish its self-assured position, but to analyse the position of that newly acquired modern Self and to lay bare the abyss on which it was built. In this spiritual literature we find a genuine “science of the subject” or “anatomy of the soul”. To the construction of the modern subject, these authors added, so to speak, its ‘deconstruction’. In a paradigmatic way this movement shows how modernity is bound to theories and formations of subjectivity in an era marked by confessionalisation and the emergence of a variety of models for piety and faith in different contexts – France, Spain, England, Germany, the Low Countries.

This construction/deconstruction of the modern subject that took place in the milieus of early modern mysticism was not without a socio-political dimension. It had an impact on both the way the citizen understood himself as subject of the new political order, and the way political power understood itself. The struggle in and with the individual’s inner Self resonates in the political struggle in which the individual citizen establishes his Self within a state which conceived itself as a Self as well. The inner struggle of the early modern mystical Self must be examined in its relation to the struggle in the heart of the political Self.

The Titus Brandsma Institute is a Research Center for Christian Spirituality and Mysticism. In 2018 it celebrates its 50th anniversary. One of the events that year is a two-day international conference, entitled “Down Town / Down Soul: Early Modern Mysticism and the Political”, organized by the Titus Brandsma Insitute, in collaboration with the Oblate School for Theology San Antonio, Texas, US. The conference will take place at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June 2018.

            The theme of the conference is twofold:

  1. The impact of early modern mysticism on the formation of the modern subject: In what sense can the “science of the subject”, present in early modern ‘spiritualité’ authors, be read as ‘deconstructing’ the upcoming modern subject?
  2. The relation of early modern mysticism to the politics of its time; and, more specifically, the influence of the early modern mystical subject on the emerging political subject, and vice versa.

Proposals (max. 300 words) and short CV can be sent to Marc De Kesel (Marc.deKesel@titusbrandsmainstituut.nl) before November 30th, 2017.

 

http://wp.titusbrandsmainstituut.nl/nl/?page_id=5123external link

NSRN Conference 2018
2018-07-05 to 2018-07-06
King’s College, London

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 nsrnconference@gmail.com.

https://nsrn.net/news/nsrn-conference-2018/external link

Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World
2018-07-15 to 2018-07-21
Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, ON, Canada

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:

Program Coordinators:

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)

http://www.iric.org/tabid/99/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/867/Religion-Power-and-Resistance-New-Ideas-for-a-Divided-World.aspxexternal link

Third Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies
2018-07-15 to 2018-07-16
International Society for Heresy Studies, London

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.

Abstracts should be sent to Suzanne Hobson (s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk) or Gregory Erickson (gte1@nyu.edu) by March 1, 2018.

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.

http://heresystudies.org/2017/06/16/cfp-third-conference/external link

2018 IPSA Conference, Brisbane (Australia), Section on Religion and Politics
2018-07-21 to 2018-07-25
Brisbane, Australia

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 networkrelpol@gmail.com or contact the section convenors, Emilce Cuda and Luca Ozzano, at emilcecuda@gmail.com and luca.ozzano@unito.it.

http://rc43.ipsa.org/external link

2018 EAUH Conference, Session M24. Cities, Space and the Sacred: Exploring Urban (Religious) Landscapes in the Modern Era (c.1800-present)
2018-08-29 to 2018-09-01
Rome, Italy

Dear colleagues,

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 (baumeister@dhi-roma.it) and Anthony Steinhoff (steinhoff.anthony@uqam.ca). “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...”
For more details, please visit website:

https://eauh2018.ccmgs.it/users/index.php?pagename=cms&name=sessiontracks&trackname=cities--space-and-the-sacred--exploring-urban--religious--landscapes-in-the-modern-eraexternal link

2018 Parliament of the World's Religions (The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change)
2018-11-11 to 2018-11-07
Toronto, Canada

Dear colleagues,

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.”

: https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018external link

International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) 2019
2019-01-09 to 2019-01-12
Iasi, Romania

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.

http://iota-web.org/external link

Psychology of Religion & Spirituality 2018 Annual Conference
2019-03-09 to 2019-03-10
University of California, Riverside

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

Highlander Union Building

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):

https://hope.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQjp7r0g2ZYmztj

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

http://www.apadivisions.org/division-36/external link