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Empire, Socialism, and Jews, V: The Postwar Years
2017-05-23 to 2017-05-24
Vienna, Austria


This is the concluding international conference in a series that began in 2012 as a collaboration between Duke University and several Austrian partners. The project endeavors to rewrite the Empire back into Austrian history by recalling lost Socialist imperial traditions, the Jewish love story with imperial Austria, and nostalgia for a multicultural Central Europe.

By linking Empire and Republic through Socialism and Jews, the project may make a long-term (longue durée) Austrian narrative possible and open up new avenues for rethinking Austria’s contribution to pre-, anti-, and post-national Europe. Previous conferences addressed pre-WWI Austria and interwar Austria. The present conference tracks the imperial legacy among Socialists and Catholics during the Cold War years, highlights the discovery of the Wiener Moderne in the 1980s through joint American, Austrian, and Central European efforts; and discusses the permutations of Vienna 1900 in Austria over the recent decades. The conference concludes with a reconsideration of Chancellor Bruno Kreisky as the “last emperor,” and with re-envisioning the Empire’s place in Austrian, European, and global history.

CONCEPT: Malachi Hacohen (Durham, NC), Georg Spitaler (Vienna), Ingo Zechner (Vienna) 

Das Programm und die Abstracts stehen ca. 2 Wochen vor der Veranstaltung zum Download bereit.

Ort: IFK - VGA - Wien Museum link

Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) 2017 Annual Meeting
2017-05-27 to 2017-06-02
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada


Please register for the Congress (and the CSSR Conference) here:


Dear CSSR Members,

We are pleased to circulate the Call for Papers for our next conference, to be held at Ryerson University in 2017. Please see the CFP (click here) - we look forward to receiving your submissions!

UPDATE: PayPal site is active again, membership fees must be processed here:

Membership is tied to the calendar year, so you are considered current until December 31.

Thanks as always for making our association so dynamic, see you in Toronto 2017!


Heather Shipley
Canadian Society for the Study of Religion
Société Canadienne pour l'Étude de la Religion
@shipleyhe 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 link

2017 Logos Conference,
2017-06-01 to 2017-06-03
University of St Andrews, UK

The incarnation is the focal event of the Christian faith: that the eternal Son ‘became flesh’ as Jesus of Nazareth. As such it constitutes unequivocal endorsement of God’s involvement in human history. Such divine engagement within space-time is widely recognised as a necessary condition not only of the Bible’s possessing theological significance but also of the existence of the church.

This, however, raises exegetical, conceptual, epistemological and methodological questions. There are exegetical questions relating to the nature and interpretation of the relevant biblical claims, theological and, indeed, conceptual questions about the nature of God and epistemological claims about the conditions under which God’s involvement in history may be recognised. Still further, the topic raises methodological questions about academic biblical scholarship. Should God’s involvement in the relevant historical events be assumed? Does it first require to be demonstrated and, if so, how? Or should it be bracketed out of academic, biblical scholarship? The perceived ambiguities and resulting uncertainties have, at times, led to a strained relationship between biblical scholarship and theology and there are examples in both fields of strategies that diminish the significance for the theological enterprise of God’s presence and activity in history.

Logos 2017 will bring biblical scholars, theologians, and analytic philosophers into constructive, interdisciplinary dialogue over the exegetical, theological and philosophical challenges and implications of affirming God’s participation in human history.

The workshop is open to all who wish to attend, but registration is required.

Note the change in venue. Logos 2017 will be held at St. Andrews, Scotland, and not the University of Notre Dame. link

6th ESSWE Conference: Western Esotericism and Deviance
2017-06-01 to 2017-06-03
Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, Germany

The conference is presented by ESSWE in cooperation with the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany.

One of the master narratives in the study of Western esotericism is that esoteric ideas, authors and currents have, for the most part of Western history, been subject to processes of othering, marginalization, rejection or prohibition by dominant or mainstream cultural and religious discourses. For some scholars, this exclusion has been one of the main criteria for defining the very concept of “Western esotericism.” However, recent approaches that have highlighted the entanglement of esoteric ideas and mainstream culture point to the need of developing a more nuanced picture of the relationship between esoteric and mainstream discourse, in pre-modern as well as contemporary times. The conference theme, “Western Esotericism and Deviance,” thus calls for a closer examination of this master narrative by specifically addressing the social and cultural embeddedness of esoteric ideas, authors and currents in Western history.

Crucial questions to be addressed during the conference may be:

A detailed description of the conference topic can be found here. Keynote sessions will be with Marion Gibson, Olav Hammer, Jay Johnston, Martin Mulsow, Marco Pasi, and Kocku von Stuckrad. Presentations should last no more than 20 minutes. Papers are invited in English. We would like to encourage panel organizers to engage in innovative presentation and discussion formats. Please send your paper or panel proposal to by November 15, 2016. Please have a look at the submission guidelines. Those with accepted proposals will be notified and registration will begin January 15, 2017. To secure the early bird conference registration fee, you must register between January 15 and March 31, 2017. The normal conference registration fee will be applied from April 1 to May 31, 2017.

The conference will take place at the Augustinerkloster in the beautiful old town of Erfurt, Germany. The conference site provides up to 90 beds ranging from 65 € (single room) to 95 € (double room). These rooms, which are pre-booked until 31 March 2017, must be reserved individually: please contact the Augustinerkloster for further details (; 0049-361-576600) and provide the following password to access the pre-booked share: ESSWE6!

There is a fee waiver for a limited number of student helpers; please contact the local organizing committee for further details. There is also a limited amount of conference bursaries: please see the ESSWE website for details. link

The Cognition of Belief
Georgetown University, Washington D.C, USA

From now until February 17, Georgetown University will be accepting submissions for papers to be presented at "The Cognition of Belief" conference, which will take place on June 2, 2017. link

Power of the Bishop III: Bishops as Diplomats 1000- 1400
2017-06-08 to 2017-06-09
Cardiff University, UK

Cardiff University, 8-9 June 2017 - Funded by Medium Aevum This two-day conference will explore the importance of diplomacy in a bishop’s career. How bishops responded to situations was often crucial to building or destroying their reputations, and, sometimes, their very lives depended on their ability to exercise their diplomatic skills. Their relationships with their chapter, religious foundations and local lords were sometimes a minefield of diplomacy too, especially with unpopular elections. This conference aims to explore the common themes regarding the use and development of diplomacy in a bishop’s career; how and when was it deployed, and in what circumstances? What impact did reforms and developing crises have on this aspect of a bishop’s skill-set? What kinds of diplomacy did they practice at grassroots level, in their locality and among their own chapter? Most importantly, how do we see diplomacy expressed? As well as through legal agreements and treaties, we would like to explore the role of diplomacy in other areas, including but not limited to: the architecture of the Cathedrals and Bishop’s Palaces, the various uses of the landscape, the visual elements within manuscripts that bishops patronised, the types of gifts given and exchanged; the choice of special dates and feast days to mark particular events. Abstracts of 200 words in length, in English, should be emailed to with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via link

European Academy of Religion 2017
2017-06-18 to 2017-06-22
Bologna, Italy

More than five hundred scholars representing academies, societies, scientific journals and publishers, research centers, universities came to Bologna to start a research platform open to institutions and specialists working in the different disciplines related to religion: e.g. Anthropology, Archeology, Art, Biblical Studies, Canon Law, Cultural Heritage, Digital Studies, Education, Ethic, Exegesis, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Islam, Judaism, Law, Linguistics, Media, Movie, Musicology, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Politology, Psychology, Sociology, Talmus, and so on. Before the very “first” conference to be held in March 2018, which is supposed to continue in the following years at the same date, a “Zero Conference” will be held in Bologna in June 2017.

From all the participants to the Launching Event of the European Academy of Religion, from the cultural core of this Academy (Europe, Mena Countries, Russia) and from all over the world, the Bologna Foundation for religious studies is waiting for proposals: they can sign with their own brand, or open to public call or both, their panels, seminars, lectures, launching events and disputationes; they will be arranged in order to offer an opportunity or debate and encounter.

Proposals may come via link

The Anglophone Safeguarding Conference 2017
2017-06-19 to 2017-06-22
Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Rome), Italy

The Anglophone Safeguarding Conference is an annual event hosted in Rome aimed at increasing the opportunity for sharing and networking within the English speaking Catholic Church. The aim is to improve safeguarding practices throughout the Church. The Anglophone 2017 is being organised jointly by the Scottish and Maltese Episcopal Conferences and the Centre of Child Protection (CCP) of the Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Rome) and will be held at the same University between 19-22 June, 2017. The theme for this year is Celebrating Hope.

The organisers will be inviting English speaking Episcopal Conferences and Major Religious Superiors to attend. The Conference will be held in English and there will be no translation services.

For more details on the Conference Programme click here.

Application deadline 23 April 2017 (Late applicants will be placed on a waiting list)

For further information please contact one of the following: link

Sensing Divinity: incense, religion and the ancient sensorium
2017-06-23 to 2017-06-24
The University of Nottingham, UK

Sensing Divinity/Les sens du rite

An international, interdisciplinary conference

23-24 June 2017, British School at Rome and the École française de Rome

Organisers: Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham), Béatrice Caseau (Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV), Adeline Grand-Clément (Toulouse Jean-Jaurès/IUF), Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel (Toulouse Jean Jaurès), Alexandre Vincent (University of Poitiers)

This conference will explore the history of a medium that has occupied a pivotal role in Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian religious tradition: incense. According to Margaret E. Kenna in her provocative 2005 article ‘Why does incense smell religious?’, this aromatic substance became a diagnostic feature of Greek orthodoxy during the Byzantine period, but it is clear that incense was also extensively used in the rituals of earlier polytheistic societies to honour the gods. Fragrant smoke drifting up towards the heavens emblematized the communication that was established between the mortal and the immortal realms, which in turn contributed to the sensory landscape of the sanctuary.

Keynote speakers link

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

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


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


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 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. link

Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network
2017-07-11 to 2017-07-13
University of Hull, UK

Ours is a time of crises it seems: the financial crisis, the Greek crisis, the refugee crisis, the ecological crisis. We can add a crisis of trust and a sense of disempowerment, in particular when it comes to the interaction between individuals and institutions. In particular media seem to thrive on these narratives labelling these so-called crises as quasi-apocalyptic events.

In pop culture, too, the fascination with the apocalyptic continues to flourish in documentaries about the end of history, in TV series, and films. “I saw the end of the world” from the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer suggests that the apocalypse is more than a label we ascribe to express a sense of urgency with which we ought to deal with certain social phenomena. It continues to be, it seems, a mysterium tremendum et fascinans, something we want, indeed must see with our own eyes.

At the same time, culture seems to be concerned with authenticity, or lack thereof: authenticity in politics, authentic identities, authentic nationhood, authentic religion, in reality TV, or docudramas. Social media seem to inhabit an ambivalent space when it comes to authenticity. They are often perceived as more spontaneous, immediate, and therefore more authentic than traditional forms of media and communication. Yet, text and image based communication often allows for the careful crafting of the communication flow and communicators can zoom in and out of a conversation in an instant.

This concern with authenticity manifests itself in the celebration of the inauthentic, the artificial, the fake, or the (artificial) construction of authenticity. A number of media and film narratives propagate a sense of nostalgia and the idea that society needs to return to an (idealized) past if it wants to rediscover its authentic self and renew an authentic way of life. The popularity of such narratives seems to suggest that we long for things we experience as lost, and this experience might indeed drive apocalyptic imaginations: a desire for renewal and return to a nostalgic past that can only be achieved through an apocalyptic event and the collapse of established power structures and economic forces of oppression.

Religion is deeply intertwined with ideas of the apocalypse and the question of authenticity in popular culture. At the same time, the biblical and early Christian understanding of the apocalypse has been transformed through popular culture. In religious terms, the apocalyptic event uncovers and reveals the truth. As such, authenticity can be seen as a blessing of the apocalypse. As transformative event, it is something to hope for and look forward to. It seems that this - original - religious meaning of apocalypse grips the popular imagination and current affairs. It is not the catastrophe itself that is most scary, but the individual who acts to realise their authentic freedom in catastrophe, not for catastrophe’s sake, but to bring about change and transformation, e.g., the terrorist, the religious fundamentalist, etc.

Popular media, then, draw on the rich pool of religious language, symbols, and meanings and repurpose them. Through leaving out and adding to the traditional texts, they create a new apocalyptic tradition. Religious believers participate and engage with this transformative process and often create their own popular media narratives of the apocalyptic. link

Religion and Aesthetics
2017-07-26 to 2017-07-27
Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

CFP: Religion and Aesthetics

Machiado Suite, University of Nottingham

26th and 27th July 2017

Aesthetic considerations have frequently played an important role within various religious traditions. For example, certain religious doctrines ascribe beauty to God, to various religious exemplars, and even to the cosmos itself. Similarly, various religious practices and rituals involve the use of music, dance, and architecture (alongside a variety of other artistic elements). Further, the world’s religions have inspired the creation of innumerable great artworks across a range of forms and genres. These fundamental connections between the religious and the aesthetic have, however, been somewhat neglected of late and are therefore ripe for sustained investigation, which this conference aims to promote. The conference will bring together both aestheticians and philosophers with expertise and interest in various religious traditions to consider the many ways that aesthetic and religious values, practices, and experiences might relate to one another.

Our conception of ‘religious’ and ‘aesthetic’ is capacious, and all papers must attend to both. So, potential topics include, but are not limited to:


We invite anonymised abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references). All abstracts will be checked for anonymization prior to review. Speakers will have 75 mins, to be roughly divided between talk and discussion. We particularly welcome submissions from members of underrepresented groups. Accommodation and meals will be provided, and some funding will be available to defray travel costs.

Deadline for submissions: 31st May 2017

Date for notification of decisions: 5th June 2017

Submissions to

Enquiries to


This event is compliant with the BPA-SWIP Good Practice Scheme. We will offer such childcare facilities as our university can provide: let us know as soon as possible if you need it. We will provide full accessibility information in advance of the conference and do all we can to assist attendees with specific requirements.

We are grateful to the British Society of Aesthetics for their generous funding for this event. link

The International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) Conference 2017
Hamar, Norway

World conference for the Psychology of Religion

IAPR holds bi-annual conferences that serve as a meeting point for scholars from all over the world to share the latest research findings in the field. The IAPR Conference 2017 will be held in Hamar, Norway and will take place in 21 – 24 August.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Valerie DeMarinis, Dr Kenneth I. Pargament, Dr. Mohammad Khodayarifard, and Dr. Tatjana Schnell. They are all world leading researchers in psychology, religion and spirituality, culture and existential meaning-making. In addition, the program consists of a number of presentations and seminars.

Increasingly, the IAPR Conferences have become an essential place for meeting and dialogue between researchers and scholars from a vast array of countries. We expect to cover a wide variety of topics connecting psychology and religious behaviour such as religion and mental health, religion and psychological development, religion/spirituality, religious development, cultural perspective, neurosciences. The language of this Conference will be English. link

The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion
2017-08-28 to 2017-08-30
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The call for papers for the 6th bi-annual PACSA meeting in Amsterdam is now open. Individual researchers are invited to submit abstracts of about 250 words, indicating which of the panels listed below they would like to join. A detailed overview of the panels
and a full description of the theme can be found on the conference website.

Conference theme
Conflict and peace-making have fundamentally shaped and remade boundaries and relationships in the world we live in. These transformations include processes of inclusion and exclusion that accompany conflicts and the efforts to resolve, transform or
secure them. Boundaries, borders and relationships are frequently reified, contested or hardened through these processes. In this sense, both conflict and peace are interrelated ordering principles at the heart of which lie questions about inclusion and exclusion,
relation and disconnection. In particular, security and forms of securitisation, as part of major ordering mechanisms, play a key role here. In the name of security, freedom is protected, borders are militarised and interventions justified, often in ahistorical, depoliticised ways. Questions about inclusion/exclusion are central to our understanding about how dynamics of peace, conflict and security interrelate.

We encourage paper submissions to relate to these conceptual underpinnings, while also indicating clearly which of the panels the paper should be considered for. In order to submit a paper, please send your abstract to
The deadline for paper submissions is Sunday 2 April, 2017.

The summit is organised in cooperation with the Anthropology of Security Network SECURCIT at the University of Amsterdam and the Dept. of Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam.

1. Shaping Inclusive Political Settlements: Critical Approaches to International Peacebuilding
2. Ethnographic Explorations of Heterogeneity, Representation and Legitimacy in the Colombian
Peace Process
3. Refugees Welcome? The politics of hospitality and care in Turkey and Europe
4. The making of war veterans: Analyzing the construction of a (post)war category
5. Security Provision and Citizenship: Privatization, Pluralization and Differentiation
6. Extra-Judicial Killings in a post-Human Rights era
7. Vigilantism and security in development
8. Public Events of Securitization; Public Events and Securitization
9. Security Assemblages in Urban Environments
10. Opposing Violence
11. Old wounds, new violence: How memory and anticipation affect boundary-making and
exclusion in emerging crisis
12. Securitizing Infrastructure(s)
13. Urban policing and practices of b/ordering
14. Landscapes of Sovereignty: Everyday Life at the Margins of the State
15. Violent exchange and urban citizenship: transcending political and economic anthropology
in conflict studies
16. Securitisation and the techno-politics of transition
17. South-South-Cooperation in Contemporary Peacekeeping
18. The radical – hero or frightening other?
19. Border practices of inclusion and exclusion
20. The Politics of Critical Security Research
21. Sacralizing Security: Postsecular Pathways of Religion, Violence and Protection

For full panel listings please visit the conference website link

Numa, Numa: The Life and Afterlife of the Second King of Rome
2017-10-13 to 2017-10-14
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Organizers: Celia E. Schultz (University of Michigan) and Mark R. Silk (Trinity College)

This conference aims to help correct modern scholarship’s oversight of the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius – the foundational figure of Roman religion who also enjoyed a remarkably long, varied, and rich nachleben in Western thought, literature, and art. From the first century BCE into the nineteenth century, Numa personified the good monarch and emblemized how religion should (or, in the case of early Latin Christian intellectuals, should not) function in society. His paramour, the divine nymph Egeria, became the ideal for a male leader’s female helpmeet and advisor.  Numa appears in genres as disparate as Italian Renaissance and early modern French works on political theory; at least two seventeenth-century operas; paintings by Poussin and Lorain; poems by Milton, Byron, and Tennyson; letters of John Adams; a late eighteenth-century novel by the French writer J.P.C. de Florian, and the important nineteenth-century Icelandic poem, Numa Rimur. We hope to attract papers representing the fields of Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Religion, Art History, and Music.

The conference will held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on 13-14 October, 2017.

Among the subjects the conference will address are:

  1. The light Numa’s biography sheds on early Italic religion.
  2. Numa as a model of the good Roman emperor.
  3. Numa the bête noir of the Latin church fathers.
  4. How medieval and Renaissance humanists rehabilitated Numa as the father of civil religion.
  5. The use of Numa to criticize Christianity in the republican tradition.
  6. Numa as an exemplar for the papacy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and for Enlightenment monarchy.
  7. The liaison of Numa and Egeria in art, poetry, and fiction.

We invite abstracts (500 words) for papers that will last 25 minutes.  Abstracts should to be sent as email attachments to the conference account ( by 15 February, 2017.  Notifications will be sent out no later than 15 March, 2017.

Confirmed speakers are Christopher Smith (British School at Rome), John J. Martin (History, Duke University), F. Jackson Bryce (Classics, Carleton College), Arelene Saxonhouse (Political Science, University of Michigan), Sara Ahbel-Rappe (Classical Studies, University of Michigan), Parrish Wright (Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan), Celia Schultz (Classical Studies, University of Michigan), Mark Silk (Religion, Trinity College), Jean-Marc Kehres (Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College) link

Understanding and Misunderstanding between the Far East and the West
2017-10-13 to 2017-10-14
University of Glasgow, UK

Understanding and Misunderstanding between the Far East and the West
Conference on East Asian studies in Remembrance of 210th Anniversary of Dr. Rev. Robert Morrison’s Arrival at China

13–14th October 2017, University of Glasgow
Deadline: 1st May 2017

Robert Morrison, the first Protestant missionary to China and the Far East, had contribution not only to the evangelisation, but also the study of East Asian studies and even the modernisation of Far East. When Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox missionaries had freer entrance to China (from 1842 to 1949), Japan and Korea, transcultural communication was strengthened, which resulted in not only understanding but also misunderstanding. How do such understanding and misunderstanding affect the West and the Far East in 19th and 20th century? This inter-disciplinary conference aims to explore the question in different aspects so to acknowledge and recognise the academic contributions by the Christian missionaries in the Far East in the 210th anniversary of Dr. Rev. Robert Morrison’s arrival at China. link

Religion, Normativity, Method
2017-10-13 to 2017-10-14
Virginia Graduate Colloquium, University of Virginia, USA

Religions make normative claims and scholars have normative commitments. However, religious studies often conceives of itself as an empirical discipline, aligning itself with other disciplines that are ostensibly descriptive, like history, sociology, and anthropology. This tension has led to polarization within religious studies.

The 2017 Virginia Graduate Colloquium aims to point beyond the “descriptive/normative” binary by highlighting new and overlooked methodologies—methodologies that, for example, do not view descriptive and normative approaches as antagonistic, or that are frank about their normative and constructive intentions while remaining alert to the hazards of purportedly objective or universal claims.

We solicit work that exemplifies such methodologies, or that analyzes the “descriptive/normative” binary in illuminating ways. Graduate students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds are welcome, as are their different approaches to the study of religion.

The prominent social theorist Hans Joas will deliver our keynote address on presuppositions in the study of religion. Joas holds appointments at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and his publications include The Creativity of Action, The Genesis of Values, and The Sacredness of the Person.

 In the role of faculty convener, professors the Department of Religious Studies at UVa will offer extended responses, offering both commentary on papers and reflections on the treatment of normativity in their own work.

We welcome papers addressing the themes above and especially encourage papers from, or in critical dialogue with, the following orientations:

Aesthetics & normativity—

Normativity from below

Fragility & normativity—


Please submit proposals of 250-500 words by July 1st in the form of a Word attachment (.docx) to VirginiaGraduateColloquium [at] gmail [dot] com. Include your name, institution, and degree-program in the body of the message.

Applicants will be notified by August 1st and final papers will be due by September 15th. Presentations should run for fifteen minutes. Each panel will be followed by a 15-minute faculty response. As in past years, participants will be hosted by current Virginia students and offered meals and transportation. Limited funds are available to off-set expenses for those presenters without departmental support.

Contact Email: link

Women in Early Modern Philosophy
2017-10-19 to 2017-10-20
Department of Philosophy, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

Lehigh University 5th Annual Philosophy Conference

Bethlehem PA 18015 USA

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Friday, October 20, 2017

The Lehigh University Philosophy Department welcomes abstracts concerning any aspect of the philosophical work of -- or about -- women during the Early Modern Period. We are looking forward to proposals related to any field of philosophy -- from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, aesthetics, political theory, and philosophy of religion. We are interested both in proposals that are primarily historical and in those that emphasize the contemporary relevance of texts from this period. Keynote Speakers: Karen Detlefsen University of Pennsylvania Marcy Lascano California State University, Long Beach Submission Deadline July 17, 2017 Electronic submissions of abstracts (350 words) should be in Word or pdf format. Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes; there will be 10 minutes for discussion.   Please submit abstracts to or Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information. link

Sermon: Text and Performance
2017-10-19 to 2017-10-22
Marshall University, USA

"If church language is useful
in describing how theater works,
perhaps theatrical language could be useful
in describing how church works."

This statement, from the introduction to Shannon Craigo-Snell's The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope (Oxford, 2014) could be something of a "motto" for the 2017 Conference on Sermon Studies. This year's theme is "Sermon: Text and Performance"; we welcome proposals examining sermons of all faiths from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Click the link on the left to see the full Call for Papers, and we look forward to seeing you in Huntington in October! link

Ways of Knowing 2017
2017-10-26 to 2017-10-28
University of St Andrews, UK

Special Announcement

Ways of Knowing 2017

Ways of Knowing 2017, the 6th annual graduate conference on religion at Harvard Divinity School, will be held October 26-28, 2017 in on the HDS campus in Cambridge, MA.

A general call for papers will be posted in spring, 2017.


The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School will hold the 5th annual "Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion" October 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. 

Inaugurated in 2012, Ways of Knowing (WOK) is a multi-day event made up of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. In addition, the conference features special panels on professionalization, addressing both academic and non-academic careers, and a keynote address. The conference aims at promoting lively interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and doing religion.

Last year, 128 students and early career scholars representing over 60 graduate programs worldwide gathered to present their research. Following the success of our previous conferences, we invite graduate students and early career scholars to submit paper proposals from of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives.

This year is a particularly momentous year as the conference will celebrate its fifth anniversary alongside the bicentennial of Harvard Divinity School.

Any inquiries can be directed to Khytie Brown or H. McLetchie-Leader, Conference Coordinators, at

October 27-29, 2016

Harvard Divinity School
Andover Hall
45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA link

Call for Papers - Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism 4th Global Conference
2017-10-26 to 2017-10-27
IU China Gateway, Beijing

Please click here to view a Chinese version.

The latest research indicates that more than 400 million people embark annually on traditional pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and elsewhere, with the numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. These include the small-scale ‘walkabout’ of Outback Australian Aborigines in search of their own and their country’s spiritual renewal, the Sufi journey to the Mausoleum of Sidi Shaykh in the Algerian West Sahara, or to Lourdes in France, which welcomes over five million Catholic pilgrims each year in search of healing or deliverance.

For some, pilgrimage is prescribed, as with the Hajj, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In other settings, pilgrimage is more akin to religious or heritage tourism, as in China, where millions of people visit imperial mountains like Tai Shan or cultural sites such as Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain). Adoration by influential poets, painters, and philosophers over thousands of years has turned this latter site into a modern-day place of pilgrimage of international repute. One question that might be addressed at this conference is whether the overdevelopment of such significant places poses a threat to their sustainability. 

Anthropologist Victor Turner once wrote that every tourist is part pilgrim, and every pilgrim is part tourist. Tourists and pilgrims are often described as being at either end of a continuum, with the former representing the leisure/pleasure seeker and the latter seeking communion with a deity. While Confucius described tourism as a fruitful practice that was good for the promotion of one’s virtues, the objective of pilgrims is often spiritual in nature. Some pilgrims will seek a vision of the deity, perform penance, obtain blessings, ask for children or cures, or pray for a long life or avert calamities, etc. 

Today, apart from such religious motives, people will visit sacred sites out of curiosity or simply for peace of mind in their fast-paced existence. Some hope to validate their knowledge of ancient practices, while still others know something is missing in their lives, something not found in the materialism that the world offers as a cure-all. The religious tourism industry refers to the development of religious or spiritual sites as tourist destinations, attracting pilgrims for the purposes of worship, and also non-religious people, for sightseeing, heritage, and cultural practices. In this conference, speakers may address any aspect of this growing phenomenon.

This conference is the fourth in the series on sacred journeys, with the first two held at Oxford University’s Mansfield College and the third in Prague. As in previous gatherings, we will explore the practice of pilgrimage and religious tourism in global perspective from every conceivable angle, including the similarities and differences in the practice in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, and other traditions, and secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, etc. are potential topics, as is the concept of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery. The experiential, practical, historical, and psychological aspects of the sacred journey are central to our exploration, and we encourage all those seeking to participate to consider their work in this larger frame. From the perspective of religious tourism, we seek papers discussing both theory and practice, motivations, media and technology, culture and heritage, the management of sacred sites, cultures as tourist products, tourism and commodification of culture, etc.

What to Send, What to Keep in Mind, and Who to Send to

Proposals in English should address the aforementioned themes, as well as related ones. Proposals with a maximum of 300 words in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format should be submitted by email no later than June 1, 2017. They should include:

  1. Author(s)
  2. Affiliation
  3. Email address
  4. Title of Proposal
  5. Body of Proposal
  6. Keywords (up to 10)

Times New Roman 12 should be used for the entire proposal, without any footnotes, special formatting, characters, or emphasis. The subject line of the email should read: Sacred Journeys 4 Proposal Submission. Proposals (and correspondence) should be sent to Dr. Ian S McIntosh of Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis ( and Prof Chadwick Co Sy Su of the University of the Philippines Manila ( We acknowledge receipt and respond to all proposals submitted, which are then reviewed by at least two members of the conference committee. Upon approval of the proposal, a draft paper (maximum of 5000 words) is requested by September 15, 2017. Final papers will be considered for a special issue of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage.

Registration fees are as follows: USD100 for international participants, USD50 for Chinese participants, USD50 for international students, and USD25 for Chinese students.

Conference sponsors: Indiana University; IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management; IUPUI Department of Religious Studies; University of the Philippines Manila Department of Arts and Communication.

Venue: Indiana University (IU) China Gateway – Beijing, China
Office B601D, 6th Floor, Block B CERNET Tower, Tsinghua Science Park, Building 8
No. 1 Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100084   P.R. China link

The 4th Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology
2017-11-03 to 2017-11-10
University of Constanta, Romania

The goal of the Virtual Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology is twofold. First, it aims to collect high-quality, authoritative, well-documented information on topics placed at the intersection of science and religion. Secondly, it makes an effort to provide a way for leading scholars to share and exchange their views, as well as to comment on the opinions of their peers regarding particular aspects of science and religion. This might include ways to challenge the boundaries within and between religion and science, and or between and within the academy, as well as the boundaries of the sacred and secular, of reason and faith. Ultimately, we want to ask how queer religion, science, and philosophy, can and/or should be.

Early-bird Deadline for paper submission July 1 - August 30

Read more about deadlines

    We invite all researchers, teachers, and students to join this global forum, where research knowledge and ideas can be efficiently presented and shared. The conference provides a smart platform to share your research ideas. Any paper that brings forward a new approach, a research report or a case study, a decent-provocative supposition or a challenging hypothesis is more than welcome into DIALOGO Conference. You will have the pleasure to discuss your findings and ideas with fellow scholars from abroad and the opportunity to publish it into an international, indexed publication!

   The conference is organized by the Research Center on the Dialogue between Science and Theology of „Ovidius” University of Constanta, Romania, in partnership with several academic institutions and research centers from Romania and abroad.  The conference is addressed to scholars from all over the world interested in communicating on topics of interest at the crossroads of science and religion. The participation of young scientists, graduates and students is greatly encouraged, one of the goals of the workshop being to offer the new generation an opportunity to present original new results and a chance to learn from the experience of distinguished researchers.

  DIALOGO Virtual Conference will run continuously from November 3 to 10, 2017 at

www.dialogo-conf.comexternal link

Religion and Cultural Shifts: from Axial Age to (Post)Secular Age
2017-11-13 to 2017-11-15
Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Kraków, Poland


Keynote speakers:

Gordon M. Burghardt (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Ralph W. Hood (The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)

Guy G. Stroumsa (Martin Buber Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem)

Guido Vanheeswijck (University of Antwerp, University of Leuven)

Understanding different forms of religious life requires taking into consideration wider civilizational background against which religious beliefs and practices make sense. Religion as a vital element of culture not only has inspired great historical shifts but also has been shaped by them in crucial ways. The perfect illustration of this interdependence between religion and other important aspects of culture – political, moral, intellectual – is The Protestant Reformation. During our conference we would like to focus on two major epochal changes – the Axial Age and the Secular Age – and reflect upon both religious sources that underlie them as well as the impact they had on religion itself.

We would like to invite scholars from different areas of study to present their papers in one of the two panels: “The Axial Age” from Jaspers to Bellah and beyond – epochal turns in the history of religions, and “Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age – Ten Years After”.

I) “The Axial Age(s)” from Jaspers to Bellah and Beyond – Deep Cultural Turns in the

History of Religions

The notion of the Axial Age, introduced to the philosophy of history by Karl Jaspers, subsequently was transferred to the historical sociology by S. N. Eisenstadt, who exchanged the singular “axiality” for the plural “multiple axialities”, i.e. different models of civilizational dynamics for different civilizations. This was followed by a revitalization of the axial age notion in comparative studies of civilizations, cultures and religions. Finally, in 2011, Robert Bellah employed the achievements of evolutionary biology, ethology, cognitive science and evolutionary psychology to describe an evolution in methods of transcending sociobiological determinants through the creation of alternative realities from the Paleolithic to the Axial Age. Offering his account of “deep origins” of religion Bellah also drew upon the notion of animal and human “play” (Huizinga, Burghardt).

Our aim is to pose questions about the “axial age”, or rather “axial ages” while linking them with the results of research on changes in the religious and cultural systems that conditioned the emergence of civilizations. Is ‘axiality’ a coherent notion applicable to comparative research practices? Could the notion of axiality serve as a tool facilitating the periodisation of the history of religion within the context of the history of civilisations?

The panel on Axial Age will invite paper presentations dealing with (but not limited to)

the following themes:

II) Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age – Ten Years After”.

In 2017 it will have been 10 years since Charles Taylor’s remarkable book entitled A Secular Age was published. The book gave rise to a great multidisciplinary debate gathering leading scholars from various fields of study (religious studies, philosophers, sociologists, theologians, historians) and thus became the essential point of reference for anyone interested in the topic of religion and modernity. Considering the paramount importance of this book for a contemporary studies in religion (i.e. the status of religious convictions in a pluralist society, the nature of religious experience, cross-pressures between belief and unbelief) we would like to dedicate this panel to a discussion of the main themes of Taylor’s opus magnum. In particular we would like to focus on topics such as:

Scholars of all disciplines are invited to contribute papers that engage with – but are not limited to – the above topics. Papers in English should not exceed 20-25 minutes. Proposals including paper title, abstract (up to 200 words), name, and affiliation of the candidate should be submitted (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format) by 1st May, 2017.

Notification of acceptance: 25th May, 2017.

Please send all abstracts to:

Conference fee: 350 PLN or 80 EUR. link

SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion
2017-11-16 to 2017-11-18
Madrid, Spain

he Institute of Historiography “Julio Caro Baroja”, at the University of Carlos III of Madrid is organizing an international conference titled, “SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion.” Researchers of ancient history, religious history, archeology, anthropology, classical literature, and other related disciplines, are invited to present their research relating to the poly-sensorial practice of religion in the Roman world.

Paper presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length and can be delivered in Spanish, English, German, French, or Italian. We encourage the use of English to make easier the communication. All the papers will be published in English. The contributions must be original works not previously published. Interested speakers should send an abstract of their proposal (200-300 words), a short curriculum vitae, and contact information before April 30, 2017, to the following address:

Please, find attached the call for papers (here: 2017-sensorium-intro-english-cfp), which explains in detail the topic of the conference and lists the keynote speakers. link

Movement as Immobility - A Conference on Film and Christianity
2017-11-24 to 2017-11-25
The University of Lisbon, Portugal

In Simone Weil’s “First and Last Notebooks” we find a note that describes the sea as “a movement within immobility,” the “Image of primal matter”, which leads this Christian philosopher to see music also as a movement that “takes possession of all our soul—and this movement is nothing but immobility”. Perhaps this is an even more fitting description of film, with its images in motion. Its movements can reconnect us with the movements of the world, those motions in which a mysterious sense of order, what Weil calls immobility, arises.

This conference aims at examining the connections between film and Christianity focusing on such aesthetic aspects that, while not rejecting film representations of religious subjects, gives primacy to film style and film experience.

The event is organized by the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon (as part of the research project “Cinema and the World: Studies on Space and Cinema”), to be held at the University of Lisbon, School of Arts and Humanities, on November 24 and 25, 2017.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

- stillness and movement;
- prayer and filmmaking;
- post-secular cinema;
- film and a phenomenology of Christian life;
- film as a personal expression of Christian faith;
- film and Christian spiritual experiences;
- boundaries and commonalities between Christian traditions;
- film and Christian theology;
- Christian cinematic landscapes.

The Conference’s working languages are Portuguese and English.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers should include the title of the presentation, a 250 word abstract, and a brief autobiographical statement (circa 200 words). Proposals should be submitted to by June 30, 2017. Participants will receive a response by the end of July.

Filipa Rosário (University of Lisbon)
Rita Benis (University of Lisbon)
Sérgio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra)

Catherine Wheatley (King’s College London)
José Tolentino Mendonça (Catholic University of Portugal - Lisbon)

Contact Email: link

Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics (ECOTHEE-17)
Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), Chania, Greece


We, as humans, are beginning to re-envision ourselves as part of this glorious creation, a member of an Earth community, at the same moment as Earth is entering a severe ecological crisis. This growing crisis leads more and more people to cry out in agony (cf. Psalm 103/104:29).

This conference seeks to engage theology on key ecological concerns from a variety of religious traditions and perspectives. We are interested in multi-disciplinary exchanges and insights, with a focus on religious-based and scientific approaches to ecological problems and challenges. The emphasis is on theological and ethical implications of contributing to a sustainable ecological future. The conference will be a blend of learning and discussion, while attending to the magnificent Earth and cultural context of this region of Crete.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for consideration on the following topics: Please specify your area.

Presentations can be up to 20 minutes in length, followed by discussion. Please consider participatory and creative styles, panel proposals, workshop, round table or poster sessions. Focus on causal roots and practical solutions for each issue are especially encouraged.

By JUNE 30th 2017 (new deadline), please send a proposal of no more than one page or 250 words to Dr. Louk Andrianos, Chair of ECOTHEE-2017
World Council of Churches

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
or to
Dr. Jan Willem Sneep, Co-Chair ECOTHEE-2017
Planta Europa Foundation, The Netherlands

Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information. 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 by Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at link