Spirit and Sentiment: Affective Trajectories of Religious Being in Urban Africa
2015-05-28 to 2015-05-30
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
We are particularly interested in contributions from anthropology, sociology, political science, urban studies, history, geography, and religious studies that are based on thorough empirical research and that highlight not only how religious idioms, practices and structures channel and articulate emotional and affective states, but also how they foment emotions and affect in their own way (e.g., in ritual and prayer, religious group formation and mass mobilization, and religious engagements with political and moral issues in contemporary society).
Religions and Secularities in the Caucasus: New Configurations
2015-06-01 to 2015-06-02
This international conference will be dedicated to the reconfiguration of the religious and the secular in both North and South Caucasus within a quarter of century since the collapse of Soviet Union. These years have witnessed, on the one hand, new forms of religiosity and religious instrumentalization in politics, and, on the other hand, the reshaping of the discourses and practices of secularity. As in other parts of the world, in the Caucasus, the “religious” and the “secular” came to be perceived as the two opposed ideological paradigms, while in practice the boundaries between them have been unfixed and movable, both in the public and the private spaces.
Fifth annual Conference on Information and Religion, New Technologies and Religious Communities
2015-06-04 to 2015-06-05
Kent State University, Ohio, United States
5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Emotional geographies of faith, spirituality and religion
2015-06-10 to 2015-06-12
This conference follows on from four previous successful conferences and will bring together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society.
7th International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Conferenc, Religion Spirituality Culture and Tourism
2015-06-10 to 2015-06-13
Christian Monasticism from East to West Monastic Traditions and Modernity in Europe International Conference
2015-06-17 to 2015-06-19
University of Graz (Austria)
This conference will provide the opportunity to sum up the situation of Christian monasticism in the delimitated but diversified geographic areas of Europe and to raise current issues according to each social context. Through debates started at this conference, the opportunity will be also given to initiate comparative reflections about these different monastic traditions.
The 2015 CESNUR Conference
2015-06-18 to 2015-06-20
University of Tallinn (Estonia)
As the 2014 CESNUR conference in Waco, Texas focused on globalization and how religious movements adapt to external and societal changes, in 2015 we plan to discuss internal changes in the movements and religious innovation. With this theme in mind, we will welcome especially papers on recently born new religious movements, new forms of religious innovation, and on religious movements in Eastern and Central Europe, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region.
1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
The 33rd ISSR Conference
2015-07-02 to 2015-07-05
Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference
2015-07-23 to 2015-07-26
Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
Grounding the Sacred is the third in a series of conferences presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that brings Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the general public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred. Grounding the Sacred will feature a mix of keynote addresses, conference papers, performances, readings and exhibitions revolving around the question: how can literature and the arts make the sacred tangible?
XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions
2015-08-23 to 2015-08-29
Erfurt University, Erfurt, Germany
The Quinquennial World Congresses of the IAHR aim to further the international academic study of religions. To ensure a high quality of the Congress program, the Academic Program Committee will evaluate all submissions as to their contribution to the academic value of the study of religions. The Academic Program Committee is constituted by distinguished scholars outstanding in their various fields, aiming, as near as possible, at regional and gender balance.
Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, Materiality, Technology
2015-09-11 to 2015-09-12
Duke University, North Carolina, United States
In 2005, the journal Material Religion began publication. Currently in its tenth year of production, the journal has become an international clearinghouse for research on the material cultures of religions throughout time and around the world as welll as a forum for critical discussion and reviews of exhibitions and books related to the study of objects, materiality, images, and the host of practices that give religions their material presence.
International Conference of the Belgian Association for the Study of Religions - In Search of the Origins of Religions
2015-09-11 to 2015-09-13
This conference (in Ghent) will analyze factors that contributed to the origins of religion as such, the origins of a specific religion and of a specific tradition within a religion. It also includes the beginnings of the scientific study of religion. The geographical scope is global and papers can be submitted on any historical period. The aim of the conference is both to give the floor to international specialists and to Belgian researchers.
. Societies Beyond Borders? New Perspectives in Transnational Studies
2015-09-17 to 2015-09-18
University of Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
The purpose of this gathering will be to pursue discussions about the directions new research is taking or could take, in terms of theory, methodology or choice of objects. The following areas will be privileged, although proposals falling outside these fields will also be considered if they promise to open new pathways in transnational studies more generally.
- social history, including colonial/imperial history, transnational social movements in colonial and post-colonial contexts;
- migrations studies, includinghistory, geopolitics and political economy,sociology/ethnography, as well as the cultural dimension and the politics of migrant transnationalism;
- sociology of international/transnational relations involving various categories of state and non-state actors, such as non-profit organizations, multinational firms, financial actors etc.; dynamics and stakes of regional and cross-regional models of economic integration;
- sociology of transnational mobilizations and social movements of all sorts, including labor movements, women’s movements, ecology and global justice movements;
- media and communications studies, including history/sociology/political economy of communications and the media; media theory in its transnational dimension;
- epistemic communities and the transnational circulation of ideas;
- public policy studies in their international/transnational and comparative dimension; the circulation of ideas, theories, and models of public policy. Models of citizenship: multiculturalisms, republicanisms, anti-racism and anti-discrimination policies.
Texts, Sounds, and Images from the Divine Sphere – Contemporary Religious Concepts of Knowledge in Competition
2015-09-29 to 2015-09-30
St. Paul's University, Estate, Nairobi City, Kenya
ʿIlm or religious knowledge is a central concept in Islam and therefore of fundamental importance for understanding contemporary developments and dynamics of religious transformations. However, not only Muslims emphasize the importance of knowledge. Other religions like Christianity or African religions highlight knowledge as necessity for future prosperity just like secular governmental and non-governmental institutions. This workshop seeks to reflect about religious concepts of knowledge as competing for defining what necessary knowledge consists of and how such kind of knowledge is presented, achieved and transmitted. A special focus lays on the way of how according to such concepts the divine sphere interacts with the profane by declaring truth for the everyday life of believers. Therefore, we ask about the interplay of text, sound and images in the display of religious knowledge and its competitive struggle for defining felicitous knowledge. The social production, the usage of the appropriate media for its transmission and the addressed audience are central elements of knowledge concepts.
Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices
2015-10-01 to 2015-10-03
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, United States
This conference explores how religious and secular concerns overlap and inform modes of belief and forms of pious (and impious) expression. Rather than approach the sacred and the secular in dualistic terms, we seek ways to understand how the categories intersect and criss-cross. Rather than simply map religion onto literature or vice versa, we invite papers that conceptualize and describe the interrelation between the two. We welcome diverse ways of framing and pursuing the conference theme and hence encourage contributions from scholars not only in literary and religious studies, but also from visual studies, history, philosophy, psychology, archeology, and elsewhere, both within and across religious traditions and in the public sphere.
Heritage Religion & Travel: Theoretical and Empirical Journeys
2015-10-01 to 2015-10-04
Çağ University, Tarsus, Turkey
This unique conference seeks to build on four decades of research on the relationship between Heritage, Religion and Travel and to advance new theoretical and empirical perspectives concerning this relationship. It also offers an interdisciplinary space for debate. Hence, and not coincidentally, the conference will be hosted in the ancient city of Tarsus in Turkey ̶ a country that could be defined as at the crossroads of history, i.e. between east and west. It is a land deeply influenced by religious traditions of extraordinary variety and richness. It also has been the setting for the rise and fall of many cultures and entire civilizations. Drawing on the work of leading academics, we hope to evoke the depth and breadth of the importance of heritage and its connection to religion and new and old forms of travel and tourism.
Conference on Islam in Russia
2015-10-15 to 2015-10-16
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
This conference will focus on what it means to be a Muslim in Russia today and how these meanings are reflected in Russian political life. Conference participants will examine the variety of Muslim identities in modern Russia and also consider the evolving role of Muslims in Russian history.
2015 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting
2015-10-23 to 2015-10-25
Newport Beach, California, United States
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion stimulates, promotes, and communicates social scientific research about religious institutions and experiences. Founded in 1949, SSSR fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among scholars from sociology, religious studies, psychology, political science, economics, international studies, gender studies, and many other fields. Its flagship publication, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, is the most cited resource in the field.
2015 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting
2015-11-21 to 2015-11-24
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
The 2015 Annual Meetings in Atlanta, November 21–24, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. Academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours … more than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings. The Annual Meetings Employment Center provides job seekers and employers a convenient, private setting for interviews. The Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall, with some 200 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. The Annual Meetings offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register this spring to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join some 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings!
Religious Phenomena within the textbooks at the end of the school cycle - Mediterranean area and comparisons outside
2015-12-02 to 2015-12-04
Université du Maine, Le Mans, France
The first Conference of the Institute for Religious Pluralism and Atheism (IPRA), with the cooperation of the European Institute of Religious Sciences (IESR), will make an inventory of how the history of religious phenomena is taught and will examine the complex processes of elaboration and reception of those discourses. Because of the amplitude of the corpus, only printed textbooks for students before the three years before their A-Level (or high-school diploma) will be taken into account.
Regulating Religion: Normativity and Change at the Intersection of Law and Religion
2015-12-14 to 2015-12-15
National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), Singapore, Singapore
This workshop will engage emerging scholarship on the influence of religion on legal systems, both historically and currently, and vice versa. Regulation is our key focus. In simplest terms, we will consider how law regulates religion, and how religion responds to such regulations. The more complex question we ask is how the normativity becomes diversified and drives the regulatory dialectics between law and religion after the institutional development of the latter two.