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7–10 March 2019 Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: March 7-10, 2019, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the distant into the visceral experience. This seminar of three panels takes that process into the examination of troubling topics, often overlooked, yet found in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an. Building from foundational texts, other sacred works such as Talmud, Apocrypha, Patristics, and Hadith as well as philosophy, textual satire, and the arts may be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to the diversity and freshness of the dialogue. One or more texts may serve as focus. Although the goal is to present a spectrum of insights, the strategy is text-based and ruminations spring from textual pericope. Suggested troubling topics include but are not limited to the following: Gender & Sexuality, Body & Appearance, Women & Feminism, Death & Mourning, Life & Humor, Crime & Disobedience, and Intersectionality. This seminar continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Contact Roberta Sabbath with questions, musings, and your proposal ideas at [email protected].


July 2018 seminar cfp posted on the ACLA website (ACLA.ORG)

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, each panelist submits a paper proposal through the ACLA (ACLA.ORG) website dedicated to the Sacred Troubling Topics in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an Seminar.

END OF SEPTEMBER 2018 seminar chair submits panels populated by panelists to ACLA.

EARLY NOVEMBER ACLA notifies seminar chair and panelists regarding acceptance.

Contact Info:

Roberta Sabbath, Ph.D.

Contact Email:

[email protected]


9–10 March 2019 Psychology of Religion & Spirituality 2018 Annual Conference

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):

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

15–18 March 2019 World Christianity Conference

Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference organized by The World Christianity & History of Religions Program (Department of History & Ecumenics)

Recent decades mark a watershed in World Christianity as an emerging academic field, its development into an interdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Reflection on the complexity of Christianity as a pluricultural, global phenomenon has been robust. As was highlighted by our 2018 conference, World Christianity as a field has been shaped in large part by its distinctive historiography and diverse methodologies. In 2019, our primary focus will be ethnographic. Accordingly, a wide range of questions about the nature and relevance of ethnography to the study of World Christianity will be explored, along with the difference ethnography makes (or could make) in providing granular accounts of local Christianities around the world. Likewise, in view of the fact that ethnographic research is being increasingly incorporated into studies of World Christianity at a time when concepts of 'culture' are rigorously contested and the loci of research extraordinarily diverse, what are the major challenges scholars face? The conference seeks to explore and reflect on past practices and new directions, drawing on case studies representative of the currents and eddies of Christianity in the majority world and beyond. In short, the conference seeks to inquire into the state of the field and provide a common interdisciplinary space for intellectual encounter and exchange.

Afe Adogame, Professor of Religion and Society
Raimundo Barreto, Assistant Professor of World Christianity
Richard F. Young, Associate Professor of the History of Religions


  • Paper or panel proposals should be submitted via email to: [email protected]
  • Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2018. Include: name, institutional affiliation and status, email address, contact phone, paper/panel title, and abstract (not to exceed 250 words).
  • Notification of successful proposals will be made by October 20, 2018.

30–31 March 2019 Patriarchy and Political Theology

Villanova University

We invite applications for a two-day workshop on patriarchy and political theology. What can scholars of political theology learn from gender studies? Why has political theology been so resistant to addressing questions of sex, gender, and sexuality in any serious way? Are there any intersections between queer feminist criticism and political theology, and what would it look like if the two methods were brought together? This workshop will gather a selected group of scholars for two days of focused engagement around the above themes, with the hope that new methods for thinking about and beyond patriarchy and political theology will emerge.

Untenured scholars, alt-academics, and graduate students who have advanced to candidacy are welcome to apply. We are looking for participants coming from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, political philosophy, women’s and gender studies, LGBT studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, history, literature, and theology. The workshop will be held on the campus of Villanova University, March 30-31, 2019. Travel and accommodation costs for selected participants will be covered; support for childcare will be available.

We are particularly interested in applications that move outside the usual boundaries of political theology. To apply, please send a one-page description (up to 300 words) of a question that a workshop of this kind should or could investigate, a list of 3-5 key texts that inform your thinking around these issues, and a CV of no more than two pages. Applications are due by October 30; selections will be made by late November.

Please send application materials or questions to Linn Tonstad ([email protected]) and Vincent Lloyd ([email protected]).

Sponsored by the Villanova Political Theology Project and the Political Theology Network.

23–28 June 2019 The 16th International Sakyadhita Conference

Fairmont Resort, Australia

The 16th International Sakyadhita Conference will take place on 23-28 June 2019 in the Blue Mountains of Australia, near Sydney.
The theme, New Horizons in Buddhism, explores changes within Buddhist circles worldwide, in response to current global concerns. What has Buddhism to offer in the face of our shared challenges? And in particular, what are the particular qualities which the female voice can bring in facing these concerns?
Our host country Australia, can well illustrate these challenges as a home to many diverse cultures, including many Buddhist traditions.
Please join us for this inspiring conference, which will include talks, workshops, meditations and discussions led by women from across the world, engaged in Buddhist practice, learning and service. There will also be Post Conference Temple Tour and Sydney city to visit the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. People of all genders, lay and ordained of all ages, nationalities and perspectives are welcome.


Close off date for proposals is now Friday 21st September 2018.
"New Horizons: Buddhist Women Rising to Challenges
Please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, and phone number), and a short bio of the author in about 5 lines. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in October. The workshop presenters and poster presenters should submit their plan, and will receive further details upon having their initial proposals accepted.
Upon acceptance, papers are due by January 15, 2019, and should not exceed 1,700 words as the paper presentation time is set for 15 minutes. The final versions of these papers will be translated into several languages including Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese, and posted on the conference website in advance and accessible to conference attendees.
All speakers and workshop/poster presenters must register for the conference.
Proposals for papers, posters and workshops should be sent to [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected], respectively.
Further suggestions are welcome, and if you would like to show films please contact the planning team at [email protected]
If you have inquiries any other general matters other than those above mentioned, please contact [email protected]

9–12 July 2019 The Politics of Religion and Spirituality

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

The last ISSR conference on ‘Religion and Politics’ was organised in Venice in 1979. It is time we revisited this theme, 40 years later. Religion and spirituality are intertwined with politics at micro, meso, and macro levels, and their connection may vary strongly, both geographically and over time. The themes that could be addressed are numerous and are core to the sociology of religion: religion and international relations, identity-claims and nation-state sovereignty, debates on sexual and reproductive rights, anti-Islam parties and new demands for secularism, the role of religious values and influences in politics, religiously motivated conflicts, religious extremism, and religion and the refugees crisis.

Some of the questions which could be examined at the conference are the following:

  • How are religion and spirituality used by individual or collective actors to promote specific interests in the context of social power dynamics?
  • How are religion and spirituality influenced by the recent resurgence of nationalism and populism in many countries?
  • What political and juridical strategies are used when trying to delimit the concepts of religion and spirituality in society?
  • How are transformations in gender relations related to the politics of religion and spirituality?    How do the politics of religion and spirituality change in generations from the post-war boomers to the current millennials?

We welcome papers on these and other topics of interest to sociology of religion and more broadly to the social sciences of religion.

More information will follow soon.

21 January 2019 Conference on Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities

Cardiff University Main Building, Council Chamber 1.77, Park Place, CF10 3AT, UK

This one-day conference brings together academics and activists to explore issues of leadership, authority and representation in British Muslim communities. Who speaks for British Muslims? How is authority construed, constructed and exercised in an age of mass media and the Internet? What internal and external factors shape leadership structures and modalities of representation for British Muslims living as a minority in a culturally Christian but largely secular social context? Where do leaders come from in a decentralised religious tradition lacking a priestly hierarchy? How do government discourses and media representations impact upon dynamics of leadership and authority in British Muslim communities?

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 3pm, Friday 7th December 2018.

Click here for bios of speakers and panellists→

This conference has been organised in conjunction with a special issue of the international journal Religions jointly edited by Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Dr Riyaz Timol.  Delegates may be invited to submit a paper for publication, subject to normal peer-review procedures, after the event.  The deadline for final paper submissions is 25 April 2019.

For more detailed information, please click on the link:

9–12 January 2019 International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) 2019

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.

8–9 January 2019 Monarchy and Modernity, 1500-1945

University of Cambridge

Europe’s past is overwhelmingly monarchical, yet the monarchies that remained in place at the end of the Second World War hardly resembled those that governed Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. Modernity transformed monarchy from a matter of fact into one of opinion, and enabled moving from a world where everything was sacred to one where all was profane. If words, then, remained the same – along with many of the families, their properties and places of residence – their meaning changed profoundly overtime and across countries. This is so much so that, along the centuries, European monarchy as an institution seems unrecognisable to any attentive observer. Even so, the present academic literature seldom measures the distance between monarchy’s various historical meanings and manifestations.

In theoretical and speculative disciplines, the lack of inquiry into monarchy’s significance is due partly to disciplinary divisions. Political theorists and intellectual historians rarely delve into the subject of monarchy, while historians of monarchy tend to focus on chronology and rarely ask questions pertaining to monarchy as a concept. Monarchism’s own nature has in part determined these divisions. Due to its providentialist foundations in the divine right of kings, monarchism is a double paradox, a form of political theory that is at once anti-political and anti-theoretical. Innovatively, this conference seeks to break disciplinary barriers by combining the outlooks of monarchical specialists on the one hand, and of social, cultural, and political theorists on the other.

Proceeding from the premise that the nature of things is best known, and their development most determined, during critical times, this conference centers on three (long) key moments in the history of modern European monarchy: the English Revolution, the French Revolution, and the mainstreaming of republicanism during the first half of the twentieth century. These moments, however, are only referential, and presentations studying the reinvention, representation and conceptualisation of monarchy during other modern periods, from 1500 to the present, are also welcome, with Renaissance subjects possibly serving as introits and contemporary ones as epilogues to the conference.

The main lines of inquiry are twofold, one directed at monarchy’s political significance, and the other at its socio-cultural, psychological, religious and spiritual roles. The political-conceptual line of inquiry can include – without being limited to – European monarchy’s historical relationship to legislation and the administration of justice, as well as democratic, republican, and aristocratic traditions. The theological/sociological/anthropological perspective is instead concerned with monarchy as a series of rituals and formal procedures that represent sovereignty, organise time and relationships, lend nations a sense of identity, and connect individuals emotionally with sacred spaces and powers, especially as represented by the Catholic and Protestant religions.

Contributions may address one or more of the following themes but are not limited to them:

  • Monarchy in political thought
  • The relationship between spiritual and temporal powers
  • Royalism vs. monarchism
  • National and sovereign representation
  • Monarchy and property
  • Monarchy in its relation with religion, theology and spirituality
  • The royal imaginary
  • Royal rituals
  • Women and monarchy

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations, which will be revised subsequently for publication in a peer-reviewed collective volume. Graduate students are welcome to participate, and papers in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are accepted, although English is encouraged to facilitate communication. The conference will be held at the University of Cambridge on 8-9 January 2019. Please email a 200-word abstract and one-page CV to Carolina Armenteros ([email protected]), Philippe Barthelet at [email protected], Matthijs Lok at [email protected] and/or Andrew Thompson ([email protected]) by 15 June 2018.

1–2 December 2018 Historical Monuments and Modern Society

Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

Expressions of interest are invited for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, on December 1-2, 2018. The organizers plan to collect select conference papers in an edited volume, to be published in English by a major academic publisher, in addition to special issues of two refereed (SSCI and/or A&HCI listed) academic journals.

Organizers: The Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History, in collaboration with the Department of History at Fudan University, and the Centre for South Asian Studies based in the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University.

Registration Fee: There is no registration fee for the conference.

Room and board:  The cost of room and board during the conference will be covered by the conference organizers.

Travel expenses: Conference participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


From modern times, ancient monuments around the world have been re-evaluated as embodying important aspects of modernity within a complex milieu of local, regional, national, and international forces. For example, “the creative endeavors of the East,” such as ancient rock sculptures, were promoted by an influential group of elites around the globe as a source of inspiration—variously described as modern, rational, and spiritual—“fully equal, if not superior, to Western products of corresponding kind.” On the other hand, the modern recoveryof ancient monuments has arguably produced a new wave of destruction, as evidenced by the ongoing controversies over the removal of artifacts from their original sites and their appropriation through tourism and virtual reality technology.

To explore the role of historical monuments in modern society, papers are sought that will address—but are not limited to—the following questions and themes:

  1. How have notions of historical monuments as a form of tangible heritage emerged, persisted and/or changed in the modern period?
  2. What domestic and international legal frameworks have been developed to ensure the protection of historical monuments and the return of missing artifacts?
  3. How have ancient sites been managed and sustained by modern institutions? What lessons can be learned?

A proposal for a paper should consist of a title (no more than 20 words), an abstract (250 words), a short authorial bio (up to 150 words), and contact information (name, affiliation, position, and mailing and e-mail addresses). The working language for the conferencewill be English.

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 15, 2018. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by August 15, 2018, with completed papers to be submitted by October 15, 2018. All materials should be emailed in English to both: Prof. Dong WANG, [email protected] and Dr. Rajiv RANJAN, [email protected]

Contact Info:

Dr. Dong WANG, Distinguished Professor, Director of the Wellington Koo Institute, Department of History, Shanghai University; Dr. Rajiv RANJAN, Assistant Professor, Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, Shanghai University 

Contact Email: 

[email protected]

17–20 November 2018 2018 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

Denver, Colorado, USA

We will be attending the AAR Annual Meeting 2018, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 17-20 November, 2018. The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. Some 10,000 people are expected for the 2018 Annual Meetings, where more than 1,000 academic sessions and additional meetings will be offered.  Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful Denver, Colorado for the 2018 Annual Meetings! Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:



Social Sciences


If you are also attending this conference, please stop by our booth (Booth #913). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have concerning open access publishing and our journals. For more information, please visit

11–7 November 2018 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions (The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change)

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:

  • Convening events that serve as opportunities for encounter and dialogue.
  • Networking with individuals, communities, organizations and institutions to foster engagement with each other, with the interfaith movement, and with the world.
  • Engaging religious and spiritual communities in work for justice, peace and sustainability

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.”


25–26 October 2018 Imagining the Last Things: Eschatology and Apocalypticism, 1500-Present

British School at Rome, Roma, Italy

Debate about the "last things" has engaged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. Whether discussions of the process of death and entry into the afterlife, or speculation on apocalypse and millennial renewal, eschatology has played an important role in the development of Western thought, theology, and literature. This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine the nature of these debates from the early modern period up to the present day. In particular, it aims to explore the historical, philosophical and cultural development of eschatological thinking in the western imaginary. Proposals are invited for 45-minute papers on one of four broad themes: "Apocalypse," "Resurrection," "Purgatory," and "Heaven and Hell."

Abstracts for papers falling under any of the above themes, broadly construed, are welcomed. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (those that exceed the word limit will not be considered) and prepared for blind review. Abstracts in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be emailed to both Lloyd Strickland and Andrew Crome by midnight on 18 February 2018. In the body of your email, please indicate clearly which of the four themes your paper relates to and include your name, affiliation, and contact details. Decisions on submissions will be relayed no later than 18 March 2018. Please note that the language of the conference is English.

Following the conference, the organizers aim to compile and publish a peer-reviewed volume consisting of high-quality contributions developed from the papers delivered at the conference. Those submitting abstracts should indicate whether they wish their final paper to be considered for this volume or not.

25–27 October 2018 Third Biennial Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference: Teaching Dante

Birmingham, AL, USA

Samford University invites paper proposals for its third biennial Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition conference, Teaching Dante, to be held in Birmingham on October 25-27, 2018. This conference is designed to encourage excellence in undergraduate teaching across the curriculum, with a particular emphasis on core curriculum and general education courses. Specialists and non-specialists are encouraged to submit proposals; however, all presentations should be designed with the non-specialist audience in mind and should directly address curricular and/or teaching strategies.

Proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary connections are strongly encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Dante in the following contexts: the freshman core, introductory writing courses, great books curricula, and general education classes, as well as interdisciplinary courses devoted to autobiography, spiritual memoir, political theory, epistemology, virtue and character development, intellectual history, etc. We are also interested in approaches to teaching Dante in discipline-specific curricula outside of the English major (psychology, history, philosophy, music, art, education, communication studies, etc.), as well as presentations that focus on the use of new technologies to teach Dante. In addition, we welcome explorations of individual works and how they may be employed in a variety of course and curricular settings.

Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, and we invite panel proposals of three related papers. Proposals of 250-500 words should be submitted as an attachment to [email protected], and should include full contact information.

Proposals are due July 1, 2018. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 15.

Registration Fee: $125 for faculty and $50 for graduate students. For full information about the conference see

16–18 October 2018 Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, Warszawa, Poland

The 8th conference within the Genealogies of Memory series will take place on 16-18 Oct 2018.

Following a series of events within the Genealogies of Memory framework, the 2018 conference "Memory and Religion: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Perspective" will consider the ways in which the public debate, written narratives and visual representations of the 20th-century past refer to religion. It will also seek out points of comparison and contact between Central and Eastern Europe with other regions of Europe and the rest of the world. Scholars of various disciplines dealing with memory and religion are invited to submit their paper proposals.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Aleksander Agadjanian (Russian State University for the Humanities) and Geneviève Zubrzycki (University of Michigan).

>> For more detailed information, please see the full CfP

To apply to present a paper at the conference, please send (a) your abstract (300 words) along with your presentation title and if possible the panel topic, as well as (b) a short bio to: [email protected]

Deadline for submissions: 14 May 2018

The list of the chosen participants will be announced in June 2018.

There is no fee for taking part in the conference.

We plan to publish selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal or in a volume by an established international publisher.

7–8 September 2018 The Forgotten Revolution: Visual and Material Culture of the Hungarian Diaspora in the Ottoman Empire

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The European upheaval of 1848-9 brought a great number of refugees from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Ottoman lands. So far, scholars have approached them as temporary residents, who made little or no impact on Ottoman society, culture and history. This two-day workshop, which marks the 200th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, welcomes papers that examine the lives and deeds of some of these Hungarian men and women, whose extraordinary accounts of their experiences have recently been brought to light. Diasporas are often defined by their polyglot culture, relatedness and movement between communities. Hence the useful way to think about Hungarian refugees in the Ottoman Empire is to see them as inhabiting several empires simultaneously—Prussian, Austro-Hungarian, British, Ottoman and others. How can we connect these lives? How do they intersect materially and intellectually? We aim to address such questions and also to engage with methodological issues faced by scholars who try to capture identities on the move.

Organizers: Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College), Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)

Please send your paper proposals (approximately 500 words) to Nebahat Avcıoğlu ([email protected]) and Deniz Türker ([email protected]) by 15 February 2018.

Contact Email: [email protected]

5–7 September 2018 Death and Immortality

Lady Margeret Hall, Oxford

'Death and Immortality'

Organised by The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion (BSPR)

5th - 7th September 2019

Lady Margeret Hall, Oxford

Speakers include: Eleonore Stump (St Louis University), Yujin Nagasawa (Birmingham [UK]), Edith Steffen (Roehampton), Mikel Burley (Leeds)

Organised in accordance with SWIP/BPA guidelines

Call for papers and registration details to follow

3–5 September 2018 Borders and Boundaries: ‘Religion’ on the Periphery

Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Call for Papers

Joint Conference between the British Association for the Study of Religions and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions 3–5 September 2018, Queen's University, Belfast

Held in Association with the Religious Studies Research Forum at the Institute of Theology and the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

Keynote Speakers

Gladys Ganiel (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Naomi Goldenberg (University of Ottawa)

Borders and boundaries define limits and margins, centres and peripheries. They demarcate territories, and separate entities and bodies and, as such, they function to guard space, limit action and exclude. They are, however, also contact zones and places of exchange, the ‘limen’ or threshold, the in-between, and the places of temptation and transgression. In the current political context when Ireland and the UK are faced with the dilemmas, paradoxes and implications of Brexit, this special joint conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) invites paper, research slam, panel and roundtable proposals on the theme of Borders and Boundaries. Scholars based outside the Republic of Ireland or the UK are invited to submit proposals related to this theme regardless of whether their work relates to these islands. Scholars who are based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and are working on religion and related categories are welcome to submit proposals on any topic whether or not it relates to the conference theme. Deadline for proposals for papers, panels and the research slam: 27 April 2018。 See overleaf for further details.

A small number of bursaries for postgraduate students and ECRs will be available.

29 August–1 September 2018 2018 EAUH Conference, Session M24. Cities, Space and the Sacred: Exploring Urban (Religious) Landscapes in the Modern Era (c.1800-present)

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 ([email protected]) and Anthony Steinhoff ([email protected]). “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:

28–31 August 2018 European Conferences on Philosophy of Religion

Charles University, Prague

Few parts of the inhabited world are unaffected by religious diversity. This has often been regarded as a philosophically, sociologically, and politically challenging fact, rather than as something to be celebrated. Within the philosophy of religion, in particular, religious diversity has typically been regarded as standing in need of a theoretical explanation that will defuse the challenge it seems to present to prevailing belief systems. This conference invites exploration of philosophical responses to religious diversity, and investigation of the epistemological, metaphysical, and socio-political questions that it raises.

Sub-theme 1: Philosophical Responses to Religious Diversity

Sub-theme 2: Epistemological Challenges of Religious Diversity

Sub-theme 3: The Metaphysics of Religious Diversity

Sub-theme 4: The Socio-theoretic Implications of Religious Diversity


Scott Appleby (University of Notre Dame)

Mikel Burley (University of Leeds)

Tomáš Halík (Charles University, Prague)

Victoria Harrison (University of Macau)

Roger Pouivet (Universite de Lorraine)

Alister E. McGrath (University of Oxford)

Marianne Moyaert (VU University Amsterdam)

Ivana Noble (Charles University, Prague)

Christian Polke (University of Goettingen)

Mikael Stenmark (University of Uppsala)

Philipp Stoellger (University of Heidelberg)

Since the process of selection of the short papers which will be presented at the conference has been concluded (with more than 80 papers selected for presentation in 5 parallel sessions), now those willing to participate in the conference without presenting a paper may register by submitting a request via email to [email protected] and making the payment of the conference fee (60 EUR) following the payment instruction below.

Deadline for registration of Non-Presenting Participants is June 15th 2018


Online Payment by Debit/Credit Card – go to:

Payment by Bank Transfer:


  • Conference CODE: 850111
  • NAME and SURNAME of the participant

The payment of 60 EUR is to be made to the following EURO account:

IBAN: CZ03 0100 0000 0030 7055 0247


Name: Univerzita Karlova – Filozoficka fakulta

Street: namesti Jana Palacha 2

City, postcode: Praha, 116 38

Country: Czech Republic

The organiser of the conference
Dr. Janusz Salamon ([email protected])


Centrum pro studium politické filozofie, etiky a náboženství
Nám. Jana Palacha 2
116 38 - Praha 1

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21–25 July 2018 2018 IPSA Conference, Brisbane (Australia), Section on Religion and Politics

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 [email protected] or contact the section convenors, Emilce Cuda and Luca Ozzano, at [email protected] and [email protected].

15–21 July 2018 Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World

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:

  •     religion and global capitalism;
  •     religion and colonialism;
  •     religion and nationalism;
  •     religion and racism;
  •     religion and violent extremism;
  •     religion and gender inequality;
  •     religion and sexuality inequality;
  •     religion and environmental crises;
  •     religion and resistance to power and violence; and
  •     other topics that speak to religion’s role in a divided world.

We particularly encourage a focus on new ideas. We thus encourage sessions on:

  •     post-colonial, Southern and Eastern social theories;
  •     gender and sexuality equality;
  •     violent and nonviolent social movements;
  •     human rights and peacebuilding;
  •     third spaces, digital activism, and other new phenomena.

Program Coordinators:

  •     Anna Halafoff, Deakin University, Australia
  •     Sam Han, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  •     Caroline Starkey, University of Leeds, UK

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)

15–16 July 2018 Third Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies

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 ([email protected]) or Gregory Erickson ([email protected]) by March 1, 2018.

Potential subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Migrants, nomads, vagrants, and refugees as heretics
  • Borders, crossings and space/place
  • Xenophobia and Islamophobia amidst globalization
  • Heresy, hospitality and the stranger
  • Radical theology and borders
  • Belief and unbelief; sacred and secular
  • Borders between the material and the spiritual
  • Political theology, heresy, and borders
  • Heresy and mapping
  • The representation of the marginal, peripheral and that beyond Europe
  • The demarcating or blurring of generic or disciplinary boundaries
  • Political boundaries and national identities
  • Refugees, border-crossing, exile and migration
  • Historicizing the categories of “East” and “West” within the context of heresy and orthodoxy
  • Iconoclasm: past and present

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.

6 July 2018 Religion and Rape Culture Conference

The University of Sheffield, UK

We are delighted to announce a one day interdisciplinary conference exploring and showcasing research into the phenomenon of rape culture, both throughout history and within contemporary societies across the globe. In particular, we aim to investigate the complex and at times contentious relationships that exist between rape culture and religion, considering the various ways religion can both participate in and contest rape culture discourses and practices.
We are also interested in the multiple social identities that invariably intersect with rape culture, including gender, disabilities, sexuality, race and class. The Shiloh Project specialises in the field of Biblical Studies, but we also strongly encourage proposals relating to rape culture alongside other religious traditions, and issues relating to rape culture more broadly.
This conference is open to researchers at any level of study, and from any discipline. We invite submissions of abstracts no more than 300 words long and a short bio no later than 19th March. Please indicate whether your submission is for a poster or a presentation. We particularly welcome abstracts on the following topics:

  • Gender violence and the Bible
  • Gender, class and rape culture
  • Visual representations of biblical gender violence
  • Representations of rape culture in the media and popular culture
  • Teaching traumatic texts
  • Methods of reading for resistance and/or liberation
  • Sexual violence in schools and Higher Education
  • Religion, rape culture and the gothic/horror genre
  • Spiritualities and transphobia
  • Familial relations and the Bible

For more information, or to submit an abstract, email [email protected]

5–6 July 2018 NSRN Conference 2018

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:

  • to showcase rich, empirical fieldwork from case studies from the Middle East, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean and other regions.
  • for scholars of cases from Europe or the Americas to analyse the provincial nature of these case studies, to reflect upon and problematize some of the most significant theoretical concepts used thus far to define the field of study (including, but not limited to, ‘nonreligion’, ‘irreligion’, and ‘unbelief’).
  • to think through diversity within these contexts, including the practices and beliefs of non-Christian minority cultures in Europe and the Americas.
  • to reflect upon ‘the West’ as a cultural formation and political modality whose geography is not confined to Europe or the Americas.
  • for scholars using a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including experimental methods in psychology and cognitive science, to reflect on the implications of these constructed categories for their work.

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 [email protected].

3–5 July 2018 The 2018 Annual Meeting of EASSSR in Singapore


East Asia is felt throughout the world. Whilst the region’s economic and political power has been a reason for both global integration and resistance in recent decades, its presence within the rest of the world has been forged over centuries of migration and the establishment and strengthening of diasporic communities. Such communities have helped to shape the societies and cultures of their host countries, of their home countries, and, through such interplay, of the diasporas themselves. To unify these constituent parts (host country, home country, diasporic community), and to represent both the expansion of East Asian influence around the world, and its reflexive relationship with the places in which it has taken root, Yang Fenggang’s concept of “Global East” has been most helpful. The Global East encompasses not just the countries of East Asia – China, Korea and Japan – but these countries’ diasporic communities, and the transnational linkages that serve to connect and shape both country and community as well. Additionally, East Asia is also host to diasporic communities of its own, which adds another layer of connectivity and influence to the framing of the Global East.

The effects of the Global East are felt in many walks of life, but one of the most transformative has to be religion. The religious landscapes of China, South Korea and Japan (including but not limited to state-sponsored atheism, shamanism, Shintoism, resurgent Buddhism/Christianity) are replicated and challenged in their diasporic communities, which, over time, have been shaped by the religious traditions of Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. For the diasporic communities located within East Asia, the reverse is also true. These linkages between home country and diasporic community, and between community and host country have led to the circulation and sharing of religion and religious idea(l)s, and to the sharpening or dilution of (anti-)religious sensibilities. Greater religious diversity is an invariable outcome of such processes, yet the extent to which such diversity leads to religious co-operation, competition or conflict within and between individuals, families, communities, organisations and territories still deserves much more research attention.

Accordingly, there is a need for more focussed consideration of the topics of religiosity, secularity and pluralism in the Global East. This conference, to be held from July 3-5 in Singapore at the Singapore Management University, will advance such consideration. It will be the Inaugural Conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) (see for more information). While all topics on religion are welcome at the conference, we especially invite abstracts that address one or more of the following research questions:

  • How do the constituent parts of the Global East influence the strengthening, weakening or changing of religion and religiosity at different social scales (from the individual to the community and nation)?
  • How does secularity intersect with religiosity within the Global East, and how does each inflect the other?
  • How does the religious diversity associated with the Global East lead to greater (or lesser) inter-religious and religious-secular co-operation, competition or conflict?
  • How does an understanding of the Global East develop or challenge existing theoretical and empirical understandings of religiosity, secularity and pluralism?

Beyond addressing these questions, we seek a range of papers that draw on different geographical contexts and (non-)religious traditions.


  • Paper presentation proposals are due by January 31, 2018. Please submit your paper’s title, abstract (200 to 500 words), author’s information by clicking the link below
  • Notification of acceptance of paper presentation proposals will be sent out by February 28, 2018.
  • Meeting Registration will be due between March 1 and 31, 2018.

Letter of acceptance of paper proposal will be sent out by February 28, 2018.

For questions, please email: [email protected]

18–20 June 2018 Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2018

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned dormitory rooms and a luxurious boutique hotel.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker, of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand, of the University of St Andrews.

Important dates:

  • The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place June 18-20, 2018.
  • The Submission Deadline for paper, session, and roundtable proposals for 2018 is December 31.
  • The Regular Registration Deadline is May 15, 2018 after which there will be a $50 late fee.

18–19 June 2018 Rethinking Halal: Genealogy, Current Trends, and New Interpretations

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Organizing Committee

Dr. Ayang Utriza Yakin Postdoctoral Fellow “MOVE-IN Louvain”, with the support of the European Commission (Marie-Curie Actions), at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Prof. Dr. Louis-Léon Christians, Professor in Law and Religions and Chairman of the Research Institute Religions, Societies, Cultures, Spiritualities, at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Prof. Dr. Baudouin Dupret, Research Director at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Schreiber, Centre interdisciplinaire d'études du fait religieux et de la laicité (CIERL) (ULB - Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Maréchal, Centre interdisciplinaire d'études sur l'Islam dans le monde contemporain (CISMOC) (UCL)

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Florence Bergeaud-Blackler (CNRS and IREMAM, Université de Provence, France),
"Pour une approche critique de la notion de halai en sciences sociales".

Prof. Ibrahim Warde (The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA)
"The halal industry between ethics and marketing".

Prof. John Lever (Huddersfield Bussiness School, University of Huddersfield, England),
"Politics, science and geography: why a sustainable and secure food future needs halal".

Prof. John Bowen (Washington University in St. Louis)

"Material Semiotics of Halal Qualities."

General Background

Thematic Areas

Registration & Participation Fee


Contact person

Dr Ayang Utriza Yakin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chair of Law and Religions (bureau D-415)

Institute of Religions, Spiritualities, Cultures, Societies (RSCS)

Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Collège Albert Descamps, Grand Place 45,

1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

E-mail : [email protected]

13–14 June 2018 DOWN TOWN / DOWN SOUL Early Modern Mysticism & The Political

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 ([email protected]) before November 30th, 2017.

7–8 June 2018 Follow the Yellow Brick Road? Challenging Approaches to Progress in North America

John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

Notions of progress have remained pivotal to North American identities and academia. Discussions range from how "progress" may be evaluated empirically to whether the concept is a useful theoretical tool at all. In practice, visions for social and economic change are generally coupled with the idea of progress. Particularly in North America, competing perceptions of progress remain a driving force behind public and political discourses. Across the political spectrum, current debates often hinge on appropriations or differing interpretations of progress. These debates have intensified against the backdrop of technological innovation, sociopolitical upheavals, and programmatic schisms in progressivist movements.
The 11th Graduate Conference hosted by the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin will explore interdisciplinary ideas of progress and consider their relevance across numerous fields of research. How is progress framed in various academic dialogues? What functions do concepts of progress and progressivism fulfill in North American societies? To what extent have American values promoted or obstructed progress? Which counternarratives exist? What are the contested theories and methods by which progress can be measured, if it can be measured at all?
As an interdisciplinary institute, the Graduate School welcomes abstracts for individual 20-minute papers from political science, history, economics, literature, cultural studies, and sociology, as well as related fields of research. Graduate students (M.A.& Ph.D.) and early career scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

Proposals may explore, but are not limited to, the concept of progress in the following contexts:

  • Progress and American Exceptionalism
  • Progress in the colonial imagination and practices of "writing back"
  • Religions as catalysts of change
  • Whose progress? Social justice and activism
  • Definitions of progress in progressivist movements since the 19th century
  • Progress in a "post-fact" society
  • Digital transformation and the future of work
  • Representations of progress, regress, and stagnation in popular culture
  • Teleological understandings of progress
  • Utopian and dystopian art, film, and literature
  • The future of remuneration and minimum basic income
  • Visions of innovation, technology, and development
  • Gendered and racialized notions of progress
  • The rise of economic nationalism in the age of globalization

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and include the author's name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, discipline(s), and a short biography. The deadline for submissions is February 14th, 2018. The conference committee will confirm the receipt of abstracts via e-mail and will notify the selected researchers by the end of March 2018.
Please submit all abstracts and questions to [email protected] The conference
will be held in English.

Ivo Komljen
Graduate School of North American Studies
Lansstraße 5-9, 14195 Berlin
[email protected]

5–8 June 2018 The victim as a cultural expression. Representation, Perception, Symbolism

Nicosia, Cyprus

The 2nd International Conference on Arts and Humanities "The victim as a cultural expression. Representation, Perception, Symbolism" is an event organized by the International Centre for Studies of Arts and Humanities (ICSAH) and the Dante Alighieri Society Nicosia that aims to explore the image of the victim throughout the human history. The conference is to be held in 5-8 June 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

We warmly welcome all papers broadly relevant to the subject without predefining chronological and territorial limitations, as the major goal of the conference is to address questions that involve more than one research field and promote multidisciplinary dialogue and cooperation. The papers will be published online and in a dedicated volume of Conference Proceedings.

Abstract. The image of the victim has always inspired greatly the human imagination and creativity throughout the history of mankind. Whether the victim is a fruit of religious persecutions, genocides, war or even of social inequality, its representation have had a diachronic symbolic and moral value in human societies in different cultural and historical backgrounds.

We invite proposals study all aspects of victim manifestation in literature, art, history and philosophy in order to highlight the variations, similarities and particularities of this figure in different cultural and disciplinary contexts. We encourage also papers that accentuate on the conception, meaning and symbolism of the victim as an icon and a force that transcends the barrier of time and embraces the very essence of the human being.


About ICSAH. The International Centre for Studies of Arts and Humanities is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the research, study and education in a vast range of disciplines in the field Arts and Humanities. The mission of the organization is to:

  1. Promote the worldwide understanding, study and teaching across a range of disciplines of the Arts and Humanities, including, but not limited to
  • Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History
  • Ancient and modern languages and literature
  • Classics, Philosophy
  • Religions and History of Religions
  • Anthropology and ethnic studies
  • Archaeology
  • Visual arts
  • Performing arts, including theatre, dance, music
  • Those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods
  • Cultural heritage
  1. Provide additional forums for the exchange of ideas regarding Arts and Humanities in schools, Universities, libraries, museums and other contexts
  2. Support the interchange of research and the scholarships of knowledge, teaching and service in the Humanities through conferences, publications and relative activities


Submission rules:  To submit a proposal for a paper of approximately 20 minutes or a poster, please send an abstract of 350 words or less to [email protected] by April 30th, 2018. The proposed contributions should not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Abstracts should include a title, a summary of the presentation, name of the author/s, institutional affiliation and email.

Conference languages: English, French, Italian.

For further information about the conference, please see our website Please address any further enquiries to [email protected]

31 May–1 June 2018 2018 An international conference organized by the Centre for Ethics and the Centre Pieter Gillis

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Dear colleagues,

The aim of this conference is to offer a setting for discussion of issues related to the cognitive science of religion and its philosophical implications.

Slots are available for paper presentations and we welcome submissions on topics related but not limited to the following questions:

  • Why is religion such a widespread human experience?
  • Are religious beliefs natural and what does ‘natural’ mean?
  • What does CSR (cognitive science of religion) have to say about religious practice (as opposed to belief)?
  • What kind of theistic beliefs and practices are natural (or not) and in which ways?
  • Are religious beliefs directly produced by ‘normal’ human mental states and capacities, or are they produced indirectly, by other more basic human states and capacities?
  • What do current studies in CSR imply for the truth or reasonableness of religious belief?
  • Does CSR explain God away?
  • Why and how is CSR pertinent for philosophy of religion? 
  • Why and how is philosophy pertinent for CSR? (and, relatedly, why are both pertinent at all?)

Please submit abstracts of maximum 500 words to Esther Kroeker: [email protected]

Abstracts should be sent as an email attachment, with all identifying references in the accompanying email.

To read more about the conference, visit:

30 May–1 June 2018 Austria and the East/ ÖSTERREICH UND DER OSTEN

University of Vermont, Burlington VT

The 2018 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will focus in Austrian’s rich and complex relationship with the East throughout its history.

Paper proposals that take up the cultural, political, and social exchanges between Austria and the East—Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Middle East and the Far East—are welcome. “Eastern Europe” also includes the crownlands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and all their later incarnations (e.g. both as Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Yugoslavia and Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia).The conference topic is conceived to elicit submissions reflecting the widest variety of disciplinary as well as multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Papers with interdisciplinary methodology and/or transnational focuses are particularly encouraged. Papers may be given in German or English; the conference will support standard media (audio, DVD, PowerPoint).

Possible Topics

  • The reception of Austrian art, film, music, theater, architecture, and literature in the East and vice versa
  • Austrian imagination of Eastern populations
  • Literary reactions to immigration from the East
  • Cooperation between Austria and Eastern European countries
  • Reflections on Austria and World War I
  • Austrian perspectives on Turkey and the Ottoman Empire; Turkish and Ottoman perspectives on Austria
  • Austria and the Cold War
  • Austria and the East in the Post-Cold War
  • Austria, the EU, and the Osterweiterung
  • Human trafficking between Austria and the East
  • Representation of Austria in the works of writers with Eastern backgrounds
  • Austrian colonization and influence in the Balkans
  • Interpretations and memory of the Turkish Siege of Vienna
  • The Soviet occupation of Austria
  • Austrian perspectives on the Far East
  • Austrian perspectives on South Asia
  • Austrian perspectives on Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism, and/or Hinduism
  • Austrian perspectives on the Holy Land
  • Orientalist discourse in Austrian art, film, literature, and political discourse
  • Representations of the East in Austrian geographic texts
  • Austrian interpretations of the Crimean War

Submission Details:

Submit abstracts of ca. 300 words, with a title and a short (200 word) biography suitable for an introduction at the conference to email address: [email protected].  Submission deadline: December 15, 2017

Individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers submitted as a block may be proposed; the conference committee may request modifications.

In addition, graduate student submitters should add a note if they would like to apply for travel funds from the ASA.

Presenters are required to be members of the Austrian Studies Association.

To join the Association, subscribe to its journal by going to the ASA website at and clicking the "membership" link in the menu bar, which will take you to the website of the University of Nebraska Press, publisher of JAS.

Conference organizers: Helga Schreckenberger, Department of German and Russian, and Nicole Phelps, Department of History, University of Vermont

Queries about the conference may be sent to [email protected].

24–27 May 2018 The Seventh International North American Conference on Esotericism

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 [email protected]

Association for the Study of Esotericism

23–24 May 2018 14th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (ASI18)

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 ([email protected]( with copies to the Frieberg Center ([email protected]) and to the conference's convener, Prof. Michal Biran ([email protected]).

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:

2–5 May 2018 A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac

Alexandria, VA

The Vernacular Architecture Forum will meet for its 2018 Annual Conference on the banks of the Potomac River. The region preserves distinct culture and resources, which predate the founding of our nation’s capital by more than a century. Alexandria, Virginia, a vibrant early urban center of domestic, commercial, and industrial resources, lies across the Potomac from Washington and from Southern Maryland, an agricultural landscape that showcases the evolution of three centuries of tobacco culture. This conference will be will be based at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, which provides notable venues for the major conference gatherings.

The Potomac Conference will focus on the connections and distinctions between the rural landscapes of the Maryland countryside and the urban setting of Alexandria, Virginia, which face each other across the Potomac River. Over the centuries, these two areas have developed on independent courses, all the while maintaining strong links across the river. Agriculture, including the exploitation of enslaved labor, was the basis for life on both shores. While Maryland’s economy relied overwhelmingly on tobacco, Alexandria’s rise was tied to a diversification of crops, pursued by the early planters of northern Virginia. Tours will focus on evolving pre-and post-emancipation heritage, highlighting resources ranging over four centuries. They will also shine a spotlight on the distinct character of life on both sides of the river, while underscoring the architectural, economic, cultural, and religious connections that span it.

Over its 266-year history, the City of Alexandria was a trading center, hometown of George Washington, home to both the largest slave-trading firm in the country and a large free-black community, and, in time, a street-car suburb for U.S. federal workers.  VAF conference attendees will have the opportunity to see and experience three centuries of historic sites, reflecting the rich diversity of this history.

Southern Maryland offers the rural counterpart to Alexandria’s urban experience. The region is home to Maryland’s earliest European settlement, and its built environment illustrates the growth of tobacco agriculture in the 18th century, as well as the crop’s virtual disappearance at by the beginning of the 21st century. The tobacco economy also spawned thriving ports that over time became obsolete as waterways silted up. The African-American journey from bondage to freedom is writ large on this landscape, in slave quarters and the freedmen’s towns that sprang up along the edges of former plantations.  Additionally, Southern Maryland possesses a unique architectural record of both the early Roman Catholic and Quaker experiences.

Conference themes will focus on the connections and distinctions between these two landscapes. Over the centuries, these two areas have developed on independent courses, all the while maintaining strong links across the Potomac River.

The 2018 conference receives generous support from the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees, the City of Alexandria, the University of Maryland Historic Preservation Program, the Historic American Buildings Survey, Preservation Maryland, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The conference is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Old Town, and for the keynote event we will travel by boat to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Please note two important points: Maryland tours are limited to 100 participants each, so register early; the boat for the keynote event leaves at 5:00pm on Wednesday, so make your travel plans accordingly.

Contact Tom Reinhart, Conference Organizer, or Michelle Jones, VAF Conference Coordinator, with questions.

We look forward to seeing you on the banks of the Potomac!

27 April 2018 Roots: Tradition and the New

The University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies and English Departments

The University of St. Thomas English & Catholic Studies graduate programs will host an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 27, 2018. While papers addressing any aspect of literature, faith, visual arts, and culture will be considered, the graduate programs particularly welcome proposals for papers exploring the topic "Roots: Tradition and the New" across all time periods, media, and geographical regions. Download the Roots: Conference CFP.

Rootedness and growth have been central to many literary and religious works. The aim of this conference is to explore this theme in an interdisciplinary way, engaging with a wide variety of texts, approaches, traditions, innovations, and points of view.

  • Rootedness and Mobility: home, inheritance, chlidhood, family, the body, or theories of the self; intersectional identities based on faith, race, class, gender, or disability; psychic, epic, and spiritual journeys or pilgrimages; ancestral religion and personal faith; immigration and emigration; educational, imperialist, or leisure travel.
  • Regeneration: rebirth, liberation, emancipation, confession, conversion, incarnation, renewal, revolution, reformation, and revival.
  • Impediments to Growth: dystopia and apocalypse; racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice; constraint, stasis, and entropy; rootlessness.
  • Genealogies: the roots of words, religions, concepts, genres, belief systems, or ideologies.
  • Tree Rings: inner selves, souls, spirits, desires, and motivations.
  • Branching Out: new genres, spiritual practices, identities, textualities, pedagogies, forms of life, or theoretical schools; stability and flexibility; inheritance and originality; modernity.
  • Interstices: spaces between faiths, selves, communities, neighborhoods, genres, stanzas, ideas, and words.
  • Ecologies: links between local, regional, national, and global geographies, literatures, and religions; regionalism, globalism, and transnationalism; urban, virtual, and technoscientific spaces; systems of growth, symbiosis, parasitism, evolution, and development; climate change, environmental crisis, and the Anthropocene.
  • Disciplinary Roots: points of contact and divergence between academic disciplines: Catholic Studies, English, theology, art history, environmental studies, the sciences, professional writing, pedagogy, creative writing, and other fields.

We encourage analyses of artistic, religious, literary, architectural, cultural, cinematic, digital and/or other textualities. Proposals for whole panels (three presenters) or roundtables (four or more presenters) are welcome.

For consideration, please submit a 400-word abstract for individual papers, panels, or roundtables to the graduate conference coordinators, Mary Catherine-Adams and Sarah Pavey, at [email protected] by February 15, 2018.

13 April 2018 Remembrance and Re-appropriation: Shaping Dissenting Identities

Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

10.00–10.20  Registration and coffee

10.20–10.30  Introductory remarks: Rachel Adcock, Bob Owens, David Walker

10.30–11.30   Plenary 1: Johanna Harris, University of Exeter
‘“Heroick vertue”: Joseph Alleine’s letters and Protestant martyrology’

11.30–1.00    First Panel
Ann Hughes, Keele University: ‘“The Churches Cordiall in her fainting fits”: The memorial practices of a Presbyterian activist at the Restoration’
Matthew Bingham, Queen’s University, Belfast: ‘Re-appropriating Ritual and Rethinking Radicalism: General Baptists and the Imposition of Hands’
Joel Halcomb, University of East Anglia: ‘Mystery in the archives: A seventeenth-century journal and its twentieth-century nonconformist historian’

1.00–2.00     Lunch

2.00–3.30     Second Panel
Jenna Townend, Loughborough University: ‘“Not like minded with the Reverd Author”?: Re-appropriations of George Herbert and the formation of dissenting identities’
Andrew Crome, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Memories of Münster and Representations of Dissent, 1660-1700’
Robert Daniel, University of Warwick: ‘“To make a second Book of Martyrs”: Re-Appropriating Foxe in the Nonconformist Prison Narratives of Seventeenth-Century England’

3.30–3.40     Tea

3.40–4.40     Plenary 2: John Coffey, University of Leicester
‘Rewriting the History of Dissent’

4.40–4.50     Concluding remarks and departure 

REGISTRATION: Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration by 30 March is essential as numbers are limited. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £15 payable on the day. To register, please email [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] giving details of name; title; affiliation; email address; and any dietary requirements.

6–8 April 2018 Mindful Connectivity: Asian Perspectives and Influences

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: 

  • How can studies in commerce, technology, health, natural science, the arts, social and political enterprises, and the environment intersect with emphases on mindfulness and connectivity?
  • Does an emphasis on mindfulness and connectivity contribute to social and environmental justice?
  • How do interests in mindfulness and connectivity intersect with studies of cultural appropriation, hybridization, and authenticity?
  • How is mindfulness part of sociocultural change in the wake of globalization, including cases of post-material cultural incongruity?
  • How do recent breakthroughs in neurobiology intersect with traditional Asian views of the “relational” nature of mind—the interconnecting of one’s mind to all others including non-sentient beings and energies?
  • How do Asian views of mind and interconnectedness enhance or challenge post-modern views of reality, truth, values, history and meaning as “constructed”? 
  • How do contemplative pedagogy and mindful forms of connectivity inform undergraduate Asian Studies curricula and pedagogy?

5–7 April 2018 Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives

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. 

  •  Panel Proposals. While proposals for individual papers are welcome, applicants are also encouraged to collaborate with peers to propose panels of 3-4 papers that converge on a particular theme.

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 ([email protected]). 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.

Dr David W. Kim (Australian National University)
Email: [email protected]

Dr Peter Friedlander (Australian National University)
Email: [email protected]

A/Prof McComas Taylor (Australian National University)
Email: [email protected]

Dr Barbara Nelson (Australian National University)
Email: [email protected]

23 March 2018 Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice

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.


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: [email protected] 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 [email protected].

22 March 2018 Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018

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 [email protected] 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 For further information, please email [email protected]

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.

22 March 2018 Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018

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 [email protected] 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 For further information, please email [email protected]

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.

9–10 March 2018 Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World

18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke University, USA

Call for Papers: Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Within the contemporary political and academic climate, a notion of dissent–as protest, as critique, as resistance–seems in many ways embedded into our political culture and academic practice. No less central was dissent in the medieval and early modern period. While religious and political structures are most visibly invoked as sites of medieval and early modern resistance and reform, adjacent spheres of hermeneutics, law, gender, intellectual discourse, the creative and performing arts, and more were all arenas in which various forms of dissent could be imagined, interpreted, and played out. From the Latin dissentio–to differ in sentiment, to feel differently–dissent is a capacious enough concept to encompass action, but also reflection; contentiousness, but also acknowledgment; separation, but also concurrence. Thus, while dissent in the medieval and early modern period can certainly be said to include the often widely consequential currents of religious, social, and political reform and revolution that permeate the years between late antiquity and the seventeenth century, it may also be illuminatingly imagined as encompassing more particular–but equally generative–forms. To what extent, for example, can innovations and experimentations in artistic forms and representations be conceptualized as aspects of dissent? Or, how might close study of particular individual or local acts of dissent–heresies, polemics, lawbreaking, convention-shirking, etc.–illuminate and expand our understanding of premodern conceptions of what it means to “feel differently”? By expanding our definition of dissent to include a more capacious set of actions, ideas, and forms, we hope to encourage broad discussion and engagement with the myriad ways that dissent is imagined and represented across the medieval and early modern period.

Now in its 18th year, the Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute paper presentations to an interdisciplinary audience that consider the forms and functions of dissent (broadly conceived) throughout the medieval and early modern world. In addition to investigations of forms of dissent against established structures, hierarchies, and institutions, we especially invite papers which seek to explore how forms of dissent operated as turning points or pivots, as “sites of conversions,” within and as an integral part of those same structures. In this sense, we invite participants to consider in what ways dissent might be imagined not only as a rupture or a break, but also as an ongoing process of conversion or even innovation. With support from the international Early Modern Conversions Project, we are interested in considering dissent in all its forms–social, religious, political, artistic–and especially in its points of contact with conceptions of conversion, broadly considered.

We welcome graduate students working in all fields of inquiry concerned with the period from late antiquity to the end of the 17th century, including but not limited to history, literature, theology, philosophy, musicology, cultural studies, anthropology, art history, gender and sexuality studies, religion, and political theory. Topics for papers might consider dissent’s interaction with one or more of the following broad categories, but all pertinent submissions are warmly welcomed:

  • Religion, theology, and ecclesiology
  • Literature, textuality, hermeneutics
  • Politics, law, and legal thought
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The creative and performing arts
  • Intellectual history and philosophy
  • Social history and material culture

Interested participants should submit a 250-word abstract no later than January 22, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 1, 2018. Free accommodations and local travel assistance during the conference with host students may be available for interested participants traveling from outside the Triangle area; please indicate in your application if you might be interested in staying with a graduate student host. All applications and inquiries should be sent to [email protected]. Please include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email; abstracts should be attached as a separate PDF or Word document.

8–10 March 2018 Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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 [email protected]






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 [email protected] with any questions.

1–4 March 2018 Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)

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 [email protected] by Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at [email protected].

1–3 March 2018 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

Emory University, Atlanta, USA


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
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

1 March 2018 "Good God, but Life Could Be Less Than Easy": George Saunders and the Fiction of Radical Humanism

Loyola University Chicago - Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Loyola University Chicago is seeking abstract proposals for a day-long event to be held March 1, 2018, featuring critically-acclaimed fiction author George Saunders. In light of the upcoming softcover version of Lincoln in the Bardo (winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction) and the recent release of George Saunders: Critical Essays (Palgrave, 2017), Loyola’s Hank Center, in collaboration with other university communities, seeks to explore, interrogate, and celebrate Saunders’s work.

Topics include the dynamic link between humor and humanity, metaphysics and the mundane, fiction and faith, literary representations of liminal spaces, compassion and tenderness, Chicago culture, Abe Lincoln and “civil warring,” and American politics in all of its convulsive contemporary forms. This event especially focuses on bringing these themes into conversation with Catholic and Buddhist thought, the aesthetics of the transcendent, and the state of moral agency in the late modern age through the lens of Saunders’s work.

The conference will feature traditional conference panels interspersed with creative expressions and responses to the conference themes. The event will also include a morning address from George Saunders, a visit from the students at 826CHI, and a public evening event which includes a reading from Saunders-- along with a set of surprises that will no doubt please the gathered crowd.


Given the size and nature of the conference, we are open to abstract submissions covering a wide range of topics and formats surrounding George Saunders, from traditional academic conference papers to creative interpretations of conference themes. Throughout the day, panel discussions will focus on specific aspects of George Saunders’s work as they relate to topics such as Chicago as writing context, ghosts and unresolved conflict, serious comedy and grim humor, and the nature of transcendence/spirituality in the author’s work.

Please send abstracts of up to 400 words to [email protected] by January 22, 2018. For creative presentations, please send either a short sample or a brief description of your concept.



Papers organized around the concept of “radical tenderness” and “new sincerity” as a political, religious, and aesthetic principle: what overlaps or contradictions between Western and Eastern spiritualities do Saunders’s stories suggest? In what ways might a worldview organized around empathy offer possible means of in the Trump era? In what ways does it fall short or fail to satisfy?


Papers organized around Saunders’s relationship to Chicago, Midwestern literature, and the role of the city in American writing. Is there something about Chicago that bears influence on young American writers?


In Saunders, satire and humor usually serve a larger moment of reckoning, horror, or redemption within the human experience. Often the most disturbing or moving moments in his work occur not in spite of but through comedic structures. As GK Chesterton quipped, “Funny is not the opposite of serious; it’s the opposite of not-funny.” How might this insight expand and complicate critical discourse? How does humor inform Saunders’s work?


Disembodied spirits seeking closure inhabit many of Saunders’s stories, sometimes centrally so. His stories often coalesce in the passing of a character’s person into some kind of metaphysical beyond. Can we speak about “transformation” or transcendence in these terms without implying a theology? Do these stories bear thematic or emotional weight without their invocation of the afterlife?


In addition to these topics, we extend a special invitation to creative writers, poets, stage and voice actors, and digital artists to consider writing and presenting performative responses to conference themes, especially as they relate to the concept of the “bardo,” people in “intermediate states," and the like.

Please send additional questions to [email protected] or [email protected].

16–17 February 2018 Reframing Medieval Bodies

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus

Medievalists have long engaged in the study of the body, producing some of the most influential contributions to the “bodily turn” of the 1980s and 1990s. The multidisciplinary conference “Reframing Medieval Bodies” invites reflection on past scholarship in this area and elaboration of new approaches and methods. We invite papers from the full range of disciplines in medieval studies, exploring bodies in their physiological, symbolic, political, economic, and performative capacities. Papers that revisit "the body" in light of bioarchaeological research and the history of medicine are especially welcome, as are papers that engage recent research on disability, gender, and race. 

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, 16-17 February, 2018

keynote speaker: Peggy McCracken, Domna C. Stanton Professor of French, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. 

We welcome proposals for either individual papers or whole sessions. Proposals for individual papers should be limited to 300 words. Session proposals should include abstracts for the three papers as well as the contact information for all presenters.

Abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome, but we will give preference to submissions related to the conference theme. Submit proposals to [email protected] no later than December 1, 2017 [CORRECTION: now December 8]

Papers presented at “Reframing Medieval Bodies” are eligible for publication in the journal Essays in Medieval Studies. Questions may be directed to [email protected] or [email protected].

1–3 February 2018 7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

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

  • Rituals
  • Rituals and the Image of Buddha
  • Silk Road Buddhism
  • Death of the Buddha

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:

  • Buddha for every home
  • Buddha versus Jesus
  • Buddhism is in the way of economy
  • Buddhist monks - people with weak vitality and mentality
  • Buddhist cosmology and contemporary astronomy and astrophysics are not brothers
  • Virtual reality as the modern day Nirvana
  • Could Buddha turn on a computer?
  • Is virtual reality beyond our reality or not?
  • Who reads the teachings of the dead Buddha?

Deadline for Essay Submission: 31 December, 2017

Proposals should be submitted to the following email: [email protected]
We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.

For detailed information please see here:


Organizing Chair Marju Broder
[email protected]
tel. +61 0 405549923

17–18 January 2018 Hate Speech in Korea, Japan, and France: A Comparative Approach

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:

  • What are the current contours of hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
  • How can we best respond to the challenges presented by hate speech in ways that promote a just and peaceful society?
  • What are alternative strategies for managing the public sphere against hate speech?
  • How is hate speech defined and delimited in law and public policy in the three societies?
  • What are the differences and similarities in the phenomenon of hate speech between Europe and East Asia?
  • What are the legal and discursive characteristics of Korea, Japan and France in dealing with hate speech?
  • What are the most urgent issues regarding hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
  • How is mass media, especially the Internet, employed in expressing hatred against different minorities?
  • In what forms do ethnic, sexual or religious differences play a role in provoking hate speech in the three societies?
  • Why do ethnicity, sexuality or religion act as flashpoints in hate speech?

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.


  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 [email protected]
  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.

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:

13–14 January 2018 4th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

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 ([email protected]) 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.

14–15 December 2017 Approaching Ethnoheterogenesis. Membership, Ethnicity, and Social Change in Contemporary Societies

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: [email protected]
ABSTRACTS DUE: June 15, 2017



Institut für Soziologie

[email protected]

7–9 December 2017 Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context

Maison de France, Berlin

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung invite submissions for a three-day conference in Berlin on concepts of historical periodisation in transregional perspective. The conference is convened by Thomas Maissen (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris, DHIP), Barbara Mittler (Heidelberger Centrum für Transkulturelle Studien, HCTS), and Pierre Monnet (Institut franco-allemand de sciences historiques et sociales, Frankfurt am Main). The conference will feature a keynote lecture on December 7th and several topical panel sessions on December 8th and 9th. It is arranged in cooperation with the Einstein Center Chronoi and the Graduate School Global Intellectual History at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application Procedure
This call is open to emerging as well as established scholars on all levels. Abstracts should address themselves to some of the following issues and questions:

  1. The Making of Periodisation Schemes 
  2. Morphologies and Models of Periodisation
  3. Axial Times and Epochal Breaks 
  4. Time and Power: Periodisation in a Global Context
  5. Popular and Pedagogical Dimensions of Periodisation

As the institutions involved have French, German and English as working languages, papers can be held in all of these three languages while the working language at the conference will be English. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words for paper presentations of 20-25 minutes. Please submit, along with a brief biographical statement, to [email protected] by April 30, 2017.
Selection of papers will take place in May, applicants will be informed by the end of May. The Forum Transregionale Studien will cover participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.
Participants invited for presentation will have a version of their paper published online at “Trafo – Blog for Transregional Research” and may have the option to publish their papers in an edited print/open access format as well.
For questions regarding the organisation, please contact Alix Winter:  [email protected]; T: +49 (0)30 89 001-424; F: +49 (0)30 89 001-440.

7–8 December 2017 From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East–Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity

Freie Universität Berlin, Topoi Building Dahlem, Hittorfstraße 18, D-14195 Berlin

We are delighted to announce a forthcoming International Workshop: ‘From Oriens Christianus to the Islamic Near East: Theological, Historical and Cultural Cross-pollination in the Eastern Mediterranean of Late Antiquity’. The workshop seeks to shed new light on the crossroads at which the Late Antique world of the Eastern Mediterranean heralded diverse exchanges between Oriental Christendom, Byzantine culture and the Islamic world. Furthermore, how these exchanges impacted the development of diverse regions, cultures, languages, and religions.
The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary overview of the various perspectives emerging from the Christian Oriental, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Archaeological approaches to this area of research. The key objective of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of a unified and holistic approach to understanding the “Sattelzeit” (R. Koselleck) – i.e. the period between 500 and 750 CE. While the scope of the workshop has been intentionally left broad, the papers will primarily focus on the following areas:

  • The role of Eastern/Oriental Christians in the relationship(s) formed between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire.
  • Scripture and Arts as a medium of interchange between Christians and Muslims.
  • The historical narratives and administrative reality of the expansion of the Islamic Empire.

The workshop will take place on 7th – 8th December, 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and is the collaborative effort of the Chair of Byzantine Studies (FU Berlin), Radboud University, and Gorgias Press.
We hope that the workshop will encourage fruitful discussions about the state-of-the-art of the field and highlight potential areas for future inquiry. We further expect the workshop to provide a platform for both established researchers in the field and early-career academics (including advanced Ph.D. students). The workshop proceedings will be published in an edited volume by Gorgias Press.
For further information about the workshop, please contact Manolis Ulbricht: [email protected].

Manolis Ulbricht, Berlin Byzantine Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)
Adam Walker, Radboud University / Gorgias Press

27 November 2017 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
E-mail: [email protected]
or to
Dr. Jan Willem Sneep, Co-Chair ECOTHEE-2017
Planta Europa Foundation, The Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]

Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information.

24–25 November 2017 Movement as Immobility - A Conference on Film and Christianity

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 [email protected] 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: 

[email protected]

16–18 November 2017 SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion

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: [email protected]

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.

14–16 November 2017 The 2nd International Conference of the European Association for Holocaust Studies

Kraków, Poland

Background: 2017 is an important anniversary year as regards the Holocaust. It marks 75 years since the Wannsee conference, Operation Reinhard, and the beginning in 1942 of the systematic mass murder of Jews and others in the death camps established in Nazi-occupied Poland. Auschwitz has become the most widely recognized symbol of the Holocaust: in the popular imagination, images of the railway tracks leading into Birkenau or of ‘Arbeit macht frei’ function as shorthand for the Nazi genocide as a whole. But perhaps less well known, and certainly less symbolized, is the total destruction of Jewish life in thousands of towns and villages that took place in occupied Poland in 1942. At the core of the Holocaust was a horrific, relatively short but intense wave of mass murder in that year: in mid-March 1942, some 75 or 80 per cent of all Holocaust victims were still alive; by mid-February 1943, some 75 or 80 per cent of them were dead. 2017 will also mark 75 years since the beginning of mass gassing operations at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 70 years since the opening of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Aims: The conference will explore the current state of scholarship on the history and memory of Auschwitz, bringing together scholars working on the history of the camp complex itself, as well as those engaged in broader studies about its memorialization and representation, and the ways in which it has come to function as an icon of the Nazi genocide.

Possible topics for papers might include:

  • Current scholarship on Auschwitz
  • The history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
  • Auschwitz as a symbol of the Holocaust and other Nazi genocides
  • Memory of Auschwitz and its memorialization
  • The role of Auschwitz in Holocaust education
  • The image of Auschwitz in literature, art, film and music

As the aim of the EAHS is to provide a forum for cutting-edge Holocaust scholarship and education in Europe, we also welcome papers on any other aspect of Holocaust Studies, particularly from European scholars, educators, and museum professionals.

Those who are interested in presenting a paper (20 minutes) at the conference should send a proposal with title, an abstract of 250–300 words, and a short CV/bio of 100 words.

13–15 November 2017 Religion and Cultural Shifts: from Axial Age to (Post)Secular Age

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:

  •  “Building blocks” of religion from the perspective of human evolution;
  •  “Deep origins” of ritual and religion: genetic explanations of ritual and the concept of animal and human play;
  • Before/Outside Axial civilizations: dynamics of tribal religions;
  • Specificity of the Axial Age, Axial civilizations and Axial breakthroughs;
  • Axial processes of reconstruction of socio-cultural orders according to transcendental visions;
  •  Axial reflexivity: critical examination of world orders / socio-cosmic orders, creative ideation and pluralism of transcendental visions (religious visions, cultural concepts, political ideologies);
  • Axial pluralism of visions and its consequences: surplus of meaning open to conflicting interpretations, crystallization of orthodoxy and heterodoxy;
  •  Axial broadening of horizons: opening up of potentially universal perspectives in contrast to the particularism of more archaic ethnocentric societies and more archaic modes of though;
  •  Religious elites as carriers of axial visions: from ritual and magical specialists to authority of wisdom (prophets, sages, philosophers, monks, ascetics, mystics);
  • Axial transformations in developments of ancient religions: from mythos to logos, from orthopraxy to orthodoxy, from divination to meditation, from ritual violence to compassion, from religious socialization to privatization of religion, from religion of cosmos to religion of self.

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:

  • Notions of the secular, secularization, secularism and the problem of their validity in theoretical accounts of contemporary moral-spiritual condition.
  • Adequacy of Taylor’s approach to Western secularity in the light of proliferation of various conceptions of post-secularity (post-secularism).
  • Taylor’s Reform Master Narrative and its relation to the Löwith-Blumenberg debate about the legitimacy of the modern age.
  • Medieval theologico-philosophical conceptions of the “natural” and the “supernatural” and their consequences for the making of modern “immanent”, “selfsufficient” orders.
  • The “resurgence of religion” in the public spheres of Western societies and the plausibility of Williams James’s take on religion as a matter of individual experience.
  • Theories of modern secularity in the context of new spirituality, individualization of religion, and religious pluralism
  • The inevitability of mythical thinking in a (post)secular age
  • The Axial Age as a historical and conceptual framework for a (post)secular age
  • William James’s critique of the “ethics of belief” (William Clifford) and its relevance for the contemporary debates between believers and unbelievers
  • Religious sources of Western secularity

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: [email protected]

Conference fee: 350 PLN or 80 EUR.

3–10 November 2017 The 4th Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology

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

26–28 October 2017 Ways of Knowing 2017

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 [email protected].

October 27-29, 2016

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

26–27 October 2017 Call for Papers - Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism 4th Global Conference

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 ([email protected]) and Prof Chadwick Co Sy Su of the University of the Philippines Manila ([email protected]). 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

23–24 October 2017 International Conference: "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies"

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2017 International Conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies” that will be co-sponsored by the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program.

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research ( is dedicated to advancing new areas of interdisciplinary research on the Holocaust and other genocides. One of the Center’s primary research themes is Digital Genocide Studies. 

Digital technologies have begun to significantly influence contemporary scholarship, theories, and methods in the social sciences and humanities. The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites scholars from all disciplines to examine the relationships between digital methodologies, practices, ethics and contemporary Holocaust and genocide studies. How can digital humanities shape, challenge, or complement contemporary genocide studies and vice versa?

The two-day international conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies” will be held on October 23-24, 2017 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The conference will investigate the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches. Especially of interest would be how digital humanists from a range of disciplines and methodologies can broaden our methodological approaches to the study of the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide. 

We encourage diverse approaches to the conference theme that draw from a wide variety of critical lenses and approaches, as well as focus on any time period, case study, or medium.

Submissions on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • Digital methodologies and their applicability to genocide studies
  • Quantitative genocide research
  • Big data methodologies and comparative genocide studies
  • Digital technologies (such as wearable devices, 3D printing, and others) and their applicability to genocide studies
  • Creation, curation, promotion and analysis of digital genocide resources and collections
  • Audio and visual genocide testimonies and their digitization, preservation, and accessibility
  • Social, institutional, global/regional, multicultural, and multilingual aspects of digital genocide research
  • Ethics of digital genocide studies
  • Tools and methods of genocide studies that could fruitfully contribute to or influence the digital sphere and the field of digital humanities

20–21 October 2017 The Communities and Margins of Early Modern Scotland

St Mungo’s Museum, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

“The Communities and Margins of Early Modern Scotland” is a two-day international conference which will be held at St. Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow, on the 20 and 21 of October 2017.

Our aim is to provide a space for postgraduates, early career researchers, and academics to come together and facilitate lively discussion on narratives surrounding the concept of the ‘community’ and those who participated on the margins of early modern Scotland.

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

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19–20 October 2017 Women in Early Modern Philosophy

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 [email protected] Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

19–22 October 2017 Sermon: Text and Performance

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!

13–14 October 2017 Numa, Numa: The Life and Afterlife of the Second King of Rome

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 ([email protected]) 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)

13–14 October 2017 Understanding and Misunderstanding between the Far East and the West

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.

13–14 October 2017 Religion, Normativity, Method

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—

  • strategic uses of aesthetics for political and social projects.
  • the formation or malformation of selves in aesthetic experience.
  • the relationship between justice and beauty.
  • modern approaches to the convertibility of the transcendentals.
    • Faculty convener: Nichole Flores

Normativity from below

  • anthropological and ethnographic methods as a starting point for normative work.
  • normative implications of descriptive projects.
  • ontological and epistemological limits of ethical frameworks.
  • categories of analysis that emerge from particular contexts or the subject-matter under study.
    • Faculty convener: Willis Jenkins

Fragility & normativity—

  • ways fragility motivates or directs the sense of ‘what matters.’
  • undervalued non-Western sources for ethical reflection.
  • fear of madness and suffering in philosophy.
    • Faculty convener: Sonam Kachru


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: 

[email protected]

6 October 2017 ‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe

Departments of English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago


‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Enterline, Professor and Nancy Perot Chair in the Department of English, Vanderbilt University

Doctoral students in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago invite faculty and graduate student submissions to a one-day symposium on early modern (c. 1500-1700) European cultures of loss and consolation, to be held on October 6, 2017. Along with panel presentations, the symposium will feature a keynote address by Lynn Enterline, as well as a roundtable discussion by faculty from Chicago-area universities.

Loss is a familiar topos to scholars of the Renaissance and early modern Europe, on scales large and small. In the sixteenth-century Netherlands, waves of Reform iconoclasm lead to whitewashed churches stripped bare of the religious artwork that had formerly adorned them. Tragedy flourishes in European theatres. England’s King Charles I loses his head. In the texts and artifacts of the period, loss emerges as a moral an epistemological problem, a political crisis, a site of performance for gendered subjectivities and religious identities, and a lyric trope. Moreover, loss destabilizes the very notion of the political states we call “Europe”: in a world dramatically altered by the rise of capitalism, colonial imperialism, religious violence, and developments in the sciences, boundaries and borders are extended, distended, and dissolved. And, for scholars today working on such materials, the archive constitutes a precarious space that testifies as much to historical loss as to survival. Yet even as loss assumes new forms in the early modern period, so too does consolation, as individuals, communities, and states alike seek salves, buffers, and antidotes.

On the stage and the page, in political thought and material culture, in science and theology, loss and consolation find new forms and acquire new purchase. However, scholars attempting to answer the questions raised by these phenomena too often do so without the chance to converse with others thinking about early modern loss and consolation throughout the humanistic and social scientific disciplines. The aim of this symposium is to consider the double notion of loss and consolation not only as it traverses the early modern European landscape, but as it remakes that landscape and generates new points of interdisciplinary contact. The historical and cultural study of loss and its antidotes in early modern Europe can be a productive site at which disciplines themselves “lose” their bearings and discover the resources of other academic contexts and frameworks.

We welcome submissions on various aspects of our theme, including:

  • Anxiety and the anticipation of future loss
  • Grief, mourning, and funerary culture
  • Political loss, exile, and diaspora
  • Nostalgia, amnesia, forgetting, and historical narrative
  • Loss and consolation as occasions for the performance of gender and     sexuality
  • The genres of representing loss, and the comforts of literary form
  • Philosophy and religion as consolatory discourses
  • Loss of faith, atheism
  • Anti-sociality and melancholia as resistance
  • Personal and collective disappointment
  • The early modern archive and the affective dimensions of the digital humanities

These are only suggestions; we anticipate a rich and exciting range of submissions from faculty and graduate students from any field. Some fields we expect to be represented at this symposium are Romance languages, Germanic languages, philosophy, religious studies, English, history, art history, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, critical theory, rhetoric, and comparative literatures.

We are inviting submissions for 20-minute oral presentations on the symposium theme. Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words to [email protected] by July 15, 2017.

3–6 October 2017 Child Dignity in the Digital World

Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Center for Child Protection, Rome

Children and adolescents make up over a quarter of the more than 3.2 billion Internet users worldwide. This generation of over 800 million young users is in danger of becoming victims of sextortion, sexting, cyberbullying and harassment.

This global problem calls for a global solution. We need an open and thorough discussion to build awareness, and to mobilize action for a better protection of minors online.

‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’ is the first world congress of its kind that brings together key stakeholders and international leaders from all relevant areas.

This pioneering congress hosted by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome sets a milestone in the international fight against digital sexual child abuse.

The invitation-only congress brings together distinguished academic experts, business leaders, leaders of civil society, high-level politicians and religious representatives from across the globe. This provides a historic opportunity to set the global agenda for the fight against online sexual child abuse and for child protection in the digital world.

28–30 September 2017 Sacred Landscapes: The Role of Religion, Spirituality and Faith in Landscape Morphology

University of Milan, Italy

Daniel Cooper, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford ([email protected])
Jonathan Turnbull, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford ( [email protected])

Religion, spirituality and faith play integral roles in landscape transformation. Not only do spiritual beliefs and religious institutions inform individual and collective perspectives and engagement with each other and the land, but they also influence concepts of morality and justice in government, non-government, private, multilateral, and academic organizations. The fields of historical ecology, political ecology and spiritual ecology represent important frames of reference for understanding the complex dialects embedded in landscape. Most of the scholarship in these fields focuses on the nature-culture ontological continuum and biocultural integrity, often framing spirituality as an aspect of culture. However, many individuals and communities, including most indigenous populations, see beyond this binary framework to a deeper and more holistic understanding of landscape that includes a metaphysical or spiritual dimension. In such ontologies, social and environmental ethics are often dictated and enforced by other-than-human beings/biospiritual agents and interlocutors such as shamans, priests or priestesses. These beings and practitioners influence the way people perceive, feel and behave, often determining how and where resources are extracted and cultivated. The  objective of this workshop is to bridge the gap between science and religion in pursuit of a more integrated and holistic understanding of landscape, resource exploitation, conflict, governance, development and climate change.

28–30 August 2017 The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion

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 [email protected]
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

25–26 August 2017 International Conference on Religious Studies

Warsaw, Poland

Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, or whether you think religion has played a positive or negative role in history, it is an incontrovertible fact that from the beginning of time, humans have engaged in activities that we now call religion, such as worship, prayer, and rituals marking important life passages. Moreover, religions have always asked fundamental questions, such as: What is the true meaning of life? What happens to us after death? How do we explain human suffering and injustices? The answers different religious traditions give to these important questions are many and varied and often contradictory. But the questions themselves are ones with which humans throughout time have grappled, and probably will continue to grapple with into the indefinite future. Thus, one of the first reasons to study religion is simply to deepen our understanding of others and ourselves.

We also study religion in order to learn more about how different aspects of human life—politics, science, literature, art, law, economics—have been and continue to be shaped by changing religious notions of, for example, good and evil, images of the deity and the divine, salvation and punishment, etc. By studying different religious doctrines, rituals, stories, and scriptures, we can also come to understand how different communities of believers—past and present, East and West—have used their religious traditions to shape, sustain, transform themselves.

More than ever before, the world we live in is both multicultural and global. We no longer need to travel across the ocean to visit a Hindu temple or an Islamic mosque or to meet a Sikh or a Jain. The chances are that you can find a temple or mosque within a few miles of where you live, and it is almost certain that you will be meet someone from any and all of these religious traditions anywhere. This makes it even more essential that we cultivate our ability to understand and interpret other people’s religious traditions.

Finally, the academic study of religion is inherently multidisciplinary. With religion one can learn about a range of disciplinary approaches, and, even more importantly, the connections and linkages among them. In this way studying religion invites us all to think in a more interdisciplinary and integral way about the world and our place in it. The conference offers an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of religion: history, literature, languages, material culture etc.

Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • Anthropology of religion
  • Cultural anthropology of religion
  • Economics of religion
  • Geography of religion
  • History of religion
  • Literary approaches
  • Neurological approaches
  • Origin of religion
  • Psychology of religion
  • Sociology of religion
  • Law and religion
  • Religion and film
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Ethics
  • Theology

We also welcome poster proposals that address one of the conference themes.

Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 10 June 2017 to:

Download paper proposal form.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in an e-Book with an ISBN number.

Full registration fee – 130 GBP

Student registration fee – 100 GBP

Venue: KOPERNIKA Conference Centre, ul. Kopernika 30, Warsaw

8 August 2017 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.

6–10 August 2017 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

We are happy to announce that the Seventeenth World Congress of Jewish Studies will take place from August 6 to 10, 2017 at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The World Congress of Jewish Studies convenes in Jerusalem every four years, and is the most important event in Jewish studies worldwide. The last Congress in 2013 brought together thousands of participants from over 40 countries, who attended nearly 1600 lectures in various fields and on many diverse topics in Jewish studies. The lectures were presented by scholars from all the important centers and institutions of Jewish learning. The Congress also features a comprehensive book fair, as well as hosted social and cultural events to give participants the opportunity to share various aspects of Jewish culture.

Listeners can pay for participation here, according to this price list.

Congress program can be found here.

26–27 July 2017 Religion and Aesthetics

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:

  • Embodied aesthetic experience in religious contexts
  • Moral beauty and the aesthetics of character in religious traditions
  • Religious architecture, places, and environments
  • Religious music, literature, poetry, and narrative
  • Ritual and aestheticized religious practices
  • The aesthetic concepts, experiences, and practices distinctive to (particular) religious traditions
  • The aesthetic significance of natural creatures, places, and processes in religious life
  • The aesthetics of mystical, epiphanic, and pankalic experiences
  • The nature and role of beauty in religious traditions
  • The role of aesthetic practices and experiences in religious lives
  • The putative aesthetic properties of transcendent entities such as God


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  [email protected]

Enquiries to [email protected]


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.

11–13 July 2017 Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network

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.

11–14 July 2017 Australasian Association for European History (AAEH) Conference 2017

Monash University, Australia

Monash would like to invite you to the XXVth Conference of the Australasian Association for European History, to be held at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus in Melbourne

We invite established scholars as well as postgraduates to discuss Europe’s entanglements (and disentanglements), their historical roots, contours and contemporary resonance, from the eighteenth century to the present, on the topics below. Individual papers are welcome, and we also encourage panel proposals.

  • The formation and dissolution of borders, blocs and empires in Europe;
  • The foundation, expansion and maintenance of overseas colonies and empires, their dissolution and legacies;
  • Efforts at national and regional unification, as well as the resistance of ethnic and religious groups against integration within nation-states and across the continent;
  • The movement of people as migrants, refugees, expatriates;
  • Social and cultural networks and movements – monarchies and aristocracies, entrepreneurs and business people, journalists, scholars, public intellectuals, artists, entertainers and writers;
  • Europe’s efforts, attempts and failures at integrating within a global community, through legal, economic and political institutions;
  • Entanglements with the past through commemorative practices and communities, representational practices, custodial institutions and museums, and through traces and monuments in the landscape (natural as well as urban);
  • The historical trajectory of environmental entanglements, between humans, animals and their habitats, urban and rural.

3–7 July 2017 Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies

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.

25–27 June 2017 Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths


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 [email protected]

23–24 June 2017 Sensing Divinity: incense, religion and the ancient sensorium

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

  • Joël Candau (University of Nice)
  • Esther Eidinow (University of Nottingham)

19–22 June 2017 The Anglophone Safeguarding Conference 2017

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:

18–22 June 2017 European Academy of Religion 2017

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 [email protected].

8–9 June 2017 Power of the Bishop III: Bishops as Diplomats 1000- 1400

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 [email protected] with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via

5–7 June 2017 Law as Religion, Religion as Law Conference

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Room 405

2 June 2017 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.

1–3 June 2017 2017 Logos Conference,

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.

1–3 June 2017 6th ESSWE Conference: Western Esotericism and Deviance

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:

  • (How) can we evaluate or measure the deviant or marginal status of esoteric ideas, authors, or currents?
  • Are polemics against esoteric ideas, authors or currents evidence for their marginal acceptance or rather their wide distribution and large appeal in a given historical context?
  • What are the driving forces behind the rejection, othering and marginalization of esoteric ideas, authors, or currents?
  • Is the talk about “deviance” only the product of scholarly stereotypes or misconceptions?
  • Can we distinguish different forms or types of “deviance” in the study of Western esotericism?
  • How do polemics against esoteric ideas, authors and currents differ across time periods?
  • Is “occulture” a phenomenon of the 20th and 21st centuries only?
  • What are the motivations and strategies of “secrecy” and “concealment” in different strands and periods of Western esotericism? To what extent are they a response to perceived “deviance”?

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 [email protected] 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.

31 May–3 June 2017 2017 Translation & Transmission Conference

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

27 May–2 June 2017 Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) 2017 Annual Meeting

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

23–24 May 2017 Empire, Socialism, and Jews, V: The Postwar Years

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

17–20 May 2017 11th International Conference on Daoist Studies

Nanterre, Paris, France

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

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

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

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

3 May 2017 Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

University of Edinburgh, UK

Day Conference
Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

Most people in early modern Scotland lived and worked on the land. How did agriculture shape their daily lives, and the broader economy and society in which they worked? This one-day conference brings together scholars to present some of the latest research.

Papers will include detailed studies of the working of agriculture in particular localities, from Midlothian to Shetland. The role of farming in culture and the imagination will be examined. An international dimension enters with a study of the North Sea grain trade.

While several of the papers focus on the older 'unimproved' agriculture, there is also attention to the changing role of agriculture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Finally, agriculture's place in Scotland's broader economic modernisation will be discussed.

The conference will be convened by Professor T. C. Smout (University of St Andrews), H. M. Historiographer Royal for Scotland. Professor Smout has made many contributions to the social, economic and environmental history of Scotland. His most celebrated book, A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830, has been continuously in print since 1969.

Where and when
The conference will take place on Saturday 6 May 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

Conference programme
The day's programme is available at the conference website.

The conference is open to the public. The fee to attend the conference is £30.00 (student and unwaged rate £20.00). Morning and afternoon tea and coffee are provided as part of the day-delegate rate, but not lunch. There are several cafés and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

Please book online in advance, via the conference website Go to 'Click here to register now'.

Enquiries about booking arrangements and other practicalities of the conference should be made to Ms Elaine Philip. Telephone: 0131 651 1254. Email: [email protected]

Enquiries about academic aspects of the conference should be made to Dr Julian Goodare. Telephone: 0131 650 4021. Email: [email protected]

Conference and project
The conference is part of the two-year project 'Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland', led by Dr Julian Goodare (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Alan R. MacDonald (University of Dundee), and funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Project website:

The organisers plan to publish revised versions of the conference papers, plus other chapters, in an edited book entitled Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland.

30 April 2017 2017 Ocha Zanmai Chanoyu & Tea Culture Conference

San Francisco, CA, USA


Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment (PDF format) to [email protected].

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

27–29 April 2017 Third International Conference on Christian Hebraism in Eastern and Central Europe: Jews in Christian Eyes: Between Inspiration and Hostility

University of Wrocław, Poland

Following two successful conferences on Christian Hebraism in East Central Europe, one in Wittenberg (2012) and one in Budapest (2014), we have the pleasure to announce the third round of the conference to take place in Wroclaw in April 2017.

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

  • Hebrew in debates over the Bible and biblical canon
  • Use of Hebrew and the image of the Jews in intra-Christian polemics
  • Hebrew and the Jews in debates over Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Academic centers of Hebrew learning in religious and antisemitic debates
  • Hebrew in religious polemics with the Jews
  • Polemical ethnographies
  • Hebrew in missionary activities toward the Jews
  • Hebrew in antisemitic writings

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

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

If you have any questions related to the conference please get in touch with the organizers: Rajmund Pietkiewicz ([email protected]), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński ([email protected]), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.

23–25 March 2017 2017 Meeting of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology“Liturgy, the Arts, and Religious Experience”

Furman University, Greenville, SC, USA

Call for Papers


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

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

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

Please submit two documents (1) a title page with contact information and word count, (2) complete papers (or abstracts) as Word files, suitable for blind review, by December 1, 2016 to: [email protected]

Questions: Please contact J. Aaron Simmons at [email protected]

15–17 March 2017 Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Old Library of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, UK

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


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

9–10 February 2017 What Would Jesus Fund? Financing Religious Enterprises in the Long Eighteenth Century

University of Tübingen, Germany

Keynote speaker: Prof. Mark Valeri (Washington University, St. Louis, USA)

While cliometrics has transformed our understanding of history over the past decades, the new economics of religion remains a comparatively small and emerging field. This is especially true with regard to the early modern period, where data is often incomplete, inconsistent or simply lacking. The economic developments of the long eighteenth century represented a major challenge for Christianity as a whole, in particular for religious dissenters, many of whom worked in crafts and trades. With colonialism, the triangular slave trade and the Industrial Revolution came globalisation, capital accumulation and consumerism. New economic opportunities not only encouraged religious migrations, but also introduced spiritual dilemmas, leading to as many diverging responses from one denomination to another. The Great Evangelical Awakening largely capitalised on colonial expansion and the transatlantic trade to reach new audiences, for instance. Conversely, some radical minorities rejected these evolutions and instead founded self-sufficient societies based on communal property on the model of the New Jerusalem. But who exactly funded these religious enterprises, how and why? What was the relationship, if any, between commercial and religious networks? To what extent did economic opportunities encourage religious migrations? Did dissenting attitudes towards wealth change from one generation to the next?

This two-day workshop will explore the influence of a globalising, capitalist economy on the religious concepts and practices of the long eighteenth-century. In so doing, it hopes to bring together economic historians and historians of religion to reassess the logistics and dynamics of Christian enterprises in a transnational context.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Confessional and inter-confessional trade
  •  The funding of missionary activities
  •  Communal property and utopian communities
  •  Religious and economic migrations
  •  The material culture of religious enterprises


Abstracts (250-300 words) for a 20-minute paper should be sent directly to [email protected] by 15 October 2016. Selected abstracts will be notified by 1 November 2016.

Contact Info: 

Dr Lionel Laborie

Contact Email: 

[email protected]

20 January 2017 The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics

Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN, UK

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

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

Call for Papers

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

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


Conference Fee (including lunch and refreshment)

Standard:  £ 25

Students:   £ 5

Unwaged:  £ 10

Heythrop Students and Staff: free


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

5–7 December 2016 Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Old Library of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, UK

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

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

2–3 November 2016 2016 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115, USA

One God in Three Faiths: Exploring the Shared Values in the Abrahamic Religious Traditions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The Abstract Submission Deadline is August 31, 2016. However, the conference would like to extend it for some of Religions community members or authors who wish to submit and present a paper of substance at the conference.

15 September 2016 The 3rd Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11: From Faith to Interfaith

Montreal, Canada

Most people remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news of the aerial assault on the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
The ground may not have shifted under our feet at the moment but the very concept of religion underwent a paradigm shift for many of us. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, and peace and harmony, the word religion was launched on a semantic trajectory which would make it a byword for evil, aggression and terror.
But is there not more to religion than this? We invite you to explore the more positive possibilities of the religious dimension of life by attending the third Global Conference on World’s Religions after September 11: From Faith to Interfaith, which will meet in Montreal on September 15, 2016. Its aim is to bring together the various religions of the world in an ecumenical spirit to address the many issues facing the world today and adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the hope that this will help all of us become better human beings.

17–19 August 2016 23rd Nordic conference for the Sociology of Religion

University of Helsinki, Finland

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd Nordic conference for the Sociology of Religion. The conference will be held on the 17th–19th of August in 2016 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.


The theme of the conference is: Wellbeing, leadership and the lifespan – Current trends in the sociology of religion

The subjective turn has made the individual the centre of attention in debates on current religious and spiritual change. The customisation of religious belief, ritual and thought often centres around individual wellbeing. At the same time, religious organisations are redrafting their management and leadership strategies and have shifted their attention from classic teaching and worship to new forms of individualised and experience-centred formats. Individuals and their lifespan have increasingly become the centre of focus in religion. These changes also tend to raise tensions in religious organisations, and the polarisation between extremes seems to be increasing. The changes are linked to changes in society at large, including demographic changes, generational changes, changes in the role of the media and changes in the role of religious authority. Religion is increasingly a matter of personal choice and is given no automatic authority at any level.

The 23rd Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion seeks more understanding, both theoretically and empirically, on the changes in the religious field and their meaning for the individual, for religious and secular organisations, and for society at large. Contributions addressing these developments and changes at different levels and broadening the understanding of the role of religion in society today are warmly welcome. Other current topics within the sociology of religion will also be discussed. We encourage proposals for both sessions and individual papers.

18–20 February 2016 The 5th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

Perth, Western Australia

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 5th International Conference Buddhism & Australia.

This conference is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their recent and latest researches on Buddhism; to complete each other’s views and consider future directions of Buddhism in changing times.

The main themes this year are:

  • Buddhist Cosmology
  • Transforming Buddhism
  • Online Buddhist studies
The organizers are also open to proposals for contributions on Buddhist history, philosophy, texts as well for proposals on any related theme.

14–15 December 2015 Regulating Religion: Normativity and Change at the Intersection of Law and Religion

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.

2–4 December 2015 Religious Phenomena within the textbooks at the end of the school cycle - Mediterranean area and comparisons outside

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.

23 November–24 April 2015 2nd Australian Conference on Islam

Sydney, Australia

This conference aims to explore how radicalisation and Islamophobia feed one another and work hand in hand to pull society towards polar extremes. By tackling these issues from political, sociological, psychological and theological angles, this conference aims to explore the root causes of radicalisation and in particular the significant impact of Islamophobia to that process. The 2nd Australasian Conference on Islam invites abstracts for original and critical research papers addressing the theme Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies.

21–24 November 2015 2015 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting

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!

23–25 October 2015 2015 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting

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.

15–16 October 2015 Conference on Islam in Russia

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.

1–3 October 2015 Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices

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.

1–4 October 2015 Heritage Religion & Travel: Theoretical and Empirical Journeys

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.

29–30 September 2015 Texts, Sounds, and Images from the Divine Sphere – Contemporary Religious Concepts of Knowledge in Competition

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.

23 September–26 April 2015 9th Pan-European Conference of the European International Studies Association (EISA) - Transnational Religion, Conflict and Dialogue

Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy

Welcome to the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations! What began as a slightly risky experiment in Heidelberg in September 1992 has proved to be a sustainable and increasingly important event. There is such a thing as an IR community in Europe and the Pan-European Conferences have made a significant contribution to constitute the community. It is perhaps insufficiently developed in terms of principles, norms and rules but vibrant, innovative and in motion it is. And, equally important, we can improve what might be insufficiently developed and therefore invite you to engage.

17–18 September 2015 . Societies Beyond Borders? New Perspectives in Transnational Studies

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.

11–12 September 2015 Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, Materiality, Technology

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.

11–13 September 2015 International Conference of the Belgian Association for the Study of Religions - In Search of the Origins of Religions

Ghent, Belgium

This conference (in Ghent) will analyze factors that contributed to the origins of religion as such, the origins of a specific religion and of a specific tradition within a religion. It also includes the beginnings of the scientific study of religion. The geographical scope is global and papers can be submitted on any historical period. The aim of the conference is both to give the floor to international specialists and to Belgian researchers.

23–29 August 2015 XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions

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.

23–26 July 2015 Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference

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?,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/research/sla/grounding_the_sacred_2015

2–5 July 2015 The 33rd ISSR Conference

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The theme of the conference will be "Sensing Religion". For more information please refer to the website.

25 June 2015 1st International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The conference is hosted by the Spirituality Interest Group, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

18–20 June 2015 The 2015 CESNUR Conference

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.

17–19 June 2015 Christian Monasticism from East to West Monastic Traditions and Modernity in Europe International Conference

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.

10–12 June 2015 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Emotional geographies of faith, spirituality and religion

Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

4–5 June 2015 Fifth annual Conference on Information and Religion, New Technologies and Religious Communities

Kent State University, Ohio, United States

This call for proposals seeks original contributions in all areas related to information and religion. The conference theme invites participants to share their work in a variety of areas that might be called intersections of technology with religion and information.

1–2 June 2015 Religions and Secularities in the Caucasus: New Configurations

Tbilisi, Georgia

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.

28–29 May 2015 Empire, Socialism & Jews III: Revolution, Emancipation and Mass Politics, 1848-1867-1889

IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna

The conference, a third in a series, is part of a project for reconceptualizing the Austrian Empire's place in Central European history by focusing on the interaction of imperial institutions, the socialist movement and Austrian Jewry. This conference will focus on the transformations of the 1848 Revolutions, the 1867 Emancipation of the Jews, and the founding of the Socialist Party. Participants will seek to rewrite the Empire back into the national Austrian narrative.

28–30 May 2015 Spirit and Sentiment: Affective Trajectories of Religious Being in Urban Africa

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).

23–24 April 2015 International Conference "Diasporic and Migrant Identities: Social, Cultural, Political, Religious and Spiritual Aspects"

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

We would like to open up the floor for dialogue about diasporic and migrant identities and also establish a network of scholars and researchers working on these issues. We are hoping to offer an opportunity for exchange and discussion of ideas, theoretical and empirical findings, as well as methodological approaches focusing on diasporic communities of Bosniaks, Balkan Muslims, but also other communities whose work and experience could be compared to them.

17–18 April 2015 The 32nd Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies - "religion, tradition and inter-faith relations in the Muslim world"

Villanova University in Villanova, PA, USA

The American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) plans to hold its 32nd annual conference on the topic, “Religion, Tradition and Inter-faith Relations in the Muslim world.”

16–19 April 2015 ASCH 2015 SPRING MEETING

Minneapolis, MN, USA

The primary theme of the conference is “Contact and Exchange among Religious Groups.”

16–17 April 2015 . Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

Berkeley, California, United States

'Social Movements and Faith'- Special Focus

16–18 April 2015 5th ESSWE Conference, Western Esotericism and the East

Riga, Latvia

Current understandings of esotericism as a predominantly Western, European and North-American, phenomenon are by no means self-evident. By placing “the East” at the center of attention, this conference intends to put a range of important issues on the agenda.

15–17 April 2015 British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015, Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression?

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

13–15 April 2015 BRAIS - British Association for Islamic Studies 2015 Conference

Senate House, University of London, UK

Pre-arranged panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject, such as:

  • Qur’anic Studies
  • Law
  • History, Medieval and Modern
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Intellectual History
  • Spirituality
  • History of Art
  • History of Science
  • Diversity within Islam
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Islam in the Media
  • Human Rights
  • Interreligious Relations
  • Muslims in Britain/Europe/the West.
  • Islam in Asia and Africa

11–12 April 2015 Shifting Boundaries: The Study of Islam in the Humanities

Burlington, VT, USA

We seek dynamic papers that connect Islamic Studies–which we define as broadly as possible–to broader critical concerns in the humanities and related social sciences. We are especially interested in papers that address or engage critical cultural studies and issues of the academy (metanarratives about studying Islam that incorporate theoretical concerns, the value of the humanities, or issues of pedagogy). We also welcome papers that address the broad categorical study of Islam; aspects of Muslim life, “culture,” or practice; or Islamicate literatures or histories.

10–12 April 2015 Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

University of Edinburgh, UK

The theme this year is ‘dialogue’, by which we mean discussion, conversation, debate, argument, and communication between and within the religious traditions of South Asia. Our purview includes both religions of South Asian origin wherever in the world they are being practised, and those of non South Asian origin present within South Asia. We welcome papers based upon all research methods, including textual, historical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical.

9–11 April 2015 Religion, Violence, and Peace

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Our chief aim is to bring together multi-disciplinary scholars working on the topic of religion, violence, and peacemaking from historical as well as contemporary perspectives.

3–4 April 2015 Networks and Religious Difference in Asian Buddhist Traditions

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States

We will examine how theories of networks and a focus on negotiations of perceived difference shed new light on Asian Buddhist traditions in a workshop to be held at Vanderbilt University on April 3-4, 2015.

26–27 March 2015 Charity in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions

Saint Louis University, MO, USA

One of the challenges to intercultural understanding is the lack of common categories that can be used in identifying and interpreting cultural commonalities and differences. The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University seeks to encourage reflection on such categories by focusing on the ideas and practices of charity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the modern era.

26–28 February 2015 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

Perth, Western Australia

The conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasian region.

25 February 2015 Workshop on Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism

Middlesex University, London, UK

This workshop will explore the various ways in which contemporary international migrationand transnationalism affect Catholicism both as practices and institutionally.

19–21 February 2015 Global Halal, An International Conference on Muslims and the Cultural Politics of the Permissible

Michigan University, USA

Global Halal is an international conference organized by the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University in partnership with the UK-based Muslim, Trust and Cultural Dialogue Program. The conference topic addresses a range of cultural, economic and political concerns associated with the principle of halal, especially in relation to contemporary food, banking, and lifestyle.

12–14 February 2015 Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

As sign and site of individual and collective identity profiling the human body has gained increasing importance and attention in today’s culturally and religiously diverse societies. Worldwide many ideological conflicts on the management of diversity and the role of religion in the public sphere are being played out on ‘the body’.

2–3 February 2015 Rire et religions, AFSR with the Institut Européen Emmanuel Levinas

Paris, France

For more information please refer to the website.

21–22 January 2015 Religious Pluralism, Magic and Gender/Sex Diversity in Southeast Asia

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

This international workshop will investigate the increasingly prominent roles that male-to-female (m-t-f) and female-to-male (f-t-m) transgenders as well as homosexual men and women are playing in spirit cults, magical ritual, and ritual healing across mainland and island Southeast Asia.

28 November 2014 Religion and Realism

The American University of Rome, Italy

The conference seeks to explore philosophical, social, political, and theological dimensions of religion and realism. The themes and subjects for paper proposals include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Religion and reality
  • Religion and truth
  • Religion and subversion
  • Religion and political reality
  • Religion and economic “realisms”
  • Absolute “truths” and social/political freedom
  • Ultimate truth: tyranny or liberation?
  • Realism as epistemology
  • Realism – the political dimension
  • Realism – the aesthetic dimension
  • Realism – the religious/theological
  • Realism and the “New Realism”
  • Understanding metaphysical, physical and social “reality”
  • Reality and creativity
  • Reality and religion: the need for interpretation or for a social change?
  • Secularism, post-secularism, new religiosity
  • Power, reality and knowledge

27–28 November 2014 Social Networking in Cyber Spaces: European Muslim's Participation in (New) Media

KU Leuven University, Belgium

Keywords: Social Networks and Media, Social Movements, Networking, European Muslims, Transnationalism, Cyber Communities, iMuslims

27–29 November 2014 Conference on Migration, Religion and Asia

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the study of religions, migration and Asian studies that address the following themes:

Religion and Migration Processes – Religion in the Globalized World – Religion and Acculturation – Migration and Development – Migration in the Globalized World – Migration and the Role of Religion – Religious and Migration Processes in Asia – Globalizing Asia and Religion – Chinese Overseas

22–25 November 2014 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting

San Diego, USA

For more information please have a look at the website.

19–20 November 2014 Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network 3rd International Conference

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, USA

The conference welcomes papers that further expand our understanding of nonreligion and secularity, including topics such as:

·      Theoretical development in the study of secularity and nonreligion

·      The explosion of the so-called “Nones” in the United States in the last two decades

·      Nonreligion and secularity in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

·      Cross-cultural comparisons/contrasts of nonreligion and secularity

·      Secularism and politics in the USA and around the world

·      Intersections of non-religion and secularity with race, class, and gender

·      The varieties of nonreligious experience

·      Typological development in the analysis of secular people and secular movements

·      Neurological and emotional aspects of secularity

·      Secularity and sexuality

·      Prospects for the further development of secular studies

·      Ritual and community within secular culture

·      Secular-religious conflict and cooperation

·      Apostasy and religious rejection

31 October–2 November 2014 SSSR 2014 Annual Meeting

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

Our theme for the 2014 conference is “Building Bridges” between all those interested in the study of religion. This includes any disciplines that focus upon the study of religion as well as scholars from the widest possible geographical and cultural areas. Our intent is to build bridges between disciplines and cultures that have become isolated and communicate only among themselves and not to others with similar interests but from different perspectives.

24–25 October 2014 Music, Theology, and Justice

University of Toronto, Canada

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to gather together scholars interested in exploring further the relationship between music and theology. In particular, the conference will consider theological issues raised by the social practice of music, and implications for justice, ethics, morality.

23–24 October 2014 Eurel Conference 2014: Religion in floating territories

Lublin, Poland

We particularly welcome proposals covering, but not exclusive to, the following areas:

- Religion in cities and urban planning of religion

- Local public regulation (question of burqa and headscarf for instance)

-National and international Church jurisdiction–international network of diaspora and religious minorities

-Migration issues and religion

-Religion and religious belonging: Western and Eastern European understanding

-Religion and borders/ transnational religion

22–24 October 2014 Interdisciplinary conference: Images of Afterlife

University of Turku, Finland

Topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

  • Religious and spiritual images of afterlife
  • Images of afterlife in art
  • Mythic topographies of the otherworld
  • Secular conceptions of afterlife
  • Afterlife conceptions as sources of comfort and hope
  • Beliefs about persistence of the mind after death
  • Mind, soul and consciousness
  • “Good” and “bad” death
  • Suicide and afterlife
  • Euthanasia
  • Organ transplantation
  • Death, afterlife and multiculturalism in health care
  • Agency in afterlife
  • Marginalized discourses of afterlife
  • Interaction with the spaces and agents of the afterlife
  • Spirits, souls, ghosts, wraiths, apparitions, revenants
  • Ancestor worship
  • Near-death experiences and deathbed visions
  • Afterlife and emotions
  • Afterlife: popular (pseudo-scientific) discourses vs. legitimized doctrines

21–22 October 2014 From Immigrants to Citizens? Middle Eastern Christian Identities in Europe Workshop

Lodz, Poland

The organizers welcome papers which engage with any migration or citizenship topic relating to Middle Eastern Christians in Europe, but particular topics of interest include:
  • migrant experiences of Middle Eastern Christian communities in Europe
  • categorisation of migrants and its implications for integration
  • identity construction within Middle Eastern Christian migrant groups
  • cultural encounters between Middle Eastern Christian migrants, the countries of residence and transnational actors
  • Middle Eastern Christians as citizens in European countries
  • the role of churches, political and social organisations as well as influential individuals in negotiating cultural encounters
  • Middle Eastern Christian media
  • internal competition and negotiations among Middle Eastern Christians
  • perceptions of Middle Eastern Christians in the countries of residence
  • Middle Eastern Christians’ encounters with other migrant groups in Europe

16–18 October 2014 The Transnationalization of Religion through Music International Conference

Montréal, Canada

For more information please have a look at the website.!topic/srm-sig/ossf6-I1pX0

16–17 October 2014 Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politic, Latvian Society for the Study of Religion, 2nd International Scientific Conference

Riga, Latvia

Suggestions for contributions include but are not limited to:

- Theoretical and methodological issues relating to intersections between religious studies and youth studies – Role of religion in shaping political understandings of youth – Religiously inspired political activity of young people

- Sacralisation of the youth cultures

- Youth and religiosity

- Youth in searching for new models of religion

- Dynamics of religious radicalization/universalization of young people – “Youth religion” as a distinct religious consciousness

- Political discourses of “youth religion”

9–10 October 2014 International Islamophobia-Conference

Salzburg, Austria

While in the Anglo-Saxon world, Islamophobia has been studied mostly in a comparative setting with racism, and Islamophobia in the United States has often been analyzed by looking at experiences of anti-Catholicism, anti-Communism, and Orientalism, many authors in central Europe and especially in German speaking countries put their focus of a comparison with insights from anti-Semitism-studies.

6–10 October 2014 37th Congress of the German Society of Sociology, Crisis of Religion or Crisis of Secularity?

Trier, Germany

In recent years a considerable amount of scholars speak of a return of the religious, of the religions, and even of the gods (Graf 2004). Hints at the growing public importance of religions in the context of new conflicts are as well taken as arguments as the examples of new phenomena of religiosity, spirituality or religious community building.

2–4 October 2014 Teaching The Christian Intellectual Tradition

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Samford University is proud to announce its inaugural conference on “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition”  (TCIT). Supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities, this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates.

1–2 October 2014 Burning Conversations

Tabor Adelaide, Millswood, South Australia

A diverse collection of papers and workshops, reflecting both theory and practice will address themes such as:

• Spiritual Education and Care in a Secularised Culture

• The place and process of grief and loss in young people’s spiritual journey

• Perspectives of young people on their experiences of spirit and spiritual education

• The spirituality of the educator/practitioner and its relationship to work with young people

• Spirituality and identity formation

• Nuances in the Spirituality Discourse

25–26 September 2014 Christianity and the Limits of Materiality

University of Turku, Finland

We invite proposals for papers on the theme of the limits of materiality in Christianity from researchers working in different disciplines such as the study of religion, history, arts studies, anthropology, ethnology, musicology, folklore studies, gender studies, archaeology, museology, and theology, to name but few.

20 September 2014 43nd Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS), "The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary"

Columbia University, New York, NY

We invite a diverse range of papers from professors and advanced Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences that address the following sub-themes:
  • Concept of Authority in Qur’an and Sunnah
  • Concept of Authority in Fiqh
  • Authority and Authoritarianism
  • Political Authority
  • Authority in an Ideal Society
  • Authority and Legitimacy
  • Authority and Justice
  • Case Studies: Political or Religious Authority in Muslim-Majority Societies
  • Gendered Authority & Patriarchy
  • Female Authority: Religious, Family and Social
  • Ethnographies: Authority in Family, Village, or State Organizations
  • Authority in Contemporary Novels and Poems
  • New Forms of Authority in the 21st Century: Technological Age of the Internet
  • Historical Studies of Authority in Muslim Dynasties: Umayyad/Abbasid/Safavid, etc
  • Challenging Authority: Youth and Women’s Social Movements
  • Muslim Minority Communities in Europe and North America

11–13 September 2014 XVIII SISP Annual Conference

University of Perugia, Italy

Panels on Religion and Politics:

1) Religion and Political Parties

2) Religione e relazioni internazionali (Religion and International Relations)

3) Religion and Local Politics

4) L'impronta della religione sulla teoria e sulla prassi democratica

10 September 2014 INSIDE OUT: Reflexivity and Methodology in Research with British Muslims

Cardiff, UK

The theme of the conference is ‘INSIDE OUT: Reflexivity and Methodology in Research with British Muslims’ and we welcome proposals for papers that explore questions of methodology, reflexivity and related challenges and experiences in the research of British Muslims.

10–15 September 2014 Power/Religion: A Revanche of Reaction or a Metaphor of Revolution?

University of Helsinki and the European University at St Petersburg

After a short-lived belief in the secularization of societies, religion has returned to the political arena with a vengeance. It is one of the most controversial but also determining political issues in today’s world. The majority of contemporary wars and terrorist attacks are religiously laden.

5–6 September 2014 Pentecostalism and Development

London, UK

Pentecostal Christianity (including its many variants) has undoubtedly become one of the major religious forces in the so-called “developing world”. This has major implications for numerous parameters in development initiatives, such as politics, social relations, inter-religious affairs, gender roles, and household economics.

3–5 September 2014 Religion in the Public Domain

Belfast, Northern Ireland

In general, we are witnessing a re-emergence of religion in the public domain. Religion has a new position in the public sphere, struggling for recognition alongside other groups.

Against this background, the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion calls for papers on ‘Religion in the Public Domain’ for the mid-term conference in Belfast.

3–5 September 2014 “Religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”-2. BASR annual conference

The Open University, UK

BASR’s 2014 conference has two themes: “religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”. Both can be interpreted broadly. Panels and papers are invited.

13–15 August 2014 Religion as a Social Force

San Francisco, CA, USA

The 2014 ASR meeting will explore what can be learned by viewing religion and spirituality as independent influences in social life, as well as the potential pitfalls of doing so, along with the many other approaches that flourish within the highly pluralistic sociology of religion.

26–28 June 2014 Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity

York St. John University, UK

The 2014 GSA Annual Conference is particularly interested in generating lively inter-disciplinary discussions while bringing to the fore new theoretical positions and empirical analyses of cultural encounters as an analytical lens to explain current and past global connections.

5–8 June 2014 The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting

Toronto, Canada

This symposium will explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework around 4 themes: Identity; Sharing; Conflict; Forgiveness.
Compelling proposals beyond the themes will be considered.

22–24 May 2014 4th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health

University of Malta

The 4th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health will take place in Malta. Presenters and participants from many nations will exchange their expertise and research results. It will again be a great gathering of researchers and health professionals of many different disciplines.

11–15 May 2014 2014 European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) Annual Conference

Groningen, Netherlands

The 13th EASR Annual Conference will be hosted by the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion at the University of Groningen, 11-15 May 2014. The conference theme is: "Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge".

10–11 April 2014 Religion in Urban Spaces

Göttingen, Germany

The conference will bring the city to the fore in religious research and foster studies that take the meanings of religiosity within the urban context as a central focus.

28–29 March 2014 Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria

Religion is often discussed through the eyes of secularisation theory; however, there is no agreement on what secularisation is, or to what extent religion is present in our present lives even though religion is as influential as ever. Whether we understand secularisation as a decline of religious beliefs, privatization of religion, or as differentiation of the secular spheres and emancipation (Casanova 2006; Berger 2001), we still have to ask ourselves to what extent religion shapes our present lives.

27–30 March 2014 ACERP2014 - The Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy

Osaka, Japan

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss outside the traditional confines of narrow fields of specialism, and in new directions of research and discovery in ethics, religion and philosophy.

19–22 March 2014 Archaeology: Rewriting Early Christian History

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Come discover how, in the past thirty years, archaeologists have helped to rewrite the history of emerging Christianity in the Roman World, and it's cultural repercussions.

26–28 September 2013 Christian Faith and the University

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Christian Faith and the University is a three-day conference exploring the relationship between Christian faith and higher education from the Reformation to the 21st century

27–30 August 2013 Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR)

Lausanne, Switzerland

Every two years, the International Association for the Psychology of Religion organizes a congress (IAPR 2009-Vienna, Austria, IAPR 2011- Bari, Italy). The 2013 Congress of IAPR will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

3–5 June 2013 Religion and Bioethics - Advanced European Bioethics Course

Padova, Italy

The lecture series identifies the basis for the dialogue between religious and secular persons in the anthropological dimension. Such strategy seems to make possible and justify, better than other approaches, the link between bioethics and religions.

20–23 February 2013 Rethinking Europe with(out) Religion

Vienna, Austria

The International Congress “Rethinking Europe with(out) Religion” reflects on the religious and political transformation processes in European contemporary societies in the context of a growing pluralism. It investigates the political role that religion can play for the unification process of Europe in times of crisis. “Rethinking Europe” is more than an economic challenge. It means searching for “a soul for Europe” (J. Delors). However, it is highly controversial if religion(s) can contribute anything at all to Europe and if so what this contribution may look like.

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