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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


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 esswe6@uni-erfurt.de 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 (www.augustinerkloster.de; 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.


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:


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)


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  religiousaesthetics@gmail.com

Enquiries to ian.kidd@nottingham.ac.uk


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.


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 https://easychair.org/cfp/LUPHIL_2017 or rw03@lehigh.edu Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.


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 wokconference.harvardsrc@gmail.com.

October 27-29, 2016

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


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 (rajek@post.pl), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński (wodzinsk@uni.wroc.pl), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.


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 mmckeon@sfsu.edu.

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


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 http://teinds.shca.ed.ac.uk/conference/. 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: Elaine.Philip@ed.ac.uk

Enquiries about academic aspects of the conference should be made to Dr Julian Goodare. Telephone: 0131 650 4021. Email: J.Goodare@ed.ac.uk

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: http://teinds.shca.ed.ac.uk/

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.


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 daoconf@gmail.com. Deadline: March 1, 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: http://congress2017.ca/register


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: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/67

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


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


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.


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 powerofthebishop@gmail.com with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via http://powerofthebishop.blogspot.co.uk/p/registration.html


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 eu_are2017@fscire.it.


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 moyeb@kean.edu


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.


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.


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 pacsa2017@gmail.com
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


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 (numanumaconference@umich.edu) 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.


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: SENSORIUM@uc3m.es

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.


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