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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@example.com
Questions: Please contact J. Aaron Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Wrocław, Poland
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@example.com), on behalf of the Papal Faculty of Theology, and Marcin Wodziński (firstname.lastname@example.org), on behalf of the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław.
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:
- title of the paper
- applicants’ full name
- email address
- street address
- 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@example.com.
Publication: Successful applicants will have an opportunity to publish their papers in the conference’s proceedings volume.
University of Edinburgh, UK
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.
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.
Nanterre, Paris, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
Please register for the Congress (and the CSSR Conference) here: http://congress2017.ca/register
CALL FOR PAPERS
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!
Canadian Society for the Study of Religion
Société Canadienne pour l'Étude de la Religion
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
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
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.
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@example.com with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via http://powerofthebishop.blogspot.co.uk/p/registration.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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:
- The light Numa’s biography sheds on early Italic religion.
- Numa as a model of the good Roman emperor.
- Numa the bête noir of the Latin church fathers.
- How medieval and Renaissance humanists rehabilitated Numa as the father of civil religion.
- The use of Numa to criticize Christianity in the republican tradition.
- Numa as an exemplar for the papacy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and for Enlightenment monarchy.
- 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@example.com) 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)
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.