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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 by February 15, 2018.

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!

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 ( with copies to the Frieberg Center ( and to the conference's convener, Prof. Michal Biran (

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:

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

Association for the Study of Esotericism

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:  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

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:

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

To read more about the conference, visit:

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 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

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 The conference
will be held in English.

Ivo Komljen
Graduate School of North American Studies
Lansstraße 5-9, 14195 Berlin

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 ( before November 30th, 2017.

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.

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:

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

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

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 ( or Gregory Erickson ( 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.

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 or contact the section convenors, Emilce Cuda and Luca Ozzano, at and

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 ( and Anthony Steinhoff ( “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:

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 ( and Deniz Türker ( by 15 February 2018.

Contact Email:

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:

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.

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, 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

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.”


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.

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

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