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

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

CFP – Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)

St. Louis, March 1-4, 2018

Sponsored by:

The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
The Society of Early Americanists
St. Louis University
Washington University in St. Louis

Seeking Panel and Paper Proposals

We seek proposals for panels and individual papers for the special topics conference on Religion and Politics in Early America, March 1-4, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Individual papers are welcome, but preference will be given to completed panel submissions.

This conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in early America from pre-contact through the early republic. All topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion—how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise configure each other—will be welcomed. We define the terms “religion” and “politics” broadly, including (for example) studies of secularity and doubt. This conference will have a broad temporal, geographic, and topical expanse. We intend to create a space for interdisciplinary conversation, though this does not mean that all panels will need be composed of multiple disciplines; we welcome both mixed panels and panels composed entirely of scholars from a single discipline.

Panels can take a traditional form (3-4 papers, with or without a respondent), roundtable form (5 or more brief statements with discussion), or other forms.

Panel submissions must have the following:

  1. An organizer for contact information
  2. Names and titles for each paper in the panel.
  3. A brief abstract (no more than 250 words) for the panel.
  4. A briefer abstract (no more than 100 words) for each paper.
  5. Brief CV’s for each participant (no more than two pages each).

Individual paper submissions must include the following:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. Title
  3. Abstract (no more than 150 words)
  4. A brief CV (no more than two pages)

Please send your proposals to religion.politics.2018@gmail.com by Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at religion.politics.2018@gmail.com.

https://sites.wustl.edu/religionpolitics2018/call-for-papers/

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

Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Themes:

1. Representing the Mysteries of Faith in Art, Liturgy, and Devotion

2. The Religious Orders: Diffusion of Artistic and Religious Practices between Monastery and City
3. The Medieval Artes and their Books
4. The Long Fourteenth Century
5. Transconfessional Spaces in Andalusi Cities
6. Umayyad Córdoba and Nasrid Granada: Poetry, Philosophy, and Architecture
7. Restoring Medieval Buildings: Gains, Problems, and Technologies     
8. Materiality of Medieval Objects: What Now?
9. Monumental Narratives: Bayeux and Beyond
10. Legal History of Landholding and Property      

11. New Medieval Economic Institutions
12. Legacy of Rome: Legal, Literary, and Artistic   
13. Migration, Movement, and Slavery        
14. Female Spirituality and Mysticism
15. Bible Translation and Reform Movements

16. Medieval Cosmographies and Geographies
17. Trade and Material Culture in the Mediterranean
18. Chaucer and the Poets
19. Anglo-Saxon Objects and Spaces, Poems and Places
20.
Faith and Inquiry: Exegesis, Speculative Theology, and Normative Argument
21. Faith and Culture: Devotional Practices, Symbolism, and Lived Religion
22. Transgressing “Isms”: Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism . . .
23. Comparative Kingship from the Carolingians to 1300
24. Truth, “Truthiness,” and Falsehood in Documentary Practice

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=2018Meeting

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

Loyola University Chicago - Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage

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

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

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

Please send abstracts of up to 400 words to hankconferences@luc.edu by January 22, 2018. For creative presentations, please send either a short sample or a brief description of your concept.

PANEL SUGGESTIONS:

CATHOLICISM, BUDDHISM, EMPATHY, POLITICS:

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

CHICAGO AS WRITING CONTEXT:

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

SCARY COMEDY, SERIOUS HUMOR:

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

GHOSTS AND THE AFTERLIFE:

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

CREATIVE INTERPRETATIONS

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

Please send additional questions to mmurphy23@luc.edu or jhawkins8@luc.edu.

https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/12/12/good-god-but-life-could-be-less-than-easy-george-saunders-and-the-fiction-of-radical

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

Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida, USA

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; please see the submission guidelines below.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Please click "Snyder Prize" in the sidebar at left for further information.

More information will be posted here on the conference website as it becomes available, including information about plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.

 

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Abstract Submission Guidelines:

 

If you are considering submitting an abstract or session proposal, please be aware of the following:

1) So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. Furthermore, no one should commit to more than two out of the following three activities: 1) presenting a paper; 2) chairing a session; and 3) participating in a roundtable. Organizing sessions does not count in these calculations, but session organizers are subject to them along with everyone else (i.e. you may organize as many sessions as you like, but you may only present one paper, and chair a separate session).

2) Session chairs should not also present in the panel they are chairing. Session organizers may either chair or present in a panel that they have arranged, but not both. If you are organizing a planned session, you may either arrange for a chair and include him/her in your proposal, or submit your panel without a chair and conference organizers will assign one. (The acceptance of your panel will not depend on whether or not your planned session already has a chair.)

3) Those organizing planned sessions should also know that the organizing committee strongly prefers sessions that include participants from more than one institution.

Please click here to submit your abstract,

or click here to download a printable PDF of this Call for Papers.

Please email info@newcollegeconference.org with any questions.

http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://sites.duke.edu/nccmems2018/

22 March 2018 Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018 will take place at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA, March 22, 2018.

The study of Theravada Buddhism is undergoing significant reconceptualization in recent years that reflect broader developments in the humanities and social sciences. While seeing Theravada practices no longer as discrete foci of study, Theravada studies as a field ascertains Buddhist formations, practices and sentiments as broadly informed by an imaginaire that is derived in part from a prestige language, Pali, and its literary concerns. Recent work on Theravada Buddhist formations emphasizes comparisons among Theravada iterations, their intersections in world history, social networks and aesthetic formations across regions in South and Southeast Asia, global diasporas and interactions with other religions and cultures.

The Theravada Studies Group, established in 2013 in affiliation with the Association for Asian Studies, invites scholars and doctoral students in history, art history, textual studies, anthropology, regional and global studies, political science, environmental studies, migration studies, and related fields to submit proposals for presentations at this inaugural conference. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Theravada material culture, spirit cults, tricksters, ethics, rethinking lay-monastic relations, secularisms and transnational linkages, among other possible themes. 

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for panels and individual papers should be submitted electronically at TheravadaStudies@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2017. Formats may include thematic panels (three papers with respondent or four without), roundtables with pre-circulated position papers; and individual paper proposals. Panel proposals must include an abstract (100 words) describing the significance of the panel’s scope and abstracts (100 words) for each paper.

Following a peer review of submissions, participants will be notified by November 1, 2017 to allow for travel planning in conjunction with the 2018 AAS meetings (March 22-25, 2018). The Theravada Studies Group has some limited funds to assist (especially graduate students) with one night’s accommodation. Registration is free and required at Theravadaciv.org. For further information, please email Theravadaciv@gmail.com.

The conference is organized by the Theravada Studies Group and supported by a grant to the Theravada Civilizations Project from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program. Logistical support is provided by the Association for Asian Studies and Arizona State University.

On behalf of the organizing committee.

: http://theravadaciv.org/inaugural-theravada-studies-conference-2018/

22 March 2018 Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018 will take place at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, USA, March 22, 2018.

The study of Theravada Buddhism is undergoing significant reconceptualization in recent years that reflect broader developments in the humanities and social sciences. While seeing Theravada practices no longer as discrete foci of study, Theravada studies as a field ascertains Buddhist formations, practices and sentiments as broadly informed by an imaginaire that is derived in part from a prestige language, Pali, and its literary concerns. Recent work on Theravada Buddhist formations emphasizes comparisons among Theravada iterations, their intersections in world history, social networks and aesthetic formations across regions in South and Southeast Asia, global diasporas and interactions with other religions and cultures.

The Theravada Studies Group, established in 2013 in affiliation with the Association for Asian Studies, invites scholars and doctoral students in history, art history, textual studies, anthropology, regional and global studies, political science, environmental studies, migration studies, and related fields to submit proposals for presentations at this inaugural conference. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Theravada material culture, spirit cults, tricksters, ethics, rethinking lay-monastic relations, secularisms and transnational linkages, among other possible themes. 

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for panels and individual papers should be submitted electronically at TheravadaStudies@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2017. Formats may include thematic panels (three papers with respondent or four without), roundtables with pre-circulated position papers; and individual paper proposals. Panel proposals must include an abstract (100 words) describing the significance of the panel’s scope and abstracts (100 words) for each paper.

Following a peer review of submissions, participants will be notified by November 1, 2017 to allow for travel planning in conjunction with the 2018 AAS meetings (March 22-25, 2018). The Theravada Studies Group has some limited funds to assist (especially graduate students) with one night’s accommodation. Registration is free and required at Theravadaciv.org. For further information, please email Theravadaciv@gmail.com.

The conference is organized by the Theravada Studies Group and supported by a grant to the Theravada Civilizations Project from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program. Logistical support is provided by the Association for Asian Studies and Arizona State University.

On behalf of the organizing committee.

http://theravadaciv.org/inaugural-theravada-studies-conference-2018/

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

St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

St. Thomas More College welcomes abstract submissions for our upcoming conference examining issues at the intersections of Catholic traditions, science, sustainability, and social justice. This conference will draw an interdisciplinary group of scholars. We are interested in research focused on documenting and comprehending integral ecology according to a broad understanding of the term, seeking to understand how "everything is interconnected" (Laudato Si’, #138). We welcome contributions from scholars working in areas such as physics, sociology, chemistry, history, soil science, philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, health sciences, economics, biology, theology, English, environmental science, and political studies.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ treatment of integral ecology in Laudato Si’, we are seeking papers that advance thinking in the following areas, particularly as they relate to the natural, empirical, theoretical, and health sciences:

Environmental, Economic and Social Ecology

Cultural Ecology

Ecology of Daily Life

 The Principle of the Common Good

 Justice between the Generations

 Other Innovative Topics at Intersections among Catholic Traditions, Science, Sustainability, and Social Justice

Examples for the six areas include (but are not limited to): science fiction, sustainability, and justice; climate justice and scientific models; the role of science in interfaith collaboration in response to ecological derogation; integral ecology, Indigenous ways of knowing, and science; reception of Pope Francis’ teachings on integral ecology in a particular scientific community; Catholic liberationist or ecofeminist perspectives on issues at the junction of sustainability, justice, and science.

Sessions

Depending on the quality of submissions there will be 4-8 concurrent sessions devoted to the above thematic areas. All presenters will be limited to twenty (20) minutes to present the highlights of their paper.

Submission Requests

Please send us a 250-300 word abstract that clearly outlines your proposed topic and demonstrates its relationship to the conference theme. Include a one-paragraph biography and also append a current CV to your e-mail.

Please send your abstract and CV to: mmuller@stmcollege.ca by September 15, 2017.

Those selected to attend the conference will be notified in advance of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2017.

Plans for Papers

We ask that full papers (6,000 - 8,000 words) be submitted by January 7, 2018. They will be peer-reviewed, and the reviews will be sent back to the authors by early March to allow authors to integrate reviewer comments in their conference presentations. The final versions of the papers will be due by April 15, 2018. They will then be peer reviewed through an external press.

Inquiries about the conference should be addressed to chrynkow@stmcollege.ca.

https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/06/29/integral-ecology-for-the-common-good-catholic-perspectives-on-science-sustainability

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

ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Call for Papers

                              ANU Religion Conference 2018

                   Theme: Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives

                    05-07 April 2018, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, 
           The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
                      Abstract Deadline: 15 October 2017

The study of sacred sites is a prominent feature in a number of disciplines. Sacred sites and stories and pilgrimage are the theme of the conference. Topics of enquiry range from the role of sacred sites in religious traditions, through to how sacred sites form part of the development of modern tourist industries, the role of sacred sites in international relations and the ways in which sacred sites can be the focus for disputes. At a time when many sacred sites and their stories face challenges due to economic development, environmental change and the impact of mass pilgrimage and tourism the conference offers an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions of the past, present and future of sacred sites and stories and their significance in the world today.
  

The conference will have the following panels:
•    Pilgrimage and Tourism
•    Historical Perspectives
•    Visual Arts and Architecture
•    Indigenous Traditions
•    Competition and Contestation

We welcome proposals for paper presentations that address the theme of one of these panels. Individual papers that are relevant to the main theme but are not aligned with any of the proposed panel streams will also be considered for presentation. 

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

In view of the major role that Australia and the Asia Pacific region plays in national and international discussions about sacred sites and sacred stories we particularly welcome panels on Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific perspectives on sacred sites. We also welcome papers covering a range of time frames, from pre-history to the contemporary era, and from all traditions and locations.

If you are interested, please send your abstract (150 words), including a note of which stream your proposal addresses, and bio (80 words) to the following email (davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk). The conference fee is AU$350, but for masters students, doctoral candidates and early career researchers who do not have full-time positions the fee will be AU$250. The conference cost includes registration fee, conference dinner and refreshments. The two best papers submitted by HDR students will be awarded (AU$500 each). To be considered for this award, the full paper must be submitted at least one month before the conference (by 07 March 2018). There will be a limited number of bursaries available for some accepted masters students, doctoral candidates and early career researchers. Please note that those selected to receive bursaries will be informed of this before the conference but the bursaries will not be dispersed until the papers have been presented at the conference. In addition, selected papers may be considered for publication in a book volume.

Contacts:
Dr David W. Kim (Australian National University)
Email: davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk

Dr Peter Friedlander (Australian National University)
Email: peter.friedlander@anu.edu.au

A/Prof McComas Taylor (Australian National University)
Email: mccomas.taylor@anu.edu.au

Dr Barbara Nelson (Australian National University)
Email: barbara.nelson@anu.edu.au

http://www.anu.edu.au/events/sacred-sitessacred-stories-global-perspectives

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

Sonesta Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The 2018 ASIANetwork Conference theme focuses on mindfulness and connectivity in relation to contemporary social change, recurrent values and practices, and holistic understandings of self, society, and environment. Mindfulness has a long association with contemplative traditions and teachings, but it also has re-framed material culture studies—of food, apparel, architecture, etc.—by directing attention toward community spirit, aesthetic experience, and embedded values.

Presenters are encouraged to focus on questions like the following: 

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

http://www.asianetwork.org/2017/05/2018-conference-theme/

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 RootsConference2018@gmail.com by February 15, 2018.

https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/11/25/roots-tradition-and-the-new

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!

http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/page-1821655

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 (asi18huji@gmail.com( with copies to the Frieberg Center (eacenter@mail.huji.ac.il) and to the conference's convener, Prof. Michal Biran (ercmongol@gmail.com).

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: http://asia.huji.ac.il/en

https://networks.h-net.org/node/20904/discussions/176881/cfp-14th-conference-asian-studies-israel

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 ASEconference@rice.edu

Association for the Study of Esotericism

http://www.aseweb.org

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: 2018asaconference@gmail.com.  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 http://www.austrian-studies.org/ 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 2018asaconference@gmail.com.

https://networks.h-net.org/node/19384/discussions/970327/cfp-2018-conference-austrian-studies-association-austria-and-east

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 (Marc.deKesel@titusbrandsmainstituut.nl) before November 30th, 2017.

 

http://wp.titusbrandsmainstituut.nl/nl/?page_id=5123

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.

http://smrs.slu.edu/

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

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 www.easssr.org 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.

DEADLINES:

  • 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: easssr2017@gmail.com

http://www.easssr.org/index.php/call-for-papers/?action=write&w=r&wr_id=20

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 nsrnconference@gmail.com.

https://nsrn.net/news/nsrn-conference-2018/

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)

http://www.iric.org/tabid/99/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/867/Religion-Power-and-Resistance-New-Ideas-for-a-Divided-World.aspx

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 (s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk) or Gregory Erickson (gte1@nyu.edu) 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.

http://heresystudies.org/2017/06/16/cfp-third-conference/

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 networkrelpol@gmail.com or contact the section convenors, Emilce Cuda and Luca Ozzano, at emilcecuda@gmail.com and luca.ozzano@unito.it.

http://rc43.ipsa.org/

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 (baumeister@dhi-roma.it) and Anthony Steinhoff (steinhoff.anthony@uqam.ca). “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:

https://eauh2018.ccmgs.it/users/index.php?pagename=cms&name=sessiontracks&trackname=cities--space-and-the-sacred--exploring-urban--religious--landscapes-in-the-modern-era

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 (navciogl@hunter.cuny.edu) and Deniz Türker (dt459@cam.ac.uk) by 15 February 2018.

Contact Email: dt459@cam.ac.uk

https://networks.h-net.org/node/5293/discussions/985911/cfp-forgotten-revolution-visual-and-material-culture-hungarian

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.”

: https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018

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.

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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):

https://hope.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQjp7r0g2ZYmztj

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

http://www.apadivisions.org/division-36/

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