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Conference on Racism and Religion 2019


◾Submission of abstracts: 30 April (200 words)

◾Session proposal: 30 April (400 words)

◾Decision on acceptance: 15 May

◾Registration opens: 1 September

◾Registration closes: 30 September

◾Conference fees: Regular 1 500 SEK. PhD Student 1 000 SEK


The histories of racism and religion are entangled. To understand how processes of racism, nationalism, and exclusion come about in different forms we need to view these developments as intertwined with religion and ideas of religion and religiosity.


The rise of islamophobia and antisemitism, discrimination and violent persecution of minorities in the name of religion or secularism, and controversies around the visibility of religious practices in public space, all point to the need for a deeper understanding of in what ways religion historically and in the present plays a central role in producing and upholding racism and colonial practices/structures.


Religion has also played a central role in counter movements such as civil rights, indigenous rights, anti-colonial and, anti-apartheid movements. An additional aspect to explore is religious symbols and representations that have been part of anti-racist art and music and the place of spiritualism in artistic resistance to racism. What role has and does religion play in developing and upholding racist and nationalist structures? In what ways are different entangled forms of racism and religion being manifested? How can we for example understand antisemitism and islamophobia on a global and local scale? What does it mean to be living in a supposedly post-racial, post-secular world? What role does religion and/or spirituality play in antiracist struggles and movements?


The Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism (CEMFOR) invites scholars to send in abstracts for paper presentations and/or session proposals.


More information:


Eight books to be reviewed to Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR)

Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR) is a scholarly and professional, international open access journal, founded by Nordic Migration Research (NMR). NJMR aims to promote and advance the circulation of the multidisciplinary study of ethnic relations and international migration that is conducted in the Nordic countries. The language of the journal is English. 

We are looking for people to review the books listed below. Unfortunately we are unable to pay our book reviewers, but you will get to keep the book. The book might come in electronic form. The language of the review is English even if the book is in other language.

If you are interested in the following 3 books, please send an e-mail directly to Jaana Palander ( in which you highlight with a few words your research background and suitability to do the review. Please remember to ADD YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.


  1. Conny Rijken & Tesseltje de Lange (eds.) (2018). Towards a Decent Labour Market for Low-Waged Migrant Workers. Amsterdam university press.


Central to this edited volume is the legal position and the labour situation of non-EU and EU low-waged migrant workers. Towards a Decent Labour Market for Low-Waged Migrant Workers presents ground breaking research on policies and practices in search of striking a right balance between the economic ambitions and the negative consequences thereof, for labour market dynamics such as down-ward wage pressures, unfair competition, the abuse of migrant workers and even the long-term setback for the children of previously low-waged migrant workers. Imbalances or presumed imbalances between free market mechanisms, labour migration policies, labour market protection and corrective mechanisms to protect migrant workers, thus come to the fore. The contributors to this volume will deconstruct some of these imbalances, and shed light on its causes, consequences and interrelatedness with other factors. Possible solutions that contribute to a decent labour market, in which rights of low-waged migrant workers are more respected, will be discussed.



  1. Ellis Hurd (ed.) (2018). The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege – Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity. Brill.


The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege offers a fresh and critical perspective to people of indigenous and/or marginalized identifications. It highlights the research, shared experiences and personal stories, and the artistic collections of those who are of mixed heritage and/or identity, as well as the perspectives of young adolescents who identify as being of mixed racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and ethno-cultural backgrounds and experiences. These auto-ethnographic collections serve as an impetus for the untold stories of millions of marginalized people who may find solace here and in the stories of others who are of mixed identity.



  1. Hille Haker & Molly Greening (eds.) (2018). Unaccompanied Migrant Children Social, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives.Lexington Books.

This volume gathers international experts from the fields of social work, social science, law, philosophy, and Catholic ethics. Social science, psychological, and social work studies, analyses of US and international law of child migration, refuge and asylum policies, and several case studies regarding law enforcement highlight the more recent shifts in policies both in the United States and Europe. The current policies are confronted with two major normative frameworks that go beyond migration laws or the international refugee and asylum provisions: the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the approach of the Catholic social ethics of migration. The authors address the challenges of childhood under the conditions of migration: the uprooting of lives, the journey and transition into foreign countries and cultures, and the transition into adulthood. They discern the legal provisions and obstacles of the immigration process, the securitization of the borders, and the criminalization of unaccompanied migrant children.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Social, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives – 9781498574532rowman.comInternational scholars from different disciplines examine the experiences of unaccompanied migrant children before, throughout, and after their journeys and analyze US and European policy changes in…


If you are interested in the following 5 books, please reply directly to Anne Häkkinen ( in which you highlight with a few words your research background and suitability to do the review. Please remember to ADD YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.

  1. Nina Glick Schiller & Ayse Caglar (2018). Migrants and City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration. Duke University Press.


In Migrants and City-Making Ayse Çaglar and Nina Glick Schiller trace the participation of migrants in the unequal networks of power that connect their lives to regional, national, and global institutions. Grounding their work in comparative ethnographies of three cities struggling to regain their former standing—Mardin, Turkey; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Halle/Saale, Germany—Çaglar and Glick Schiller challenge common assumptions that migrants exist on society’s periphery, threaten social cohesion, and require integration. Instead Çaglar and Glick Schiller explore their multifaceted role as city-makers, including their relationships to municipal officials, urban developers, political leaders, business owners, community organizers, and social justice movements. In each city Çaglar and Glick Schiller met with migrants from around the world; attended cultural events, meetings, and religious services; and patronized migrant-owned businesses, allowing them to gain insights into the ways in which migrants build social relationships with non-migrants and participate in urban restoration and development. In exploring the changing historical contingencies within which migrants live and work, Çaglar and Glick Schiller highlight how city-making invariably involves engaging with the far-reaching forces that dispossess people of their land, jobs, resources, neighborhoods, and hope.

Migrants and City-Making | Duke University Presswww.dukeupress.eduAuthor(s):Ayse Çaglar, Nina Glick Schiller



  1. Olivia Killias (March 2018 ). Follow the Maid. Domestic Worker Migration in and from Indonesia. NIAS Press.


This finely observed study unveils the workings of the Indonesian migration regime, one that has sent hundreds of thousands of women abroad as domestic workers each year. Drawing on extended ethnographic research since 2007, the book literally follows migrant women from their recruitment by local brokers in a village in upland Central Java, via secluded ‘training’ camps in Jakarta, employment in gated middle-class homes within Indonesia and in Malaysia and back home again. Killias’ analysis uncovers the colonial genealogies of contemporary domestic worker migration and unmasks the gendered moralizing discourses on ‘illegal’ migration and ‘trafficking’ as constraining migrant mobility. By exploring the moral, social, economic and legal processes by which Indonesian women are turned into ‘maids’ for the global care economy, Olivia Killias brings the reader directly into the nerve-racking lives of migrant village women, and reveals the richness and ambiguity of their experiences, going beyond stereotypical representations of them as ‘victims of trafficking’.



  1. Bernardo E. Brown and Brenda S.A. Yeoh (eds.) (2018). Asian Migrants and Religious Experience From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility. Amsterdam University Press.


Typically, scholars approach migrants’ religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of spiritual awakening and missionary calling. These essays explore migrants’ motivations in support of an argument that to travel inspires a search for new meaning in religion.



  1. Christiane Timmerman, Noel Clycq, François Levrau, Lore Van Praag, Dirk Vanheule (eds). (2018). Migration and Integration in Flanders. Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Leuven University Press.


Across the world, and due to ongoing globalisation, migration is increasingly becoming a part of daily life. But more than ever, migration can no longer be viewed as a simple linear trajectory from A to B. The emergence of transnational communities and intense interactions between regions of origin and of destination have led to new forms of social–cultural praxis and (sub)cultures which exert an important influence on the integration of immigrants. The case of Flanders, the northern part of Belgium and a reference point for the impact of these processes across Europe, is presented as a case study in this book. The growing complexity of migration leads the contributing authors to look beyond borders, both of national frontiers – as migration by definition implies cross-border research – and of disciplines and research methods. In doing so, the present volume offers thought-provoking essays on topical issues that stir public and political debates across Europe, and contributes to fundamental discussions on changing societies.

Migration and Integration in Flanders – Leuven University Presslup.beThought-provoking insights on the nexus of migration and integration beyond the national contextAcross the world, and due to ongoing globalisation, migration is increasingly becoming a part of daily life. But more than ever, migration can no longer be viewed as a simple linear trajectory from A to B. The emergence of t



  1. Hashas, Mohammed, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and Niels Valdemar Vinding (eds) (2018). Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


As European Muslims and Muslims in the Middle East diverge, imams in Europe have emerged as major agents of religious authority who shape Islam’s presence in Western societies. This volume examines the theoretical and practical questions concerning the evolving role of imams in Europe. To what extent do imams act as intermediaries between European states and Muslim communities? Do states subsidise imam training? How does institutionalisation of Islam differ between European states?



With kind regards,

Jaana Palander & Anne Häkkinen

Book review editors

Nordic Journal of Migration Research

SOCREL Digest – 22 Jan 2019 to 24 Jan 2019

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Inside Festival Cultures: Fields, Bodies, Ecologies

A Conference organised by the University of Birmingham, 16th and 17th May 2019

Preliminary online workshop scheduled for the 18th of February 2019 (4.00 pm to 6.00 pm), which will consider a proposal for an edited collection and contribute towards the design of the conference.

Convened by: Dr Jeremy Kidwell and Dr Maria Nita

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Marion Bowman (The Open University), Prof. François Gauthier (University of Fribourg), Prof Sharif Gemie (The University of Chichester), Prof Graham Harvey (The Open University), Prof Jacqui Mulville (Cardiff University).

The key concern of the proposed conference is to investigate important developments in a growing transatlantic modern festival culture. We will ask how have festivals made use of traditional cultural practices? Are festivals acculturative hubs, thus assisting society to make sense of change? Are festivals laboratories for cultural change and innovation? Might festivals present us with opportunities for ‘an ecological reconciliation’?

The conference will investigate the forces shaping festivals, such as tradition, commemoration, commercialisation, globalisation and innovation. In particular, this event will focus on the role festivals have in processes of cultural transmission in the contemporary world. Modern festivals emerged in the context of significant social and cultural change in the 1960s. Over the past five decades, festival networks have developed a model based on oral traditions, drawn from the memorialisation of the free festivals of the 1960s. Woodstock’s and Glastonbury’s iconic naked festival bodies signalled a profound societal change, whilst displaying a nostalgic re-enactment of and yearning for a simpler past and community. In recent years, trans-national festival networks, like the Burning Man festival, have consciously promoted community-oriented spiritual practices. Our proposed conference wishes to illuminate the facets of these varied dynamics inside festival cultures.

Modern festivals represent a new and exciting area of study reflected by both the rising scholarly interest and the continuous growth of this phenomenon in the West during the past five decades. This era of late modernity or postmodernity was marked by important cultural, social and environmental changes, such as increased globalisation, and the environmental and societal effects of anthropogenic climate change. Modern festivals have to be considered in conjunction with these developments. Hence the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert is seen by some scholars as an experiment in community resilience in response to climate change, whereby the arid climate of the desert represents a projection of the future of mankind. Perhaps following the earlier transatlantic route of the 1960s, that of Woodstock and Glastonbury, Burning Man is currently extending in Europe.  Such developments should be investigated against the backdrop of other significant global trends, such as the decline of institutionalised religious traditions as well as political, economic and socio-cultural changes. The conference will develop a scholarly conversation around the wider implications of festival culture in Britain and abroad.

More specifically the conference will explore the interplay between two areas of investigation, namely the development and transmission of tradition/s on one hand and, and on the other, the roles festivals have in showcasing innovation and experimentation with cultural change. Many scholars have argued that increased mobility and globalisation in our contemporary world is impacting on the established channels for cultural transmission, thus leading to increased secularisation and a loss in traditional cultural values. Others have shown that festivals can represent important commemorative spaces, and that the transmission of religious and other cultural elements may continue despite decline or disruptions in such institutions as the church, communities of place, the traditional family and so on. At the same time we increasingly live in a world dominated by change, uncertainty and risk, and scholars recognised that the implications of living with unprecedented global risk in a detraditionalised society involve the development of new types of subversive social movements. Festivals appear to have developed in this context and against such global trends, yet during the past five decades they have themselves changed significantly, with some public and academic voices deploring their decline into an increasingly corporate ethos.

We expect the conference will attract broad interdisciplinary participation, which will help us explore broader themes in this field of research and begin a dialogue on the role festivals have in shaping an emerging global culture, as well as their role in mediating change and promoting cultural innovation.

We welcome 20-minute papers that could include but are not limited to the following topics:

(1) ‘Festival fields as sites of commemoration’;

(2) ‘Music, orality and tradition in global encounters’;

(3) ‘Festival bodies: change and cultural transmission’

(4) ‘Greening and consumerism at festivals.’

Proposals of about 200 words together with a short biographical note (50 words) in Word or PDF format should be sent to<> by February 7th, 2019.

Dr Maria Nita
Associate lecturer in the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion
College of Arts and Law
The University of Birmingham

Dr. Michael Munnik FHEA
Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK
Cardiff University
School of History, Archaeology and Religion
John Percival Building
Colum Drive
CF10 3EG
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 5646
Mob : +44 (0)7905 219355

Read my latest article:
Reaching out in a Climate of Negativity: Perceptions and Persistence among Muslim Sources Engaging with News Media
(Contemporary Islam – Open Access)

A Field Theory Perspective on Journalist–Source Relations: A Study of ‘New Entrants’ and ‘Authorised Knowers’ among Scottish Muslims<>
(Sociology – Open Access)

Dr. Michael Munnik FHEA
Darlithydd, Canolfan ar gyfer Astudio Islam yn y DU
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd
Adeilad John Percival
Rhodfa Colum
CF10 3EG
Ffôn : +44 (0)29 2087 5646
Ffôn symudol: +44 (0)7905 219355

Darllenwch fy erthygl ddiweddaraf:
Reaching out in a Climate of Negativity: Perceptions and Persistence among Muslim Sources Engaging with News Media
(Contemporary Islam – Mynediad Agored)

A Field Theory Perspective on Journalist–Source Relations: A Study of ‘New Entrants’ and ‘Authorised Knowers’ among Scottish Muslims<>
(Sociology – Mynediad Agored)

SOCREL Digest – 24 Jan 2019 to 26 Jan 2019

Regulating the financial abuse of religious and spiritual capital.

Research Workshop, School of Law, 14 February 2019.

Religion is powerful, with the power of religion being a type of religious
capital. Such

power can be abused. Religious and spiritual fraud is a significant social

with one estimate of Christian fraud alone amounting to $34bn per year
globally. It

also raises profound theoretical questions around the appropriate

between the state, religious and spiritual organizations  and the community;
and in

particular the difficult question of the authority of the religiously
pluralist state to

determine facts in a religious context. The regulation of religious and
spiritual power

that results in financial gain to a religious leader or organization needs
to thread a

difficult course through under-regulation (with the exposure of those whom regulation seeks to protect, and damage to the interests which underpin an
area of

regulation) and over-regulation (with the risk of excessive restriction of
the religious

or spiritual interests of individuals and organizations, and damage to the

which religious rights seek to advance).

The workshop will be chaired by Professor Peter Edge (Professor of Law,

Brookes University). Professor Pauline Ridge (Professor of Law, ANU;

Fellow, Oxford Brookes University) will focus on the application of general

around undue influence in the particular context of religious and spiritual

Craig Allen (Research student, Oxford Brookes University) will focus on the

application of general criminal rules, particularly the Fraud Act 2006, in


The workshop will take place on the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes

University between 2 and 4pm on Thursday 14th of February 2019. Attendance

free, but places are limited. Please contact Craig Allen (

to reserve a place.

Best wishes,


Sociology of Islam Journal Editorial Board and International Advisory Board Invitation

Dear all,

We have been publishing Sociology of Islam Journal since 2013, published by Brill. As you all know, we also have Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies Academic Network which has more than 3700 academic subscribers from 460 universities and 73 different countries. All of our subscribers are academics. We removed non-academics from the network in 2016.

Please see our issues at the following homepage:

So far, we have published 6 volumes. This year, we are updating our editorial and international advisory board.

If you would like to serve as a member of associate editor or a member of international advisory board, please email me your current CV.

An associate member will review 2 or 3 articles per year or will find reviewers for the articles.

An international Advisory board member will review one article per year.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, please let us know by January 21st.

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin


Director of Center for the Global Governance

Shanghai University



  • Rethinking China-Middle East Relations in the Age of Neoliberalism with Mojtaba Mahdavi (Brill 2019)

Recent Books:

·         Middle East Studies after September 11 Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia. Brill, 2018.

·         U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State. Routledge, 2018.

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)

Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)


Dear all,
I would like to draw attention to the intensive training program for the study of contemporary religion  I am organizing between 25th Feb to 1st of March.
It is a great program designed for masters and PhD students investigating aspects of contemporary religion.
I would be happy if you could circulate among your networks.
Thank you!
All the best,




Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

25th of February to the 1st of March



This training programme is available for doctoral students registered at any higher education institution in the UK/EU and abroad. It is based on previous training developed by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, funded by the AHRC, which led to the development of the Religion Methods website, and aims to provide students with a core training in fieldwork approaches to the study of religion.


Topics covered by the training will include:


–       Conceptualising religion for research

–       Key elements and processes of research design

–       The role of theory in social research

–       The politics and ethics of research

–       Rigour and validity in research

–       Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

–       Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

–       Developing research interviews

–       Applying Gender and Sexuality perspectives in the study of religion

–       Comparative sociological methods

–       Historical methods in the study of religion

–       Writing journal articles and Book proposals


To attend this training programme, students not registered at the University of Kent will be required to pay a £100 registration fee, which would cover attendance at all sessions and the costs of training materials. Delegates would need to make their own arrangements for accommodation, and there is a wide selection of affordable B&B provision in the Canterbury area. For those planning to commute on a daily basis, Canterbury is now less than an hour from London St Pancras on the high speed train link.


Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Tuesday 25 of January . To register your interest, please email Manoela Carpenedo ( with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.



Manoela Carpenedo

Lecturer in Religious Studies
School of European Cultures and Languages
University of Kent

Making Islam Work in the Netherlands’

Final conference ‘Making Islam Work in the Netherlands’

24th of January 2019, VU, Amsterdam


To conclude the NWO research project (Making Islam work in the Netherlands), a panel discussion will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019 in Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)
on the theme of ‘the future of Islamic authority’.


The main aim of the research project was to sketch a picture and provide more insight into how Islam takes shape in the Netherlands in everyday situations. The first part of the research has looked at how ‘ordinary’ believers, or people who do not professionally deal with religion, try to live according to the spirit of their faith and encounter dilemmas in everyday situations. Central questions were: to what or to whom does someone refer, which (innovative) solutions come to light and how are decisions being substantiated or changed in order to bring religious rules and regulations into line with life and functioning in Dutch society.


The second part of the research has mapped the process of how ‘ordinary’ Muslims in the Netherlands settle their personal and family disputes through the cooperation of a third party. More specifically, we looked at the informal processes of dispute resolution, such as mediation, reconciliation and advice, facilitated by imams of local mosques and larger Islamic centres, especially among Dutch-Moroccan Muslims.


In the morning session (in Dutch), the social relevance of the research findings will be discussed in interactive panel discussions. For this we invite various ‘social parties’, including politicians, policy makers, imams and other religious authorities, lawyers, social workers, and police.


In the afternoon session (in English) we discuss the scientific implications of the research. Two renowned speakers will give a keynote: prof. dr. Masooda Bano (Oxford University) and prof. dr. Johan Fischer (Roskilde University, Denmark).


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time: 8:45 am (walk-in) – 9:15 (start of the program) – 12:30 (lunch)

Location: VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam (room Agora 2 on the third floor of the main building of the VU).

Further information about the program: prof. dr. Thijl Sunier (; Arshad Muradin(; Heleen van der Linden (

Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens

Call for Papers


International Conference of ISSCO X


Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens



Organizers: organized by the School of International Studies and Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO)


Dates:                                 8-11 November, 2019

                                            Arrival Date:                      8 November 2019

                                            Conference: 9-10 November 2019

                                            Fieldtrip:       11 November 2019  (qiaoxiang)

Languages:  Chinese   English

Venue:            Jinan University, Guangzhou



As we move deeper into the 21st century, we are witnessing an intensification of various global flows impacting on a changing socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural landscape. Existing communities have been reconfigured and new communities have arisen as a result of these global flows intersecting and inter-relating in variable ways. From territorial-based to virtual communities, at the local and global levels, communities have become more diverse.


Historically, the Chinese overseas have maintained different kinds of identity, affinity, and relationship with China, as an actual or imagined ancestral homeland.  The sentiments and relationships of this group of people with China vary from place to place and change over time, depending on the politics of the respective host countries, China’s position in the world-system, and China’s policies towards ethnic Chinese abroad. In the 21st century, with China’s rise to a position of power on the global stage, a different set of opportunities and challenges for the Chinese overseas has also emerged. The opportunities and challenges are intertwined with mixed feelings about China’s role on the global stage (whether a powerful ally or competitive foe), robust or weak connections to China as an ancestral homeland, and personal life and economic strategies, among other forces. Irrespective of their actual relationships with or sentiments about China, however, the Chinese overseas are implicated in all things related to China.


The ISCCO X Conference theme “Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens” welcomes multidisciplinary scholarship on Chinese Overseas and China that will shed light on various issues including migration, identity and cultural formation, social, economic and political interaction.


Proposed topics include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Chinese diaspora identities and China

·         Transnational, circulatory, and talent migration

·         New and old Chinese diaspora communities and the nation-state

·         Chinese overseas entrepreneurship and China

·         Gender, marriage, and kinship

·         Religion and spirituality

·         Chinese overseas cultural activities and China

·         Histories and personalities



·         Individuals are welcome to organize and propose their own panels. Each panel cannot exceed four panelists. The abstract proposal for a panel should be within 500 words and include a list of the participants (title, affiliation, and role in the panel).

·         Individuals are also encouraged to submit their own abstract proposals. Individual abstracts should be within 300 words.

·         Please submit all abstracts (word/pdf named as ISSCO2019_Your last and first names) to and

·         To submit your abstract, please download the form from the following website:   OR



Important Deadlines

Deadline for submitting abstract: 15 March 2019

Notification of selected abstracts: 10 May 2019

Deadline for submitting full paper: 16 September 2019


Further Details

·         English and Chinese will be the main languages used during the conference.

·         There will be no registration fee, but all conference participants will pay for their own transportation and accommodation.

·         On the last day of the conference (11 November 2019), there will be a self-paid excursion to a Chinese overseas village (qiaoxiang) in Guangdong Province.

·         Information on hotels in Guangzhou will be provided in May.



Contact person: Ms. XU Hanpeng          

Tel. (+86) 15626210541 (mobile);   email:




Approaching esotericism and mysticism: Cultural influences 5-7 June 2019 in Åbo/Turku, Finland



Call for Papers

The Donner Institute will arrange a symposium 5–7 June 2019 in Åbo/Turku, Finland

Approaching esotericism and mysticism: Cultural influences

Conference website:

Hashtag: #esomyst2019

Facebook event:

This multidisciplinary conference approaches the traditions of Western esotericism and mysticism from a cultural-historical perspective. The aim is to analyse the diverse influences of esoteric ideas and practices and the various forms of mysticism in their cultural-historical surroundings. We promote approaches that focus on individuals, groups and networks, and various archival source materials, but we also welcome papers dealing with esoteric or mystical textual traditions.

The conference will consist of keynote lectures and sessions that can be either traditional paper sessions or roundtable talks, panels and/or artistic performances. The social program of the conference will consist of e.g. esoteric and occult walking tours in Turku and artistic performances (plans for an event together with Art Teatro Circus -group). An excursion to the exhibition on Finnish art and clairvoyance at the Gallen-Kallela Museum (Espoo/Esbo, 11.5.–8.9.2019) is also being planned. The exhibition is part of the research project Seekers of the New and is curated by Nina Kokkinen.

Keynote speakers:

–          Per Faxneld, senior lecturer/associate professor at Södertörn University, Stockholm

–          Christine Ferguson, professor in English Literature at the University of Stirling

–          Olav Hammer, professor in the Department of History, Study of Religions at The University of Southern Denmark

–          Maarit Leskelä-Kärki (PhD, Adjunct Professor), University Lecturer at the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku

The expert symposium is arranged jointly by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural history and the research project Seekers of the New: Esotericism and the transformation of religiosity in the modernising Finland at the University of Turku. The project is funded by the Kone Foundation.

To apply, please send an abstract (or panel proposal with abstracts) of approximately 150 words to the Donner Institute,, no later than 31 December 2018. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 31 January, 2019.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Björn Dahla

The Donner Institute