Category Archives: Seminars

Online Seminar Series: Buddhism in the Sea of Islands

You are invited to the online seminar series Buddhism in the Sea of Islands convened by Western Sydney University and colleagues at Deakin University and the Nan Tien Institute.

This series will focus on the flows of Buddhism across Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. The first seminar is titled “Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion”, presented by Anna Halafoff, Kim Lam, Enqi Weng and Sue Smith, and will be on June 17, 2021 at 4pm AEST. For more details, see below and the flyers attached.

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/buddhism-in-the-sea-of-islands-webinar-series-june-webinar-registration-151432341209

For updates on the full webinar series, please visit: https://www.nantien.edu.au/buddhism-in-the-sea-of-islands-webinar-series/

It will be wonderful if you can join us and share the information with colleagues, students and friends.

Cheers,

Prof Cristina Rocha

Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster | School of Social Sciences

Western Sydney University

Inform June seminar – ‘Cult’ Rhetoric in the 21st Century

Places are still available for Inform’s June seminar, which will take place via Zoom on Thursday 24th June, from 5.30 to 7.30pm BST.

The seminar will explore the term ‘cult’, reflecting on the history of its usage, how it is currently used in different contexts, and the implications this has for contemporary society. Presenters will contextualise their specific context by reflecting on this term through their own experiences and research. The seminar will be multi-disciplinary with a view to capturing a wider snapshot of the usage of the term, informing the academy with suggestions of how we might move forward.  

Guest hosts will be Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas, and speakers will include:  

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS
Title TBC 

Erin Prophet, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Religion – 
“Rhetoric and Stigma: Lessons from the ‘Cult Wars'” 

J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University –  “Christians, Californians and Communists — Inadequacies in Using the C-word in Describing Religions.” 

Philip Deslippe, PhD Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara –
“Uses and Applications of the Word “Cult” in American Newspapers in the 1990s.” 

Moojan Momen, Independent Scholar –
“Sect, cult or world religion: positioning the Baha’i Faith.” 

Respondent: Catherine Wessinger, Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions, Loyola University, New Orleans. 

We hope to see you there! You can register your attendance by making a voluntary donation to Inform, though the Seminars page of our website: https://inform.ac/seminars . If you cannot make a donation at this time, but would still like to attend, please email inform@kcl.ac.uk directly.

Please make sure that you share your contact details so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting. 

Best wishes, 

The Inform Team 

Inform Summer seminar – Save the Date – 24th June

You are invited to SAVE THE DATE for our next Inform seminar. This will take place on Thursday 24th June from 5.30 to 7.30pm BST, via Zoom, and will be on the topic “Cult” Rhetoric in the 21st Century.

The seminar will explore the term ‘cult’, reflecting on the history of its usage, how it is currently used in different contexts, and the implications this has for contemporary society. Presenters will consider the term through the lens of their own experiences and research. The seminar will be multi-disciplinary with a view to capturing a wider snapshot of the usage of the term, informing the academy with suggestions of how we might move forward. The guest hosts will be Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas, and confirmed speakers include Philip Deslippe, Erin Prophet and Rod Dubrow-Marshall, with Cathy Wessinger responding.

Please keep an eye on our website for more details, and to register – https://inform.ac/seminars .

Religiosità in Italia – Ciclo di webinars

Gentile Collega,

venerdì 14 maggio 2021, ore 17-19, proseguirà il ciclo di webinars di presentazione e discussione delle pubblicazioni relative alla ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia.
Il terzo webinar sarà dedicato al volume di Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello (a cura di), Incerta religiosità. Forme molteplici del credere (FrancoAngeli) e vedrà la partecipazione di Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello, Milena Gammaitoni, Katiuscia Carnà, Eleonora Sparano, Martina Lippolis, Monica Bianchi e Verónica Roldán.

Per partecipare: https://bit.ly/3mohmqa

In allegato il programma completo.

Le registrazione dei precedenti webinars si possono trovare qui di seguito.
Garelli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BACkvaB-UNM
Cipriani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaApk8ctfbU
Cordiali saluti,

La Segreteria Organizzativa
Ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia

Dear Colleague,

On Friday 14 May 2021 (17:00-19:00) the cycle of webinars for the presentation and discussion of publications relating to research on Religiosity in Italy will continue.
The third webinar will be dedicated to Costa and Morsello volume, L’incerta fede. Un’indagine quanti-qualitativa in Italia (FrancoAngeli) and will see the participation of Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello, Milena Gammaitoni, Katiuscia Carnà, Eleonora Sparano, Martina Lippolis, Monica Bianchi e Verónica Roldán.

To participate: https://bit.ly/3mohmqa

The complete programme is attached.

The recordings of the previous webinars can be found here below.
Garelli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BACkvaB-UNM
Cipriani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaApk8ctfbU
Kind regards,

The Organising Secretariat
Research on Religiosity in Italy

Religiosità in Italia  

www.ciprianiroberto.it

https://www.ciprianiroberto.it/ricerca-sulla-religiosita-in-italia/

Call for Papers – Enshrining the Past: Religion and Heritage-Making in a Secular Age

Workshop at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig University

27 – 29 October 2021

Convenors:
Marian Burchardt and Nur Yasemin Ural (both Leipzig University)

As the intensity of the politics around cultural identity is growing across the world, the notion of heritage-making, or “heritagisation”, has acquired new political urgency. At the same time, these politics have animated far-flung controversies over the religious and secular sources of belonging along with the values of ethnic, religious and racial majorities, minorities and the states that are supposed to represent them. This raises an intriguing set of questions: Under what conditions and with what consequences are certain religious artefacts, rituals and worldviews framed as heritage? Whose religious heritage is considered worthy to be selected, canonised and ennobled as elementary for nations’ collective memory? Who is systematically excluded and left to oblivion in the politics of religious and secular heritage? Which social groups are central to these processes?

This workshop seeks to explore the contours of the politics around cultural heritage and the ways it is enmeshed with the religious-secular dynamics in societies past and present. We suggest that these concerns manifest in three substantive ways, each provoking suggestive research questions: legal frames, immaterial values, and material patrimony. In 2003, the question of whether and how Europe’s religious heritage, which is largely Christian, should appear as the basis for common values and norms in the European Constitution was highly controversial. Religious heritage as a legal concept also appears in the national constitutions of many countries. Such legal frames have a direct influence on the way public authorities enshrine certain aspects of religion and culture as heritage while denying the status and value accruing from such enshrinement to others. For this reason, it is essential to address the way in which legal definitions of religious heritage have historically emerged. Certain places and practices considered sacred, such as temples, cemeteries, and prayers, are transformed into tangible and intangible national cultural heritage, sometimes receiving World Heritage status. The inclusion of float festivals in Japan, held annually to honour deities to prevent natural catastrophes, on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list is a case that drew fierce criticism from priests and traditionalists alike, while exposing the political implications of heritagisation. What is at stake when cultural goods are defined as religious or non-religious cultural heritage? In the latter case, heritagisation means that religious items are culturalised and thus secularised thereby acquiring the status of secular-sacred. This raises the question how the redesignation of cultural goods from religious-sacred to secular-sacred shapes people’s affects as they engage with them.

Material artefacts – monuments, architectures, but also statues and objects – give tangible shape to otherwise abstract values, imagined histories or codes of belonging. Religious pluralism, secularisation but also national/cultural identities are often the backdrop against which controversies over what to preserve and who is in charge of preservation emerge. Sacred objects such as amulets or beads used in religious rituals in different parts of Africa, for instance, come to occupy a prominent discursive and material place within visual culture, art and fashion as part of the traditional African heritage, whose contours are under constant negotiation. Material artefacts imbue these politically and economically motivated negotiations with affective and sensorial dimensions. In a similar vein, both religious and non-religious people often develop affective attachments to religious artefacts and architectures as heritage. Religious heritage thus invites a reconsideration of the affective and performative politics of the secular that often raises distinctions between “religion as belief” and “religion as culture/heritage”, which play out differently in different parts of the world.

Focusing on these three axes of legal frames, immaterial values, and material patrimony that contribute and shape the discursive and affective assemblages of heritage, we invite contributors from around the world and various disciplines (including sociology, anthropology, history, heritage studies, geography, and religious studies) to participate in the call for papers. Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words by 13 June to multiple-secularities@uni-leipzig.de. Selected participants will be informed by 12 July.

Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be carried out in a hybrid format. We are able to cover costs for travel and accommodation for those presenting on-site in person.

download call for papers

https://multiple-secularities.de/events/event/enshrining-the-past-religion-and-heritage-making-in-a-secular-age/

Webinar series: Buddhism in the Sea of Islands

The Humanistic Buddhism Centre, Nan Tien Institute, together with colleagues from Deakin and Western Sydney universities, is hosting a series of webinars to explore Buddhism in Pacific contexts. The webinars will run from June through to October 2021. Please find details about the webinars below. 

Buddhism in the Sea of Islands Webinar series (third Thursday of the month, June – October 2021)

The Asia-Pacific region is home to by far the largest number of Buddhists in the world. While Buddhism in Asian societies has been extensively studied, Buddhism in the Pacific region remains under-explored, despite the fact that Buddhists comprise a significant proportion of the populations in these countries. This project aims to bring together an international, multidisciplinary group of researchers to examine Buddhism in Pacific contexts, with a particular focus on transnational flow and counterflow of Buddhism and interactions between immigrants and the indigenous people, both in historical and contemporary societies in the region. 

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buddhism-in-the-sea-of-islands-webinar-series-registration-151432341209

Format: Online Zoom meeting, 45-min presentation + 45-min Q&A

17 June (4.00-5.30pm AEST)
Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion
Anna Halafoff, Kim Lam, Enqi Weng (Deakin University) Sue Smith (Charles Darwin University)

15 July (4.00-5.30pm AEST)
Flows of Innovation in Fo Guang Shan Oceania: transregional dynamics behind the Buddha’s Birthday Festival
Juewei Shi, Sioh Yang Tan (Nan Tien Institute of Higher Education)

19 August (4.00-5.30pm AEST)
Buddhism in Hawai’i: Stories of Spiritual and Cultural Resilience
Karma Lekshe Tsomo (University of San Diego)

16 September (4.00-5.30pm AEST)
Casting Indra’s Net across the Pacific: Robert Aitken and the Growth of the Diamond Sangha as a Trans-Pacific Zen Movement
Helen Baroni (University of Hawaii)

21 October (4.00-5.30pm AEDT)
Social and Cultural Forms of Buddhism in Aotearoa
Sally McAra, Mark Mullins (University of Auckland)

Contact Info: buddhism_network@nantien.edu.au; buddhism_network@nantien.edu.au; https://www.nantien.edu.au/applied-research-projects

Webinars: Religiosity in Italy – Religiosità in Italia.

On Friday 14 May 2021 (17:00-19:00) the cycle of webinars for the presentation and discussion of publications relating to research on Religiosity in Italy will continue.
The third webinar will be dedicated to Costa and Morsello volume, L’incerta fede. Un’indagine quanti-qualitativa in Italia
(FrancoAngeli) and will see the participation of Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello, Milena Gammaitoni, Katiuscia Carnà, Eleonora Sparano, Martina Lippolis, Monica Bianchi e Verónica Roldán.

To participate: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F3mohmqa&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=cHWCRpwcWNfD6j09iEaBbSDfHQc3LLIu8heyuWSAKdk%3D&reserved=0

The complete programme is attached.

The recordings of the previous webinars can be found here below.

Garelli: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DBACkvaB-UNM&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=3I7OCynghr0YbnCegZaYAZbt7WSEQxosFFrVEJkcVS0%3D&reserved=0

Cipriani: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWaApk8ctfbU&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=x17ig688bYDZLJEDh2%2B8iVHcqnPd06TtmMnvztqsemc%3D&reserved=0

Venerdì 14 maggio 2021, ore 17-19, proseguirà il ciclo di webinars di presentazione e discussione delle pubblicazioni relative alla ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia.
Il terzo webinar sarà dedicato al volume di Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello (a cura di), Incerta religiosità. Forme molteplici del credere (FrancoAngeli) e vedrà la partecipazione di Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello, Milena Gammaitoni, Katiuscia Carnà, Eleonora Sparano, Martina Lippolis, Monica Bianchi e Verónica Roldán.

Per partecipare: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F3mohmqa&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=cHWCRpwcWNfD6j09iEaBbSDfHQc3LLIu8heyuWSAKdk%3D&reserved=0

In allegato il programma completo.

Le registrazione dei precedenti webinars si possono trovare qui di seguito.
Garelli: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DBACkvaB-UNM&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=3I7OCynghr0YbnCegZaYAZbt7WSEQxosFFrVEJkcVS0%3D&reserved=0

Cipriani: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWaApk8ctfbU&data=04%7C01%7Cjim_spickard%40redlands.edu%7Ce2603be1a7914128043108d901ae7416%7C496b6d7d089e431889efd9fdf760aafd%7C0%7C1%7C637542671072689747%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=x17ig688bYDZLJEDh2%2B8iVHcqnPd06TtmMnvztqsemc%3D&reserved=0

Recordings from the (Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium are now available.

(Con)spirituality – the merger of conspiracy theories and spirituality – has attracted significant media and academic attention globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This colloquium was the first to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia to examine themes of (con)spirituality, science, QAnon, the Far Right, vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19.

All session recordings are now available at: https://www.conspiritualityaus.com/recordings. To stay updated on this project, follow on Twitter @conspiritualaus or check back on the project website: www.conspiritualityaus.com.

Religiosità in Italia – Ciclo di webinars

Gentile Collega,

sabato 10 aprile 2021 (ore 10:00-12:00) avrà inizio il ciclo di webinars di presentazione e discussione delle pubblicazioni relative alla ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia. 

Il primo webinar sarà dedicato al volume di Franco Garelli, Gente di poca fede. Il sentimento religioso nell’Italia incerta di Dio (il Mulino) e vedrà la partecipazione di Vittorio Cotesta, Giuseppe Giordan, Roberta Ricucci e Sonia Stefanizzi. 

Per partecipare: https://bit.ly/3mohmqa

In allegato il programma completo.

Cordiali saluti,

La Segreteria Organizzativa

Ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia 

The Ritual Year hosts its next Seasonal Webinar.

The Spring 2021 Webinar will take place on Monday, 5 April 2021, 11:00 Tallinn time (08:00 GMT) via MS Teams.

Anna Muradova an Independent Researcher from Tbilisi (Georgia), will give a talk on: Breton Christmas and other holidays in Ekaterina Balabanova’s traveler notes.

Ekaterina Balobanova (1847 – 1927) was the first Russian specialist in Celtic Studies. Her deep knowledge of Celtic literature and local traditions was due to her studies at the Sorbonne and Heidelberg University, and her travels in French Brittany in the 1860s. She is however, not considered to be an ethnologist, nor a linguist. Her writing about Breton’s oral literature and traditions was published as a traveler’s notes or a retelling of local legends and appears to be a literary creation rather than a result of any research. Her book The story of my travels and adventures is of particular interest for modern researchers due to the description of various local celebrations, including St John’s Day and Christmas.

The webinar and the discussions will be moderated by Irina Sedakova and Mare Koiva.
As usual, our e-meeting will be hosted by the Estonian Literary Museum and the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (Tartu).

For participation, please write to ritualyear@siefhome.org.

You will be sent a link that will be activated half-an-hour before the event.

The event poster will soon be posted on our Facebook page and our SIEF site.

Looking forward to seeing you again,
Yours,
Irina Stahl
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Secretary, The Ritual Year WG (SIEF)
ritualyear@siefhome.com