Category Archives: Seminars

Call for Papers: Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies.

26 & 27 March at The Queen’s College, in the University of Oxford

Abstract submission for the Spring Session by 8 March, 2020

We would like to invite you to the 19th session of the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

The Symposium is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers or commentaries by scholars, students, religious leaders, and others who have an interest in issues related to religion and ethics.

Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of the Oxford University Church and Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford, will facilitate the sessions. 

  • Attendees may participate as observers, panel members and presenters of papers, reports, and commentaries concerning aspects relevant to the theory and practice of topics in religion and ethics.  (Poster presentations are also welcome.)
  • We accept abstracts on a rolling basis and return notifications within a week of submission.
  • Presenters are allocated 20 minutes to present, followed by a ten-minute question session.
  • Optional: After the conclusion of the symposium, participants may submit papers to be peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.
  • Conference Oxford has hundreds of affordable bedrooms in Oxford colleges available, offering splendid views of college quadrangles. See our website for lodging, travel and other information.

Important dates:

SPRING Session 26 –27 March 2020 at The Queen’s College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 8 March
  • Early registration – 20 January
  • Regular registration – 10 March 

SUMMER Session 28 – 29 July 2020 at Maevadi Hall, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 3 July
  • Early registration – 4 May
  • Regular registration – 6 July

FALL Session 7, 8 & 9 December 2020 at St Anne’s College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 16 November
  • Early registration – 24 August
  • Regular registration – 20 November 

Please direct inquiries to info@oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com

Immortality: Beliefs and Practices – Last week of Inform Seminar early bird registration!

After 12th January, ticket prices will increase

It’s the last week of early bird reduced price registration for the next Inform Seminar, Immortality: Beliefs and Practices, in conjunction with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London.

Saturday 1st February 2020, 10am-5pm (registration at 9.30). Bush House Lecture Theatre 1, King’s College, London, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG.

Please visit https://inform.ac/seminars to book tickets via Paypal or credit/debit card.

Registration costs:

Standard: £38

Unwaged/ university student: £18

A Level student: £10

After 12th January, ticket prices will increase by £10, across all three categories and refunds will not be offered.

Immortality: Beliefs and Practices

The lure of immortality has been an inspiration for many people in both religious and secular contexts. But what does immortality mean? This seminar will explore some of the range of beliefs and practices which are closely associated with immortality in comparative context. We will investigate the idea of immortality by looking more closely at how it is directly applied in people’s lives. What happens when immortality is understood as a possibility – or even a reality?  We will be considering beliefs and practices relating to immortality in the context of AI, near-death experiences, Christianity, Buddhism, Freezone Scientology, spiritualist mediums and contemporary yoga movements. 

This project is partially funded through the ERC Horizon 2020 Project AYURYOG Grant No. 639363 which is exploring the entanglements of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśastra (alchemical and longevity practices) in South Asia.

It is held in association with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mikel Burley, University of Leeds
  • Susannah Crockford, Ghent University
  • Peter Fenwick, King’s College London
  • Tobi Olujinmi, The W-Talk
  • Mark Singleton, SOAS, The University of London
  • Aled Thomas, The Open University

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes and Happy New Year from the Inform Team!

INFORM Seminar on Yoga & Alchemy in South Asia: 1 Feb 2020

Save the Date!

This is to let you know that Inform’s Winter/Spring Seminar will be on the theme of Immortality as expressed within minority religions. The seminar will take place on Saturday 1 February 2020 in Bush House, from 9.30am. It is offered in association with Inform Research Fellow Dr Suzanne Newcombe’s project on Yoga and Alchemy in South Asia and in collaboration with the Theology and Religious Studies department at King’s College London.

Information on speakers and a booking form will be posted on our website before Christmas.

With best wishes,

The Inform Team

Seminar: Religion in Contemporary Society – What do we need to know to manage complexity?

31.10 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland

Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17

13.00   Linda Woodhead, Distinguished Prof. of Religion and Society, Lancaster University, UK: De-Reformation: how the old religious and political order came apart and what has taken its place

  • Response by Terhi Utriainen, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Turku

14.00  Paul Bramadat, Prof., Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada:   Urban Religion, Irreligion, and Spirituality: After After Religion in Canada  

  • Response by Tuomas Martikainen, Director, Migration Institute of Finland, Turku
  • Discussion (Chair: Tuula Sakranaho, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Helsinki)

15.30   Coffee

Turku City Library, Linnankatu 2

17.00   Public Discussion: Uskonto ja suomalainen yhteiskunta – mihin olemme menossa?

Paneelikeskustelun tarkoituksena on valottaa Suomen uskonnollista nykytilannetta ja siinä tapahtuvia muutoksia eri uskontokuntien näkökulmista. Onko uskontojen rooli yhteiskunnassa muuttumassa, ja millä tavoin? Millä elämän aloilla uskontoa joudutaan pohtimaan uudella tavalla? Pystyykö suomalainen yhteiskunta vastaamaan yhä monimuotoisemman yhteiskunnan haasteisiin ja näkemään myös sen tarjoamat mahdollisuudet?

  • Kaarlo Kalliala, piispa, Turun arkkihiippakunta
  • Simon Livson, rabbi, Helsingin ja Turun juutalaiset seurakunnat
  • Terhi Utriainen, professori, Turun yliopisto
  • Zahra al-Take, opettaja, Turku
  • Ari Vuokko, psykoterapeutti, Suomen vietnamilaisten buddhalaisten yhdyskunnan varapuheenjohtaja

Moderaattori: Dosentti Ruth Illman, Donner-instituutti, Turku

The seminar is arranged by the Argumenta Project “Uskontolukutaito moniarvoisessa yhteiskunnassa”, dealing with religious literacy in contemporary diverse societies: https://katsomukset.fi/argumenta/

It is free of charge, no registration needed.

Welcome!

Masterclass on ‘Critical Religion’

All Postgraduate, Honours and Undergraduate Students are invited to
A Masterclass on Critical Religion’ – How Theory that Deconstructs the Category of ‘Religion’ Can Lead to Better Research

With Visiting UoN Fellow
Prof Naomi Goldenberg, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa, Canada

10am -12.30pm (X301) NeW Space City Campus, University of Newcastle, December 4, 2019

This Masterclass is free to all students and is supported by the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle.

Register by email to Dr Kathleen McPhillips (Kathleen.mcphillips@newcastle.edu.au)

Description of Masterclass
Over the last two decades, a growing number of academics who study ‘religion’ have noticed that the idea that is foundational for their scholarship is fiction. I mean fiction in the Latin sense of factus as signifying something that is made, built, or constructed.  This insight opposes notions of ‘religion’ as a thing or phenomenon that has always existed everywhere in one form or another and that continues to manifest itself in different traditions and configurations throughout the globe. Proponents of “critical religion” understand religion to be a somewhat incoherent, rather recent concept that is projected as an anachronism onto history.  According to this view, ‘religion’ is a modern, discursive product of differing, context-specific, dynamics of power with particular relation to the politics of colonialism and statecraft.  Attendant terms and ideas such as ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ are looked at similarly.

“Critical religion” is sometimes dismissed as mere semantics and/or as irrelevant to ‘the real world’ in which religion is assumed to exist and is treated as a powerful force in law, culture and experience.  Professor Goldenberg disagrees and will argue that better thinking about government, public policy and scholarly research depends on recognizing the confusion adhering to ‘religion’ as a category of analysis and rejecting it in favor of more coherent concepts.

Prof Goldenberg will use her own work on government and feminism to demonstrate how critical religion can be productively applied.  To prepare for the masterclass, participants will be asked to read two of her papers and then during the Masterclass be invited to think about their own research projects in terms of this deconstructive approach.    

CFP, Events, & Job Announcements from the AASR

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.

  Publications

  • Call for book proposals: Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Mirrors of Iran: A Continuum of Architectural Heritage. 2019 Iranica Conference on 28 September 2019. More info.
  • ‘The Islamist Paradox’ by A/Prof William Shepard, University of Canterbury (NZ). Organised by the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University on 4 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Hans Mol Memorial Lecture: “Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of ‘Asian Religion’ and Australian Federation” by Professor Marion Maddox, 18 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Freilich Lecture of Bigotry and Tolerance: “An Australian Story: The Politics of Bigotry in a Tolerant Country” by David Marr. 31 October 2019. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.

Job Opportunities

School of Advanced Studies in the Sociology of Religion: 16-19 December, 2019. Rome

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SAFSOR: Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione

Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, via del Castro Pretorio 20, 00185, aula C5, Roma, 16-19 dicembre 2019

RELIGIONI E MEDITERRANEO

Programma

Lunedì, 16 Dicembre

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Saluti di Roberto Cipriani, Cecilia Costa, Emanuela C. del Re e Giuseppe Chinnici (Fondazione Ozanam)
  • 10:00 – 11:00: Relazione introduttiva del Presidente Onorario dell’ICSOR, Franco Ferrarotti su “La vocazione interreligiosa e interculturale del Mediterraneo”
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Relazione di Jörg Stolz, Università di Losanna, “The secular transition model: A review and new evidence”
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Dibattito
  • 12:30 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “Il pentecostalismo migrante nell’Europa cattolica. Uno sguardo incrociato su Africa e Italia”, Annalisa Butticci
  • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
  • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “Religione e cooperazione”, Emanuela C. Del Re
  • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito
  • 18:00 – 19:00: “Mediterraneo: nuovo ‘Lago Tiberiade’”, Chiara Canta
  • 19:00 – 19,15: Dibattito
  • 20:30: Cena Sociale: Nonna Betta (via del Portico d’Ottavia 16)

Martedì, 17 Dicembre

  • 9:00 – 10:00: “Il fattore religioso nelle dinamiche migratorie e nei processi di integrazione. Riflessioni sul caso italiano”, Roberta Ricucci
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
  • 10:45 – 11:45: “Nuovi movimenti religiosi in Cina: il caso della Chiesa di Dio Onnipotente”, Massimo Introvigne
  • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
  • 12:00 – 13:00: “Mediterraneo delle religioni: tra storia e immaginario culturale”, Anna Carfora
  • 13:00 – 13.15: Dibattito
  • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “ Il sacro femminile nelle religioni mediterranee”, Enrica Tedeschi
  • 16.00 – 16:15: Dibattito
  • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “Mediterraneo, un confine sempre meno liquido”, Maria Immacolata Macioti
  • 17.45 – 18:00: Dibattito
  • 18.00 – 19:00: Incontro conviviale con la Comunità Sikh

Mercoledì, 18 Dicembre

  • 9:00 – 10:00: “Religione e vita quotidiana all’Havana. Immagini di Ochún, Madonna mulatta”, Elena Zapponi
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
  • 10:45 – 11:45: “L’interpretazione weberiana della modernità e del capitalismo”, Vittorio Cotesta
  • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
  • 12:00 – 13:00: ““L’islam in Europa diventerà europeo?””, Stefano Allievi
  • 13:00 – 13:15: Dibattito
  • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “Il ritorno contemporaneo all’animismo nelle diverse versioni”, Alessandra Ciattini
  • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
  • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “Tra vecchio e nuovo antisemitismo”, David Meghnagi
  • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito

Giovedì, 19 Dicembre

  • 9:00 – 10:00: “Musei/Patrimoni culturali. Forme attese del Rito e del Sacro”, Vincenzo Padiglione
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
  • 10:45 – 11:45: “Schleiermacher, ermeneutica e religione”, Paolo Montesperelli
  • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
  • 12:00 – 13:00: “La frammentazione degli orizzonti religiosi nella società digitale”, Costantino Cipolla
  • 13:00 – 13:15: Dibattito
  • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “Studio delle religioni e dinamiche di pace”, Alessandro Saggioro
  • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
  • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “Educare in contesti multiculturali”, Massimiliano Fiorucci
  • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito

A seguire: Cerimonia di chiusura e Consegna degli attestati

Public Lecture: Minors in Minority Religions

Minors in Minority Religions: The Delicate Balance between Religious Freedom and the Well-being of the Child. Speaker: Dr Susan J. Palmer (School of Religious Studies, McGill University). Held at Western Sydney University, 17 September 2019, 1-3pm

To be accompanied by a special seminar: “Researching New Religions: Qualitative Methods in a Controversial Field” by guest instructor, Susan J. Palmer. Run by the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC) at Western Sydney University. 19 September, 1-4pm

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Public Seminar: Religion in Contemporary Society

Religion in Contemporary Society – What do we need to know to manage complexity?

31.10 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland
Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17

13.00 Linda Woodhead, Distinguished Prof. of Religion and Society, Lancaster University, UK: De-Reformation: how the old religious and political order came apart and what has taken its place

  • Response by Terhi Utriainen, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Turku

14:00 Paul Bramadat, Prof., Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada:   Urban Religion, Irreligion, and Spirituality: After After Religion in Canada

  • Response by Tuomas Martikainen, Director, Migration Institute of Finland, Turku

Discussion (Chair: Tuula Sakranaho, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Helsinki)

15.30 Coffee

Turku City Library, Linnankatu 2

17.00 Public Discussion: Uskonto ja suomalainen yhteiskunta – mihin olemme menossa?

Paneelikeskustelun tarkoituksena on valottaa Suomen uskonnollista nykytilannetta ja siinä tapahtuvia muutoksia eri uskontokuntien näkökulmista. Onko uskontojen rooli yhteiskunnassa muuttumassa, ja millä tavoin? Millä elämän aloilla uskontoa joudutaan pohtimaan uudella tavalla? Pystyykö suomalainen yhteiskunta vastaamaan yhä monimuotoisemman yhteiskunnan haasteisiin ja näkemään myös sen tarjoamat mahdollisuudet?

Kaarlo Kalliala, piispa, Turun arkkihiippakunta

Simon Livson, rabbi, Helsingin ja Turun juutalaiset seurakunnat

Terhi Utriainen, professori, Turun yliopisto

Zahra al-Take, opettaja, Turku

Ari Vuokko, psykoterapeutti, Suomen vietnamilaisten buddhalaisten yhdyskunnan varapuheenjohtaja

Moderaattori: Dosentti Ruth Illman, Donner-instituutti, Turku

The seminar is arranged by the Argumenta Project “Uskontolukutaito moniarvoisessa yhteiskunnassa”, dealing with religious literacy in contemporary diverse societies: https://katsomukset.fi/argumenta/

It is free of charge, no registration needed.  Welcome!

Public Seminar: Religion in Contemporary Society

Religion in Contemporary Society – What do we need to know to manage complexity?

31.10 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland
Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17

13.00 Linda Woodhead, Distinguished Prof. of Religion and Society, Lancaster University, UK: De-Reformation: how the old religious and political order came apart and what has taken its place

  • Response by Terhi Utriainen, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Turku

14:00 Paul Bramadat, Prof., Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada:   Urban Religion, Irreligion, and Spirituality: After After Religion in Canada    

  • Response by Tuomas Martikainen, Director, Migration Institute of Finland, Turku

Discussion (Chair: Tuula Sakranaho, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Helsinki)

15.30 Coffee

Turku City Library, Linnankatu 2

17.00 Public Discussion: Uskonto ja suomalainen yhteiskunta – mihin olemme menossa?

Paneelikeskustelun tarkoituksena on valottaa Suomen uskonnollista nykytilannetta ja siinä tapahtuvia muutoksia eri uskontokuntien näkökulmista. Onko uskontojen rooli yhteiskunnassa muuttumassa, ja millä tavoin? Millä elämän aloilla uskontoa joudutaan pohtimaan uudella tavalla? Pystyykö suomalainen yhteiskunta vastaamaan yhä monimuotoisemman yhteiskunnan haasteisiin ja näkemään myös sen tarjoamat mahdollisuudet?

Kaarlo Kalliala, piispa, Turun arkkihiippakunta

Simon Livson, rabbi, Helsingin ja Turun juutalaiset seurakunnat

Terhi Utriainen, professori, Turun yliopisto

Zahra al-Take, opettaja, Turku

Ari Vuokko, psykoterapeutti, Suomen vietnamilaisten buddhalaisten yhdyskunnan varapuheenjohtaja

Moderaattori: Dosentti Ruth Illman, Donner-instituutti, Turku

The seminar is arranged by the Argumenta Project “Uskontolukutaito moniarvoisessa yhteiskunnassa”, dealing with religious literacy in contemporary diverse societies: https://katsomukset.fi/argumenta/

It is free of charge, no registration needed.  Welcome!