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Religion as Creativity An interdisciplinary conference

Religion as Creativity:  An interdisciplinary conference
October 2-4, 2015
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

With support from the Miami University Humanities Center and the Departments of Anthropology and Comparative Religion at Miami University.

What relationships emerge between religion and creativity? This question will organize a 2 ½ day symposium at Miami University from October 2-4, hosted by the “Religion as Creativity” working group at Miami. Funded by the Miami University Humanities Center Collaborative Research Challenge grant, this symposium will gather scholars whose work addresses the intersections of creativity and religion. Symposium participants will share their ongoing research, provide critical feedback to other participants, and explore applications to course innovation.

  • We invite scholars to submit proposals that address a range of themes, including (but not limited to):
  • · the role of creative action and virtuosity in religious life;
  • · the creative dimensions of the category “religion”;
  • · dialectics of creativity and authority, agency, power, and change;
  • · creative uses of classic paradigms in the study of religion;
  • · and the ontological sources of creative production.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae no later than July 1st to Dr. James S. Bielo, Miami University:

Food and lodging will be provided for symposium contributors, however travel costs to and from Miami University will be the responsibility of contributors. Admission is open to the public free of charge.

Religion as Creativity working group members:
Dr. James S. Bielo (Dept. of Anthropology)
Dr. Rory Johnson (Dept. of Comparative Religion)
Dr. John Cinnamon (Dept. of Anthropology)
Dr. Nathan French (Dept. of Comparative Religion)