ISASR conference 2017 call for papers, extended deadline

Sixth Annual Conference of the
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)

Hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology

Religion, Myth and Migration

Friday 16th June 2017

 

We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the sixth annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR), themed ‘Religion, Myth and Migration’. Religious traditions often draw on powerful myths which make sense of their cosmological, as well as their historical, social and geo-political position. These myths frequently involve migration, from the biblical Exodus to the Islamic Hegira, to various migratory foundation narratives in new religious movements. As religions travel, so do myths, with new forms being created over time. The physical migration of peoples means that their religions travel with them to new geographical and cultural milieus and now, in a globalised world, knowledge is transmitted and ‘migrates’ in ways that are tied in with rapid advancements in technology and information exchanges. With President Donald Trump’s recent ban on Muslim migration, the challenges of Brexit, and movement of refugees and economic migrants around the world, the religious landscapes are swiftly changing. Conceptualising ‘myth’ and ‘migration’ in the broadest sense, conference participants will discuss, reflect upon and explore these themes in relation to changing religious landscapes and the Society invites papers and contributions on areas such as:

  • Migration of religions and associated myths
  • Myths of religious migration and foundation myths
  • Folk religion, folklore and migrant legends
  • Migration of peoples, cultures and religious change
  • Imaginaries/imaginaires of religious migration (cultural fears, racist agendas and religions)
  • Myths within religions
  • Migration of religious ideas

Please Note:

  • Scholars based in any region of the world and working on any aspect of religion, from any disciplinary perspective, are welcome to submit a paper that relates to the conference theme.
  • Scholars working in Ireland are free to submit a paper proposal on any aspect of religion in any context (i.e. the paper does not have to relate to the conference theme).
  • As always, we welcome presentations on research on any aspect of religions in Ireland from scholars worldwide (i.e. the paper does not have to relate to the conference theme).

Call for papers: Please submit your proposal in the form of a title and an abstract (max. 250 words).

Call for slam contributions: We invite ‘slam’ contributions for a maximum duration of 6 minutes on in-progress research, new projects and publications, research networks and new programmes. Please submit a title and brief description of your slam (max. 150 words).

Both paper and slam proposals are to be submitted via email to isasrconference2017@gmail.com by the deadline of 10th April 2017. Notification of abstract/slam acceptance will be given by 17th April 2017.

Please bear in mind that papers should contribute to the aims of the ISASR as set out in the Society’s constitution, specifically that ‘The main object [is] to advance education through the academic study of religions by providing a forum for scholarly activity (…). The Society is a forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religions, past and present. It is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, interfaith or other similar concerns’.

The final programme will be posted on this website.

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ISASR Student Essay Competitions 2016

The ISASR student essay competition is now entering its fourth year. Previous years have offered undergraduate prizes only; this year we are announcing the Sídh postgraduate essay prize and the Iress undergraduate essay prize. The deadline for both is August 22: for further details see this page.

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ISASR 2016 conference programme now available

The draft programme and registration form for ISASR’s 2016 conference are now available here.

ISASR’s fifth annual conference, on the theme “Religion and Revolution”, will be held at UCC on Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th June. The conference includes 35 papers on a very wide range of themes and religions, as well as a keynote talk on the role of religion in the Arab Uprisings by Dr Andrea Teti, co-director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance and the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen.

Full details

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ISASR 2016 conference – extended deadline

“Religion and Revolution

Fifth Annual Conference of the

Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)

In association with the Department of Study of Religions, University College Cork

Thursday 16th – Friday 17th June 2016

Keynote: “The role of religion in the Arab Uprisings”
Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, as well as Co-Director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance and the Centre for Modern Thought. His current work focuses on the politics of democracy in Euro-Mediterranean relations, and he is Scientific Lead on the FP7-funded ArabTransitions consortium. He has also written on Egyptian politics, knowledge production in Social Science, and the work of Michel Foucault.

Call for Papers
We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the fifth annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR), themed ‘Religion and Revolution’. 2016 is the centenary of the iconic Irish revolution, also known as the Easter Rising, which is arguably the most celebrated occurrence of revolution in Ireland. The Rising represents a historic disjunction with British colonial rule and occurred within a context of social and political upheaval. Across the world, political upheaval is often accompanied by religious change which in turn can bring about dramatic social and political tranformation. Conceptualising revolution in its broadest sense, the conference will discuss, reflect upon and explore these themes. The Society invites papers and contributions on the varied theme of religion and revolution including areas such as:

  • political change and religion
  • religions and social movements
  • radical religious change
  • media representations of religion and revolution
  • the impact of revolution on religious practices
  • theorising concepts: revolutions, reformations and cycles within religious traditions
  • transformations in cosmologies and crises of faith
  • changing paradigms in the academic study of religions

Scholars working in Ireland are free to submit a paper proposal on any aspect of religion both at home and globally.

Please submit your proposal in the form of a title and an abstract (max. 250 words).

Call for slam contributions: We invite ‘slam’ contributions for a maximum duration of 6 minutes on in-progress research, new projects and publications, research networks and new programmes. Please submit a title and brief description of your slam (max. 150 words).

Both paper and slam proposals are to be submitted via email to isasr2016@gmail.com by the deadline of 19th February 2016. Notification of abstract/slam acceptance will be given by 04th March 2016.

Please bear in mind that papers should contribute to the aims of ISASR as set out in the Society’s constitution, specifically that ‘The main object [is] to advance education through the academic study of religions by providing a forum for scholarly activity (…). The Society is a forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religions, past and present. It is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, interfaith or other similar concerns’.

The final programme will be posted on the ISASR website: https://isasr.wordpress.com/

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2015 essay prize

The winner of ISASR’s 2015 essay prize is Rory O’Connor, UCC (€75 book token). The runners up are Kellie Lewis, UCC (€25 book token) and Angela Virciu, TCD (€25 book token). Congratulations to all!

ISASR 1st Prize Winner Rory O Connor UCC

Photo: Undergraduate student Rory O’Connor, UCC, receiving his first prize in the ISASR essay competition from Dr James Kapalo.

ISASR Runner Up Prize Winner Kellie Lewis UCC

Photo: Undergraduate student Kellie Lewis, UCC, receiving her runner-up prize in the ISASR essay competition from Dr James Kapalo.

essay prize awardPhoto: Undergraduate student Angela Virciu, Trinity College Dublin, receiving her runner-up prize in the ISASR essay competition – celebrated at the occasion of a wet and windy “lighting the Christmas tree” with professors Cathriona Russell and Alexandra Grieser

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ISASR conference 2016: Religion and Revolution

The theme for ISASR’s 2016 conference (June, University College Cork) is “Religion and Revolution”. The full details are available here, including a call for traditional papers as well as one for short, “research slam” contributions.

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ISASR 2015 essay prize

The ISASR 2015 essay competition has now been announced, for essays which have been submitted and assessed in an undergraduate module. Submission deadline August 21st; full details here.

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