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Here are details about this forthcoming conference

The Queensland Society for the Study of Religion (QSSR)

in conjunction with the
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics,
University of Queensland

presents the QSSR conference

Alternative Expressions of the Numinous

Date: Friday 17 – Sunday 19 August 2007

Venue: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics,

University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane,


Keynote Speakers:

Sallie-Ann Glassman
An Haitian Vodou priestess, Sallie-Ann Glassman has lectured extensively on Vodou and visionary art, and has performed rituals at Tulane University, UNO, and Loyola University. Books include: Vodou Visions

Dr Sylvie Shaw
Has written extensively about the environment as numinous. Her work includes Deep Blue: Critical Reflections on Nature, Religion and Water and Wild Spirit, Active Love in Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future.

Conference Chairs:

Helen Farley
Julie Washington
Håkan Sandgren

Call for Papers:

Abstracts (250 words) are invited for, but not limited to, the following strands:



Alternative expressions of major religions

Religions of re-enchantment

Popular culture religions

Indigenous religions

Paganism and Neo-Paganism

New Religious Movements

Personalised religion

Alternative methodologies
The conference committee is open to proposals for workshops and panels.


Abstracts: Friday 15 June

For more information contact:

Helen Farley
Conference Co-Chair
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
St Lucia Q 4072
Ph: + 617 3365 6324 (Outside Australia)

07 3365 6324

Fax: +617 3365 1968 (Outside Australia)

07 3365 1968


The Queensland Society for the Study of Religion (QSSR) is an incorporated not-for-profit association dedicated to fostering the interdisciplinary academic study of religion. It publishes a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal, Khthónios. A special issue of Khthónios will be published containing selected conference proceedings. Participants will also be invited to submit their papers to the Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies.

The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (HPRC) at the University of Queensland, houses the largest Studies in Religion department in Australia. The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s prestigious Go8 universities and is also a member of Universitas 21. For more information about the University of Queensland, go to: For more information about the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics go to: The University is readily accessible from the city by bus or Citycat.

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city. With an idyllic sub-tropical climate, it boasts beautiful, lush parks and gardens located on the Brisbane River. The city is just over an hour’s drive from either the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast. The mountainous hinterlands provide spectacular scenery and tropical rainforests. For more information about holidaying in South East Queensland, visit For more information about Brisbane, visit: Brisbane is serviced by the Brisbane International Airport with trains, buses and taxies to take you into the City.


May 19, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Posted in CONFERENCES, Events

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