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New Expressions of Spirituality
Conference and workshop in Szeged, Hungary, 7-8 November 2008

Focusing on new approaches to the study of the variety of religions in contemporary society and personal experiences of spirituality. We particularly welcome case studies and field research on recent phenomena. Presentations at the conference will be considered by the editors for publication in a special issue of the Journal of ASANAS.

The conference explores themes related, but not limited to, the following:
– Personalised religion, bricolage beliefs
– New Age/Alternative Spirituality, Esotericism, mysticism
– Paganism and Neo-Paganism
– Alternative expressions of major religions
– Popular culture, indigenous religions
– Civil Religion – hidden structures of faith in societies
– Devotion and Media – icons in politics, pop culture and sports
– Virtual Communities

There are two options to participate on the event. First, on the conference a limited number of papers will be presented. Due to time restrictions, just a few lectures will be selected for presentation.
Another special opportunity of the event are the workshops. We invited some of the most renowned scholars of these fields (like Marion Bowman, Graham Harvey, Daren Kemp, Steven Sutcliffe) to hold workshops focusing on the methodology of doing research, and on the interpretation of findings. Attendance at the workshops is limited and active participation is encouraged (by short presentation of research topics and issues).

On-line application deadline for lectures and workshops: 15 July 2008 Early bird registration until: 1 July 2008

Online application and conference official website:

For further information please contact Csongor Sárközy:, +36 62 546384

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