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The Open University, Milton Keynes – 15-16 May 2013
What is the relevance of research on historical and contemporary religion for today? How might such research inform current debates on religion, and the practice and self-understanding of religious groups and practitioners? What might historical perspective bring to research on contemporary religion? This conference will address such issues under the broad theme of ‘contemporary religion and historical perspective’. There will be two parallel streams. The first is ‘engaging with the past to inform the present’ and the relevance of religious history for the contemporary context. The second is ‘the public value of research on contemporary religion’; here papers on cross-cultural identities and new religions and popular spiritualities are particularly welcomed.
The backdrop for this conference is the growing acknowledgement that Religious Studies and other disciplines must engage with the wider society. Public ‘engagement’ takes many forms – from extensive projects to ad hoc engagement and involving diverse activities such as media work, lectures, workshops and online engagement. This conference will include practitioner perspectives on different themes, and reflect also on the ways in which academic research on religion might engage with communities of interest and place and private; interact with public and third sector institutions and organisations; and influence public discourse and the social, cultural and environmental well-being of society.
We invite paper and panel proposals for either stream. Papers could include case studies of previous or ongoing outreach, knowledge exchange or public engagement. Topics discussed might include (but are not limited to):
- integrating ‘religious history’ and contemporary religious practitioners;
- the relevance of historical research on religion for contemporary debates on religion; and for present-day religious groups, organisations and institutions;
- intersections between research on contemporary religion and present-day contemporary understanding and practice of religion;
- the idea of ‘applied’ or ‘public’ Religious Studies;
- methodological, theoretical and ethical issues relating to Religious Studies and knowledge exchange;
- relationships between academic and practitioner, or academic institution(s) and non-academic ‘partner’ and their implications and challenges.
Confirmed speakers include Ronald Hutton (Bristol), Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh), David Voas (Essex) and John Wolffe (Open University).
The conference is organised by the Open University’s Religious Studies Department.
Cost: £20 per day + £20 for conference dinner on the evening of 15 May. Lunch and refreshments (except conference dinner) are included in the day cost; but we ask attendees to book/fund their own accommodation (advice on local hotels and B&Bs available on request).
UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID
SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
THE SOPHIA CENTRE
ASTROLOGY IN TIME AND PLACE
Saturday 23-Sunday 24 June 2012
Bath Royal Literary and ScientificInstitute, 16-19 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
SATURDAY 24 JUNE
8.30 Registration and Refreshments
9.30 Bernadette Brady (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
Aristotle’s idea of ‘place’ within contemporary astrology.
10.00 Gustav-Adolf Schoener (Leibniz University ofHanover)
The Difference between Methods of Natural Sciences and Methods of Religious Studies on Modern Astrology.
10.30 Johann Hasler (Departamento deMúsica, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia)
The sounding zodiacs in Westernmusical theory: an overview of proposals for musical interpretation ofastrological data from Ptolemy to the late 20th century.
11.00 TEA AND COFFEE
11.30 Charles Burnett
(Professor of the History of Islamic Influences at the Warburg Institute of the University of London)
Johannes Borotin as student and teacher of the science of the stars in fifteenth-century Prague.
12.30 LUNCH (OWN ARRANGEMENTS)
2.00 David Pankenier (Department of Modern Languages & Literature,Lehigh University)
On Chinese Astrology’s Impermeability to Western Influences.
3.00 Kristina Buhrman (University of Southern California)
Ptolemy and Sima Qian in 11thCentury Japan:Combining Disparate Astrologies in Practice.
3.30 TEA AND COFFEE
4.00 Ulla Koch (Carsten NiebuhrInstitute, University of Copenhagen)
The Meaning of Time: Calendar Divination.
4.30 Michael Grofe (Maya Exploration Centre)
Eternity in an Hour: the astronomical symbolism of the Era as the Maya agricultural year.
5.00 Christel Mattheeuws (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen)
The Journey of Calendars, Wind and Life in the Indian Ocean.
SUNDAY 25 JUNE
9.30 Micah Ross and DorianGieseler Greenbaum (Kyōto Sangyō University; University of WalesTrinity Saint David)
Various renderings of pinaxin Greek and Demotic in the Medînet Mâdi ostraca.
10.00 Helen R. Jacobus (University College London)
The Zodiac Calendar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q318) in relation to Babylonian Horoscopes.
10.30 David W. Kim (University of Edinburgh)
A Sethian Iconography: The Astrology of Tchacos Judas.
11.00 TEA AND COFFEE
11.30 Micah Ross (Kyōto Sangyō University)
A Study in the Early Iconography of Gemini.
12.00 Matthew Kosuta (College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand)
The relationship between Theravada Buddhism and astrology with an emphasis on the modern period and Thailand.
2.00 Mario Friscia (University of LaSapienza, Rome)
Astrology and its ritual applications:Propitiation of the planet Saturn within the Sun temple at Suriyanar Koyil (Tamil Nadu, India). A case-study from contemporary Tamil Shaivism.
2.30 Audrius Benorius (Director of the Center of Oriental Studies,Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Transformations of theSocial and Religious Status of the Indian Astrologer at the Royal Court.
3.00 Michael York (Former Professor of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Bath Spa University)
Religion versus Science: Science versus Religion:Whither Astrology: Whithersoever?
The Lady of Shalott 1888: John William Waterhouse 1849-1917
OCTOBER 14-17, 2012 – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA
A CONFERENCE FOR ACADEMICS AND PROFESSIONALS
There has been a neglect of critical appreciation of representational art well out of proportion to its quality and significance; it is that neglect that this conference seeks to address. By its nature, 21st century representational art is not to be thought of as simply a return to 19th century realism, but as an open-ended exploration of possible new directions. The conference is planned as a focused but non-doctrinaire event, of serious academic standards. What is the role of representational art in the twenty-first century? What are its sources and directions? How might it shape the art world?
TRAC2012 keynote speakers are: Jed Perl and John Nava.
CALL FOR PAPERS
CLU invites artists, critics and academics to join us to celebrate and explore the direction of representational art in the 21st century. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the positive possibilities of representational art. We encourage inclusivity and diverse perspectives. We welcome papers that explore a variety of topics, including the following:
Meaning in 21st Century Representational art
Representation and imagination
The roots of the 21st century representational art movement
Approaches to beauty in contemporary representation
Politics, artists and collectors
Understanding emotional responses to representational art
Breaking the boundaries of style
Gender and sexuality in 21st Century representational art
The place of representational art in a postmodern world
Tradition and revolution – the avant garde atelier
Representational art and new technology
Papers investigating the role of esotericism in representational art of the present and in its roots.
The influence of tarot and alchemical imagery in particular
Paper presentations are limited to forty-five minutes, with ten minutes for questions and answers.
First consideration will be given to abstracts received before May 21st, 2012.
TRAC2012 includes keynote speakers and panel discussions about the major issues, foundation narratives, and philosophical underpinning of representational art in the 21st Century. Studio demonstrations of painting, drawing, sculpture and mosaic techniques will also be presented.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Academic Studio Artists
Professional Studio Artists
NATURE & THE POPULAR IMAGINATION: International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Nature & the Popular Imagination’
The Fifth International Conference of the
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
8-11 August 2012, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (USA)
pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.”
Malibu is located on the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from Hollywood, that archetypal place of imagination and dreams, the backyard and playground for practitioners of the cinematic arts. For generations, the interconnections between religion and nature have been expressed, promoted, and contested through the incubator of popular culture, and sometimes even in films produced in Malibu itself or the Santa Monica Mountains above it. As a global, symbolic center, both reflecting and inventing nature/religion representations, Malibu and its environs provide an ideal venue for critical reflection on the religion/nature nexus in the popular imagination.
The ISSRNC cordially invites creative proposals including but not limited to papers, panels, film screenings, and forums with “cultural creatives” from this region and beyond, to illuminate the conference theme.
Specific proposals, for example, might explore:
• Apocalypticism (Abrahamic, Mayan, Scientific, etc.).
• Documentary film: nature faking and realism
• Theatrical film and nature spiritualities
• Nature in cartoons and animated films
• Malibu (and/or California) as sacred, imperiled, and desecrated places.
• The spiritualities of celebrities, including as animal and/or environmental activists
As always, while we encourage proposals focused on the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals from all areas (regional and historical) and from all disciplinary perspectives that explore the complex relationships between religious beliefs and practices (however defined and understood), cultural traditions and productions, and the earth’s diverse ecological systems. We encourage proposals that emphasize dialogue and discussion, promote collaborative research, and are unusual in terms of format and structure. Individual paper and session proposals, as are typical with most scholarly associations, are also welcome.
Presenters will be encouraged to submit their work for possible publication in the peer reviewed Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, which is the official journal of the ISSRNC, and has been published quarterly since 2007.
Given the ISSRNC’s commitment to internationality financial assistance will be available for a number of scholars from outside of North America. We anticipate being able to provide travel grants to at least ten international scholars.
Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, and posters should be submitted directly to Sarah Pike at email@example.com. It is not necessary to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal. Individual paper proposals should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and email of the presenter(s), title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a brief, 150 word biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation, if any). Proposals for entire sessions must include a title and abstract for the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Proposers should also provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions, and whether any technology, such as data projectors, are desired.
Most paper presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed on discussion in all sessions. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by the Scientific Committee, but conference directors will be aware of proposers’ identities in order to select for diversity in terms of geographical area and career stage. Student proposals are welcome.
Requests for assistance with invitations to assist with visa processes must be included with proposals.
Requests for financial aid from scholars outside of North America must also be included with proposals, and provide a clear statement as to whether such aid is essential for attendance, the needed amount, and an explanation of supplemental travel resources that will be available to the proposer. Decisions on travel grants will be made by the ISSRNC Board of Directors based on recommendations from the conference directors and scientific committee.
The deadline for proposals is 1 April 2012.
for full details see:
THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION, NATURE AND CULTURE (ISSRNC)
Call for papers
The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference
Krakow, Poland, June 18 – 21, 2009.
The conference and the panel may be of interest to you. Conference registration is open to all; papers may only be submitted by ISNS members, however. Further information on the conference can be found at:
If you wish to submit a proposal to be considered for the panel and you are not yet an ISNS member, membership information can be found at:
“Ecstatic Experience in the Platonic Tradition”
“The greatest of blessings come to us through madness, when it is sent as a gift of the gods” (Phaedrus 244A). Plato’s discussion of mania opened the door to a role for ecstatic experience in the Platonic quest for wisdom. Late Antiquity saw a rising emphasis on ecstatic experience, reflected in aspects of the ‘Platonic underworld’ of Hermetism, Gnosticism, Magic and Theurgy. And in Ficino’s Florence, mania was central to the praxis of the Platonic world view in Natural Magic. I invite papers on ecstatic experience within a broadly Platonic framework from a variety of angles, which might include: interpretations of Platonic mania; ritual and contemplative inductions of ecstatic experience; ancient terminologies for altered states of consciousness; Neoplatonic epiphanies; philosophical vision and ecstatic vision; the fate and legacy of the ‘shamanism’ concept in classical studies; initiatic and oracular experience in Platonism; modern psychological perspectives on ancient ecstatic experience.”
Please submit proposals directly to me: firstname.lastname@example.org . The submission deadline is Feb 23, 2009.
The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive.. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see http://gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com