BASR Annual Conference 2017

Theme: Narratives of religion

Conference dates: 4-6 September 2017

Keynote (Tuesday 5th September)
‘Narratives of Pagan Religion’
Professor Ronald Hutton

Call for Papers 

‘Narrative’ has emerged as valuable category of analysis in the study of religions. This conference takes narrative as its theme with a view to testing its efficacy and resilience for elucidating constructions of religion.

The BASR invites colleagues to the University of Chester to contribute papers or panels on the above theme. Papers will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions/discussion. Panels will be 90 minute sessions, to normally include 3 papers. Abstracts for roundtables, poster presentations, and alternative formats are also encouraged – please contact the below email for details. Ideas for papers and panels may include, but are not limited to:

  • Competing narratives
  • Orality and textualisation
  • Ritual and archetypal narratives
  • Representation and reproduction
  • Story, story-telling and communities of story-telling
  • Life-writing, spiritual biography, self-narratives, auto-ethnography
  • Narrative identity
  • Narratives of race, class, age, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, culture, subculture
  • Narratives of religion in fiction, film, media
  • Narratives at the intersection of religion and science (CAM, ayurveda, alchemy etc.)
  • Apocalyptic narratives
  • Official versus popular or subversive narratives
  • Narrative methods and methodologies in the study of religions
  • Curating narratives
  • Narratives of religion in education
  • Grand-, hidden- and meta- narratives
  • Constructing narratives of religion in history, archaeology and other fields

Abstracts (200 words plus paper title, author name and institutional affiliation in Microsoft Word format) should be submitted to before 30th May 2017. Panels should be submitted in the same way, with details for each paper along with the panel title and the name of the convener/chair.

If you are an PGT/Taught Masters or early PGR student and wish to present your project for 5-10 minutes there will be a ‘Lightning Talks’ seminar. Please send a proposal of 50 words including a label: ‘Lightning talk’ along with your institutional affiliation, programme, mode of study and year.

Deadline for paper/panel submissions: 30th May 2017

Notification of acceptance of papers/panels: No later than 15th June 2017

Online registration for conference open from: 1st June 2017

Deadline for registration: 31st July 2017

A limited number of student bursaries will be made available to support PG students and EC academics to attend the conference. Please see the separate Call for Bursary Applications, which will appear here on the BASR website and mailing list.

Further updates and announcements, including registration details, will appear here and across social media in due course. For any general enquiries, please contact the Conference Organisers Drs Wendy Dossett, Dawn Llewellyn, Alana Vincent & Steve Knowles on




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