Visualising Cultures: Media, Technology and Religion (BASR Annual Conference 2019)

September 2-4, 2019
Leeds Trinity University

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The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) is receptive to including the
participation of scholars in other disciplines and fields of study. This year, the conference
will be held in collaboration with documentary film makers from Leeds Trinity University’s Media, Film and Culture team and IRIS (International Research Centre for Interactive storytelling) and will include the screening of several documentary projects. As such, we welcome papers and panels on the theme of screen media, film and religion as well as on the academic study of religion/s more generally. It does not need to fit the theme. 

This can include religion in all types of media, including, but not limited to:
• Film
• Documentary
• Gaming – virtual worlds
• Digital technology
• Production of screen media projects on religion

In addition, we welcome any research approach applicable to the study of religion/s,
including but not limited to:
• Visual ethnography
• Filmmaking
• Collaborative practice
• Photo-elicitation
• Other innovative research methods

Selected papers will be published in the peer-reviewed open-access Journal of the British
Association for the Study of Religions (JBASR).

Keynote: Dr James Kapalo, University College, Cork, who is the Principal Investigator of
the European Research Council Project Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: Hidden
Galleries in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe (Hidden Galleries).
For his research profile, see

Panel proposal (title, 200-word abstract, participants’ titles, abstracts) deadline: 15 May 2019

Paper proposal (presenter/s, title, 200-word abstract) deadline: 1 June 2019
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Bursary applications (to cover full conference package) for postgraduate and early-career scholars: please complete the form (which will be available at and send directly to the Secretary of the BASR (email is on the form). Deadline: 15 May 2019

Conference team:
Dr Suzanne Owen, Reader in Religious Studies [contact for conference queries]
Dr Stefano Odorico, Reader in Contemporary Screen Media
Ilaria Vecchi, PGR in the School of Arts and Communication

basr 2019 conference cfp
leeds trinity location map
campus map – sept 2018