Religion in the Local and Global: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Challenges
British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference University of Kent – 7th-9th September 2015.
In the 50th year of the University of Kent, Canterbury, the Department of Religious Studies is hosting the British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, with a special launch and reception for 50 Years of the Study of Religion at Kent.
**The full conference programme can now be viewed on the dedicated conference website.**
Conference theme and call for papers
In an age of global interconnection what counts as religion is being redefined and is under increasing scrutiny. It is now impossible to conceive of the global-political without attention to the religious-secular, the increasing tension between the local and trans-national and new modes of community and religiosity. Cultural habits, individual identity, social structures, philosophical categories and economic exchanges are all being transformed by a new sense of time, space and interconnection.
The conference will explore the theme of Religion in the Local and Global across a range of disciplinary perspectives, including religion, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology and philosophy. The aim is to bring together a range of disciplinary perspectives on the study of religion to explore the local/global challenge to conventional assumptions about religion, both in empirical and theoretical perspectives. Each perspective seeks to set up a challenge to how different ways of thinking about religion are determined by interlocking global and local issues, concerns and social realities.
Papers and panels covering the following areas and related issues will be welcome:
From ‘world religions’ to global spiritualities
Religion across Continents: Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Australia Religion, diaspora and migration
Religion, Capitalism and Consumer Identity Religion and Europe in Global Perspective
‘Religion’ as global and local strategy in politics and policy Globalization and the category of ‘religion’
The cosmopolitan, the city and cultural difference
Globalization and the Transformation of Religious Studies
Sacred Texts, Interpretation and Global Challenge
Global Philosophy of Religion
Religion, Psychology and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Religion and the “You Tube” Generation
Religion, Globalization and Media
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Global Religious Contexts
Religion in Global Civil Society
Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15th June
Papers will be 15-20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions. Panel proposals should note that sessions will be 90 minutes with 3-4 papers of 15-20 minute papers and 30 minutes questions (either 10 minutes after each paper or 30 minutes after all papers). A chair will be organised for each session, though panel proposals can suggest their own named chair for the panel session.
Proposals and enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.