Update on BASR/EASR/IAHR 2013 Liverpool Conference


The 2013 BASR / EASR / IAHR Conference to be held in Liverpool Hope University is announcing a re-launch for the conference. Prof. Ron Geaves, the conference organiser to date, has had to step aside due to health issues, so there is now a new conference team structure in place, and we are using this as an opportunity to re-launch the conference and provide key information updates:

1) Secure online registration is NOW LIVE – please go to www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation for details of full residential conference packages, day rates (for those not requiring on-campus accommodation) and useful travel information.

2) The deadline for submission of panels and papers has been EXTENDED TO JUNE 15TH. We are delighted with the quality of panels and papers submitted so far, and welcome further submissions.

3) Please use the dedicated email address for any queries – easrconference@hope.ac.uk

4) A detailed timetable will be released after the deadline for panel/paper submissions, but for those making travel plans, the conference will start with registration 10am-4pm on Tues 3rd and end after lunch on Friday 6th.

5) In addition to panels, papers and meetings, the full conference package will include a Gala Dinner with accompanying live band playing 1960s Beatles/’Merseybeat’ music for which the city is so famous, and there will be a cultural tour of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Docks and Museums quarter.

Liverpool – the European Capital of Culture in 2008 – is a very exciting city with UNESCO World Heritage Status for its iconic Docks area. With more Georgian buildings than any other city in Britain, other than Bath, Liverpool boasts a world-renowned Philharmonic Orchestra, the Walker Art Gallery, the new multi-million pound waterside Museum of Liverpool, one of only two Tate Art Galleries outside of London, two of the most famous football teams in Europe, and the largest Cathedral in Britain. Home to the Beatles, and many other successful ‘Merseybeat’ bands of the 1960s, the city retains a proud tradition of music and the performing arts and is home to Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool Hope University, and the city of Liverpool, for what will be a stimulating and enjoyable conference for all BASR/EASR/IAHR friends and colleagues.

Stephen Gregg, Conference Organiser & BASR Hon. Treasurer
Conference Website: http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/

Call for Book Proposals: Studies in Pilgrimage

Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage
Series Editors: Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada; Dee Dyas, University of York, UK; John Eade, University of Roehampton UK and University College London, UK; and Jas’ Elsner, University of Oxford and Unviersity of Chicago

Once relatively neglected, pilgrimage has become an increasingly prominent topic of study over the last few decades. Its study is inevitably inter-disciplinary, and extends across a growing range of scholarly fields, including religion, anthropology, geography, history, literary studies, art history, archaeology, sociology, heritage and tourism studies. This process shows no sign of abating – indeed, it looks set to continue to expand.

This series seeks to place itself at the forefront of these conversations. Books will cover exciting new work from both established and emerging scholars. They will encompass themes as diverse as pilgrimage within national and post-national frames, pilgrimage-writing, materialities of pilgrimage, digi-pilgrimage and secular pilgrimage.

Single- (or jointly-) authored books as well as edited volumes will be considered. Authors will work closely with the Editorial Board in the preparation and production of texts which should set the intellectual agenda for the future study of pilgrimage.

ASRSA Conference – Univ. of Free State, Bloemfontein

Call for Papers and Conference Announcement
Dates: 28-30 August 2013
Venue: University of Free State, Bloemfontein

We are glad to announce that the “Call for Papers” (CFP) for the 2013 ASRSA Congress is now open. This year we celebrate 35 years of existence. We invite you to join with us at the annual congress to be held at the University of Free State (Bloemfontein). It will be a unique opportunity to present and share your findings and experiences on the chosen theme “Emerging Trends and Trajectories in the Study of Religion”. Twelve interrelated focus areas have been identified. Through evidence embedded in narrative and reflection, congress participants are encouraged to explore emerging trends and trajectories across twelve thematic focus areas:

1. Multi-Inter-and Trans (MIT) Disciplinary Approaches
2. Research Methodologies
3. Religion and Education
4. Religion, Technology and Civil Society
5. Religion in Literature
6. Religion and Health
7. Religion, Migration and Urbanization
8. Religion and the Glocal (Globalization and Localization)
9. Religion, De-Colonization and Post-colonialism
10. Religion and the Secular
11. New Religious Movements and “Unconventional” Religions (in Africa)
12. Religion and Materialism

As part of our objective to explore new terrains in innovation, this year we welcome three presentation modalities:
(a) Oral
(b) Poster
(c) Virtual (presentations will be made available online using cloud technology and on CD)

The deadline for abstract submission is 03 July 2013.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to chettd@unisa.ac.za

Abstracts should be 400-500 words (clear articulation of the research question/ problem statement; hypothesis; methodology; theory; and theoretical framework), indicate the congress track and the presentation mode. In addition provide: full name, university/ institution affiliation, email address, 8-10 keywords.

The objectives of the congress are to:
(a) Present and disseminate research on the chosen theme.
(b) Create a forum to discuss and exchange ideas on the twelve identified congress tracks.
(c) Promote national/ international partnership and cooperation.

All presentations will be disseminated on CD and included in the newly formed ASRSA Digital Library Repository.


Full Registration: R250-00
Student Registration: R200-00
Virtual Presentation: R250-00
NB: The above fees covers the costs for teas/coffees and lunch over the three days.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 03 July 2013
Final Paper Submission: 15 August 2013
Registration: Registration commences from 01 June 2013.

ASRSA Executive (JA Smit; ONO Kealotswe; D Chetty; HC Steyn; D Chidester) and representative from collaborating institution M Sukdaven: Head of Department of Religion Studies (UFS) © ASRSA 2013

Denzil Chetty (ASRSA Secretary), Department of Religious Studies and Arabic, University of South Africa, PO BOX 392, UNISA 0003; Email: Chettd@unisa.ac.za; Tel: +27 (0)12 429 4055 / +27 (0) 74 182 5099
Social Media (Facebook): If you wish to be informed about the latest developments for the upcoming congress, join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-for-the-Study-of-Religion-in-Southern-Africa-ASRSA/122706611137908.

Call for Papers – AASR Cape Town Conference

Its time to start thinking about our next AASR Conference and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be turning our attention back to the environment as we meet at University of Cape Town in South Africa, July 30-August 3, 2014. Now is a great time to be thinking about the paper you want to submit. The theme for this year’s conference is: Religion, Ecology, and the Environment in Africa and the African Diaspora. Papers can be submitted online through our online submission system. Read the full conference announcement here.

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