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

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:; Tel: +27 (0)12 429 4055 / +27 (0) 74 182 5099
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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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