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Religion, Migration and Mutation

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European Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference & International Association for the History of Religions Special Conference

Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th September 2013, Liverpool Hope University


The 12th EASR Annual Conference will be hosted by the British Association for the Study of Religions at Liverpool Hope University, Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th September 2013.  The conference will also host an International Association for the History of Religions Special Conference.

The conference theme will be RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION.

Today the pace of globalisation with accompanying mass movements of people and ideas has undermined centres of authority and recreated structures where the authentic variations are not only plural, but are located both at the historic centres and at the margins.

Abraham’s travels in the Middle-East, the Exodus from Egypt, the Babylonian exile and the myths of the Epics in Indian religions all point to the religious significance of migration. In Islam, Muslims date their calendar from the Hijra (migration) from Mekkah to Medina.

Liverpool provides an excellent location to explore how religions transform when they move location. The port was a major meeting point of religions during the nineteenth century and can lay claim to being one of Britain’s first multi-faith cities.

The conference invites papers that examine what happens to religious beliefs and practices when they are displaced, and what occurs to religions when new cultural practices interact with them. The focus on transformation is not only to be taken in connection with movements of people but papers are invited that deal with the issue of mutation in the broadest sense and we invite scholars from different disciplines to participate in the conference. RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION is the 12th annual conference of the EASR and the second to be organised in collaboration with the BASR (British Association for the Study of Religion).

The conference will begin with registration between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 3rd September, followed by a welcome addresses and the first keynote lecture. It will end with a buffet lunch between 1.30 and 2pm on Friday 6th September.

 

Keynote speakers

Professor Maya BurgerProfessor Maya Burger (Department of Languages and Civilizations of South Asia, University of Lausanne)
‘Pondering Rama’s Wandering: Migrating Through Time’

Maya Burger studied anthropology, indology and history of religions in Switzerland, India and United States. She is presently professor for Indian Studies at the Department of languages and civilisations of South Asia. Her field of specialisation is pre-modern hindi literature, history of yoga, history of the relations between Europe and India, as well as Indian religions. Recent books are Religions in Play. Games, Rituals, and Virtual Worlds, Philippe Bornet, Maya Burger (ed.), Zürich : Pano Verlag, 2012. India in Translation through Hindi Literature. A Plurality of Voices, Maya Burger, Pozza Nicola (éd.), Worlds of South and Inner Asia, Berne: Peter Lang, 2010.

 

Professor Kim KnottProfessor Kim Knott (School of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, University of Lancaster)
‘Religion, Migration and Integration’

Kim Knott has worked in the study of religions since the late-1970s, at Leeds and now Lancaster. She is a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow and, from 2005-11, directed a research programme on ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’. In addition to methodological issues, she has researched the engagement between religion and migration, ethnicity, gender, identity, secular locations, media and public life.

In the last decade her research has focused on the development of a spatial approach for locating religion and analysing its relationship to other social and cultural institutions and issues, and for ‘breaking open the secular’.  She has examined the location of religious and secular values in the left and right hands, in an English medical centre and high school, in urban multicultural landscapes, academic disciplines, and media discourse.  Her recent publications have included The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis (2005), Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections (with Sean McLoughlin, 2010), and Moving People, Changing Places (2011). Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred: Representation and Change (with Elizabeth Poole and Teemu Taira), will be published in autumn 2013.

 

Dr Graham HarveyDr Graham Harvey (Department of Religious Studies, Open University)
'Migration and Mutation of a European understanding of "Religion"'

Graham Harvey is President of the British Association for the Study of Religions (2012-15) and Head of the Department of Religious Studies, The Open University, UK. His current research interests are to do with the performance and material cultures of indigenous peoples, especially as they provoke reflection and re-theorisation of religion as performance and materiality. He has previously researched among Jews, Pagans and indigenous peoples. He has contributed significantly to the global interdisciplinary re-investigation of “animism” (seen not as “mistaken belief in spirits” but as “relational engagements between human- and other-than-human persons”). His most recent publications include Food, Sex and Strangers: Understanding Religion as Everyday Life and The Handbook of Contemporary Animism, both published by Acumen in 2013. His teaching related work at the Open University currently involves chairing the dissertation phase of the MA in Religious Studies and contributing to the new third level module A332 “Why is Religion Controversial?”. Elements of the module can be seen on youtube, i-tunes and elsewhere. Cats, hedgehogs and rocks often make appearances in his publications and lectures.

 

Organising Committee


Primary contact email: easrconference@hope.ac.uk

Dr Stephen E. Gregg (Conference Organiser)
Hon. Treasurer - British Association for the Study of Religions
Department of Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Liverpool Hope University
greggs@hope.ac.uk

Ms Sara Fretheim (Conference Facilitator)
Department of Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Liverpool Hope University
easrconference@hope.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Harris (Assistant Conference Organiser)
Department of Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Liverpool Hope University
harrise@hope.ac.uk

Dr Graham Harvey
President - British Association for the Study of Religions
Department of Religious Studies
The Open University
g.harvey@open.ac.uk

Dr Bettina E. Schmidt
Secretary - British Association for the Study of Religions
School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
b.schmidt@tsd.ac.uk

Dr Dominic Corrywright
Executive Committee Member - British Association for the Study of Religions
Department History, Philosophy and Religion
Oxford Brookes University
dcorrywright@brookes.ac.uk

 

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Info for Publishers

Publishers's stands are now available for booking, please complete the form below to reserve your place.

Publishers Booking Form

 

Any materials being sent ahead of the conference should be directed to the following address:

Attention:

Gemma Ellis
EDEN 002
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool
L16 9JD

Events/Attractions

“Steeped in maritime, cultural, musical and sporting history, few cities can boast such a rich and diverse heritage as Liverpool.”

www.visitliverpool.com

From the docks to nightlife, museums to cathedrals, amazing restaurants and high street shopping, Liverpool has something for everyone!

Some fun facts about Liverpool:

  • Liverpool is a TOP 5 city break destination and the FRIENDLIEST city in the UK (come and see for yourself!)
  • It’s the pop music capital of the world, with more number 1 hits than any other city in the world!
  • Has the largest collection of national museums and galleries outside of London
  • For full details and more fun facts, check out www.itsliverpool.com

Intrigued by the history of the Titanic? See the full exhibit at Liverpool’s Maritime Museum www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/
Or if you’re a fan of John, Paul, George and Ringo, spend some time with the Fab 4 at www.beatlesstory.com/

At this year’s EASR conference, we are delighted to showcase some of Liverpool’s music and cultural history, including a fabulous night of music and dancing with the Cavern Club house band, THE SHAKERS! Hailed as “One of the UK’s top ‘60’s groups” and “The ultimate Merseybeat experience,” the Shakers are going to make our Gala Dinner (Thursday 5 September) a not-to-be-missed experience!

Website:  http://theshakers.org.uk/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shakersliverpool

For more information about the Albert Dock, Museums and Cathedrals, as well as further events and attractions, please see the following links:

www.albertdock.com
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk
www.liverpool-one.com

 

 

Timetable

List of Accepted Panels and Papers (Updated)

Timetable for Panels and Papers (Updated)

Abstracts Book

 

The organising committee reserves the right to amend the timetable if it is necessary for reasons beyond their control. Every effort will be made to adhere to the below timetable.

 

Overview schedule for key events at Conference

Tuesday 3rd September
10.00-16.00  Registration (Gateway Building Reception)
12.00-16.00  EASR Executive Committee Meeting (Eden Building Complex 014)
12.00-16.00  IAHR NVMEN Board Meeting (Eden Building Complex 008)
13.30-14.30  BASR Executive Committee Meeting (Eden Building Complex 013)
15.30-16.30  Refreshments Served (Gateway Building)
16.30   Formal Welcome (Chapel)
17.00   Maya Burger Keynote Address (Chapel)
19.00   Dinner (Fresh Hope). Bar will be open throughout the evening.
20.15-21.30  ‘How Religion has changed: Findings from the UK’s Religion and Society Programme’  (Eden Building Complex – Eden Lecture Theatre) 
 
Wednesday 4th September
07.00-08.00 Breakfast (Fresh Hope)
08.00-08.30 Registration (Gateway Building Reception)
08.30-10.30 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
10.30-11.00 Refreshments Served (Eden Building Complex)
11.00-13.00 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
13.00-14.00  Lunch (Fresh Hope)
14.00-16.00 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
15.00-17.30 IAHR International Committee Meeting (Eden Building Complex 109)
16.00-17.15 Publishers’ Reception (Eden Building Complex Foyer)
17.30   Graham Harvey Keynote Address (Chapel)
19.00  Dinner (Fresh Hope). Bar will be open throughout the evening.
20.15-21.00 TRSUK (Formerly AUDTRS) AGM (Eden Building Complex 203)
21.00   Religious Studies Project Panel Game – Recording Session and Social Event (Eden Lecture Theatre)
 
Thursday 5th September
07.00-08.00 Breakfast (Fresh Hope)
08.00-08.30 Registration (Gateway Building Reception)
08.30-10.30 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
10.30-11.00 Refreshments Served (Eden Building Complex)
11.00-13.00 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
13.00-14.00  Lunch (Fresh Hope)
14.00-17.00 Optional Cultural Visit to Liverpool UNESCO World Heritage Site & Museums (depart from Gateway Building)
14.00-17.00 EASR AGM (Eden Building Complex 203)
18.00  Kim Knott Keynote Address (Chapel)
19.30  Gala Dinner (Fresh Hope/Our Place). Bar will be open throughout the evening.
21.30-23.15 Live Band – ‘The Shakers’  - the house band of Liverpool’s World Famous Cavern Club (‘Our Place’)
 
Friday 6th September
07.00-08.00 Breakfast (Fresh Hope)
08.00-08.30 Registration (Gateway Building Reception)
08.30-10.30 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
10.30-11.00 Refreshments Served (Eden Building Complex)
11.00-13.00 Panels and Papers (Eden Building Complex)
13.00-14.00  Lunch (Fresh Hope)
14.00 -15.00 IAHR Women Scholars Network Meeting (Eden Building Complex 008)
14.00-15.00 BASR AGM (Eden Building Complex 014)

 

Location

The conference and accommodation are all based at Liverpool Hope University. The address is: 

Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park Campus
Liverpool L16 9JD

For train travel into Liverpool please consult http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/. For your destination, please select Liverpool Limestreet Station.

Taxis are available at the station. It is about a 15 minute drive from the train station to the University and costs about £12-15.

The University is located on Taggart Avenue in the Childwall neighbourhood. 

The campus is very compact and all buildings are within a  few minutes' walk of one another. For those arriving by car, parking will be clearly marked; for those coming by taxi you will be dropped at the Security Lodge.  

Registration will be in the Gateway Building; and the majority of conference events will be directly across in the EDEN building. Accommodation is located both in the EDEN building and beside the Gateway Building.  Room keys and conference packs will be distributed upon arrival at Registration stations in the Gateway Building. 

There will be signs and volunteers to help you find your way on arrival, and staff in the Security Lodge are available 24 hours/day for your assistance. 

*LATE ARRIVALS: Please note, if you are arriving after 6pm, please check in at the Security Lodge, where they will have your delegate pack and room key. 

For more information about our location and campus maps, please visit the How to Find Us section of the website.