17th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) “Religion – Continuations and Disruptions”
June 25 to June 29, 2019
Religions are works in progress. New ideas, doctrines and practices have appeared time and again and often spread across cultural and confessional boundaries. Some of the changes have been intentional, introduced by powerful individuals and institutions, others have emerged more spontaneously as vernacular reactions to innovations imposed from ‘above’. Some elements in religions have persisted for centuries, some have disappeared and some reappeared in completely new forms or acquired new meanings. Similar processes can be observed around us in contemporary societies as well.
Yet, oftentimes scholars of religion have struggled with studying such constantly changing and transforming phenomena. This leads us to ask how many disruptions or interruptions can a tradition adapt or even embrace, while still maintaining its identity. At the same time studying change (or the lack thereof) arises several conceptual and methodological problems. First of all, how does one conceptualize change without implying a static research object? This is also a problem of evaluation and rhetorical power – who has the authority to claim that something is extinct or that a new tradition has been established? What is the scholar’s responsibility for the field of studies? When and to what extent do scholars have to take into account the views of insiders in reflecting upon religious traditions or in drawing boundaries between them .
Call for Individual Papersm
Individual abstracts can be submitted to any of the pre-arranged sessions as well as to a generic, independent paper section in case one’s paper does not fit with any of the sessions that deal with more specific topics. The full list of all sessions can be found below. The individual abstract has to include basic information about its author, its title and an abstract of no more than 300 words and a few basic keywords about the proposed presentation. Normally the contributor can expect to have 20-25 minutes for the presentation and 5-10 minutes for questions. There are different options for submitting the individual paper abstract.
Open session. One can submit an abstract to any of the open sessions, should any of the topics raised therein appear particularly intriguing and inviting. The Chair of the session and the Scientific Committee will review your paper.
Closed session. Only those with a pre-arranged agreement with the Chair of the session can submit their abstracts to a closed session. These are only open to people with such an agreement. The Chair of the session and the Scientific Committee will review your paper.
Independent paper. One can submit an independent paper in case none of the open or closed sessions relate to one’s presentation plans. The Scientific Committee will review your abstract. It is up to the conference organizers to organize approved independent papers into sessions.
EASR 2019 Open Session Topics
This is the full list of all the open sessions taking place at EASR 2019 in Tartu. One can submit their papers to prearranged closed sessions, to any of these open sessions or as an INDEPENDENT individual paper. Individual papers will be later organized into additional panels of the conference. A submission should include the title, an abstract up to 300 words in length, basic information about the presenter and a couple of keywords.
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