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The EASR Annual Conference 2017: Communicating Religion

15 July, 2017 02:04
The EASR Annual Conference 2017: Communicating Religion

Date: September 18-21, 2017

Venue: University of Leuven, Belgium

Communication plays a crucial role in religion and religious praxis. Religions claim to be able to create links with the divine and the transcendent, between humans and superhuman agents. But equally important, both for defining religion and for its subsistence, is the communication that takes place between humans.

The EASR Annual Conference 2017 will focus above all on this second aspect and study how a religion is communicated within the own tradition and towards outsiders. The first area deals with how religious traditions have been presented or present themselves to their members. It offers opportunities for studying a wide range of topics, including ways of creating “ideal” types or images of a tradition, handling moments of crisis, establishing and questioning forms of authority and structure, coping with dissidence, or balancing between preservation and renewal, and how all of these are communicated to the faithful. The second area deals with how a religious tradition positions itself towards outsiders. This includes such topics as reflecting on identity, coming to terms with the constant tension between intra- and extravert orientations, or developing modes for reaching out to others.

Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce the following keynote speakers for EASR 2017: 

  • Jenny Berglund, Södertörn University
  • Jan N. Bremmer, University of Groningen
  • Guy Stroumsa, University of Oxford, Hebrew University Jerusalem 
  • Ann Taves, University of California, Santa Barbara

The EASR Annual Conference 2017 will take place at the University of Leuven, Belgium, from 18-21 September 2017. The conference language is English.

See the conference program here.

Conference Organizers

Organizing Committee:

  • Joseph Verheyden (KU Leuven, head of local host team)
  • Monique Weiss (ULB, president Babel)
  • Bert Broeckaert (KU Leuven)
  • Bart Dessein (UGent)
  • Philippe Swennen (ULiège)
  • Walter Vanherck (Antwerpen)
  • Louis-Léon Christians (UCL)

Conference Website: https://kuleuvencongres.be/easr2017/

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