University Center     

Chicago, Illinois     

15-17 February, 2011


The Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference sets out to describe, analyze, and interpret the role of religion and spirituality in society. The bases of this endeavor are cross-disciplinary. The intellectual project is neutral with respect to the agendas of particular religions or explicit counterpoints to religion such as agnosticism or atheism. The Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference serves as a forum for those interested in the pursuit of scholarly conversation surrounding the key issues that impact the relationship between religion and society. The conference is intended as a space for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue while recognizing that a tension exists between the academic conversation and the practice of religious and spiritual traditions.


The Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference includes plenary presentations by leading thinkers in the field of religious study, and parallel paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, professions and fields of study. Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.


Presenters may also choose to submit their written papers for publication in the peer-refereed International Journal of Religion and Society. Those who are unable to attend the conference in person are welcome to submit a virtual registration, which allows for submission of a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal, as well as an option to upload a video presentation to the conference YouTube channel.


The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 27 May, 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website: .


We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in February, 2011.


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