CFP: Religion and Revolution

Fifth Annual Conference of the
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)
In association with the Department of Study of Religions
University College Cork

Religion and Revolution

Thurs 16th – Fri 17th June 2016

We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the fifth annual
conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions
(ISASR), themed ‘Religion and Revolution’. 2016 is the centenary of the
iconic Irish revolution, also known as the Easter Rising, which is
arguably the most celebrated occurrence of revolution in Ireland. The
Rising represents a historic disjunction with British colonial rule and
occurred within a context of social and political upheaval. Across the
world, political upheaval is often accompanied by religious change which
in turn can bring about dramatic social and political tranformation.
Conceptualising revolution in its broadest sense, the conference will
discuss, reflect upon and explore these themes. The Society invites
papers and contributions on the varied theme of religion and revolution
including areas such as:

· political change and religion
· religions and social movements
· radical religious change
· media representations of religion and revolution
· the impact of revolution on religious practices
· theorising concepts: revolutions, reformations and cycles
within religious traditions
· transformations in cosmologies and crises of faith
· changing paradigms in the academic study of religions

Scholars working in Ireland are free to submit paper proposal on any
aspect of religion both at home and globally.

Call for papers: Please submit your proposal in the form of a title and
an abstract (max. 250 words).

Call for slam contributions: We invite ‘slam’ contributions for a
maximum duration of 6 minutes on in-progress research, new projects and
publications, research networks and new programmes. Please submit a
title and brief description of your slam (max. 150 words).

Both paper and slam proposals are to be submitted via email to by the deadline of 21 January 2016. Notification of
abstract/slam acceptance will be given by 05 February 2016.

Please bear in mind that papers should contribute to the aims of ISASR
as set out in the Society’s constitution, specifically that ‘The main
object [is] to advance education through the academic study of religions
by providing a forum for scholarly activity (…). The Society is a forum
for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religions, past
and present. It is not a forum for confessional, apologetical,
interfaith or other similar concerns’.

The final programme will be posted on the ISASR website: