CFP Deadline: June 15, CRPA Conference, “Strangers and Pilgrims,” France

The Réseau Culture et Religion dans les Pays Anglophones (CRPA) Conference,will be held in Paris, France, 28-29 January 2016 on the theme of “Strangers and Pilgrims, Displacements and spatial transformations of religion in the English-speaking world.”

The experience of migrating, moving away from familiar places—sometimes against one’s will—and relocating in foreign territories is deeply ingrained in the spiritual and historical legacy of monotheistic traditions. The Reformation, the colonial era and the contemporary globalized world have greatly amplified the phenomena of transplantation and mass migrations; in turn these uprootings have deeply transformed the religious geography of the English-speaking world. This two-day conference aims to explore the multiple dimensions of the spatial transformations of religion not only in the light of the experience of diasporas and other exiled or migrating religious minorities, but also from the point of view of merchants, travellers, missionaries, settlers, soldiers, etc. The organizing committee invites proposals on the subject relating to the English-speaking world of all periods, geographical areas and religion(s).

Suggested themes: transformations of the religious experience of space and place; displacement and the mutations of religious ties; the journeys of doctrines and liturgies; displaced orthodoxies and dissent.

Please submit your abstract (about 300 words) in English or French together with a short bio to and by 15th June 2015. A selection of papers will be published in a collected volume.

Organizing institutions: Réseau Culture et Religion dans les Pays Anglophones (CRPA), Transferts critiques et dynamique des savoirs (EA1569 – Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis), PHARE (FRE 3643 – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Centre de Recherches Anglophones (CREA EA 370 – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

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