CFP Deadline: Oct 31, Conference on Spirituality in the 21st Century, Portugal

Presentations are invited for the 5th Global Conference on Spirituality in the 21st Century, to be held Wednesday 18th March – Friday 20th March 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—Theology, Philosophy of Religion, History of Religion, Comparative Religion, Mysticism—but also more recently from such diverse fields as Management, Medicine, Business, Counseling, Ecology, Communication, Performance Studies and Education – among many others.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference invites a broad range of scholars and practitioners who seek to challenge disciplinary silos by exploring the spiritual foundations upon which their fields of inquiry stand. Papers and/or presentations are welcomed from any academic, professional and/or vocational area in which Spirituality plays a part. We invite therapists, community organizers, social workers, clergy, active change agents, scholars and teachers; in other words, anyone who has actively engaged with others to determine the foundations and manifestations of spirituality in any walk of life.

The organizers seek presentations about the nature of spirituality and its manifestation in the beliefs and/or actions of individuals, cultures, communities and/or nations. We seek presentations, papers, performances, reports, works-in-progress and workshops which consider the spirituality in its cultural and artistic representations, its meaning(s), and/or its philosophical or scientific ‘legitimacy’.

Papers, performances, presentations, reports, works-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Conceptualizations of Spirituality
• Social and/or Cultural Aspects of Spirituality
• Interpreting Elements and Examples of Spirituality
• Cultural Expressions of Spirituality via Art, Dance, Film, The Internet, Literature, Music, Radio, Television and/or Theatre
• Spirituality and Communication
• The Liminal Elements and Facets of Spirituality
• Spirituality and Cultural Identity

2.Research and/or Pedagogical Approaches to Spiritual Work
• Spirituality with Children
• Teaching Spirituality

3.Spirituality and Healing
• Spirituality Compassion and Reconciliation
• Spirituality and Addiction, Health Care, Medicine, and/or Nursing
• Spirituality in Counseling, Hospice Care, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Therapy and/or Wellbeing
• Spiritual Pilgrimages
• Spiritual and Ecological Maintenance of Health and Life of Human Beings
• Development of Personality as a Process of Spirit Creation

4.Spirituality and the Environment
• Spirituality and Gaia
• Spirituality in Business and/or Management

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Presentations, Papers and performances will be considered on any related theme.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st October 2014. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd January 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: S21-5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
John L. Hochheimer:
Rob Fisher:

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