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May 22-23 Portugal Seminar, “Making Sense of Religion: Performance, Art and Experience.”

[ May 22, 2014 to May 23, 2014. ] The aim of the seminar, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal May 22-23, 2014, is not to ask what the senses and “performance” of religion does to it (corrupts it, enhances it, promotes it, transforms it), but in what senses religion is constituted by its virtual or inherent senses, performativities and aesthetics? Questions of interest [...]

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CFP Deadline: Jan 31, Essays for Publication on “African Sacred Spaces: Culture, History, and Change.”

[ January 10, 2014 to January 31, 2014. ] Not much has been written about the nexus between spatiality and spirituality in the African experience. Where space has been the subject of intellectual/academic scrutiny, it has often been through sociopolitical prisms. The purpose of this collection of essays is to expand the conversation, through rigorous interdisciplinary scholarly discourse, to cover the centrality of space [...]

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CFP Deadline: Jan 15, Portugal Seminar “Making Sense of Religion: Performance, Art and Experience.”

[ January 5, 2014 to January 15, 2014. ] Re-centralizing the importance of sensory perception, the organizers of this seminar are calling for ethnographic and/or theoretical contributions that: a) make sense of religion through performance and art and b) approach performative and artistic action as religion in a variety of sociocultural, political, and spiritual contexts. Deadline is January 15.

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Shinto Fire Festival

Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones observes a Shinto Oto Matsuri Fire Festival in Shingu, Japan. He talks with some of the participants as they cleanse themselves in the cold waters of the sea, as they prepare their torches adorned with personal wishes and prayers, and as they walk up to a local shrine above the city. [...]

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