Seventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

  • 2017 Special Focus: Understanding Globalism, Respecting Difference
  • 17–18 April 2017
  • Imperial College London, London, UK

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

110+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Seventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society.

27

Countries represented.

2017 Special Focus: Understanding Globalism, Respecting Difference

The economic, political, and social forces of globalization impact communities in varying ways. Religions, faiths, and spiritualities serve as interpretive frameworks for these forces and their impacts on communities. Religious frameworks and spiritual practices mediate between the conservation of faith-based principles and the demands of contemporary life within a global, multi-faith landscape. However, all too often, whether intentional or not, these processes of mediation also breed discourses of intolerance. This creates self-confirming cycles in the media and popular culture, pushing faith communities further into corners of misunderstanding. How can these processes be reversed? How can faith communities position themselves as leaders, nurturing new understandings of globalism where differences are respected? How might religions and spiritualities provide an impetus for action, not just within the confines of their own communities, but as shared programs of action that create global communities of tolerance, respect, and peace?

Plenary Speakers

The Seventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

David J. O'Brien

David J. O'Brien

Professor and Chair of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

"Institutional Adjustment to Globalization to Increase Religious Tolerance: Implications from Multi-National Community Research"

Benjamin Schewel

Benjamin Schewel

Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

"The Second Axial Age as a Framework for Social Change"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2017 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Semiha Sözeri

Semiha Sözeri

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Marie Chabbert

Marie Chabbert

Oxford University, Oxford, England

Rumeysa Nur Gurbuz

Rumeysa Nur Gurbuz

University College London, London, England

Julie Rausenberger

Julie Rausenberger

University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Aditya Chaturvedi

Aditya Chaturvedi

Nālandā University, Rajgir, India

Roland Shainidze

Roland Shainidze

York University, Toronto, Canada

Margrét Ann Thors

Margrét Ann Thors

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Renee Baribeau

Renee Baribeau

College of the Desert, Palm Desert, USA

Virtual Presentations

Lightning Talks

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