A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Religion in Society Research Network explores the relationship between religion in society and the changing nature of spirituality. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twelfth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Traveling Texts: From Traditions to Religions
  • Theme 1: Religious Foundations
  • Theme 2: Religious Community and Socialization
  • Theme 3: Religious Commonalities and Differences
  • Theme 4: The Politics of Religion​

2022 Plenary Speakers

Antonio Piñero Sáenz

Antonio Piñero Sáenz

Professor Emeritus of Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

"Historical and Literary Issues regarding the Pseudo-Clementine Writings"

Frank Feder

Frank Feder

Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Göttingen, Germany

"Non-Canonical Texts and Canonicity in the Eastern Churches"

Conference Chair

Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala

Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala

Full Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Córdoba, Spain

Host Partner

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