Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 25-26 April 2019
Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 25-26 April 2019
Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 25-26 April 2019
Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 25-26 April 2019

Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

  • 2019 Special Focus—Universal Religious Symbols: Mutual Influences and Specific Relationships
  • 25-26 April 2019
  • University of Granada, Granada Spain

At a Glance...

2

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

190+

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

40+

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus—Universal Religious Symbols: Mutual Influences and Specific Relationships

Symbols are especially tied to Religion. All religions, one way or another, contain a wide variety of symbols such us figures, ceremonies and rituals, temples, sacred sites, myths and historical accounts, among many others. They are the vehicle of the transcendence manifestation, so that their meaning never run out.

Either because they look for expressing a transcending truth, or because anthropological reasons, the fact is that a great majority of these symbols overlap in meaning and conformation. Religious symbols’ meaning, their interreligious coincidences and the influences and mutual relationships are the special focus of this conference, both in the concrete symbolism of a specific religious context and compared symbolism, or symbolism of the absence of transcendence, as well as the significance and impact in the forming of social imagery and political symbolism. In our current societies we should take into consideration the influence of these universal religious symbols, certainly regarding their differences, but mainly in their analogies and common truths that they do convey about human life, sense and existence.

Plenary Speakers

Roger Ferrer Ventosa

Roger Ferrer Ventosa

Professor, University of Girona, Spain

"Frenzy, mania, possession. Visual Arts and the daimonic, from Plato's Phaedrus to The Exorcist"

Víctor Borrego Nadal

Víctor Borrego Nadal

Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Spain

"Eye in the Flame: the Imaginable Sacred"

2019 Organizing Committee

  • José Luis Ortega, University of Granada
  • Luis Roger-Castillo, University of Granada
  • José Soto Chica, University of Granada
  • Tatjana Portnova, University of Granada

Emerging Scholar Awards

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 2019 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Almudena Molina

Almudena Molina

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Chris Zajner

Chris Zajner

Queens University, Kingston, Canada

Driss Bouyahya

Driss Bouyahya

Associate professor, School of Arts & Humanities, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco

Hüseyin Emre Ceyhun

Hüseyin Emre Ceyhun

Department of Economics, Sabanci University, Turkey

Erin Martine Sessions

Erin Martine Sessions

Associate academic dean, Morling College, Sydney, Australia

Greg MacDonald

Greg MacDonald

The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia, Australia

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Astrophysicist and educator, Czech Republic

Merve Cetinkaya

Merve Cetinkaya

Faculty of Brain Science; Division of Psychiatry, University College London, UK

Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif

Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif

Social anthropologist and research fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Netherlands

Taylor West

Taylor West

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Conference Partners

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

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Lightning Talks

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