5th Global Conference
Wednesday 18th March – Friday 20th March 2015
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.
We 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.
John L. Hochheimer: Hoch@siu.edu
Rob Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is part of the Ethos programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.