8 September 2015

8.30 Coffee (Darwin Suite 1)

9.00-10.30 Plenary Discussion: Joint BASR & TRS-UK Event
The Future of Religious Studies
Chaired by Steven Sutcliffe (BASR President-Elect) and Jolyon Mitchell (TRS-UK) (Darwin Suite 2/3)

10.30-11.00 Coffee (Darwin Suite 1)

11.00-12.30 Panel Sessions 3: 4 Parallel Rooms

PANEL SESSION 3: 11.00-12.30 (Select from 4 sessions)

 3.A. Global Bodies, Sexuality & Religion. Chair: Bettina Scmidt
(Darwin Suite 2: Main Room)

  • Nicole Zaneti (Universidade Católica de Brasília- UCB, Brazil) “Sexuality and Women’s Spirituality: A Study with Tai Chi Chuan”
  • Sarah Harvey (University of Kent) “A Religious Studies Perspective on Natural Childbirth: A Global Ideal Versus An Individual Plan”
  • Richard Amesbury (University of Zurich) “Is the Body Secular? Circumcision, Religious Freedom, and Bodily Integrity”
  • Shaunna Calpin (University of Oxford) “Contemporary Witch Hunt: Making the Unintelligible Intelligible”

3.B. ROUNDTABLE: Religion and Non-religion in London: Class and Power in the Secular City. Chair: TBC
(Darwin Suite 3)

  •  A roundtable discussion on Lois Lee’s Recognizing the Non-religious: Reimagining the Secular (OUP, 2015) and Anna Strhan’s Aliens and Strangers? The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals (OUP, 2015)
    • Roundtable discussants:
      Abby Day (University of Kent),
      Mia Lövheim (Uppsala University),
      Dawn Llewellyn (University of Chester),
      Paul-François Tremlett (Open University)

3.C. Global Positions of Yoga. Chair: Richard King
(Darwin Lecture Theatre 1)

  • Suzanne Newcombe (Inform, based at the London School of Economics) “Yoga, Ayurveda and Immorality: The Case of Swami Ramdev”
  • Karen O’Brien-Kop (SOAS, University of London) “An Intertextual Reading of the Pātañjalayogaśāstra: Localized Contexts of Production and Global Challenges of Interpretation”
  •  Theo Wildcroft (University) “Wild Things and Fallen Angels: An Epistemological Struggle in the Evolution of Physical Practice”

3.D. Religion and Economy. Chair: Taylor Weaver
(Darwin Lecture Theatre 2)

  • Beatric Nuti (Pisa, Italy) “Religion and industry: Adriano Olivetti
  • Pandora Dimanopoulou-Cohen (Sciences Po, Paris) “The Involvement Of The Churches In Economic And Political Relations Between Greece And Germany: The Action Of Bishop Ireneos Galanakis, 1957-1991.”

12.30-13.30 Buffet Lunch (Darwin Suite 1)

13.30-15.00 BASR AGM (Darwin Suite 2/3)

15.00-15.30 Tea (Darwin Suite 1)

15.30-17.00 Panel Sessions 4: 4 Parallel Rooms

PANEL SESSION 4: 15.30-17.00 (Select from 4 sessions)

4.A. Local and Global: Migration, Boundaries and Performance. Chair: Abby Day
(Darwin Suite 2: Main Room)

  • Moojan Momen (Independent) “From Local to Global: An Examination of the Spread of the Baha’i Faith”
  • Anna S. King (University of Winchester) “Crossing Boundaries: The Liberation Spiritualities and Ethics of the Dalai Lama and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar”
  • Graham Harvey (Open University) “Indigenous Performances in the UK: Ceremony or Entertainment?”

4.B. Pilgrims, Pentecostals and Postcolonial Christians in Africa and Asia: An Ethnographic Exploration
(Conveners: Jonathan Miles-Watson and Sitna Quiroz, University of Durham)Chair: Alan Le Grys 
(Darwin Suite 3)

  • Jonathan Miles-Watson and Sitna Quiroz (University of Durham) “Rupture or Redress?
Processional Ritual, Identity and the Everyday lives of Christians in Africa and Asia”
  • Iracema Dulley (London School of Economics) “Iterations of Christianity:
Catholic and Protestant Missions in the Central Highlands of Angola”
  • Iliyana Angelova (University of Oxford) “Postcolonial Conversions and the Construction of Difference in the Indo-Burma Borderlands: An Ethnographic Study of Identity Formation in Northeast India”
  • Seth Kunin (University of Aberdeen) “Japan’s Kakure Kirishitans:
Mediating Structures and Conflicting Identities at the Nagasaki Matzori”

4.C. The Political Values of Religious Studies
(Convener: Steven Sutcliffe, University of Edinburgh)
Chair: Richard King
(Darwin Lecture Theatre 1)

  • Steven Sutcliffe (University of Edinburgh) “After Smart: from liberalism to the rebel alliance”
  • Paul-François Tremlett (The Open University) “Darwinism makes it possible”: Religion, Progress and the Conquest of Nature
  • Jeremy Carrette (University of Kent) “The Politics of Objects: Commodification, Objectification and Religious Things”

4.D. The Church of Scientology: Doctrine, Practice and Rebellion
Convener: Stephen Gregg (University of Wolverhamption)
Chair: George Chryssides
(Darwin Lecture Theatre 2)

  • Donald A. Westbrook (Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, USA) “Keeping Scientology Working”: Systematic Theology, Orthodoxy, and Heresy in the Church of Scientology
  • Aled J.Ll. Thomas (Open University, UK) “Scientology Beyond the Church: The Practice of Auditing in the Free Zone”
  • Stephen E. Gregg (University of Wolverhampton, UK) “Scientology Inside Out: Complicating Religious Identity in Global Scientologies”

17.30-18.30 Dinner in Rutherford Hall

18.30-19.30 Drinks Reception for the University of Kent 50th Anniversary and Booklet Launch of 50 Years of the Study of Religion (Darwin Suite 1)

19.30 Keynote AddressProfessor Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany)
“Religion and the City: A Comparative Perspective on Asia and the Rest” (Darwin Suite 2/3)

21.00 Social Time in Origins Bar, Darwin College


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