Largest ever Humanities’ conference in Tartu focuses on continuations and disruptions in religion
The topic invited scholars to discuss all issues related to continuities, disruptions, new beginnings and old continuations. New practices, ideas and traditions appear all the time, yet old ones continue to maintain relevance as well as change in the process. But how should one deal with this situation? How should one study and conceptualize change without implying a static research object? These and other topics related to continuations and disruptions will be discussed by almost 700 scholars of religion from all sorts of research perspectives as part of the EASR 2019 conference.
The topic itself is particularly well exemplified by the keynote lecture of Michael Stausberg who is going to be discussing “Endangered Religions”. In his keynote Stausberg will be turning his attention to the idea of extinction and being endangered. Clearly this is something we regularly speak about when it comes to species, cultures and languages, yet rarely invoke when discussing religious movements. Thus the lecture will investigate whether we can talk about ‘endangered religions’ and whether there have been religions who consider themselves to be endangered.
In the conference agenda in general one can find all kinds of approaches and perspectives, reaching far beyond research perspectives common for the Humanities as well. All in all historical and philological panels will be taking place simultaneously with anthropological or semiotic approaches to religion. Furthermore, experimental psychology of religion and evolutionary study of religion are just as much part of the agenda.
The conference is organized by the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Institute of Cultural Research of the University of Tartu. The conference is supported by the European Regional Developmental Fund (through Enterprise Estonia), University of Tartu and the city of Tartu.
On-site registration will be open: https://easr2019.org/registration/
Conference Program in detail: https://www.conftool.com/easr2019/index.php?page=browseSessions&presentations=show
Information: Madis Arukask, President of the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions, an Associate Professor at the University of Tartu. madis.arukask [ät] ut.ee tel +3725045547