Religions, Environments & Popular Culture

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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
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This conference seeks to address the relationship between religion and environment. It will bring together researchers from across the humanities to question the connections between issues of environmental crisis and political religion, and the ways these manifest within popular culture. What is the nature of the intersection between religion and popular culture, and what impact does a human-environment relationship have on this?

Researchers are invited to present papers, not exceeding 20 minutes, which address the three-cornered relationship between religions, environments and popular culture. Proposals are welcome from researchers working on any period, religious (or secular) tradition, culture and world region. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Religious worship and land ownership
'Sacred' cities and places (temporal, celestial or imaginary)
Religious representation and supernatural manifestations in popular culture
Permeations of religious terrorism and 'War on Terror' motifs in popular culture
Issues of home, migration, and displacement
Ecocritism/environmentalism and religion
Pantheism and panentheism
Religion, environment, disaster
Popular culture in cyberspace; internet cultures and subcultures

We invite responses to these and related questions in the form of 20-minute paper or a pre-released paper (2500 words max) to be completed and distributed in advance of the conference to allow for a longer Q/A discussion. Please specify your preference in your submission and we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.

Please also include a title for the proposed presentation and details of your PhD topic, discipline and University.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 20 June 2014. Decisions will be sent by the end of July.