Past News/Announcements

  • Outcome Document of the World Humanities Conference is now available

    The WHC was held in Liège, Belgium, Aug 6-12, 2017, co-hosted by the CIPSH and UNESCO. It was the first time to hold such a large conference in the history of the CIPSH. Check its outcome document, "A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century."

    Also, check IAHR President Tim Jensen's speech at a plenary session on "Borders and Migrations."

  • Religion(s) and Power(s) Conference
    October, 5-6 2017
    Vytautas Magnus University
    Kaunas, Lithuania

    This conference is being hosted by the Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions. 

  • World Humanities Conference
    Aug 6-12, 2017
    Liège, Belgium

    Humanities have been a main structuring dimension of knowledge and understanding of societies throughout time, allowing to approach complexity, rendering time and causal dimensions to features or making sense of processes. Actually, the divide between the Humanities and other knowledge clusters (e.g. natural sciences or technologies) is a recent feature. Read More

  • NVMEN Special Volume

    The NVMEN Special Volume compiled to celebrate the occasion of the 60th anniversary of NVMEN: International Review for the History of Religions in 2014, has now been published.. Read More

  • Announcement: IAHR 2020 World Congress to be held in Dunedin, Aotearoa, New Zealand

    "Dear Prof. Sweetman,

    It is a pleasure and privilege, on behalf of the IAHR Executive Committee, to inform you and your colleagues that the IAHR Executive Committee during its meeting June 26-27, 2016 i n Helsinki, Finland, unanimously decided to accept, with gratitude and great expectations, your bid and proposal to host the IAHR XXII World Congress 2020 in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Allow us also, on behalf of the IAHR Executive Committee, to thank all the institutions, organisations, and people (e.g. Dunedin City Council, University of Otago, Tourism New Zealand, Enterprise Dunedin, the other Study of Religions programs in the country, and the Australian Association for the Study of Religions) for the support they have already promised to offer you and thus the IAHR with regard to the 2020 IAHR World Congress.

    You will receive a follow-up letter from the IAHR Secretary General, Prof. Afe Adogame, a letter which, apart from confirming this announcement, may serve as a starting point for future talks between the NZASR and IAHR leaderships about important matters linked to the demanding process towards the holding of an IAHR World Congress.

    Accept our congratulations! Sincerely,
    Tim Jensen, IAHR President
    Afe Adogame, IAHR Secretary General
    Philippe Bornet, IAHR Treasurer
    Ann Taves, IAHR Deputy Secretary General"

    Click here to read an interview by Tim Jensen about the hosts and location.

  • Now For Sale with Brill. Special Offer to IAHR members

    NVMENNVMEN, the Academic Study of Religion, and the IAHR. Past, Present, and Prospects, edited by Tim Jensen & Armin W. Geertz on behalf of Brill and the IAHR Executive Committee, is a 'Festschrift' collected and published in honor of the 60th anniversary of NVMEN, the IAHR flagship journal. The volume is a collection of selected and joint memories of NVMEN, the IAHR and the Study of Religion, memories which, with reference to then IAHR President Michael Pye's opening address at the IAHR World Congress in Durban 2000 "selected, contested, and always reflected, [hopefully can] turn out to be not only memories of the past but also constituents of the future". The reprints and newly commissioned writings critically reflect on NVMEN past and present, on the history, developments and gradual yet steady expansion of the IAHR as well as on key methodological issues and debates linked to the IAHR and its history. These issues are raised, analysed and discussed by past and present key IAHR 'movers', be they presidents, general secretaries, treasurers, publications officers, managing editors or other scholars and colleagues dedicated to the IAHR and NVMEN one way or another. This publication, hopefully, can serve present and future generations of IAHR members, be they individual scholars or member associations and affiliates, when looking for material on key discussions within the IAHR and the academic study of religion as envisioned, promoted and pursued by the IAHR and NVMEN. The volume has reprints of contributions by R. Pettazzoni, G. Wiedengreen, C. J. Bleeker, R.J. Zwi Werblowsky, A. Schimmel, E. J. Sharpe, M. Pye, A.W. Geertz & R.T. McCutcheon, T. Jensen, and new contributions by D. Accorinti, G. Alles, C. Bochinger & J. Ruepke, G. Casadio, S. Fujiwara, R.I.J. Hackett, O. Hammer, M. Joy, M. Pye, and D. Wiebe.

    Brill offers all members of the IAHR a promotional 25%. Note Action Code 70302. Offer is valid until 31 December 2016!

  • Award of Honorary Professorship at the University of Hannover, Germany

    Congratulations to the IAHR President, Professor Tim Jensen who has recently been appointed honorary Professor at the University of Hanover, Unit for the Study of Religions, see