News/Announcements

2021 Annual Conference of British Association for the Study of Religions (IAHR Special Conference)

6-8 September 2021, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
“From Religious Studies to the Study of Religion/s: Disciplinary Futures for the 21st century”
Call for papers is now open.


18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (IAHR Reginal Conference)

Pisa 30 August – 3 September 2021
Call for papers is now open.
The host invites delegates to submit their abstracts for either workshop sessions, short individual communications, or posters (the final deadline is 31 January 2021). 
Please visit https://www.easr2021.org/how-to-submit-a-proposal/
Should the circumstances make it impossible to organise a full-scale physical event, the conference will be held in a hybrid form and streamed on a dedicated online platform.


Third IAHR-Women Scholars Network webinar announced

You are warmly invited to join us for the 3rd IAHR WSN webinar, “Scholarly Pathways and Research Projects Across Global Contexts,” to be held on Friday, November 20th at 1pm UTC (select local times on announcement) on Zoom. 
Presenters: Professors Shahnaj Husne Jahan (University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh), Oyeronke Olademo (University of Ilorin, Nigeria), Corinne Dempsey (Nazareth College, USA), and Mo Mo Thant (University of Yangon, Myanmar)
Moderators: Amy Allocco (Elon University, USA) and Milda Ališauskienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)
Please visit the WSN Facebook for more information.


The second Women Scholars Network webinar is now on YouTube!

“Senior Women Scholars of Religion Reflect on their Academic Journeys”


The second IAHR-Women Scholars Network webinar focuses on the lives of four senior scholars

“Senior Women Scholars of Religion Reflect on their Academic Journeys”
Speakers: Profs. Rosalind Hackett, Catherine Wessinger, Oyeronke Olademo, Eileen Barker
Oct 22, 2020, 1:00pm UTC
Zoom (meeting ID: 841 8778 6729)


The first IAHR webinar and the first Women Scholars Network webinar are now on YouTube!


First IAHR webinar and the first IAHR-Women Scholars Network webinar announced

We are excited to announce the first IAHR webinar and the first IAHR-Women Scholars Network webinar!
(For a security reason, links, IDs and PWs for the webinars are not included in the information below. Please go to IAHR Facebook/IAHR-WSN Facebook page to find out. The officers of your association have also been asked to share the info with you.)

The IAHR webinar: “Reflections on the Study of Religion in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Past, Present, and Prospect”
Time: Sep 16, Wed, 8:00PM-9:30PM GMT
Roundtable participants, in order of speaking:

  • Profs. Paul Morris
  • Will Sweetman
  • John Shaver
  • Ben Schontha

Chair: Prof. Ann Taves (IAHR Vice-President)

The IAHR-WSN webinar: “Announcing a New IAHR Women Scholars Network Webinar Series”
Time: Sep 21, Mon, 2:00 PM-3:00PM GMT
Presenters:

  • Profs. Rosalind Hackett
  • Morny Joy (founders)
  • Jenny Berglund
  • Jay Johnston (outgoing coordinators)
  • Milda Ališauskienė
  • Amy Allocco, (incoming coordinators)

Program:

  • Introducing the IAHR-WSN
  • Presentation of founders and coordinators
  • Planned future activities
  • Suggestions from members on future activities
  • Questions & Answers

IAHR 2020 Virtual Exhibit Hall

As our Quinquennial World Congress has unfortunately been cancelled, we have invited publishers to this online book fair. Click here to find out which publishers will be attending. We hope you will find many new titles and discounted titles of your interest!


Passing of Professor Kurt Rudolph

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Professor Kurt Rudolph, an Honorary Life Member of the IAHR, on May 13, shortly after celebrating his 91st birthday. Professor Rudolph greatly contributed to the IAHR through, above all, his critical reflections upon the methodology and the nature of the study of religions. An obituary will appear in NVMEN soon. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.


Brill, the publisher of NVMEN, to grant automatic free online access to all introductions and editorials.

Brill is planning to grant automatic free online access to all Introductions and Editorials going forward, with a view to helping to promote the journal. They will also do the same for Obituaries, Corrections, and Retractions. In addition, in 2020 and 2021, Brill will publish all research and review articles by authors affiliated to a Dutch institution in Open Access at no cost to the author.


Polish Society for the Study of Religions & Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University in Kraków invites you to participate in The Sixth International Congress of Religious Studies.

Belief – Imagination – Knowledge. New Paths of Religious Studies in the 21st Century. The congress will take place between 29th June and 1st July 2020 in Kraków. All necessary information you can find on the official conference webpage: https://kongres.religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/


Call for contributions to a new magazine on the humanities.

The CIPSH is engaged in a new publication: “HAS – The Magazine of Humanities, Arts and Society”.

Call for Papers


IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement, Nov 2019 is released

http://www.iahrweb.org/bulletins/IAHR_e-Bull_Suppl_Nov_2019.pdf


Call for Papers from the Philippine Association (PASCHR): 6th PASCHR International Conference, Basco, Batanes, April 22-24, 2020

Flyer | Call for Papers


Registration is open for the 2020 World Congress of the IAHR!

Please visit the Congress website https://www.iahr2020.kiwi/

Registration | Abstract Submissions


IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement, Feb 2019 is released

http://www.iahrweb.org/bulletins/IAHR_E-Bull_Suppl_Feb_2019.pdf


IAHR 2020 World Congress
Aug 23-29, 2020
Otago, New Zealand

“Centres and Peripheries” Call for Papers is on p. 49 of the IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement, Bern Edition https://www.iahr2020.kiwi/


The Study of Religion in a Global Context – the IAHR Book Series

The editorial board welcomes submissions from members of the IAHR member associations. http://www.iahrweb.org/bookseries.php


IAHR-AAR Collaborative International Research Grants

All the members of the IAHR member associations are qualified. Application Deadline: October 1 https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/collaborative-international-research-grants


33rd Biannual Conference of the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW, IAHR Special Conference)
September 3-6, 2019
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

"Conceptualising Religion" https://www.dvrw2019.uni-hannover.de/en/


Cork Conference of  the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC, IAHR Special Conference)
June 13-16, 2019
IAHR Special Conference
University College Cork, Ireland

"Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes" https://www.issrnc.org/conferences/2019-conference/cork-cfp/


Passing of Professor Michel Despland

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the IAHR, I would like to express my condolences to the family of Professor Michel Despland, emeritus professor of Concordia University, who passed away on July 31. He contributed to the IAHR, above all, as an outstanding managing editor of its flagship journal, NVMEN.

Satoko Fujiwara
Acting Secretary General


IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement, Bern Edition, May 2018 is released.

http://www.iahrweb.org/bulletins/IAHR_E-Bull_Suppl_May_2018.pdf


17th Annual Conference of the EASR
IAHR Regional Conference
Tartu (Estonia)
June 25-29, 2019


8th SSEASR Conference (IAHR Regional Conference)
June 13-16, 2019
Dhaka, Bangladesh

“Rivers and Religion: Connecting Cultures of South and Southeast Asia” http://sseasr.org/8th-conference.html


Passing of Professor Jonathan Z. Smith

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Professor Jonathan Z. Smith, an Honorary Life Member of the IAHR, on December 30. Professor Smith contributed longstanding service to both the IAHR and the North American Association for the Study of Religion (an IAHR regional member). His legacy will encourage all of us to strive to promote an analytic and critical approach to the study of religion. We will sorely miss him. An obituary will appear in NVMEN soon. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.


Proceedings of the World Humanities Conference is now available


World Humanities Forum
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2018
Busan, South Korea

The deadline for the Call for Papers is January 31, 2018. http://worldhumanitiesforum.com/eng/forum/papers.php


EASR-IAHR Joint Statement on the European Academy of Religion

The EASR and the IAHR wish to state that they are not in support of the newly established “European Academy of Religion. Read More


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 http://www.phil.uni-hannover.de/

  • IAHR acceptance of the proposal for the IAHR XXth Quinquennial World Congress 2010 to be held in Toronto (Canada)

  • We have received the sad news that Prof. Carsten Colpe, IAHR as well as DVRW Honorary Life Member, passed away in Berlin November 24, 2009. A funeral ceremony takes place December 8, 2009. The IAHR Executive Committee extends condolences to Prof. Colpe’s family. An obituary will be published at the IAHR website and in NUMEN as soon as possible.

  • We have received the sad news that Prof. Michio Araki, Honorary Life Member of the IAHR, passed away on December 22, 2008. IAHR Honorary Life Member, Prof. Michael Pye, in Kyoto at the time, sent a message of condolences to the funeral ceremony.
    An obituary is about to be published at the IAHR website as well as in NUMEN

  • It is our sad task to pass on to you the unfortunate news that Professor Gary Lease, Treasurer of the IAHR, passed away last Friday, January 4, 2008, following a long battle with cancer. The death of Dr. Lease is a terrible loss to his family, friends, colleagues, and students, and it has affected the IAHR Executive Committee deeply.

    We extend our condolences to Gary’s wife and family.

    PS. An obituary will be published in NUMEN, as well as posted on the IAHR website, as soon as possible. In the meantime please consult the website of NAASR, where there is more information on Gary's life and work, as well as the UC Santa Cruz online obituary.

    The President, the General Secretary, as well as several NAASR members will attend the memorial service February 2, 2008.

  • Thanks to several IAHR women scholars, and thanks to the coordinators, Rosalind Hackett, IAHR President and Morny Joy, member of the IAHR Executive Committee, the IAHR Women Scholars Network is now a fact. As stated by the coordinators, the IAHR Women Scholars Network “has been established to provide a forum for women in Religious Studies throughout the world to be in contact with one another. So, firstly the aim is to encourage scholarly communication as well as to help solidify friendships that have begun at various IAHR conferences in different countries.” Please visit the site immediately and read more.Tim Jensen, May 2007 (website)

  • E-mail letter of information (02.04.06): IAHR XXth Quinquennial World Congress 2010 to be held in Toronto, Canada and other IAHR news


IAHR acceptance of the proposal for the IAHR XXth Quinquennial World Congress 2010 to be held in Toronto (Canada)


We have received the sad news that Prof. Carsten Colpe, IAHR as well as DVRW Honorary Life Member, passed away in Berlin November 24, 2009. A funeral ceremony takes place December 8, 2009. The IAHR Executive Committee extends condolences to Prof. Colpe’s family. An obituary will be published at the IAHR website and in NUMEN as soon as possible.


We have received the sad news that Prof. Michio Araki, Honorary Life Member of the IAHR, passed away on December 22, 2008. IAHR Honorary Life Member, Prof. Michael Pye, in Kyoto at the time, sent a message of condolences to the funeral ceremony.
An obituary is about to be published at the IAHR website as well as in NUMEN


It is our sad task to pass on to you the unfortunate news that Professor Gary Lease, Treasurer of the IAHR, passed away last Friday, January 4, 2008, following a long battle with cancer. The death of Dr. Lease is a terrible loss to his family, friends, colleagues, and students, and it has affected the IAHR Executive Committee deeply.

We extend our condolences to Gary’s wife and family.

PS. An obituary will be published in NUMEN, as well as posted on the IAHR website, as soon as possible. In the meantime please consult the website of NAASR, where there is more information on Gary's life and work, as well as the UC Santa Cruz online obituary.

The President, the General Secretary, as well as several NAASR members will attend the memorial service February 2, 2008.


Thanks to several IAHR women scholars, and thanks to the coordinators, Rosalind Hackett, IAHR President and Morny Joy, member of the IAHR Executive Committee, the IAHR Women Scholars Network is now a fact. As stated by the coordinators, the IAHR Women Scholars Network “has been established to provide a forum for women in Religious Studies throughout the world to be in contact with one another. So, firstly the aim is to encourage scholarly communication as well as to help solidify friendships that have begun at various IAHR conferences in different countries.” Please visit the site immediately and read more.Tim Jensen, May 2007 (website)


E-mail letter of information (02.04.06): IAHR XXth Quinquennial World Congress 2010 to be held in Toronto, Canada and other IAHR news