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Monday, 25 Sep 2017

The Israeli Conference for Contemporary Religion and Spirituality

The 7th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality

The Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University

3-4 May 2015

Since the middle of the Twentieth Century we have been witnessinga significant global increase in a variety of social phenomena related to religion and spirituality with a growing number of people who practice and show interest in both institutionalized religions as well as in spiritual doctrines and movements which relate to the New Age milieus.

What stands behind the contemporary flourishing of religion and spirituality? Who are the target audiences that these new trends aim at? Are we indeed witnessing the emergence of new teachings and doctrines? Or, perhaps these are just older traditions in a new guise, adapted and arranged to meet the 21st century needs? What is the actual dimension in size and quantity of the new religious and spiritualist practice in Israel and worldwide? How does this new phenomenon influence the social, political, economical and ideological arenas in Israel and worldwide?            

The program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University has been dealing with these questions among others, through a variety of courses and a growing list of publications which enrich the relevant corpus of research.

We are happy to host the 7th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality. Since 2009, the Conference has constituted an annual interdisciplinary framework for the presentation of relevant research, in a variety of disciplines from the humanities, the social sciences, the exact sciences, and more.

The forthcoming conference will mark 50 years to the passing of Martin Buber, and will focus on Hasidism, Neo-Hasidism and the concept of Nature in Contemporary Religion and Spirituality. The conference will retain its international character and will host close to a hundred researchers who will present their papers.

The conference's theme should not limit any other research topics relevant to the study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, such as Contemporary Spirituality in the Abrahamic faiths, the psychological angle, gender and feminism, the philosophical meeting of Judaism and Asia, spirituality in medicine and business, the concept of nature in contemporary spiritual thought and practice, etc.

The conference’s guests of honor and keynote speakers will be

Prof. Shaul Magid (Indiana University, US)

Dr. Graham Harvey (Open University, UK)

We invite researchers, as well as graduate students, to submit proposals for single paper presentations or for full symposia (3-4 presentations).

Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference's website (http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference /forms). These should be sent not later than 30 November 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    addressed to Mr. Shai Feraro – conference coordinator.  Decisions will be sent by e-mail during January 2015.

        

We will be delighted to have you among our guests!

Conference's committee chairpersons: Prof. Ron Margolin and Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University).

Academic committee members (in alphabetical order): Dr. J.H. Chajes (University of Haifa), Prof. Jonathan Garb (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Alex Guilherme (Liverpool Hope University, UK), Prof. Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam, Holland), Prof. Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol, UK), Prof. Boaz Huss (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Prof. Jeffrey J. Kripal (Rice University, USA), Dr. Isaac Lubelsky (The Open University of Israel), Prof. Zvi Mark (Bar Ilan University), Dr. Marianna Ruah-Midbar (Zefat Academic College), Prof. Sara Sviri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Nehama Verbin (Tel Aviv University).