We are happy to share with you the CFP for the Fourth Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for the Study of Religions (IASR). Our focus this year is on “Cults and Rituals.” The conference will convene under the auspices of the Program in Religion Studies at the University of Haifa. Sessions will be held on March 31st 2020 at the University of Haifa’s main campus, atop Mount Carmel. The city of Haifa itself is home to Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious communities, and is a center for the Bahá’í Faith. Adherents of the Druze religion are based in villages and towns located a few kilometers from the university’s Mount Carmel Campus.
Our theme for this year’s annual conference relates to broad avenues of research within the scope of cults and rituals – whether ancient or contemporary – that reflect varied forms and perceptions of religious praxis; the modern scholarly engagement with cults and rituals and its quest to define these phenomena in light of its diverse manifestations; as well as a focus on ritual theory per se.
The Opening Session will be dedicated to the ancient Near East, and the Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Andrea Kucharek of Heidelberg University, who studies ancient Egyptian burial rituals.
We encourage you to submit proposals for presentations – in either English or Hebrew – that relate to the conference’s theme from a range of disciplines and approaches. For additional information, please see the attached CFP.
The Conference’s Academic Committee:Amos Megged, Moshe Blidstein, Ithamar Gruenwald, Nira Pancer, Zur Shalev and Shai Feraro.__._,_.___

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IASR Conference 2020 Announcement.pdf

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