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Invited Speakers
Invited Speakers

In four daily presentations, the Congress topic will be thematically grounded by outstanding speakers in the field of Religious Studies, covering the breadth and depth of the subject and the many research areas involved. The addresses are to underline the overall topic of the Congress in its various aspects, providing a broader cultural, historical, and methodological approach while giving participants of the Congress the opportunity to attend the lectures most closely connected to their own research, furthering a successful outcome to the Congress and future research. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4 p.m.

23-001 | Hubert Seiwert | Theater Erfurt

Dynamics of Religion and Cultural Evolution

Monday, August 24, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

24-001 | Abdulkader Tayob | SG

The Biographical Trajectories of Political Islam

24-002 | Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz | CT

Of Yellow Teaching and Black Faith: Entangled knowledge cultures and the creation of religious traditions

24-003 | Suzanne Marchand | HS 5

Herodotus, Historian of World Religions: How the Reception-History of the “Father of Lies” Can Help Move the Conversation beyond ‘Orientalism’

24-004 | Xiaoyun Zheng | Helios

On the Management Mode of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

25-001 | Sylvia Marcos | CT

Transformation and Revitalization: Mesoamerican Religious Traditions

25-002 | Wouter Hanegraaff | HS 5

Fantastic Religion: Esoteric Fictionality and the Invention of Tradition

25-003 | Martin Mulsow | Helios

Global Intellectual History and the Dynamics of Religion

25-004 | Jeppe Sinding Jensen | SG

No Human is an Island: Natures, Norms and Narratives

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

27-001 | Peter Beyer | SG

Forms of Religious Communities in Global Society: Tradition, Invention, and Transformation

27-002 | Dianne Marie Stewart | HS 5

From Syncretism to Social Belonging: Retheorizing Tradition and Innovation in African Heritage Religious Cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas

27-003 | Cristiana Facchini | Helios

Representing Judaism: Narrating, visualizing, performing, and feeling a religion

27-004 | Kalpana Ram | CT

Religion, Human Agency and Change: the importance of intermediary experiences

Friday, August 28, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

28-001 | Kim Knott | SG

Inside out? The (in)visibility of religious communities in contemporary societies

28-002 | Gerald West | Helios

Religion intersecting de-nationalisation and re-nationalisation in post-apartheid South Africa

28-003 | Susumu Shimazono | HS 5

Religion and Public Space in Contemporary Japan: The Reactivation of State Shinto and Buddhism as Public Religion

28-004 | Vasudha Dalmia | CT

Homogenizing Hinduism: A watershed

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9 a.m.

29-001 | Ingvild Saelid Gilhus | Altes Heizkraftwerk Erfurt

Bodies, Texts and Otherness – Religious Change in Antiquity and Today


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