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BASR Annual Conference 2021

You are warmly invited to the BASR annual conference 2021. This event will take place online on Monday and Tuesday 6-7 September 2021. 

The BASR 2021 conference falls in the 175th anniversary year of the foundation of New College, home of the School of Divinity, and marks the 50th anniversary of the teaching of Religious Studies at Edinburgh. The conference is also designated an IAHR Special Conference and we look forward to welcoming our international colleagues.

The theme of this year's conference is "From Religious Studies to the Study of Religion/s: Disciplinary Futures for the 21st century". The aim of the conference is to discuss disciplinary and interdisciplinary pasts and futures in Religious Studies or the Study of Religion/s, with a particular focus on the future shape of the field in the 21st Century. After a period of sharp critique of many of the field’s basic categories and axioms, it feels timely now to reflect upon what the field has positively achieved, the challenges it has faced (and overcome), and the direction(s) it should now pursue.

We are delighted to confirm the titles of our two keynote papers:

The Collective Ownership of Knowledge: Implications for the Study of Religion/s in Local Contexts

James Cox, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies,

University of Edinburgh

‘Studying Religions critically in Universities and Schools: bridging the gap?’

Wanda Alberts, Professor in the Study of Religion,

Leibniz University Hannover.


Please find more details, including the conference booklet and programme and the registration information via the link below:

Event information and registration