Call for Papers – New Interpretations of Spirit Possession

The School of Theology and Religious Studies at Bangor University,
Wales, will host a conference about the interpretations of spirit
possession between the 16th and 17th of May.
Spirit Possession is the key practice in many religions worldwide and
the cause of many prejudices against certain religions. The aim of the
conference is to discuss, debate, and evaluate the relevance of new
interpretations of spirit possession and their application to new
research areas. By bringing together scholars working on different
religions the conference hopes to break through the methodological
barriers that separate interpretations of trance and ecstasy, shamanism
and possession, Indian and African religions. Experts in different
religious traditions (from Indian religions and Islam to indigenous
American and African religions) will present keynote addresses of their
new methodologies, which they have developed working in their respective
fields, while other specialists will offer commentary and possible
applications of these new approaches to their own fields of research.

Those who would like to offer a paper are invited to submit a 200-word
abstract of their paper to Dr Bettina Schmidt (b.schmidt@bangor.ac.uk)
before Monday 10 March 2008. The programme will be circulated in April.
Speakers will be given 20 minutes for their talk. The aim is to publish
afterwards a selection of the papers.

Unfortunately no scholarship will be available for participants. Each
participant, including speakers, will be expected both to pay his or her
travel and accommodation expenses.


Dr Bettina E. Schmidt
Lecturer in the Study of Religions
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Theology and Religious Studies
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, UK
phone +44-1248-382646


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