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Announcing... BASR Annual Conference 2024

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British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference

September 2-4, 2024

Reckoning with the Past 

University of Leeds

Sponsored by the CenSAMM and the Hibbert Trust

The academic study of religion, with its roots in a variety of scholarly disciplines, is currently in a state of reassessment in terms of its history, relationship with colonialism, and problematic frameworks of ‘religion’. This year’s BASR conference, sponsored by the Hibbert Trust and CenSAMM, brings together scholars to reckon with the past – from a variety of perspectives. As well as current issues in how groups are reckoning with their own problematic histories, we expect to cover themes such as the decolonisation of religious studies, anti-racist education and education about the slave trade; in addition to the history of religious studies and colonial impacts.

We welcome paper and panel proposals on these themes, in addition to the wider study of religions. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Decolonising the study of religion
  • The history of religious studies
  • Social justice and anti-racist education
  • Religion and coloniality
  • Teaching and learning in the study of religion
  • Religion and the environment
  • Apocalypticism and millenarianism
  • Fieldwork and positionality
  • New directions in the study of religion

Please submit proposals and any questions to

Panel proposal (title, 200-word abstract, participants’ titles, abstracts) deadline: May 10 2024

Paper proposal (presenter/s, title, 200-word abstract) deadline: June 7 2024

Bursary applications for postgraduate, early career researchers, and for those facing financial challenges (irrespective of their status) will open in due course.

Conference Team:

Professor Melanie Prideaux, Pro Dean for Student Education, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Cultures

Dr Aled Thomas, Teaching Fellow in the Study of Religion