First published on September 15, 2015.
This is to inform you of the upcoming academic conference at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.
The Academic Conference 2016 is focused on the theme “Grappling with the Sacred”.
The conference will be held at the IIT Madras from 22nd January, 2016 to 24th January 2016 with an Inaugural lecture on the evening of 21st January.
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The concept note elaborates the themes we hope to explore during the conference.
We welcome papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the following:
Practice of the sacred
Architecture, sacred spaces and structures of spirituality
Religious fundamentalism and the breeding of the sacrosanct in daily life
Consumption and transmission of sacredness through New Media
Acts, rituals and other paraphernalia the performance of a religion
Sacred Texts and Language
The historical sacredness of Canonical Texts
Locating Spirituality in the Social Sciences
Language and Identity
Language of mind
Religion and legal pluralism
The aesthetics of informality in aiding religious and spiritual organization at the grass root level
Market, State and monetary authority
The Sacred Economy and Economics of the Sacred
Economics of religious institutions
Sacred Approaches: Sustainable development, Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization
Sacrality as alternate ethics: Islamic Economics, Rogue Economics
Economics and Ethics
The maternal body
The inviolable body
Ideas of the beautiful body
Discourses of the Sacred
Broadcasting the sacred
Branding the Sacred
Philosophies of the Sacred
The Sacred and the Secular
The Sacred: The Ideal and the Social
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Mythical and Modern Ways of Understanding the World
Disenchantment and the Emergence of Modern Consciousness
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by
October 25, 2015.
All abstracts will be blind reviewed and authors will be notified of the reviewers’ decision within two weeks of submission.
Please note, this call for papers and poster presentations is open to graduate and doctoral students.
Those who submit near the October 25 deadline will receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by November 1, 2015.
Please note that full papers and posters are expected to be submitted by
December 22, 2015.
Selected participants will be provided free accommodation and travel subject to submission of full papers/posters.
All further information can be found on our website and facebook page.
The participants may mail their entries and queries to
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