Our next biennial conference will be held in Chester, 11–13 September 2020 on the theme of Transmutations and Transgressions, featuring keynote speakers Elaine Scarry, Monique Moultrie, and Sara Davidmann.

Transmutation: the conversion of one element or substance into another; the transformation of material into idea or idea into material; praxis into theory or theory into praxis. The process by which the invisible is rendered visible. What structures of knowledge are changed or challenged by such transmutations? How do material, embodied, located knowledges challenge, destabilise or transgress epistemic hierarchies? 

Transgression: the action of passing over, or beyond; specifically, passing beyond boundaries set by, e.g., law, custom, or commandment. But whose law? The customs of which place? What power of command? 

By holding together both transmutation and transgression, pointing specifically towards the transgressive potentials implicit in the act of transmutation, we are particularly inviting sessions and papers which reflect upon the relationship between materiality, change, disruption, and power.

Details of registration and accommodation are TBA.

The call for papers is now open. Abstracts of no more than 300 words each should be sent directly to the convenors of the relevant panel no later than 1 December 2019. Notice of acceptance will be given by 31 January 2020.

Speakers at the conference are limited to a single presentation; submission to multiple panels is permitted, but we ask that you be clear about this so that convenors may work together to place your paper in the appropriate panel.

Click on the links below to go directly to each panel call.

Asian Religions in Global Popular Culture Biblical Studies
Continental Philosophy and Religion Ecotheologies: Culture, Nature and Religion
Gender Islam
Judaism Literature
Material Religion Music
Postcolonialism Religious and Inter-Religious Studies
Teaching and Learning Theological Humanism
Visual Art