About the Conference

imageThe 2016 ISRLC conference hosted by the University of Glasgow, 9th-11th September 2016, has the theme of Lines in Sand: Borders, Conflicts and Transitions in Religion, Literature and Culture.

Register for the conference here.

The interdisciplinary study of religion, literature and culture demands living on the boundaries, constructing provisional positions, and questioning fixed and dogmatic attitudes. This is necessarily a political exercise, as well as an intellectual and spiritual one. It makes challenging demands upon scholarship, creativity and imagination. It calls us to transformative action.

Topics inspired by the conference theme may include, but are not limited to:

  • interdisciplinary scholarship in theology and the arts as ‘life on the borders’
  • cross-cultural and inter-religious engagement in literature, theology and the arts
  • creative and theological responses to conflict and division
  • literary and artistic explorations of the asceticism and aesthetics of desert spirituality
  • responses in literature and theology to environmental crises
  • reclaiming the boundaries of national and cultural identity in religion, literature and the arts
  • sexuality and gender as borderline positions

Conference Schedule (draft) available here.

Keynotes University of Glasgow Chapel

  • Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology at Drew University. Author of On The Mystery: Discerning God in Process, Cloud of the Impossible and Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming.
  • Tim Ingold, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Author of Lines: A Brief History, Being Alive, and The Perception of the Environment.

Paper Sessions

See Call for Papers (now closed) and draft timetable for parallel paper sessions.

Saturday evening drinks reception at the Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens, followed by banquet and ceilidh at the Grovesnor Hilton hotel.