Mountains and Sacred Landscapes: An International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
April 20 – 23, 2017
The New School, New York City
* Extended Submission Deadline: Oct 10, 2016 5pm EST *
Co-sponsored and hosted by: India China Institute, The New School
In partnership with: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University
Follow the Conference on Twitter: #MTNSL2017
Featured Speakers Include:
- Ed Bernbaum – Scholar of comparative religions and mythology, Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute and Award-winning author of Sacred Mountains of the World and The Way to Shambhala
- Ben Orlove – Professor of Anthropology, Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Co-director of the Center for Research in Environmental Decisions
- David Rothenberg – Professor of Philosophy and Music and author of Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song and Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution
Call for Proposals and Papers
The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), in cooperation with the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) are excited to announce an international conference on the theme of mountains and sacred landscapes.
Since its founding in 2006, the ISSRNC has promoted critical inquiry into the complex relationships between human beings, the religious dimensions of their cultures, and the environments which they inhabit and from which they evolved. This year’s conference will feature a series of special presentations based on recent field research by the India China Institute’s Sacred Himalaya Initiative on the intersections of religion, nature and culture.
The conference seeks to critically explore the ways in which the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with diverse communities, with particular attention to mountain landscapes. The conference will feature interdisciplinary dialogue about what kinds of meanings shape, and are shaped by, the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes.
As we enter the new geologic epoch that scientists and scholars are referring to as the Anthropocene, diverse global mountain communities have begun to face growing social, economic, political, and ecological challenges. Melting glaciers, shifting agricultural patterns, conflicts over mining and resource extraction, risks to livelihoods, and the consequences of increasingly erratic global climate change pose unknown future challenges to manysacred landscapes, including mountain communities and ecosystems around the world, as well as the human and non-human beings that rely on them.
We invite scholars from all disciplines, including environmental history and environmental studies, science studies, anthropology, philosophy, political science, religious studies and geography, to submit proposals related to sacred landscapes.
Proposals may address any of the following themes:
- Challenges and opportunities for sacred landscapes in the 21st century
- Theoretical and/or religious conceptualizations of place, space, and landscape
- Negotiation of community, climate change, and mountain spirituality
- Traditional/local knowledge and its effects on social and ecological justice
- Ecosystem sustainability and the future of mountain and forest people
- Ecosystem destruction and the fate of the non-human community
- Mountains as diverse ecosystems and sites of religious negotiation
- Manifestations of the sacred in diverse landscapes
- Negotiating environmental challenge through ritual practices
This year’s conference explicitly seeks to disrupt the conventional “three people reading papers” session. We seek innovative and unconventional proposals from all fields for this interdisciplinary conference. We invite proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, round-tables, interactive workshops, conversations, and alternative formats. We are also proposing two experimental TEDx style presentations of 10 minutes with 5-7 presenters.
Monday, October 10th by 5pm EST is the deadline for paper and panel proposals. Submission guidelines, the travel aid application process and details about requesting Visa letters can be found on the ICI website at:www.indiachinainstitute.org/20
Participation Requirements for Presenters
All presenters must be members in good standing of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and registered for the conference by March 1, 2017. All scholars interested in religion, nature and culture are encouraged to support the Society by joining or renewing at the ISSRNC membership page.
Presenters and session organizers are encouraged to submit their articles for publication, or their sessions for special issues, to the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (JSRNC).
India China Institute
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC)
More information about the society and journal online: www.religionandnature.com/soci
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
More information about the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development online: www.icimod.org. Interested scholars are also encouraged to follow the ICIMOD Facebook page, Twitter @icimod and YouTubechannel.
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University (CLALS)
More information about the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University online:www.american.edu/clals/. Interested scholars are invited to follow the Center on Twitter @AU_CLALS andFacebook.