|Start of the registration||1 Aug 2012|
|Registration deadline||31 Oct 2012|
|Abstract submission deadline||31 Oct 2012|
|Conference begins||29 Nov 2012|
|Conference ends||1 Dec 2012|
The workshop is over
The workshop is over. Thanks to all participants for their papers, discussions and for the friendly atmosphere!
Registration deadline extended
The registration deadline has been extended to 31 October 2012. We will be grateful if you circulate the information about the workshop and this reminder among your colleagues.
Keynote speakers announced
The workshop keynote speakers will be:
Graham Harvey (The Open University),
ZdenÄ›k KonopĂˇsek (Charles University in Prague & The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic),
and Steven Sutcliffe (University of Edinburgh).
See abstracts of keynote lectures.
Start of the registration
The registration for the conference has started!
â€śThe symmetry postulateâ€ť, as David Bloor formulated it, â€śenjoins us to seek the same kind of causes for both true and false, rational and irrational beliefs.â€ť Such a principle seems to conform to the common sense. At the same time it is often neglected in the field of social sciences. In the light of consequences of this principle, the academic study of religions seems to be predominantly an exercise in asymmetry: neglecting the voices of women and favouring menâ€™s worlds; preferring the voices of experts over those of lay participants, of elites over ordinary people; siding with the winners against the losers. The postmodern and postcolonial criticism of the Western scholarly tradition have brought number of such asymmetries to our sight. Yet, the symmetrical ways are still an unexplored territory. This workshop on the symmetrical approach would like to offer a chance to explore this unexplored territory together.
We therefore invite students of religions, qualitative sociologists, anthropologists, and historians to exchange ideas and scholarly experience and examples of good practice at a workshop on the symmetrical approach in the study of religions held in Brno, Czech Republic.
See the call for papers for a more detailed overview.
- Department for the Study of Religions, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
- Czech Association for the Study of Religions (CASR)
If you plan to attend the conference, please register.
Information about Brno, transportation, accommodation
See the Practical information section for maps, useful links and details about travelling and accomodation. We advise participants to book their accommodation soon.