CFP: Religion & Belief: A Moral Landscape

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Religion & Belief: a moral landscape

4th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

The Department of Classics at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the 4rd Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held on the 5th June 2012, Leeds.

Religion & Belief have been a central part of human history, playing a fundamental role in forming and shaping human society. They are at the root of many of humankind’s activities and achievements, from great works of art to social and political institutions. In the context of 21st century multiculturalism, where negotiation between differing religious and social beliefs is a daily reality in many societies, the nature, role and effect of religion and belief are still important issues to be discussed. The ?New Atheist? movement, that wishes to firmly separate the moral landscape from Religious institutions, asks important questions regarding the relationship between morality and religion. Can ancient or contemporary religion be seen as amoral? Within a culture where religion is so often portrayed as a personal, individual experience, is it right for individual beliefs to influence and shape society? The conference aims to reflect such discussions.

The issue of Religion & Belief from the ancient world and beyond is a major issue that attracts substantial research in Classics, and also throughout the Humanities. This Conference aims to initiate a discussion on the nuances and multifaceted concepts of Religion & Belief. Possible aspects include, but are not limited to:

? The Comparative Religious Experience
? The Interplay between Religion & Belief
? What is it to be Moral?
? The Contrast between Religious Power & Social Belief
? The Reception of Religion
? Philosophy vs Religion
? The Sexualisation of Religion

Postgraduate scholars of Classics and the Humanities are invited to send an abstract of 250-300 words to leeds.classicsconference AT by the 28th March 2012. Presentations will be 20 minutes long. The conference aims at an Interdisciplinary approach, allowing for conversation across departmental and institutional lines. Travel bursaries may be available for those travelling from overseas, please enquire through email. Keynote Speakers TBA.

For further information please e-mail leeds.classicsconference ST
On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Christopher T. Green.
Department of Classics,
University of Leeds.

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