2017 Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies - "What is Pilgrimage?"

Friday, October 6, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017
The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA USA

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An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1st May 2017

The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for the 5th annual symposium October 6-8, 2017 at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Encouraged themes:

  • What is Pilgrimage?
  • Mixed Motives for Pilgrimage
  • Literary and Cultural Representations
  • Visual Expressions
  • Social and Familial Relationships
  • Mobility, Space, and Place
  • Lived Experience of Pilgrimage

We encourage submission of papers involving research and creative activity on journeys to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature, art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance. Faculty who design curricula to channel a pilgrimage trip into a fully mentored academic experience are especially welcome, including their student participants. Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.

Contributors who assemble three-to-four participants as an integrated session will receive comple-mentary registration for the Symposium if they attend as presider of that session.

Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted on our website until May 1st, 2017. Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; students should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor. Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session.

Consortium members are also encouraged to apply for the George Greenia Research Fellowship for Pilgrimage Studies. Awards will be announced at the Symposium.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15th, 2017. Please check the website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris (mbharr [at] wm.edu) for further information.