Sacred Journeys 5th Global Conference: Pilgrimage and Beyond

Thursday, July 5, 2018 to Friday, July 6, 2018
Indiana University (IU) Europe Gateway, Berlin, Germany

The latest research indicates that more than 400 million people embark annually on traditional pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and elsewhere, with the numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. As a global phenomenon, pilgrimage facilitates interaction between and among diverse peoples from countless cultures, occupations, and walks of life.

In the 5th Global Conference, the many personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions of these often profound events will continue to be explored. These include similarities and differences in the practice in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other traditions, as well as secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery.

Call for Papers
More details on the call for papers can be found here.

Proposals should be submitted no later than Wednesday, 28 February 2018 to:

Ian McIntosh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI): imcintos [at]
Chadwick Co Sy Su, University of the Philippines Manila: ccsysu [at]