Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimages in the 21st Century, 3rd Global Meeting

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

Pilgrimages are some of the most ancient practices of humankind and are associated with a great variety of religious, spiritual and secular traditions. Today, the number of visits to sacred sites is increasing: more than 330 million people embark on traditional pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, India, Japan, and Spain. By some estimates, one-third of all international travellers are on some form of pilgrimage or spiritual vacation. In the 3rd Global Conference on Sacred Journeys, we will continue to explore the many personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions of this profound phenomenon.

The conference welcomes proposals for presentations by anyone with an interest in sacred journeys, particularly pilgrims, spiritual and religious leaders across denominations, theologians, atheists, humanists, philosophers, clinical practitioners, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, educators, journalists, writers, performers, musicians, lawmakers, civil servants, and representatives of NGOs. Organisers will consider proposals on any aspect of pilgrimage, including:

  • Defining Pilgrimage and the Pilgrimage Experience
  • Reinforcing the Vision of the Ultimate Unity of Humanity
  • Pilgrimage and Globalization
  • Modernization and the Global Trend Towards the Dissolution of Traditional Ways
  • Secular/Virtual Pilgrimage

Call for Papers deadline: Friday 4th December 2015

Organising Chairs

Ian McIntosh: imcintos [at]
Rob Fisher: sj3 [at]