Monday, March 28, 2011

UPDATE: Call for Academic Papers

The official deadline has passed but we're not starting to review the papers until next week, so if you're a scholar or academic (or simply have something scholarly you'd like to present at Gaia Gathering) there is still time to get your submission in. We'll take submissions for the academic stream up until next Sunday, April 3rd.

The official call for papers is here. I'm also posting it below:

Released November 30, 2010

Gaia Gathering was founded in 2004 and had its first conference in 2005. Each year the conference is hosted over the Victoria Day long weekend in a different Canadian city through a bidding process similar to the Olympics. Past host cities include Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver. Legally, we are incorporated federally as a non-profit organization and operate with a national Board of Directors as well as a local host committee.

The conference is organized collaboratively by Canadian Pagans and includes three-days of discussion and workshops about Canadian Paganism. After six years of traveling across the country, the conference is finally coming to Montreal’s Concordia University! The proposed theme for 2011 will be "Language to Liturgy", which reflects the cultural diversity of Montreal and how language itself can affect our practices and beliefs.

Our keynote speakers are Lucie Dufresne, Professor at the University of Ottawa, speaking on Language, and Arin Murphy-Hiscock, published author and Priestess, speaking on Liturgy. We are also planning an opening multi-faith panel on the Friday night and live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Conference will be held Spring 2011 (May 20-23)

We invite papers and proposals from all faculties within the humanities who touch into the realm of alternate spirituality, Paganism, New Religious Movements and related subjects. Also, if you are a retired, solitary, armchair, or aspiring academic not affiliated with an institution then you may also submit by the same criteria and to the same locations. We hope to see everyone rise to the challenge and welcome them to this opportunity to present here in Montreal with like-minded individuals.

Submissions may be sent via mail or e-mail and are to be no more than one page. They must include a publication-ready, titled abstract of 150-200 words. The name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, college or university affiliation and level of study of the presenter(s) must also be included. Any special requests or needs for audio-visual equipment must also be indicated. We will be accepting submissions for peer and academic review between December 21st (Yule 2010) and March 20th (Ostara 2011). Abstracts and proposals (and thus presentations) may be in English or in French. All received submissions will be acknowledged, with notification of acceptance, by mid-April 2011.

Email to:
Mail to: ATTN Scarlet (Gaia Gathering)
Department of Religion, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montréal (Québec)
H3G 1M8

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