CFP: Historical Geography, Religion, Faith, Spirituality and Morality, session at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, August 2019.

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Call for Papers
January 7, 2019 to January 15, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Geography, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies

CFP: Historical Geography, Religion, Faith, Spirituality and Morality, session at 2019 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, August 2019.


Historical Geography has always been interested in religion (Semple, 1911). Indeed, as historical geography studies generally consider communities in which religion, faith and spirituality were of fundamental importance to all elements of human practice, religion is never far from the surface within historical geography studies. Nevertheless, while the geography of contemporary religion has witnessed a dramatic revival since Lilly Kong’s three review articles in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries (1990, 2001, 2010), historical geographical studies of religion have often been noticeably absent. There are of course some notable exceptions (Bailey et al., 2006 & 2007; Brace et al., 2011; Della Dora, 2016), but there are only a handful of recent articles discussing religious topics in The Journal of Historical Geography. Furthermore, in a session focused on the potential developments of historical geographies of religion at the 2018 International Conference of Historical Geographers, it became clear that the very nature of the relationship between historical geography and religion is an issue of contention. 

Drawing upon a broad definition of ‘religion’ that embraces spirituality, faith and morality, as well as the increasing range of collective and individual spiritual practices and experiences studied by geographies of contemporary religion (Della Dora, 2015), this session invites papers that use specific case studies to reflect upon the interaction between historical geography and religion. 

Papers may address topics including, but not restricted to: 

- Historical religious institutions and religion within historical institutions 

- The geographical patterns of international religious practices, particularly within the context of mission, colonialism, and post-colonialism

- Gender, sexuality, race, difference and religion 

- Everyday religion, sensing the spiritual and the affect of spiritual space

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 15th January 2019, including your name and institution. In a separate paragraph, please provide details of any special audio-visual requirements or mobility requirements. 

Submissions from graduate students, early career scholars and those in established posts are all welcome.

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John Lyons and Ruth Slatter 

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John Lyons, University of Bristol:  @Jlyons1991 

Ruth Slatter, University of Hull: @ruthslatter


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