Sacred Journeys 5th Global Conference: Pilgrimage and Beyond

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July 5, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Ethnic History / Studies

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, we will continue to explore the many personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions of this profound occurrence. This includes 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. Many other related themes can be considered for presentation proposals. Among these are (1) pilgrimage and the marketplace; (2) the metaphor of ‘the journey’ to salvation as explored by writers, artists, performers, and singers, including humanists, agnostics, atheists, and musicians; (3) pilgrimage and ‘miracles’ and the related topic of thanksgiving; and (4) ‘dark’ pilgrimages to sites of remembrance and commemoration, such as the Hiroshima Peace Museum, the Irish National Famine Museum, and Rwanda genocide memorials.


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


Ian McIntosh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI):

Chadwick Co Sy Su, University of the Philippines Manila:


E-Mail Subject Line: Sacred Journeys 5 Proposal Submission

File Format: Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX)


The following information must be in the body of the email:

1-      Author(s)

2-      Affiliation as you would like it to appear in the conference program

3-      Corresponding author email address


The following information must be in the Microsoft Word file:

1-      Title of proposal

2-      Body of proposal (maximum of 300 words)

3-      Keywords (maximum of ten)


We will notify you of the Organizing Committee’s decision no later than Thursday, 15 March 2018. When a positive decision on your proposal has been made, you will be asked to submit a draft paper of no more than 3000 words by Friday, 01 June 2018. Within the month of June 2018, you can expect to receive notifications and reminders regarding logistics and conference fees, among other matters. Please note though that we are not in a position to facilitate or provide funding for your participation in the conference. Our collaboration continues well after the conference. Part of the conference’s ethos is to provide an opportunity for sound work to be published in reputable academic journals including The Reflective Practitioner, and the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage.

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