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    The International Society for the Study of
    Religion, Nature & Culture
    Celebrating its 10th Anniversary

    2017 CONFERENCE

    Mountains and Sacred Landscapes


    An International Conference Sponsored by:

    The International Society for the Study of
    Religion, Nature and Culture


    India China Institute, The New School

    Center for Latin American and Latino Studies,
    American University


    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development



    April 20 – 23, 2017
    The New School, New York City
    Proposal Submission Deadline: October 10, 2016 5pm EST
    CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS
    CFP PDF FORMAT
    The International Society for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) , The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) are excited to announce an international conference on the theme of mountains and sacred landscapes. The conference will include the latest research on the intersections of religion, nature and culture and will feature special presentations from the India China Institute’s three-year Sacred Himalaya Initiative.

    The conference seeks to critically explore the ways in which the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with diverse communities, with particular attention to mountain landscapes. The conference will feature interdisciplinary dialogue about what kinds of meanings shape, and are shaped by, the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes.

    As we enter the new geologic epoch that scientists and scholars are referring to as the ‘Anthropocene,’ diverse global mountain communities have begun to face growing social, economic, political, and ecological challenges. Melting glaciers, shifting agricultural patterns, conflicts over mining and resource extraction, risks to livelihoods, and the consequences of increasingly erratic global climate change pose unknown future challenges to many sacred landscapes, including mountain communities and ecosystems around the world, as well as the human and non-human beings that rely on them.

    We invite scholars from all disciplines, including environmental history and environmental studies, science studies, anthropology, philosophy, political science, religious studies and geography, to submit proposals related to sacred landscapes.

    Proposals may address any of the following themes:


    • Challenges and opportunities for sacred landscapes in the 21st century
    • Theoretical or religious conceptualizations of place, space, and landscape
    • Traditional/local knowledge and its effects on social and ecological justice
    • Ecosystem sustainability and the future of mountain and forest people
    • Ecosystem destruction and the fate of the non-human community
    • Mountains as diverse ecosystems and sites of religious negotiation
    • Manifestations of the sacred in diverse landscapes
    • Theoretical or religious conceptualizations of place, space, and landscape
    • Negotiating environmental challenge through ritual practices


    This year’s conference explicitly seeks to disrupt the conventional "three people reading papers" session. We seek innovative and unconventional proposals from all fields for this interdisciplinary conference. We invite proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, and alternative formats such as: round-tables, interactive workshops, conversations, or jam sessions; please review the alternative format submission guideline below.


    DEADLINE
    Monday, October 10, 2016 by 5 pm EST (9 pm GMT) is the deadline for paper, panel, and alternative format proposal submissions. The paper and proposal Submission Form will open in mid-June, 2016 through the ICI. With the exception of queries about travel aid grant applications (see below), please direct any inquiries regarding the conference to: sacredmountains2017@gmail.com.


    PARTICIPATION REQUIRMENT FOR PRESENTERS
    All presenters must be members in good standing of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and registered for the conference by 1 March 2017. All scholars interested in religion, nature and culture are encouraged to support the Society by joining or renewing at the ISSRNC membership page.


    MOUNTAINS & SACRED LANDSCAPES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    The official hashtag for the conference is #MTNSL2017 on Twitter and Facebook, we encourage you to follow and connect with the conference sponsors.
    CONFERENCE SPONSORS
    International Society for the Study of Religion,
    Nature and Culture

    More information about the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and the JSRNC can be found online at: www.religionandnature.com/society/. Interested scholars are also encouraged to follow the ISSRNC Facebook page, Twitter @ISSRNC and Academia.edu.

    India China Institute

    More information about the India China Institute at The New School can be found online at www.indiachinainstitute.org. Interested scholars are also encouraged to follow the ICI Facebook page, Twitter @india_china and our YouTube channel.

    Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

    More information about the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University can be found online at: www.american.edu/clals/. Interested scholars are also encouraged to follow the Center on Twitter @AU_CLALS and our Facebook page. 

    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

    More information about the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development can be found online at: www.icimod.org. Interested scholars are also encouraged to follow the ICIMOD Facebook page, Twitter @icimod and YouTube channel.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    Before beginning the submission form, please ensure that your proposal meets the guidelines specified for each format: Paper, Panel, and Alternative Format. For organizers of panels and alternative format sessions, please note this requires collating information for each person in your session. Please note that you are allowed to submit a maximum of two proposals in any format.

    We suggest that you compose and organize the information in a word processor and then cut and paste your materials into the appropriate fields. Please note the form renders all text “plain text”, please use [* and *] to surround any phrase or word that needs to be italicized for example, “ [* Sand County Almanac*] by Aldo Leopold”


    PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    Proposal authors will need to provide their first and last names, an email address, an affiliation or indication of status as an independent scholar, and country and then indicate if a visa letter will be needed, if a travel aid application will be filed and if an accommodation for a disability is needed, there is a field to specify needs. The remaining fields require a title, an abstract (150 words), and a proposal (500 words.)


    PANEL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    Panel organizers will need to provide their contact information at the top of the form; the panel’s title, abstract (150 words), and proposal (500 words), and indicate whether or not the session will need an LCD projector and finally information and materials for each participant. For the panel’s respondent and session chair (one is not required) respectively, you will need to provide first and last names, an email address, an affiliation, and country and then indicate if the person will need a visa letter, if a travel aid application will be filed and if an accommodation for a disability is needed, there is a field to specify needs. For each of your other participants you will need to provide the same information you have for your respondent and chair with the addition of a title, an abstract (150 words), and a proposal (500 words).

    Please note that the panel organizer will not only need to fill out their contact information at the top of the form but also complete the fields in association with their role on the panel (e.g.respondent, chair, or participant) further down the form: the panel organizer will need to re-enter some of the information input as contact information at the top of the form.


    ALTERNATIVE FORMAT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    Alternative format session organizers will need to submit their contact information, a title, a format description (750 words, clarified below), and the session’s abstract (150 words) and a proposal (500 words), indicate whether or not an LCD projector will be needed and then information for each person in the session.

    For “Format” (750 words) please describe the session’s format how it will be conducted (500 words, suggested), and then list the roles (e.g. facilitator, moderator, speaker etc.) and names of the people in the session; please remember to specify your own role in the session (250 Words, suggested).

    For each person in the session, including yourself, you will need to indicate first and last names, an email address, an affiliation or status as an independent scholar, and country and then indicate if the person will need a visa letter, if a travel aid application will be filed by that person and if an accommodation for a disability is needed, there is a field to specify needs.

    Please note that if your alternative format session is accepted you will need to provide an abstract for each participant.

    Please also note that for alternative format sessions with more than 6 people, send send the additional information along with a title of the session and your contact information to the organizers at sacredmountains2017@gmail.com, immediately after you finalize and submit the proposal.
    TRAVEL AWARDS
    ISSRNC Travel Awards will provide travel grants worth $300-$1000, plus complimentary meeting registration costs, on a competitive basis to ISSRNC members who demonstrate financial need and a desire to participate in the conference with an accepted place within a session. Students and international scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

    The full instructions for submitting a travel grant follow and are also available as a PDF. To apply for a travel grant please follow the directions below and on the submission form select “yes” when prompted as to whether you will or not apply for a travel grant. Please note, that just selecting “yes,...’ on the form is not an application for travel aid; the letter and CV must be submitted per the guidelines. If you are part of a panel or alternative format submission please inform the session organizer that you will be submitting a travel grant application when he or she collects your information and if relevant title, abstract and proposal for the panel or alternative format submission.

    Applicants should prepare as a single Microsoft Word Document:
    1. a letter (600 words max.) that
      1. references the title or titles of your paper(s) (individual submission or with a panel, and that panel’s title) or alternative format panel title and mode of participation, and
      2. describes your current employment status and financial need, including estimated travel costs and availability of institutional travel support, if applicable.
    2. a current CV (6 pages max.) and then
    3. select the applicable convention to format the name of the file:
      1. LastName_FirstName_Student
      2. LastName_FirstName_Student_International
      3. LastName_FirstName_International
      4. LastName_FirstName
    To submit the application, you must do two things:
    1. On the proposal form at the prompt: ”Requesting A Travel Grant” please select: “Yes, I will submit a letter requesting travel aid with a CV.” Please note, selecting this option is not the equivalent of applying for travel aid and that the proposal form must be completed and submitted by October 10, 2016, 5 pm EST.
    2. Applicants should email the file as described above, with the subject line: "Travel Aid Grant Application #MTNSL2017 LastName" to Mark Peterson.

      The body of the email should:

      1. State your last and first name, your status as a student, student and international scholar, international scholar or with no reference to a status, and
      2. Reference the title or titles of your paper(s) (individual submission or with a panel and that panel’s title) or alternative format panel title and mode of participation.
    PLEASE DO NOT OTHERWISE REPLICATE THE DETAILS OF YOUR LETTER IN THE EMAIL.


    Please note, your application is not submitted unless you send the file above. Please email the file by October 10, 2016, 5:00 pm EST.

    If you have any questions regarding the ISSRNC’s travel grant program, please contact Mark Peterson.

    VISA LETTER REQUESTS
    Scholars who will need letters of invitation in order to obtain a visa for travel to the United States must indicate this through the submission form.

    This process can often take considerable time so it should be undertaken upon the acceptance of proposals or papers. On the submission form, please check “yes,” after the prompt regarding whether or not you need a visa letter.