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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

    SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
    CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS
    SUBMISSIONS FOR PAPERS AND TRAVEL AWARD GRANT REQUESTS ARE NOW CLOSED
    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.


    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.

    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.