photograph Geographies of religion: a new dialogue - 8-9th March 2010


Geographies of religion: a new dialogue 

8-9th March 2010, Newcastle University, UK 

Within human geography, it is arguably social and cultural geographers who have had the most to say about religion, faith and spirituality. However, in recent years, other sub-fields of the discipline have started to factor issues of religious belief, faith and practice into their research. This conference aims to foster a new dialogue within geographies of religion by creating a series of conversations between the different sub-fields of human geography as well as with neighbouring disciplines. Confirmed speakers currently include:

Dr Julian Holloway, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Kim Knott, University of Leeds

Professor Lily Kong, National University of Singapore

Dr Jane Pollard, Newcastle University

Dr Andrew Yip, Nottingham University

Dr Jason Dittmer, University College London 

As well as a series of keynotes, the conference will also comprise of paper sessions and two panel discussions. 

Call for papers

We invite contributions on any aspect of geographies of religion and particularly encourage papers that seek to open up new dialogues within geographies of religion and between geography and neighbouring disciplines. Contributions might examine topics including, but not limited to: 

- Religion and development

- Emotional geographies, faith and spirituality

- Childhood, youth and faith

- Politics, international relations and religion

- Political economy, religion and spirituality- Space, place and belief

- Innovative methods and methodologies in researching religion 

Submissions are particularly encouraged from postgraduate students, early career researchers and practitioners. If you would like to present a paper at the conference, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Jane Thomas ( by Friday 8th January at the latest.

The selection committee will inform contributors of the decision in the following week. 

Call for panellists

The conference will also include two panel discussions focusing on key issues in researching religion. Panel discussions will include short 5-minute contributions from a number of speakers followed by questions and discussion. The panels will focus on:

1 - Religion and feminism

2 - Positionalities in researching religion 

If you would like to contribute to one of these panels, please submit a 100 word summary of your intended contribution to Jane Thomas ( by Friday 8th January at the latest. The selection committee will inform contributors of the decision in the following week.  

Registration costs and funding Conference registration is £55 (full waged) or £10 (postgraduate).

Thanks to the Social and Cultural Geography Group of the RGS-IBG, we have a number of small bursaries to support postgraduate students who are presenting at the conference. Priority for funding will be given to postgraduate students who are not in receipt of ESRC funding. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please contact Peter Hopkins (

Professor Peter Hopkins
Professor of Social Geography

published on: 3rd December 2009