CALL FOR PAPERS – RHA Stream for the 2018 Conference of the Australian Historical Association

CALL FOR PAPERS – RHA Stream for the 2018 Conference of the Australian Historical Association

Sensory Cultures and the Communication of Belief

Canberra :  3 July 2018


Religious History Association

(in association with the Australian Historical Association Conference 2-6 July 2018)


The Religious History Association invites presentations that explore the material and sensory dimensions of the communication of belief.

Our knowledge of devotional practices and rituals, and of beliefs and attitudes, can be enriched by exploring the material and sensory heritage through which religions are interpreted, expressed and understood. We are especially interested in how the material aspects of religion, such as music, movement, architecture, objects, foodways, and clothing, as well as sensory responses to these material forms, express and translate religious commitment.

We welcome papers that look particularly at how material and sensory practices shape and express the dynamics of religious belief across geographical areas, eras of history or between distinct communities; that explore cross-cultural and interfaith exchanges, including the re-interpretation of religious texts, art or artefact in missionary encounters; and in diverse social and cultural contexts. Papers may also examine how objects or devotional practices are the products of encounter between diverse religious cultures and exchanges.
Proposals for 20 minute individual papers, panels (3 x 15 minute papers with chair and respondent), and round-tables (90 minute conversation by several scholars on an issue, book or object) are welcome.

The full Call for Papers PDF  for this event (deadline now extended to 12 March 2018) can be downloaded here : RHA CFP _ Sensory cultures & the communication of belief_AHA address-Canberra 2018.pdf

Proposals should be submitted through the Australian Historical Association conference site:,  indicating RHA Stream.

CFP Deadline : AHA2018 extended deadline for abstract submission, including for the RHA stream on ‘Sensory Cultures and the Communication of Belief’ is now  Monday 12 March 2018

Participants will be invited to submit papers to the Journal of Religious History.