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Call for Papers: Religious Transformation in Asian History

In April 2016, the Australian National University is holding a conference on “Religious Transformation in Asian History”:

Asian history and culture have been profoundly influenced by a number of religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, Sikhism, Shamanism, and Shintō). These traditions offer spiritual guidelines but also set moral and ethical standards for the daily life of people in Asian countries. The formation of cultures of communities across the region was informed by regional religious traditions. However, their social structures were challenged by the wave of colonialism and imperialism in the modern era. Just as Western modernisation affected society, politics, law, culture, customs, and ways of thinking in Asia, it also influenced the domestic conditions of traditional religions. They became either weak and irrelevant or they transformed in order to survive. Many new religious movements also emerged as alternatives. What were the key issues in the colonial environment of Asia? How did local religious communities react against modernisation? What modes of religious existence prevailed: consistency, transformation, or compromise? The primary aim of the ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena of socio-religious transitions in Asian history. The religiosity of Asian people is used as a new perspective by which Asian modernisation can be re-interpreted in a fresh way.

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Bloomsbury Studies in Religion, Space, and Place


  • Paul-François Tremlett, The Open University, UK paul-francois.tremlett@open.ac.uk
  • John Eade, University of Roehampton, London, UK J.Eade@roehampton.ac.uk
  • Katy Soar, Royal Holloway, UK katy.soar@rhul.ac.uk

Religions, spiritualities and mysticisms are deeply implicated in processes of spatial and place-making. These include political and geopolitical spaces, local and national spaces, urban spaces, global and virtual spaces, contested spaces, spaces of performance, spaces of memory and spaces of confinement.

At the leading edge of theoretical, methodological, and interdisciplinary innovation in the study of religion, Bloomsbury Studies in Religion, Space and Place brings together and gives shape to the study of such processes and places. These places are not defined simply by the material or the physical but also by the sensual and the psychological, by the ways in which spaces are gendered, classified, stratified, moved through, seen, touched, heard, interpreted and occupied. Places are constituted through embodied practices that direct critical and analytical attention to the production of insides, outsides, bodies, landscapes, cities, sovereignties, publics and interiorities.


  • Ritual & Place-Making (historical, ancient and/or contemporary religious practices)
  • Mobility, Power and Place/Pilgrims, Tourists and the Invention of Sacred Space (religion on the move in historical, ancient and/or contemporary contexts)
  • Religion, Space and Disruption (the study of religion at times of rapid socio-spatial and political change)
  • The Politics of Religious Space (the study of religion, space and power)
  • Religion and the City (religion in urban contexts in historical, ancient or contemporary perspectives




Publication Year

Religion and the Global City

David Garbin & Anna Strhan


Religion, Migration and Globalization

David Garbin


A New Theory of Religion and Social Change

Paul-François Tremlett


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