Rebirth of Images: A Global Dialogue on Spirituality and the Arts

  • August 4, 2014
  • By a2ru      
Call for papers for an April 2015 event. Proposals must be submitted online, on or before midnight of November 30, 2014.


Virginia Commonwealth University has issued a call for proposals for an event titled, “Rebirth of Images: A Global Dialogue on Spirituality and the Arts,” which takes place on April 10 – 12, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. The event is hosted by the Religious Studies department at VCU and is focused on the resurgence of religion, spirituality, and the arts in the 21st century.

Rebirth of Images: A Global Dialogue on Spirituality and the Arts

Call for Papers:
We invite scholars and artists to submit proposals (150 – 200 word abstracts) for papers, performances, and workshops that address themes at the nexus of spirituality and the arts. Possible themes to address include: globalization, east and west, north and south; gender, sexuality, LGBTQ and women’s rights; the art/s of religious and post-religious local-global life; nature and human nature; global cities, alienation/otherness, belonging, and community; race, ethnicity, immigration, and (trans)nationality; war, militarism, and peace; social media technology and cyber/visual realities; the arts of/and education; identity, humanity, and human rights; beauty, religion, culture and global ethics. We look forward to you joining us for this international conversation in the thriving art city of Richmond, Virginia.

To Submit a Proposal:
Proposals must be submitted online, on or before midnight of November 30, 2014. All submitters must register on the website before submitting their proposal, and include their names, addresses address and contact information at the end of their proposal document. Proposals may only be submitted online through this site.

Questions about the proposals or the conference may be directed to: Isabelle Richman, [email protected] Emailed proposals will not be accepted.

About the Conference:
The conference title derives partly as a response to the argument that the new millennium would see an “end of religion” and “death of art.” A profusion of religious and artistic expression during the first decade of the 21st century, however, challenges this claim and calls for a multidisciplinary encounter regarding the roles of religion and the arts in the lives of individuals and communities around the world.  Richmond, Virginia is home a vibrant, multifaceted, and diverse artistic community of artists, scholars, multimedia exhibit venues, and engaged citizens. The conference will feature keynote speakers, artistic performances and installations, academic panels, and visits to area museums, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and theaters that focus on matters at the crossroads of religion, spirituality and the arts.

The conference is sponsored by the Religious Studies Program in the School of World Studies and  supported by a Quest Innovation Fund , the Powell – Edwards Lectureship for Religion and the Arts,  the Judaic Studies Program, and the Dialogue Initiative at VCU.

Conference Registration:
To register for the conference click here.