Aotearoa Spirit | NZASR Conference 2021

Call for Papers

Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University of Wellington
29-30 November 2021

We invite proposals from the full range of methods, theories and approaches to the study of religion exploring diverse topics, traditions, periods, and regions. We encourage both individual and panel submissions. We warmly welcome presentations from postgraduate students as well as established researchers.

We especially encourage papers that address themes and issues in the study of religion in Aotearoa New Zealand. The conference theme, Aotearoa Spirit, is aimed at providing a timely and fresh reconsideration of the contested locations and diverse expressions of religion and spirituality in this country. The conference will include plenary sessions that address vital topics of relevance to scholarship on religion in New Zealand.

Most conference papers will take the form of 20-minute presentations, which are grouped into appropriate 90-minute panels. Paper proposals should have a title, abstract (100 words), and a brief bio which includes your affiliation (50 words). We also encourage panel proposals that use creative and alternative formats.

The call for papers will close on 3rd September 2021.

To submit a paper proposal for consideration please register at the conference website or, alternatively, contact Philip Fountain by email. You are particularly encouraged to get in touch directly by email if you are considering proposing a thematic panel session and/or planning on organising a panel in a creative or alternative format.

Early bird registration remains available until 1 October 2021. The conference fees are:

Early bird student/unwaged registration: $110
Early bird full registration: $210
Student/unwaged (from 1 Oct): $200
Full registration (from 1 Oct): $300


Past conferences

In 2020. the NZASR was set to host the 22nd Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR at the University of Otago. Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

In 2018, the NZASR met jointly with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, at the University of Auckland on 29-30 November 2018. The conference schedule and abstract book are available from the conference website: http://www.nzasr.ac.nz/conference/index.php.

In 2017, the NZASR met in Sydney on 7-8 December 2017, in conjunction with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. The programme is available from the AASR website: https://www.aasr.org.au/conference-program/.

In 2015, the NZASR met jointly with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, in Queenstown from 8-10 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

In 2013 the NZASR met at the Wellington Campus of Massey University from from 9–10 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

In 2011 the NZASR met jointly with the Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies, in Queenstown from 7-9 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

The XXth Quinqennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions took place in Toronto, August 15-21 2010. The theme of the Congress was Religion: A Human Phenomenon.

The 2010 NZASR conference, 'A Century from Durkheim: Perspectives from the Pacific', was held at Victoria University of Wellington, from 30 June-2 July. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

Towards a Unified Science of Religion
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12-14 February 2010. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Otago.

The Bible and Critical Theory seminar
Dunedin, 7-8 February 2010. The conference programme is available online.

The 2008 NZASR conference, 'Being Heard, Being Engaged: Religious Diversity and the Diversity of Religious Studies Research', was held in Rotorua from 2-4 July. Abstracts of papers delivered are available as a PDF file.

The 2007 NZASR conference, 'The Conference without a Theme', was held in Queenstown from 6-8 June. The 2007 NZASR Conference Programme is available as a PDF file.