Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

8–10 August 2022
The Queen's College, University of Oxford

Deadlines for the 810 August 2022 Symposium

Abstract submission: 27 June

 Early registration payment deadline: 30 May

Regular registration payment deadline: 11 July


The Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies brings together scholars of religion from a wide background, both internationally and in terms of their specific religious interests. This allows for broad engagement and is different from narrowly specialist conferences. The great majority of past participants have found this approach rewarding and professionally helpful.


In a global situation where religion is culturally and politically predominant for many, yet marginalised and diminishing for others, and where spirituality is frequently disengaged from institutional religion, the Symposium regularly explores the place of religion in contemporary society: the nature of belief, the place of ritual, the place of family, the significance of community, the balance between Faith (belief, doctrine, and creed) and Practice (ritual, sociology, ethics, politics).


Typically, our delegates hail from different faiths, and discussion is conducted with openness and mutual respect. We do not shy away from controversy, either, regularly thinking about religion and politics – how religion affects political life, for example, in the USA, UK, Israel, and Muslim fundamentalist states, and how to enable pluralism and tolerance between societies with clashing ideologies.


We also consider ethical questions, such as the clash of ideology between a secular state and religious ethics, sex and marriage, the place of women, war and peace, and Black Lives Matter, to name but a few. A list of suggested topics can be found by clicking here.

Canon Brian Mountford MBE Symposium Facilitator

The Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers by scholars who have a particular interest in the study of religion. Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary's Church and Fellow of St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford, will host the August 2022 session. Please visit our Books page to read more about his publications.


You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to participate as a non-presenting observer. We will also host poster sessions. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium.


You are also encouraged to submit a full paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal or book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.


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