Call for Abstracts


"Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make."

Abraham Cowley(English Poet 1618-1667)

The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for the 2nd annual Symposium to be held October 4-6, 2013 at the College of  William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  The conference will embrace thematic sessions including:

  • Artistic and Literary Responses to Pilgrimage
  • Health and Pilgrimage
  • Material Culture of Pilgrimage
  • Pilgrimage in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Pilgrimage in the Ancient World
  • Personal Reflections on Pilgrimage
  • Space, Place and Lived Experience of Pilgrimage

We encourage submission of  papers involving research and creative activity on journeys to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature,art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance.  Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.

Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted on-line at until June 30th, 2013.   Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; students should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor.  Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 1st, 2013.  Please check the Symposium website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris ([[w|mbharr]]) for further information.