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Call for Papers

Pilgrimage Studies: Next Steps
Call for Papers
An Interdisciplinary Symposium Sponsored by the
William & Mary
Institute for Pilgrimage Studies

November 4-5, 2022

“Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.” -  Abraham Cowley (English Poet 1618-1667)

The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for its annual Symposium. Encouraged themes:

  • Pilgrimage across Borders 
  • Methodologies 
  • Pilgrimage and Health 
  • Pilgrimage and Pedagogy 
  • Pilgrimage and Trauma
  • New Saints and Sites of National Memory
  • Shrines Under Threat: War and Neglect
  • Signage, Symbol, and Scripting the Pilgrimage Experience

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, health, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance.  Faculty who design curricula to channel a pilgrimage trip into a fully mentored academic experience are especially welcome, including their student participants.  Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers. (**Contributors who assemble three-to-four participants as an integrated session will receive comple­ment­ary registration for the Symposium if they attend as presider of that session.**)

Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted here until May 30th, 2022.  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.  

Faculty, independent researchers, and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the George Greenia Research Fellowship for Pilgrimage Studies. Awards will be announced at the Symposium. 

Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 15th, 2022.  Please check  the website or contact us for further information.