Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2020 Annual Symposium will be posted by March 15,2020.  The information below represents the call for the 2019 Annual Symposium.


An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the
Institute for Pilgrimage Studies
William & Mary

November 8-9, 2019

“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 in the Academy
  • Teaching Pilgrimage
  • East Asian Pilgrimage
  • Pilgrimage in the American Tradition
  • Technology and Pilgrimage
  • Pilgrimage by another name

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 perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature, art history, kinesiology, 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 student posters may be submitted on our website until May 1st, 2019.  Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; undergraduates should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor.  Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session. 

Consortium members are also 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 May 30th, 2019.  Please check the website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris for further information.