Resilience can be considered as the ability to counteract or absorb a process of transformation. It is also characterized by a capacity to endure changes without having to adapt permanently, an ability to find what best suits new environmental conditions; and an awareness of how to cope with a crisis. In this sense, religion – whether in its institutionalized forms or just as a simple belief in any relationship with a super-human agency – represents a powerful tool for reacting to difficult situations and establishing a relationship with the sacred thanks to the interaction between spirituality, mindfulness, empathy and the emotions.
“Stand on the marble bridge, cast your eye, if you are not dazzled, on its river glowing as with fire, then follow the graceful curve of the palaces on the lung’Arno till the arch is naved by the massy dungeon-tower (erroneously called Ugolino’s,) forming in dark relief, and tell me if any thing can surpass a sunset in Pisa”
Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The conference aims at focusing on the role played by religion as a strategy for resilience, or indeed as a resilient strategy. Proposals are welcome that focus on theoretical questions or on in-depth analysis of case studies of particular relevance, thus appealing to scholars from many fields such as religion, myth, ritual, culture, society, history, the body, and the globalized world.
organizers and supporters
The Italian Society for the History of Religions, in cooperation with the University of Pisa, is glad and honoured to host the EASR Conference in 2021, in a Mediterranean country, in ideal continuity with the previously hosted IAHR and EASR Conferences of Rome (1990) and Messina (2009) respectively.READ MORE!
The registration fee will cover a welcome cocktail, lunches, and other bonuses (e.g. bus tickets, conference material, etc.). An optional social program will also be organized at some extra cost (final dinner, excursions, etc.). We also plan an “early bird” fee and different kinds of reduced fees in order to ensure maximum participation.READ MORE!